Posts Tagged Fashion

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 ...

My awards season wishlist

Awards season is upon us. Much like political campaigning, awards season never truly ends, but every January the ramp up to the Oscars begins, and even serious news outlets can’t seem to prevent themselves from gushing about gowns (I’m looking at you, New York Times).

I have a confession. I love awards season. I love awkward red carpet chit chat and clearly rehearsed “this is so unexpected!” acceptance speeches and yes, I love looking at pictures of people in stunning dresses and dapper tuxes.

But this year, I have a few awards season wishes.

First, I would love to see a little less opulence and a little more awareness on the red carpet. Our country has been through a lot in the last ...

Awards season is upon us. Much like political campaigning, awards season never truly ends, but every January the ramp up to the Oscars begins, and even serious news outlets can’t seem to prevent themselves from gushing about ...

H&M Reportedly Destroys Unworn Clothing in a Time of Recession

The New York Times reported yesterday that massive clothing chain H&M is damaging perfectly good, unworn clothing before throwing it away. From the article:

This week, a manager in the H&M store on 34th Street said inquiries about its disposal practices had to be made to its United States headquarters. However, various officials did not respond to 10 inquiries made Tuesday by phone and e-mail.

My own research finds that H&M claims the following on its website:

What do you do with surplus clothes?
We donate clothes that do not meet H&M’s quality requirements to charity organisations like Oxfam, Caritas, the Red Cross and Terre des Hommes. Each store is itself responsible for clothes that are returned to it. Often there ...

The New York Times reported yesterday that massive clothing chain H&M is damaging perfectly good, unworn clothing before throwing it away. From the article:

This week, a manager in the H&M store on 34th Street said inquiries ...

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