Time for a lesson, men.
Ever have a friend that kills a joke from overuse. Well, culture has executed the term “swag.”
According to the online Oxford Dictionary, swagger refers to “a very confident and arrogant or self-important gait or manner.”
Over time, the connotation of the “swagger” has shifted from negative to positive. A person with swagger, “swag” for short, was seen to carry themselves with confidence and have a cool aurora to them.
The MTV culture of my generation has laid hold of the word swag and ran rampantly. Swag has been used, abused, and misconstrued.
From hip-hop to t-shirts, swag has made an appearance and adopted a persona of pretty-boy-psuedo-thug.
Please, direct your attention to Exhibit A. The male in this image could be characterized (according to current culture) as having swag. He is rocking a ball cap for a sports team that he is likely unaware of but chose to wear because the letters complimented his outfit. His attire is very expensive and stylish (i.e. leather vest with faux fur collar, watch (assumedly a Nixon)). The culmination of his wardrobe, along with his perfect smile and lip piercing would qualify this individual for the label of “pretty boy.” Also, notice the tattoos. The tattoos are an appeal to the “thug-life” image. These paradoxical labels are two dominant characteristics of a male individual who posses “swag.”
Exhibit B .
Please, direct your attention to Exhibit B. The male in this image is a thug. Give attention to the excessive gang related tattoos. You may notice that this is a mug shot. This is because the “thug-life” typically consists of a prison cell and 3 crappy meals a day.
The contrast is distinct.
What can we conclude?
The boys in our culture expend tremendous effort to implicitly persuade others that they are indeed the embodiment of all that is swag. In reality, true swag has been distorted and is now a gimmick designed to impress one’s peers with the notion that an individual is characterized by fashion, “thug” livin’, and a confident personality.
In the other hand, we have “class.” Similar to “swag,” class is associated with an individual’s appearance and behavior.
Specifically, a man with class is said to display an impressive excellence in style and personality.
A man with class does carry himself with confidence but all notions of arrogance are absent because a man with class is a gentlemen. You know, one who exercises charm rather than game.
A man with class may posses a swagger in its strictest sense but all childish tendencies have been outgrown. He still knows how to have a good time, but he does so in maturity not immaturity.
A man with class is sincere and respectable; songs about stealing, hustling, and pimping are not on his playlist.
A man with class is educated and understands the value of exercising the mind along side the body.
A man with class treats a woman as a lady and does not seek a hook-up, but, rather an opportunity to escort her on a date.
In short, class, not swag, is what men should posses.
So boys quit toying around with your fantasies of swag and become a man; pick up a book and learn some class.
Without doubt, I am confident that you can predict my choice. Forget the swag, I would much rather choose class.
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