Fashion and Feminism: Jamie Balbuena of Bandida


Jamie Balbuena in highwaisted jeans and a crop top that says Bandida

Jamie Balbuena | Bandida

I used to think that if I was going to be a Serious Feminist, I would have to give up my eyeliner and outfits. It wasn’t until years later that I would come to realize exactly how misogynist that was, how deeply the devaluation of the artistic elements of fashion is actually due to its proximity to the feminine. In an effort to further the dialogue on fashion, adornment, and feminism, I’m doing a series of interviews with feminist designers and artists that create beautiful things to wear. Check out our previous installments here!

When I first saw Jaime Balbuena’s Bandida line, I legit hollered in excitement. Bandida celebrates rebellious Latinas with a solid “don’t fuck with me” vibe. It challenges ideas about Latinas while celebrating Latina femininity. It’s feminism through a bi-cultural and multi-ethnic lens. From t-shirts and crop tops celebrating cholas as icons of both fashion and resistance to Carmen Miranda giving the middle finger (we’re fond of ladies giving the middle finger around here), it was love at first sight.  Read More »

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Chart of the Day: Why did computer science become dominated by men?

When you hear the phrase “male-dominated field,” computer science has got to be among the top few that immediately comes to mind. These days, only 18 percent of computer science majors are women.

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But once upon a time–a time not so long ago since computers are still relatively young themselves–that wasn’t the case.  Read More »

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Australian state considers police body cams in domestic violence cases

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Artist stitches catcalls into beautiful needlework


Images from Elana Adler’s “You Are My Duchess” project.

Playing off of the idea of a hope chest, artist Elana Adler has created a series of hand-stitched needlework samplers showcasing all the catcalls she’s received. Calling them a “beautification of an assault,” she explains the project:

It is a contemporary feminist interpretation of women’s work and an objectification of my personal experience. Each captures a moment, giving these words a visual presence, a power, and a state of concreteness. These words were hurled casually and heard quickly but required hours of time-consuming, careful stitching.

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