Posts Tagged Fashion

Just When You Thought American Apparel Couldn’t Fail Any Harder…


They manage to. To work at American Apparel you must email a full body shot to some mysterious email address after which you are approved or rejected. Failure.
Via Gawker.

Clearly, that standard leaves a lot of wiggle room. Now, a source tells us that American Apparel has a new hiring policy. For the past several months, they say, job applicants at AA have had their photos taken–photos which are then sent to the email address work@americanapparel.net, where they are “approved” by a nameless person for hiring. The applicant’s resumé is a distant second when it comes to hiring decisions, our source says.
Our source also tells us that a new policy now says that in ...


They manage to. To work at American Apparel you must email a full body shot to some mysterious email address after which you are approved or rejected. Failure.
Via Gawker.

Clearly, that standard ...

Sex and the City’s Women of Color Problem.


When I went to see the much-reviewed Sex and the City 2 this weekend with four other women of color, I was reminded of an essay by bell hooks, “Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators”:

Within my family’s Southern black working-class home, located in a racially segregated neighborhood, watching television was one way to develop critical spectatorship. Unless you went to work in the white world, across the tracks, you learned to look at white people by starting at them on the screen. Black looks, as they were constituted in the context of social movements for racial uplift, were interrogating gazes. We laughed at television shows like Our Gang and Amos ‘n’ Andy at these white representations of ...


When I went to see the much-reviewed Sex and the City 2 this weekend with four other women of color, I was reminded of an essay by bell hooks, “Oppositional Gaze: Black Female ...

Janelle Monae’s hot gender-bending Tightrope video

This video is awesome. What I most liked about it is Janelle Monae, and how she rocks the man’s style suit and shoes, along with a feminine updo and earrings. In a male-dominated and pretty heteronormative arena like the music industry, this kind of gender-bending is particularly amazing.
And did I mention she looks hot?
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This video is awesome. What I most liked about it is Janelle Monae, and how she rocks the man’s style suit and shoes, along with a feminine updo and earrings. In a male-dominated and pretty heteronormative ...

Fishnets sort of made me a feminist

Shameless self-promotion warning.
As many of you know, Courtney Sullivan and I co-edited an anthology called Click: Moments When We Became Feminists, newly out on Seal Press. Woot! Thanks to all who came out for the party last week to celebrate our amazing bevy of diverse and highly funny contributors.
I published my essay over at TAP this week, and wanted to share a little excerpt:

I would like to tell you that what made me a feminist was the moment when my father slipped a signed copy of Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem onto my bookshelf when I was just a little girl. I would like to tell you that I became a feminist while ...

Shameless self-promotion warning.
As many of you know, Courtney Sullivan and I co-edited an anthology called Click: Moments When We Became Feminists, newly out on Seal Press. Woot! Thanks to all who came out for ...

Feminists go funny on Dov Charney’s ass


About-face did a badass protest performance of sexist advertising campaigns outside of the American Apparel on San Francisco’s Haight Street. This, of course, is a parody of founder Dov Charney. Read more on their blog.
More on American Apparel bullshit.


About-face did a badass protest performance of sexist advertising campaigns outside of the American Apparel on San Francisco’s Haight Street. This, of course, is a parody of founder Dov Charney. Read more on their blog.

Haul monitors: Young women, YouTube and price of beauty

On Wednesday night, I was honored to be a guest on CUNY TV’s Brian Lehrer Live, a weekly current events show filmed here in New York. I was there, along with Marisa Meltzer, the author of Girl Power: the Nineties Revolution in Music and Rob Walker, who writes the NYT’s “Consumed” column and is also the author of Buying In: What We Buy and Who We Are. I was there to talk about the YouTube phenomenon that is the haul video. If you’ve never seen a haul video, it’s basically a person doing on camera what you usually do when you come back from a shopping trip: excitedly show what you’ve bought to ...

On Wednesday night, I was honored to be a guest on CUNY TV’s Brian Lehrer Live, a weekly current events show filmed here in New York. I was there, along with Marisa Meltzer, the ...

Introducing dapperQ: transgressing men’s fashion

Margaret Cho and Girlyman’s Young James Dean from dapperQ on Vimeo.

I’m very excited to share with you all this new website, created by Susan Herr with help from Dana Variano, called DapperQ. The tag line is “transgressing men’s fashion.” The site is only a month old, but after poking around and talking with Dana and Susan, it sounds like it’s going to be a resource and community for all the folks out there who are masculine presenting, or want to play with gender norms in fashion or just can’t find their style reflected in the mainstream.
There is an emphasis on the queer community (the original tagline was “queering men’s fashion”) but their mission goes beyond ...

Margaret Cho and Girlyman’s Young James Dean from dapperQ on Vimeo.

I’m very excited to share with you all this new website, created by Susan Herr with help from Dana Variano, called DapperQ. The ...

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