Editors on the move

Hi folks. You know us feminists–we don’t like to stay in any one place for too long. Sometimes this makes blogging difficult. I’m off to the Full Frame Film Festival in North Carolina, where I hope I’ll get the scoop on some awesome new docs to share with the Feministing community. Jess is still on the college speaking circuit, and Jos and Miriam are headed to the 2010 From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building a Movement for Reproductive Freedom Conference, from which they will be posting lots of good stuff this weekend. As such, posting will be a little less robust today than usual.
Meanwhile, is it just me, or have high heels gotten way crazier lately? I feel like I’ve seen a lot of ladies walking around in crazy tall stilettos and I’m not sure what to make of it.

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  • rebekah

    The trend for this season seems to be stilettos again. I will still be rocking my platform heels thank you very much.

  • MisukoB

    No it’s not just you, I have noticed this when it comes to high heels as well, and many of my friends has to, we have had quite a few discussions about this over the years. And I wonder if this has been going on since the mid 90’s? Among my friends, many who are feminists and progressive, more have started to use high heels, as well as more gender-normativa clothing.
    And a few of my friends have started to use high heels when they before did not like them at all. Sure most would probably say that people change but this change that I am seeing is a gender-normative one, the gender divide seems to be increasing when it comes to cloth and shoes.
    Part of the backlash? I am thinking that when society is changing, more and more people may feel the need to categorize themselves according to the expected gender of the individual. And this even amongst feminists and progressive alike. :(

  • redmuser

    I was noticing this last Friday night, actually. I was out and about with my boyfriend and a friend of his, wearing flip flops, two inch flip flops, but with good arch support. Foamy and comfy. But all I could see around me were these women wearing these heels that almost lifted their arches to a completely horizontal position. Now, I love being tall. I like wearing heels and loving the lift and the sound they make when they click across the pavement, but I would never wear a shoe that leaves almost all my weight on my toes. Those shoes were just insane!

  • Libbierator

    Mmm, I love a good high heels discussion.
    For a very long time, I hated the things. I have *terrible* ankles and ridiculously flat feet. I wear orthotics in my shoes and I’m 21, it’s that bad. (The orthotics are AMAZINGLY helpful though!) My grandmother, having the same problems multiplied, told me that when she was a girl she would cry when all her many cousins would run around the shoe store, buying fancy party shoes, and she wouldn’t be able to because of her feet and ankles. So one day her uncle came over and told her “these are sitting-down shoes” and gave her lovely high heels to wear. (The beauty standards and materialism are in that story inherent – she needed to have something to feel wanted, loved, included, and she needed heels, something she couldn’t actually even walk in. Or stand up. But, it was important to her.)
    Anyway, so I just hated them for a very long time, and when I had to wear nice shoes I got and would wear flat, comfy shoes. At 11 I already knew comfort was more important than style, even though my mom and younger sister would parade around in their heels and look down at me. And even those I just wanted to kick off when I got home.
    I started to feel bad about myself, though, at my Jewish youth group (perhaps ironically). Most of the other teens were there for social interaction, and I was there for God. It annoyed me greatly. But, when I did want to feel social – at the dances and suchlike – I felt bad and weird, I was the only one not in stylish clothing (by my own choice), in flat shoes. In the corner.
    So that’s when I started wearing them. And, fast forward to today…I like high heels now, but they are absolutely a sometimes shoe. Like very sometimes. For Rocky Horror this year I wore the highest heels of my life and felt very sexy and loved it…but my feet and legs were aching all that night and the next day. All that weight on my toes??? JEEZ!! So, so bad. I don’t know what studies have been done on the health risks of heels but I hope some have been; I feel fairly confident in saying, they’re probably bad.
    So…yeah. Anyone know where high heels originated? And how? Someone told me they were originally for men, and I read a source that said they were invented in ancient Egypt, to keep people’s feet out of the muck on the streets.

  • Lauren Bernstein

    I’m excited to be at the CLPP conference as well this weekend! Thank you Feministing for letting me know about the travel stipends. I normally overlook a lot of conferences because I really can’t afford them, but I am now in the airport heading from STL to the conference, and I’m beyond excited!
    Stilettos are starting to get to the point where I am worried that a woman’s foot will just break off.