You can’t buy your way into the workingclasses. No matter how much money you spend. “But what about the $300.00 1930s inspired work shirt I just bought?” Nope. No matter how hard you work, you can’t use clothing to pretend you’re something you’re not.
And the search for real masculinities will never be found in masculinities from times past, about which we may feel nostalgic. A quick reminder: in the 1930s a significant percentage of African-Americans – and some whites, too – could not vote in the South; gays could not comfortably be out and women of all ethnicities were routinely paid less than men.