Week In Review

Week In Review

The Week in Review is a roundup of interesting, inspiring, or thought-provoking things I've read (or heard) this week, covering Fashion, the Environment, and Humanity. A day late this week!

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Fashion 

Photograph by Hart+Lëshkina for The New York Times

Can a Corset Be Feminist? | Alexander Fury in The New York Times

"The inversion of the corset, its reclamation as an item not just of femininity, but of feminism, came in the 1980s. The sexual politics of the garment weren’t eschewed, rather they were embraced, and manipulated, by a new generation of fashion designers...We are living at a time when people are obsessed with cosmetic surgery, fad diets and other self-transforming regimes, where the time scale is constantly reduced, and more extreme results consistently demanded. Possibly that’s why the corset has been revived."

 

Trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort: 'Fashion gets political when clothes become uniforms' | Jan Tomes in Deutsche Welle

This entire interview is absolutely worth reading in it's full glory. Ms. Edelkoort is such an astute observer of the fashion industry.  

Of dressing Post-Trump she says:

"For now, people will want to continue business as usual; we will live in denial. But in these times of fear, in the big parts of the world, in densely structured fighting societies, fashion tends to become very extravagant. I am thinking about the comeback of the historical aspects of fashion design such as bustles and hips and peasant sleeves and puritan collars. There's this whole urgency, I believe, to truly change form. It has been too basic for too long, and we need to have a new incentive. Theatrical clothes are going to be important." 

 

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Environment

Photograph by Christine Dell'Amore via National Geographic.

Photograph by Christine Dell'Amore via National Geographic.

Elephant Refugees Flee to Last Stronghold in Africa |  Christine Dell'Amore in National Geographic

"''Elephants may look as if they are doing nothing, but often if you look closely, you can see subtle signs that they are thinking, contemplating,' says Poole, who is also a National Geographic explorer. Poole says that elephants are superb at hearing and smelling danger. For instance, experiments in Amboseli National Park show that elephants know how dangerous certain humans are from how they speak. Elephants in the region can distinguish between the language of the Maasai, an ethnic group that sometimes hunts them, and other languages, a study found."

 

Quiz: How Much Food Do We Waste and Why Should We Stop? | Heather Brady in National Geographic

"The rampant problem of food waste gets worse throughout the last two months of each year. WorldWatch Institute estimates that the U.S. creates three times as much food waste during the holiday season. The overall statistics don't look much better: An average family tosses out $2,500 worth of food in a year, while the average person throws out around 20 pounds of food in a month. Why does it matter? In addition to all the people who go hungry as a result of unequal food distribution, there's a climate change element too."  

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Humanity 

Clint Smith photographed by Jesse Costa/WBUR

Clint Smith photographed by Jesse Costa/WBUR

Through Poetry And TED Talks, Clint Smith Probes Racism In America | NPR

"What does it mean for black parents to raise their children in a world that is often taught to fear them? And how does one navigate the...marathon of cognitive dissonance that it is to grow up in a home in which you feel loved, affirmed, and celebrated, and then going out into a world that has been taught to fear you as a result of nothing that you have done to deserve it." 

- Clint Smith on Here and Now

 

No, Trump, We Can't Just Get Along | Charles M. Blow in The New York Times

"You don’t get a pat on the back for ratcheting down from rabid after exploiting that very radicalism to your advantage. Unrepentant opportunism belies a staggering lack of character and caring that can’t simply be vanquished from memory. You did real harm to this country and many of its citizens, and I will never — never — forget that...I have not only an ethical and professional duty to call out how obscene your very existence is at the top of American government; I have a moral obligation to do so...So let me say this on Thanksgiving: I’m thankful to have this platform because as long as there are ink and pixels, you will be the focus of my withering gaze."

 

Feature image by Horst P. Horst featuring a corset by Detolle for Mainbocher, 1939. Via The Victoria and Albert Museum. 

Some Thoughts: Feminism, Fashion, and Makeup

Some Thoughts: Feminism, Fashion, and Makeup

Joana Choumali | Emotions à Nu

Joana Choumali | Emotions à Nu