Posts Tagged Fashion

My “empowerment” is not for sale

Last weekend as I walked through Grand Central Station here in NYC, I noticed this ad for Jones New York, a clothing line that evidently caters to professional women.

The features findings from last year’s Shriver Report, A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything, to which our own Courtney contributed. The report, which Maria Shriver co-wrote with the Center for American Progress, found that for the first time in US history women now make up half of the workforce.

And so, Jones New York has come out with this ad campaign, which features a bevy of thin young (mostly white) models dressed for corporate America. You can see more images from it here and read an interview with the stylist

Beyond snakes and snails and puppydog tails

Check out this awesome documentary about gender stereotypes by some future Judith Butlers (Merlin, Rebecca, and Stella) at PS 107 in New York City:

Thanks to Gwen for the heads up.

Check out this awesome documentary about gender stereotypes by some future Judith Butlers (Merlin, Rebecca, and Stella) at PS 107 in New York City:

Thanks to Gwen for the heads up.

Australian government announces world-first body image initiative

Over the weekend, the Australian government unveiled a new body image initiative, created in partnership with the Butterfly Foundation, an eating disorders awareness and prevention group. The initiative includes a voluntary code of conduct for magazines, designers, retailers and modeling agencies, who will be recognized as “body image friendly” if they adhere to the recommendations of the government’s National Advisory Group on Body Image. Those recommendations include:

“disclosing and avoiding the digital enhancement of images; banning ultra-thin female models or overly muscular male ones, in addition to models under the age of 16 to advertise adult clothes; employing a greater diversity of ethnicities and model body sizes; eschewing editorial and advertising content that promotes negative body image through ...

Over the weekend, the Australian government unveiled a new body image initiative, created in partnership with the Butterfly Foundation, an eating disorders awareness and prevention group. The initiative includes a voluntary code of conduct for ...

Quick Hit: the world’s oldest shoe discovered

Via the NYT:

Scientists report that it probably belonged to a woman with size 7 feet. Looks way more comfortable (if not a lil’ nasty after 5,500 years of being preserved in sheep dung in an Armenian cave) than some of the new-fangled contraptions some of us contemporary women go hobbling around in, does it not?

Via the NYT:

Scientists report that it probably belonged to a woman with size 7 feet. Looks way more comfortable (if not a lil’ nasty after 5,500 years of being preserved in sheep dung in ...

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 ...

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