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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
Curated by Deanna Dahlsad
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The ‘Women Fashion Power’ Exhibition at the Design Museum in London

The ‘Women Fashion Power’ Exhibition at the Design Museum in London | Herstory | Scoop.it
The “Women Fashion Power” exhibition in London looks at how the higher up you go, the more limited your fashion options are.
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Sexist Baby Clothing At Target Says Boys Can Be Batman, Girls Can Date Him

Sexist Baby Clothing At Target Says Boys Can Be Batman, Girls Can Date Him | Herstory | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, it’s time for another round of “Did No One Think This Was a Bad Idea?” A
set of baby pajamas with a seriously sexist message has surfaced, and it’s got
some feminist moms up in arms. Target’s Marvel line includes tiny blue pajamas
reading “Future Man of Steel,” while the pink version

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This Dress Code Response Is Just Aces!

This Dress Code Response Is Just Aces! | Herstory | Scoop.it
thebaddestfemaleradfem:
“ huntyqueen:
“ Today one of my friends was dress coded for her bra strap showing and so she wrote on the gym shirt that they gave her. It reads “Dress Code: promotes the...
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See also: Johnny Can’t Concentrate On His Math Because Sue’s Bra Strap Is Showing – I Guess His Only Option Is To Fail Math & Rape The Girl

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Sophie Gimbel Designs For Saks -- And Dolls!

Sophie Gimbel Designs For Saks -- And Dolls! | Herstory | Scoop.it
Because you know I obsess over things... Like Gimbels department stores... I was working on another set of doll articles for Diane’s Doll Hospital (this time on vintage walker dolls from the 1950s;...
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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, August 28, 4:00 PM

About the first American fashion designer to be on the cover of Time magazine.

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If You See This Woman And Think She Doesn’t Seem Punk, Wait Till You See Her In Her Underwear

If You See This Woman And Think She Doesn’t Seem Punk, Wait Till You See Her In Her Underwear | Herstory | Scoop.it

Even riot grrrrrls get the blues.


...There are websites that write about our band just because they know that it will get traffic to their website because people will go on the comments and say, "This band sucks and I hope the lead singer gets raped and killed." There's nothing in the world that makes you feel more vulnerable than when you're trying to retain any semblance of your personhood and there's people on the internet that are just... Who are these people that are just sitting behind their keyboard talking about how they hope I get raped? We live in a world where men are so entitled to women's bodies that when they don't get what they want they go on killing sprees. And yet, everyone chalks it up to some mental illness and doesn't want to talk about how violence against women is a mental illness. Because we live in...

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Check Out Girls #YesAllWomen

Check Out Girls #YesAllWomen | Herstory | Scoop.it
I've written / ranted about this sort of thing before. If I let myself shop a lot, I could make a whole website devoted to this subject of inappropriate clothing that sexualizes children. That's sa...
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For Some Strange Reason the Nurses at This Chinese Hospital Dress Like Flight Attendants

For Some Strange Reason the Nurses at This Chinese Hospital Dress Like Flight Attendants | Herstory | Scoop.it
A hospital in eastern China has decided to do away with plain white nurse uniforms. Instead, they have their nurses dressing up like flight attendants.

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The Little Black Dress: Past and Present

The Little Black Dress: Past and Present | Herstory | Scoop.it

The little black dress has made its way into just about every woman’s wardrobe over the last century. It’s a safety net of some sort, a “must have” that goes hand in hand with elegance and class.


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The Problem In One Photo

The Problem In One Photo | Herstory | Scoop.it
jackpowerx:
“ fuckyesfeminist:
“ Average size mannequin with average size woman.

The problem, in one picture.
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Looking for fat fashion bloggers!

Looking for fat fashion bloggers! | Herstory | Scoop.it

I am currently working on a dissertation project that investigates how fat fashion bloggers make meaning through their dress practices, and am looking for fat fashion bloggers to interview for my dissertation project. In order to participate in this research,

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From Chanel to Burberry, fashion is now a branch of the porn industry

From Chanel to Burberry, fashion is now a branch of the porn industry | Herstory | Scoop.it
These days, models like Keira Knightley (inset) pose open mouthed, their eyes half-closed as if in a state of arousal. Sometimes they lie on their backs, like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley did recently.
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Despite the fact that this issue was discussed back when I was in college decades ago -- and likely long before that, this article makes the following claims:


  • Fashion adverts no longer sell fashion - they sell sex
  • The pornification of the fashion world is affecting our young girls
  • The advent of airbrushing and rise of internet porn are responsible
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Is Wearing Vintage Fashions Feminist? (Or, Sign Of The Times 1948)

Is Wearing Vintage Fashions Feminist? (Or, Sign Of The Times 1948) | Herstory | Scoop.it

At my vintage living blog, Things Your Grandmother Knew, I’ve written about the tendency to romanticize the past, but I recently read two blog posts discussing vintage fashion in terms of “the vintage girl being the new feminist” and thought it was time to discuss the subject from a more feminist angle…

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Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 27, 2013 5:25 PM

Whether your passion is vintage fashion orsex positivity, you'll like this.

 

Thanks @Deanna Dahlsad for including sex workers in this post!

Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 27, 2013 5:29 PM

Whether your passion is vintage fashion or sex positivity, you'll like this.

Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 27, 2013 5:30 PM

Whether your passion is vintage fashion or sex positivity, you'll like this ~ it mentions sex workers in a positive light too.

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Fashion Brand Lets Models Go Un-Photoshopped And Makeup-Free

Fashion Brand Lets Models Go Un-Photoshopped And Makeup-Free | Herstory | Scoop.it

"We're just as tired of overly-retouched ads as the next girls, so we've been championing Rag & Bone's DIY Project since it started back in 2011..."


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Tom Wolfe on Radical Chic and Leonard Bernstein's Party for the Black Panthers -- New York Magazine

Tom Wolfe on Radical Chic and Leonard Bernstein's Party for the Black Panthers -- New York Magazine | Herstory | Scoop.it
“. . . It’s a tricky business, integrating new politics with tried and true social motifs . . .”
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Mannequins Give Shape to a Venezuelan Fantasy

Mannequins Give Shape to a Venezuelan Fantasy | Herstory | Scoop.it
Mannequins with bulging bosoms have become standard in Venezuela, reflecting the country’s embrace of plastic surgery even among those who can least afford it.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 7, 2013 9:34 AM

Unrealistic manniquins are nothing new...but society produces mannequins and the mannequins are a part of the cultural landscape that has some normative ideals of beauty and gender.  How does the media and society's images of the 'ideal body' influence and shape cultural values and aspirations?


On the opposite side of the spectrum watch this video about the production of manniquins modeled on people with disabilities.  The tag line for the project was "because who is perfect anyway?"

Albert Jordan's curator insight, February 12, 6:39 PM

 

 

It comes as no surprise that mannequins are becoming “sexier” in other markets as countries develop and become more consumer driven. We can already see the evolution of the store mannequin in the United States as every few trends it will change its form to what is the attractive norm. Right now, “curvy” focused mannequins are beginning to show up in store front windows as a push for more natural bodied women in advertising grows. The evolution of the Venezuelan mannequin may be a bit more extreme but it goes to show the cultural change(or regression, depending on how you feel about body image) of an area as well as the influence put on it by globalization and even regional influence. As the article states, Venezuelan women have begun to undergo plastic surgery to “improve their self-esteem.” While not many do, it becomes a status symbol to have an operation. Even some shop owners, when told by the costumer that they wish to look like the mannequin, are told to go get an operation.

While here in America, the plastic surgery trend began to die off and is now seen as for those who are superficial or materialistic. However, this trend had been seen in Brazil many years prior to Venezuela today and it can probably be safely assumed that because these two countries share a border, certain trends and elements of culture have gone back and forth. As western media penetrates further and further into traditionally institutionalized anti-western countries, the advertising effects on body image will change as more companies that deal with fashion, make up, and image begin to do business, invest, and advertise. Especially so in a Latin society where men are still typically held in higher regard, competition amongst women could fuel the importance of looks. The maker of the “new and improved” mannequins has made quite an income out of it. Many of the shopkeepers who use the mannequins have even seen an increase in revenue.  

 In Venezuela there is also a culture of aesthetics and a certain pride in what is perceived as beauty, due in part to the countries own scenic magnificence . Although a socialist country who’s past and now deceased President was very critical of the “Western” and American influence, Venezuela had nourished a culture of easy money and consumerism due to the wealth of its oil reserves and the cheapness at which its citizens were able to buy it. During the late President Hugo Chavez’s reign, the government attempted to dissuade the desire for plastic surgery by saying the money being spent by poor women on plastic surgery should be going to more important needs. Nevertheless, sometimes cultural and societal demands can be as powerful as governmental demands and advice.

Again, globalization and consumerism can drive a cultural phenomenon. The owner of the store wanted to attract more buyers of his mannequins and so he made them “sexier.” By doing this, he put into the minds of the women looking at them that if they dress like that statue or shop at that store, they will look as good. Even if it is unrealistic, the placebo affect is almost just as good as the real thing.

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Why retail giant M&S prefer 'womanism' to feminism in its new ad? - Economic Times

Why retail giant M&S prefer 'womanism' to feminism in its new ad? - Economic Times | Herstory | Scoop.it

Economic Times Why retail giant M&S prefer 'womanism' to feminism in its new ad? Economic Times It's like "girl power": feminism with the awkward bits stripped away. It's the feminism where clothes are presumed important.


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Sonia Delaunay : Textile Artist

Sonia Delaunay : Textile Artist | Herstory | Scoop.it

When reading about the history of fiber art it seems to take on many elements. The history of fiber art incorporates craft, textile and design elements that are not usually explored in regular art history. The use of embroidery and clothing inspired artists such as Sonia Delaunay who had started off as a painter and found new inspirations when she shifted her medium from brush, canvas and oil paint to needle, thread and textile printing. In exploring Sonia’s textile and wearable art works I’d like to explore her success as a woman in the art world.

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This Is A Film Reflecting My Disgust At The Acceptance Of Racism In The Fashion Industry

This Is A Film Reflecting My Disgust  At The Acceptance Of Racism In The Fashion Industry | Herstory | Scoop.it
“ “Untitled” by Nick Knight [x] ”
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PHOTO: Retailer's Full-Figured Mannequins In Lingerie Go Viral

PHOTO: Retailer's Full-Figured Mannequins In Lingerie Go Viral | Herstory | Scoop.it
A clothing retailer from Sweden got a virtual round of applause from Facebook users this week after a photograph featuring two fuller-figured mannequins rocking nothing but purple-hued boy shorts and matching bras went viral.
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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 16, 2013 10:36 PM

Actually very beautiful too!

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The Knack (And How To Get It) In Romance & Fashion - Here's Looking Like You, Kid

The Knack (And How To Get It) In Romance & Fashion - Here's Looking Like You, Kid | Herstory | Scoop.it

The Knack… and How to Get It was a British film released in 1965 about the sexual revolution in swinging London-town, complete with a Greek chorus of disapproving members of society’s “older generation”. In the film, bookish teacher Colin (played by Michael Crawford) is frustrated by the womanizing ways of his housemate, Tolen (played by Ray Brooks).

 

The film opens with a series of mannequin-esque women in tight sweaters and short skirts, robotically waiting in line to get with Tolen.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, February 25, 2013 5:54 PM

Could be called "It's A Mod Mod Mod World" ;)

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Mods: Their Roots, The Revival and How Mainstream Fashion Has Borrowed From it Again

Mods: Their Roots, The Revival and How Mainstream Fashion Has Borrowed From it Again | Herstory | Scoop.it

as thrilled as i've been to see ad campaigns featuring bold, geometric prints and a-line mini dresses, all topped with bouffants and beehives and multiple layers of lashes, i'm also, at times, annoyed at how other fashion writers are presenting these to the masses. titles and captions enticing people to be "go" or "become" mod are making me cringe, for reasons similar to the ones i've listed in a piece i wrote in november entitled no such thing as a punk fad: the effects of mainstream fashion borrowing from subculture style. in it, i briefly mention mod fashion and promise to write about it at a later date and so here we are.


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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, February 23, 2013 4:57 PM

Love the "it's not because you wear a mod-inspired dress that you are a mod" line; hate the lack of capitalization, as it makes for more difficult and annoying reading. Meet in the middle and consider what fashion, movements, and trends are in terms of culture, sales, and consumerism.

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Things Your Grandmother Knew: Remember Grandma's Apron?

Things Your Grandmother Knew: Remember Grandma's Apron? | Herstory | Scoop.it
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stfumadison: Women in Chicago being arrested for...

stfumadison: Women in Chicago being arrested for... | Herstory | Scoop.it
stfumadison: “ Women in Chicago being arrested for wearing one piece bathing suits, without the required leg coverings - 1922. ”
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Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe unlocked and on display after nearly 60 years

Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe unlocked and on display after nearly 60 years | Herstory | Scoop.it
When she died, her husband Diego Rivera ordered her clothes be locked up for 15 years. When Diego passed three years later, a philanthropist, art collector and old friend of the couple, Dolores Olmedo became the manager of their houses.

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Curated by Deanna Dahlsad
An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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A Marketing Mix
Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
For Art's Sake-1
Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
Herstory
History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
Kitsch
Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tormorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
Visiting The Past
Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
Walking On Sunshine
Stuff that makes me smile.
You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important
Links to (many of) my columns and articles.