Week In Review
Here's the week in review, a roundup of interesting happenings from our world.
On Cultural Appropriation, Racism and Fashion’s Blind Spots via Man Repeller
At issue: Marc Jacobs Spring 2017 Collection featured multicolored dreadlocks, which received a swift backlash from many in and out of the fashion industry who felt the use of dreadlocks on mostly white models was insensitive and exploitative, given the global politics of hair. (I also felt the comments section below the article was quite a thoughtful conversation.)
Patagonia's Philosopher-King via The New Yorker
A lovely, meandering story about the journey of Patagonia's Co-Founder Yvon Chouinard. The piece was a reminder of the power that we have to build truly great companies whose growth is predicated upon something more than selling people things they don't need to make money:
"The capitalist ideal is you grow a company and focus on making it as profitable as possible. Then, when you cash out, you become a philanthropist,” Chouinard said. “We believe a company has a responsibility to do that all along—for the sake of the employees, for the sake of the planet.”
Africa May Have New Giraffe Species via National Geographic
The discovery of three new genetically-distinct species of giraffe is a moment of promise for an animal struggling to survive a "silent extinction" across the African continent. It's a breakthrough moment, enabling scientists to get a closer understanding of giraffes than maybe ever before.
Activists Open an Online Window onto the Global Fishing Fleet via Scientific American
Understanding how a new online mapping tool called Global Fishing Watch can help to more tightly enforce legal fishing practices at sea. Illegal fishing, which is estimated to account for 30% or more of the fish caught globally, is a massive problem both for the sustainability of fish populations and for the health and safety of the fisherman who go out on illegal vessels.
"The hope is that governments and activists will use Global Fishing Watch to help improve the enforcement of fishing regulations—by seafood suppliers and customers to verify that fish are being caught sustainably; by fishing companies to demonstrate that they are complying with the rules; and by fisheries scientists to improve their estimates of fishing intensity and the effectiveness of fishery management programs."
Humanity and Culture
‘Big Success Story’: Sri Lanka Is Declared Free of Malaria via The New York Times
Celebrating another global development milestone and the success of public health intervention with the news that Sri Lanka is now Malaria free. In 1969, Sri Lanka was grappling with 500,000 new malaria cases each year. Free malaria care for all, including possible migrants and illegal immigrants, is an important prong of the disease control strategy.
The Opposite of a Muse via The New Yorker
The story of Isabelle Mège, a French secretary who has spent the last twenty years of her life approaching and persuading well-known photographers to take her picture, inverting the traditional photographer-muse model on its head.
What have you read this week?