Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? brings up a lot of issues I feel in my own life regarding social media. Does it maybe make me a hypocrite to stay online and on social media, when I feel lonely? Perhaps. But it’s interesting to see the science and real life experiences looking at loneliness and how the modern computer age distances us even more from each other.
That women are joining in the ongoing disassembling of my appearance is salient. Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate. It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women. It is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it.
If a garment doesn’t work, it doesn’t deserve real estate in your closet. Stop trying to make it work with belts and tights and control garments and half-baked DIY projects. All that effort does is make the same not-quite-right garment not-quite-right, but now decked out with opaque tights, a skinny belt, and a weird band of fabric that sort of ruins the flow of the piece.
Have you read this Interview with Jenny Zhang? My LAWD does the girl hit a lot of nails on their heads. From heteronormativity in popular blogs, cultural appropriation, Trayvon Martin, and talking about race and its impact on fashion, and it leaves your head reeling with things to think about. (Thank you to Miss Dorothy for making me read this!)
Shapewear and other Underpinnings at Wardrobe Oxygen. Allie answers your Q&As about shapewear (including maternity shapewear), and I found it super-fascinating (esp. as a non-shapewear wearer). In the summer, I also swear by bike shorts– and I’ll have a post sharing where to get some of my favorites soon!