Sleepwear-walking into protest and other texting issues

For a while now the ATN has been running a two page Your Texts feature. They can be funny, disturbing, interesting and unintelligible in equal measures. The last online edition has some dealing with issues around protests against the RIR parade.

First up a series of very odd messages complaining about the people that turned up to the SF protest wearing their PJ’s:

Went to RIR homecoming protest and when we got to the Grosvenor Road a group of girls, women and children were standing in their pyjamas, some with housecoats and slippers. These people walked to Jury’s on the pavement – a disgrace! Have they no respect for the men, women and children that were killed at the hands of the British state, never mind respect for themselves? You want to be so ashamed.
PROUD SHORT STRAND PROTESTER

I was at the RIR protest and it was a complete disgrace to see people from the Grosvenor Road in their pyjamas. Away and get washed!
DEEPLY EMBARRASSED

To those tramps and millies who joined the RIR protest parade wearing pyjamas and slippers: I’ve never been more embarrassed in my life. I’m just so glad that none of you appeared in the papers or on TV. What kind of people are you? A protest on behalf of murdered members of our community and you can’t even be bothered to wash your face and get dressed! And on a Sunday too! The stewards should have sent you back home with a flea in your ear, although there’s probably plenty there already.
DISGUSTED

Some complaints about how the paper estimated the numbers attending SF and éirígí protests:

Why does the Andersonstown News claim that 3,000 people attended the SF march against the RIR? In the pictures published it’s more likely that a third of that number participated. Here’s a tip for your journalists: Count the first section, which contains about 200 and makes up about a third of the march. Seems like 600/800 would be closer to the truth.
DOH!
First you say about a third of our estimated number (which would be 1,000), then you say 600/800. See? It’s not as easy as you suggest after all. Ed

I see the Andersonstown News is as rubbish at counting as it is at taking pictures. It states the recent SF demo had 3,000 at it even though its pictures clearly indicate otherwise. Then it states that there were only 300 at the éirigí demo when there were clearly more, but the only picture shown in the paper is of a small section of the crowd so we can’t make up our own minds.
CALL IT CORRECT

One on an aspect of the day I wasn’t aware of – a bombscare:

Here was the situation: Sinn Féin held a protest against the mUrDeRous RIR. Here was the result: Loyalists attacked them with fireworks as the RUC/PSNI looked on and laughed. Here’s Sinn Féin’s response: At a so-called bomb scare on the Falls Road Sinn Féin chase and threaten nationalist youths for throwing fireworks at RUC/PSNI in anger at the day’s events. Where is the rationale?
TWO-HEADED COIN

One on éirígí:

Fair play to éirigí for having their RIR protest. These people are mostly lifelong republicans who have spent years in jail for the struggle. Good people. What annoys Sinn Féin is they know that and they aren’t wee hoods like some in the CIRA. People are allowed to have their own views, not like some of the brainwashed robots in Sinn Féin. Most are afraid to walk away as they would be branded dissidents by their own friends. I’m a republican who is entitled to my own opinion. Doesn’t make me a so-called dissident. It’s Sinn Féin who have distanced themselves from everything that people fought and died for.
FORMER SHINNER

  • Grassy Noel

    Mark,

    what’s eirigi’s position on violence – particularly that of the RIRA and the CIRA?

  • Ann

    Is there a dress code to go to a protest? Maybe the shinners could have lent the millies one of their armani suits? Or is it Gucci now a days?

  • Mark McGregor

    GN,

    I’m not a member of éirígí so can’t answer for them. I believe they had a spokesperson address this on TalkBack last week if you want to try and track it down – I did link to it.

    It has absolutely nothing to do with this thread though so perhaps you could raise it somewhere more appropriate?

  • Ann

    It is appropriate to raise it mark, if you’ve blogged a comment on eirigi. Once its in there, its appropriate to raise it imho.

  • Mark McGregor

    Ann,

    Raise away. On the appropriate thread:

    Here

    I recall the question being asked and answered of a spokesperson during the interview but as I’m not a member and don’t have a transcript I can’t answer for éirígí.

    As I said, it is not relevant to this thread in the slightest.

  • Ann

    Mark, I don’t want to raise it, because I saw that thread. My point is, once you bring it in, and you did bring it in, then its appropriate to raise it. I’m not going to argue with you over it, since I’ve raised the point. But dissing an aspect of discourse because iyo it isn’t appropriate could be interpeted as being uncomfortable talking about it, or another way of censoring. Thats all I’m saying.

    I’ve been and went to too many discussions to see a microphone passed to ‘faces’ only to be uncomfortable when someone says ‘I don’t want to talk about that aspect of this debate, or its not apporpriate to talk about it’.

    IMV anything thats mentioned in there is appropriate, either its all in or nothing is in.

    Maybe thats just me.

  • Ann

    For clarification purposes Mark, could you list for me what is appropriate and what is not? Can we discuss the ATN for example, or is that out?

    Why would it be appropriate to diss working class people wearing pyjamas to come out to their own front door to look or participate in a protest? Aren’t these people good enough.

    Why do you want to diss those who perhaps stood shoulder to shoulder during a long hard struggle, in areas of great poverty, yet not discuss an organisation, which is meant to represent such peoples views.

    Wheres the line Mark, incase I cross it.

  • Neil

    Ann,

    I’d say it’s not too much of a stretch to expect people at a protest against the murders of innocent civilians to put on clothes. No-one’s suggesting the Sunday best, though that would not be inaproppriate.

    I’m sure the Sinner’s have plenty of nice clothes, houses, cars etc. and am equally disaffected by that as anyone else, but these folks have clothes to put on. They don’t need a loan of Armani suits from SF, I’m certain they can manage to get dressed when it suits them.

    It’s interesting to hear people starting to question the ATN for carrying the SF line as far as possible. It’s to be expected on one hand, though Squinter’s article on Gerry A last year, plus recently an article saying that the RIR protest should be called off suggested there is some independence from the official SF line at ATN.

  • cynic

    So this is what it has come to. The internal fights over issues of sovereignty and high political principle have been replaced by outrage at the sartorial standards of fellow republicans. ow very new Sinn Fein!

  • Ann

    Neil,

    Maybe maybe not. My point is dissing the people, for what they wear gives a whole new meaning to ‘we are the people and we shall over come’.

    Maybe it ought to be, we are the people and we shall overcome wearing appropriate clothes…

    At least they didn’t show up in a blanket covered in shit eh…that really would be embarrassing now wouldn’t it?

  • Wilde Rover

    From the person in the post called DISGUSTED:

    “A protest on behalf of murdered members of our community and you can’t even be bothered to wash your face and get dressed!”

    Am I missing something here? Is this person a member of the Pashtun tribe of Afghanistan, or some other tribe in the area? Does Belfast have a large population from Afghanistan?

    Or are large numbers of people from Ulster now living in towns and villages in Afghanistan?

    Because it was my understanding that the squaddies in the RIR never fired a shot in anger where they live. It was my understanding that the people they were shooting at were all in Afghanistan.

    And maybe some of the fine thinkers in these republican movements can correct me, but the squaddies in question were, in fact, returning from Afghanistan.

    Because it seems to me that republicans were protesting something that was resolved ten years ago in referenda without any real interest in what those squaddies were actually doing. Doing in their name.

    And the people standing there to support the squaddies, why were you there? Why are you supporting these acts? Or is it also the case that the details of Afghanistan were simply not on your mind and you were there to engage in your little piece of street theatre to show your support for something that was resolved in referenda ten years ago?

    The level of willful ignorance displayed on all sides is vomit inducing.

  • Dec

    As an aside, the “Your texts” page in the North Belfast News once ran a serious of texts lambasting Pyjama-Mamas for walking the streets in all hours in their ‘Divis tracksuits’. The following week a Pyjama-Mama replied criticising the texts for ‘attacking her culture’. The apocalypse beckons…

  • eranu

    if someone ran up behind one of these mamas and wiped down their bottoms around their ankles, then everyone in the street could have a good laugh at them 🙂 they’d probably get dressed in the future!

  • eranu

    errm, that should of been whipped as in pull down their bottoms quickly. just read it back and wipe would make the sentense extremely weird! 🙂 hope bemused wasnt marking that one!

  • The Devil

    wilde rover,

    Did the batteries fall out the back or was there a power cut to your brain?

    The RIR are part of the British Armed Forces and are serving in Afghanistan on behalf of the British Government who in turn are acting on behalf of the Government of the USA who in turn are acting on behalf of rich oil barons and multi-nationals.

    As part of the British armed forces they are parading in a city that has experienced conflict between a sizeable portion of it’s population and the same British army that the RIR are part of thus your Afghan comments are deliberately ignoring the violence of the British army on the streets of Belfast.
    Thus a protest against the RIR can be a protest against the international illegal war or as a protest at the decision to have a military parade through the streets of an occupied city by the forces of the occupying army.

    The RIR was also initially the combination of two other regiments one of which was the UDR which was a partisan part-time force which was sectarian in it’s concept administration and operational duties, added to the fact that it was widely used by loyalist militias that were responsible for the killing of hundreds of nationalists for training and intelligence purposes, then this re-enforces the arguement that this was a legitimate protest by nationalists

  • circles

    Ann do you not perhaps think that you’re exaggerating a little when you compare people who couldnt be bothered changing out of their bed clothes with political prisoners who refused to wear a prison uniform?
    By the way – as you know well the prisoners didn’t cover themselves with shit.

    I just wonder if that what it was all about? The right to mooch around any street in your pyjamas and claim it is your culture. So much for national pride. Or do you find this a really good thing? Or maybe they only wear he pyjamas due to poverty and hardship?

  • Dave

    Eranu, cute Freudian slip. And speaking of slips…

    I’d guess that there is a link between wearing pyjamas in public and the Nannystate. My theory is that 100% of them are living on welfare, and that the mentality that underpins the culture of entitlement (i.e. that they have a ‘right’ to live off the taxes of others) finds defiant expression in the wearing the uniform of the lazy loafer in public. In effect, to claim that they have a right to dress that way because it is their ‘culture’ (a right protected by the Nannystate) is a sublimated expression of contempt for the tax-paying class and a sense of misguided pride in their ability to manipulate the Nannystate for their own selfish purposes.

  • Ann

    The way I see it circles is that these women can wear whatever they want. Would you prefer they’d stayed in-doors and when they come out be dressed up in a nice burqa walk three steps behind their men and come running when called? 🙂

    What is it that the world and its mother has a say in what women wear? Have you seen the state of some blokes? Stringy vests or plain polyester vests, white v neck T shirts can be dressing up for some of these guys. Or during the hot weather (no I do remember we had it) blokes wear feck all on their upper bodies. Manys a sight you’ll see all over Belfast and beyond, but lets single out Falls road women.

    do you not perhaps think that you’re exaggerating a little when you compare people who couldnt be bothered changing out of their bed clothes with political prisoners who refused to wear a prison uniform?

    Absolutely not. I’ve seen women march in a bed sheet and bare feet, haven’t you? It’s funny how women who contributed so much to the republican struggle are now criticised for what they wear in a Sinn Fein rag, which isn’t fit for much except cutting up into squares and used in outside lavatories.

  • McGrath

    Anyone got any pictures of these people in their PJs, just to put the image in context?

    It seems this PJ dress “culture” is a common denominator between some segments of both communities that could be used to build upon!

  • Ann

    Dave the march was on a Sunday , maybe they’d had a hard working week and used Sunday as a day of rest, it’s not uncommon to think of Sunday as a day of rest. Some people do you know.

    In effect, to claim that they have a right to dress that way because it is their ‘culture’(a right protected by the Nannystate)

    Call it Britains legacy to Ireland. 🙂

  • circles

    Ann – had it been men with no shirts on and big fat bellies i’d have found it equally inappropriate. Or indeed men in pyjamas – or out of pyjamas. So sorry to burst your sexist bubble 🙂

    You see for me its not actually what sex the person is but the degree of respect they have for themselves and the people around them. If people can’t even be arsed actually “getting on them” then there is a certain degree of respect lacking there – completely irrespective if what anybody texts into the ATRag.
    Its not about the chains of male dominance oppressing the right of our pyjama wearing sisters to be free in their laziness and spend their lives in their bedwear and slippers like eternal patients in a huge hospital for the mentally frail. They are martyrs to nothing other than “couldn’t-be-arsed-ism”.

    The women marching barefoot and in bedsheets were not wearing their own bedroom attire Ann – it was actually a protest. I know you may be shocked by that but it was a deliberate thing to raise attention to the plight of the prisoners. Now I may be wrong, but I think the pyjama wearers were not dressed like that to raise awareness of anything other than they couldn’t be bothered getting dressed. Hence – a tasteless comparison that makes little of the protests for the women in armagh and prisoners elsewhere and elevates laziness to the level of political protest.

    Then again, maybe they too were involved in a piece of coordinated performance art aimed at highlighting…… something.

  • Ann

    Circles you are being disingenious 🙂 You have not burst my sexist bubble. The issue of what women wear is political, like it or not.

    Islam is judged not only by what Islamic women wear but by how they behave.

    In the recent US elections all you have to do is look at how Hilary Clinton got it in the neck, from what she wore to how many wrinkles she had on her face, or how thundeous her thighs were in her trouser suit.

    Remember Catrionas’ green coat when she spoke in the assembly?

    On and on it goes…now we have a Sinn Fein rag belittling women on the grosvenor road for standing outside their front doors in house coats? No men out in shorts and T shirt only out of bed in bare feet and a bed head hair do? Or did they only see the women?

    Tell me its not political 🙂 Open your eyes circles and see what is at the other end of your chauvinistic nose 🙂

  • Ann

    They are martyrs to nothing other than “couldn’t-be-arsed-ism”

    And there speaketh a male who doesn’t yet know that a womans’ work is never done. Married are you? 🙂

  • Dave

    I think I’m in love with Ann.

  • Mark McGregor

    Just when I think Slugger is done surprising me along comes a discussion like this one on politics, women and the right to wear anything you damn well please, including your PJs, when joining a protest.

    I’m almost expecting a call to liberate jammies from Primark for those that have been so thoroughly oppressed they couldn’t protest as the sleep in the buff. Or am I pre-empting the heartfelt calls from true social radicals on accommodating bare naked ladies at demos?
    ;0)

  • Given the way most women on the Grovesnor Road look Mark, are you sure that’s a good idea?

  • McGrath

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/nolan/catchuptv/35.shtml

    I don’t see it as a wearing pajamas in pubic issue, rather its an issue of spending the next day in the same clothes you slept in the night before, or at least the impression of doing so.

    I have never got close enough to one of these types (for fear of getting my eyes scratched out)to perform a analytical sniff test.

  • Mark McGregor

    Gari,

    No offence but we’ve met, I’d prefer a Grovesnor lady in the buff to seeing your pastey arse on parade any day. Though it’d make good blogging.

  • Mr Angry

    “if someone ran up behind one of these mamas and whipped down their bottoms around their ankles, then everyone in the street could have a good laugh at them 🙂 they’d probably get dressed in the future!”

    eranu,

    It’s entirely more probable that within ten months of having her PJ bottoms whipped down around her ankles that the mama in question would be the proud occupant of a spanking new HE house and in receipt of various single parent benefits.

    Who’d be doing the laughing then?

  • circles

    Ann your attempt at solidarity with your sisters in pyjamas is interesting – but not something of any real relevance to what I’m saying.

    You can bang on about the sufferring of women under islam, or the sexism that Clinton or Ruane or Palin have been exposed to (although I honestly have no idea at all about Catriona’s green coat). I’m with you on all that. The terrorism of fashion magazines, the lack of positive female role models for women and girls, the inequality in job opportunites and pay.

    But I think your limitless solidarity with people simply because they happen to be of the same sex as you is ridiculous. Open your one track mind and be woman enough to admit that both men and women can be slobs. Women have as much right to be slobs as men by the way – and have as much right to be called so.
    The people in pyjamas weren’t card carrying women’s rights activists – they were people walking through town in their bed wear. Male or female thats fairly slobby behaviour.

    Trying to elevate them to victims of a mysogynistic society is your prerogative. I find it sightly ridiculous but its your prerogative anyway.

    Trying to say it is the Andytown News who has started targetting women for what they wear as part of a Sinn Fein strategy is plain silly. These are text messages sent in to the paper and the pyjama saga has been trailing on for years.

    Ahhh well all this will no doubt run off you militant stance like water of a duck’s (or drake’s?) back.

  • circles

    And yes Ann I agree that some of those last few posts were sexist….. mayb you have a point after all.

  • TrueBlue

    I watched the scummers in their jammys at the Provo parade to Jury’s Hotel…right dirty looking bitches they were to.

  • TBSheets

    Reminded you of your dear old mum then TrueBlue? By the way is it true you got your name from the nature of the film she was making when were conceived?

  • Dave

    Standard stand-up retort to a ‘yo mom’ insult is “Tell your mother to stop wearing different coloured lipsticks – I’m getting a damn rainbow around my dick!”

  • cynic

    My what wonderful evidence of an emerging Catholic middle class on this thread.

    I have to remark that as the PJs came from Primark they seem to have labelled the wearers as ill-bred dole scum who shouldn’t be allowed out on the streets to demonstrate with decent folk without a good wash and a change of dress.

    One suspects however that if they had come from La Sensa or Agent Provocateur that would have been much classier and therefore chic and acceptable.

  • Dave

    Err, no… unless you can support your supposition that the middle-classes or even the working classes wear pyjamas in public, I’d say that it is correct to exclusively associate the practice with “ill-bred dole scum.” If the pyjamas came from premium brand stores, then it’s more likely that they were acquired by shoplifting or by exchanging cash notes that would make Customs & Excise sniffer dogs bark. The middle-classes have greater standards of dress, which is why you won’t see your bank manager in his pyjamas or your doctor in a shiny tracksuit with beans stains on his t-shirt.

  • Wilde Rover

    The Devil,

    “As part of the British armed forces they are parading in a city that has experienced conflict between a sizeable portion of it’s population and the same British army that the RIR are part of thus your Afghan comments are deliberately ignoring the violence of the British army on the streets of Belfast.”

    What, you mean historically? When was the last time a British soldier fired a shot in anger on the streets of Belfast?

    “Thus a protest against the RIR can be a protest against the international illegal war or as a protest at the decision to have a military parade through the streets of an occupied city by the forces of the occupying army.”

    Maybe there was a power cut to my brain. I guess the Belfast Agreement never happened after all.

    My point is that the Afghanistan aspect is just being used as a convenient vehicle for some sort of bizarre historical reenactment. These squaddies could be coming back from a trip to Disneyland and that seemingly would be a legitimate reason to protest.

    “this re-enforces the arguement that this was a legitimate protest by nationalists”

    Useless street theatre. It won’t be long before you have adults at these protests that weren’t even born when the events they are protesting took place.

  • Big Maggie

    McGrath

    wearing pajamas in pubic

    Not vice versa? :^)

  • McGrath

    McGrath

    wearing pajamas in pubic

    Not vice versa? :^)

    Posted by Big Maggie on Nov 18, 2008 @ 02:44 AM

    Not wearing PJs in private?

    Given the subjects we are speaking of, wearing just pee stained / skid marked underwear to public events may occur sooner than expected.

  • Ann

    I love the mummy jokes! 🙂

    What we wear is deeply political. Also symbolic

    We didn’t burn our bras for nothing fellas, we are sick and tired of male oppression :):)
    (I await with bated breath the boob jokes!)
    It is offensive for a shinner rag to diss women for wearing pj’s. They’ve gentrified areas like the Grosvenor Road ( I do not jest, there used to be small two up two down houses there as there was all over Belfast). Now that the area is gentrified they’re starting in on the women.

    Okay, all jokes aside, they’re slurring and sexualising Irish woman hood, and such attitudes belong in the last century. What is this about millies, the women who worked in the mills on the falls and all over belfast where hard working women, who worked under hard conditions for very little money, to pay landlords rent and provide for big families. Why are these women being associated with slobbery? Why is a millie a bad thing?

    Theres also an awful lot of middle class snobbery going on here…!

  • Ann

    It’s entirely more probable that within ten months of having her PJ bottoms whipped down around her ankles that the mama in question would be the proud occupant of a spanking new HE house and in receipt of various single parent benefits.

    Who’d be doing the laughing then?

    Posted by Mr Angry on Nov 17, 2008 @ 10:04 PM

    So tell the boys to put a sock on it. Why is it ALWAYS the womans’ fault?

  • circles

    The point is Ann, in your haste to join the queue of pyjama clad Joan of Arks you’ve rushed to pin the persecution of irish women on the desire of “a shinner rag to diss women for wearing pj’s”.
    Actually they were readers of that rag that texted in about the pyjama’s, not an editorial.

    But i do agree with you 100% when you say “What we wear is deeply political. Also symbolic” – which is why it is so disappointing to see members of a community that have endured so much to end up slouching into town in slippers and pyjamas as if on a course of community valium. Can you not see that this says much less about the liberation (or not) of women to wear what they want, and a lot more about the state of mind of the community?

    Or maybe there was just some confusion that went on when they heard about the “risen people”….

  • Ann

    Circles, no what I’m saying is people, (not just women actually) can be labelled and prosecuted for what they wear. Politicalisation of clothing is a fact.

    Young black kids in the US are being told to pull up their pants, have respect for yourself we have a black man in the whitehouse.

    Women on the Grosvenor are being told, wear day clothes, we are a risen people have respect for yourselves.

    Look at the controversy over poppy wearing.

    Have respect for yourselves? But the respect is being given as to how a person is dressed. Taken to its logical conclusion thats pretty dangerous. Either you dress as society dictates is respectful and comply with our rules – or face ostracism and prejudice.

    We have women in town dressed in long skirts with head scarves, clearly identifiable as being Eastern European, some identifiable as muslum, if they don’t dress more respectably shall we treat them as trash?

    So these woman wear pj’s going to the shop etc. I agree with you, in that I don’t like it, but they have a right to wear what they chose without being labelled slob, dole scum, easy prey sexually, one parent families, moochers, sluts and the like. Which is not applied to men in the same way, stereotyping these women because they lounge about in pj’s.

    Actually they were readers of that rag that texted in about the pyjama’s, not an editorial.

    Its not the first time ATN has raised it, or satirised it, so I’m safe enough in saying that the ATN would diss such women without much thought. The fact that the texts have been sent in and carried is actually worse. I doubt the ATN would carry a racist text, so someone passed it for publication. Clearly showing how attitudes from the likes of the ATN toward pajamma mammas have been internalised by society.

    Respect should be given no matter what one wears.

  • Ann

    state of mind of the community

    Define community. Do you mean society at large? I think maybe you are using both those terms interchangably. They’re not the same. The ‘risen community’ of mainly working class people that rose up in the late sixties may be very much at ease with women relaxing in pj’s, not bothered about what they wear and more interested in throwing off the yoke of British oppression, whereas the larger society here is still very much 1950’s Britain. Do you really think it would be a problem for a huge multicultural society like Britain to concern its self with women on council estates going to the shop in a nightie and coat?

    There was a huge debate within republicanism when SF began to emerge as a political party, between the shinners in their armani gear and people on the ground wearing casual clothing and working mens caps, this is simply an extention of this debate.

    We have internalised the values of the elite and middle classes which these stereotypical texts prove.

    A woman at her front door in a nightie = a loose woman. End off. Joining the establishment is now complete.

  • circles

    Deary me, now i think all perspective has been blown – and your freestyle interpretation of what i said (by community i meant community in case you were really wondering) and squeezing of your own assumptions into a box labelled facts make it very difficult to discuss this with you Ann.

    SF was a political party long before the Tiocfaidh Armani faction rose to the dizzying heights of Stormont – and the “huge debate” that you see extended here seems to have expanded with time in your memory. Unless of course you’re the type of person who runs around judging people by their clothes that is and maybe then that would have been a biggy.
    As i remember the debate that was raging then was between moving into an unarmed phase of the struggle or not and how that could be set-up.

    Now before we run the risk of actually inspiring the foundation of the Republican Pyjama Party – I’m off.

  • Dave

    Ann, why not just accept that a style of dress denotes a culture and, in the case of the chavs, spivs, and ladies who march, etc, a sub-culture? Burberry = Chav; tracksuit = Spiv; Smart suit = professional, and Pyjamas = “ill-bred dole scum.” Why do you think, for example, some young adults dress in the same style of clothing as rappers? It is because they identify with that culture and are signalling their identification to society. These are not labels that other social groups attach to them: they are attached by the wearer. PC-mongers are insane.

  • Ann

    I accept the sub culture argument dave, labels I think are a two way street attached by both wearer and other social groups.

    PC-mongers are insane.

    They are.

    In truth pajama mammas are dreadful creatures, but I played devils advocate cos I was bored 🙂

    Nearly home time 🙂

  • In Soviet Russia

    PJs wear you

  • Dave

    Shame Ann… I was hoping you’d dispute my dress code argument and hurl indignant abuse at me, and then I’d lay my ace on the table and feel rather smug in a snobbish, middle-class manner:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dress_code