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Sunday
Sep022012

Lady Gaga's Vogue Cover Is Surreal Fashion Fantasy | Don't Be Ethel Granger

If you are one of those women who spends her days trying to look like a Vogue magazine cover model, STOP IT!!!

BUZZFEED points out the difference between Lady Gaga’s American Vogue cover image and the behind the scene video. We all know that the cover was photoshopped, but Mert & Marcus went overboard in the transformation of their image.

To be fair, Gaga’s Marc Jacobs dress is just not flattering on the vast majority of women. And if one watches the video, the worst angle of Gaga in the dress was chosen for comparison.

Anne of Carversville has a long history of writing about size 0 models and the most recent transformations of the female body in fashion. Anne considers the stripping of sensuality and muscle from the 90s Supermodels to reflect the industry’s conscious and unconscious need to disempower strong, sexy women. We share some of our most enduring, widely read articles.

Just Say No

Self Love Is Saying ‘No’ To Fashion Body Images You Hate

I’ve been ruminating over this new accusation that AOC and I aren’t members of the ‘creative class’ and don’t understand that our artists must be free to say and do whatever they wish. What they are saying is so profound that lesser intellects like myself just don’t ‘get it’.

Because I’m opposed to censorship of artists, I must agree with the point that our artists should be free to say and do what they wish with their art. But I will not refrain from comment, even if I earn a new title of intellectual ignoramus by the elite members of the ‘creative class’.

Never will I write that the image should be censored, which is why I leave it in all its glory for us to look at. It’s an example of the messages that women send each other. No censorship is permitted on AOC, but I will help women to keep these degrading images out of our psyches by Just Saying No. Let another woman love them but not AOC women. We are too strong for this nonsense.

Celebrating the Supers

Just Say ‘No’: Programming Your Brain’s RAS System to Hate Size Zero Fashion Ads

80s powerhouse supermodel Cindy Crawford told German celebrity magazine Bunte that she would stand no chance of being a successful model today.

“A body like mine with big breasts, normal thighs and toned upper arms” is no longer what the industry is looking for, she said. via New Zealand Herald

Desensualizing the Supermodels

Cindy’s healthy athletic figure was the rage in the 80s and 90s, along with Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour. Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer and more.

As a former Victoria’s Secret exec who worked with many of these models, I know we are in a time warp with today’s fashion designers, who care most of all about themselves and their brands. Neither models nor consumers penetrate the minds of today’s fashion patriarchy.

Models exist as coat hangers for fashion designers, experts explain, asking why women like me can’t get that reality through my pretty blond head. As fashion hangers, women must be as thin as humanly possible.

The problem is, this image does become deeply entrenched in the human psyche — among women and men. Much scientific research documents the fact that human minds process ad images as intended. Otherwise, why would advertising exist?

The Lilith in Every Woman

Christina Hendricks Reveals Our Inner Lilith Woman

I maintain that Ralph Lauren doesn’t like this Hendricks-looking, hourglass woman because she is … fertile, sexual, a bit of the Meryl Street wanton woman female with a robust libido.

You would think that Hendricks is every guy’s dream girl because she likes sex, men and is willing to make her own way in the male establishment back then. In a weird twist of feminism, today’s world fears the hourglass woman.

In the same way that blonds are considered to be best in bed but poor wives, given their extra-robust libido and supposed penchant for infidelity, the hourglass woman is sinful, and shame incarnate. She is Lilith.

Art directors and stylists are subliminal creatures, often striking poses and sets that spring from their unconscious minds without warning. Of course, I can see the Boticelli beauty of Christina Hendricks, but knowing of Lilith, Adam’s first wife, I chuckled over the Hendrick’s corset photo.

Years ago I published a small journal ‘The Gospel According to LIlith’. This was before the Conservative revolution that swept through America, basically derailing the women’s movement and leaving American women years behind those in other countries — about 60 other countries, according to the World’s Economic Forum report from Fall 2009.

Tuesday
Aug282012

Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista Prove The Supers Rock On! | US Maternal Death Rate Soars

Christy Turlington & Linda Evangelista | Patrick Demarchelier | US Vogue April 1991 | Designers: Beachside

Super News | Linda Evangelista Times 3 for September 2012

 

More Super News | Christy Turlington for Moms Worldwide

‘No Woman No Cry’

 Christy Turlington’s Maternal Health Documentary

Statistically, development experts agree that women are far more likely than men to invest available resources on their children’s education and welfare. When mothers are killed or left debilitated by childbirth, cycles of poverty and misery are particularly harsh for girl babies and young girls in the family.

See Christy Turlington’s foundation Every Mother Counts.

A Conversation with Christy Turlington Burns on ‘No Woman, No Cry’ Documentary

US Maternal Death Rate Soars

Forty-nine other countries of the world do better than the US at keeping new mothers alive. Yes, America ranks 50th in the world in maternal deaths.

Even though the US spends $98 billion annually on pregnancy and childbirth, the death rate for America’s new mothers has doubled in the last 25 years and is equal to that of Saudi Arabia. Read on at Huffington Post.

The chart below surveys maternal deaths by state through 2007. Click for large size.

Monday
Aug272012

GOP Pundit Kathleen Parker Tells Boys Club To Lay Off Women | Cardinal Dolan Embraces GOP Anti-Woman Platform

 

Pauline Van Der Cruysse, Zhu Lin | Michelle du Xuan | L’Officiel China September 2012

ALL new fashion posts, all channels.

Frank Rich on Nora Ephron

‘When Harry Met Sally’ writer Nora Ephron stunned the culture world by up and dying — without saying a word to her closest friends.

Frank Rich writes an in-depth profile on Ephron for New York Magazine, saying:

At Alice Tully, it was Meryl Streep who directly addressed the unspoken truth that “we’ve all been ambushed” by her death. “She didn’t like surprises, except happy ones,” Streep said of Nora while fighting back tears. “And she didn’t want ever to be caught unawares. But she really did catch us napping. She pulled a fast one on all of us. And it’s really stupid to be mad at somebody who died, but somehow I have managed it.” Finding that she had been on Nora’s “Exit” list of speakers, Streep said, left her feeling “so privileged and so pissed off and so honored and so inept all at the same time that I can’t help thinking that this is exactly what she intended.”

Kathleen Parker to GOP: Lay Off American Women

Illustration by Dress Code. Source Photos: John Giustina / Getty images (shirt & tie); Rubberball / Getty Images (Blonde Hair); Fotosearch / Getty Images (Suit); Emmanuel Dunand, AFP / Getty Images (Romney); John Adkisson / Getty Images (Ryan) via The Daily BeastRepublican conservative Kathleen Parker asks the question out loud that many Americans are quietly pondering: “What the *#@% is wrong with Republicans?!”

It’s always best when a family member delivers the chiding remarks, rather than the opposition. Parker speaks for the majority of Americans, based on every poll that we know about, when she slams Missouri congressman and Senate candidate Todd Akin, who spent all last week in the hot seat for his stupendously stupid remarks that the female reproductive system shuts down in cases of “legitimate rape”, preventing a woman from getting pregnant.

“Taken in isolation, his comments might have been only a blip in the news cycle”, writes Parker. “But his timing was, shall we say, immaculate, coinciding with GOP platform committee meetings and Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate. The platform includes one of Ryan’s signature issues—a human life amendment to the Constitution that could preclude abortion even for rape or incest. And Ryan, in addition to being the party’s budget genie, happens to have coauthored with Akin legislation seeking to redefine rape as “forcible” (as opposed to statutory) as a way of limiting public spending on abortion.”

Cardinal Dolan Sides With Republican Boys Club

In case one had any doubt that the top priority of America’s Catholic church is to take full control of women’s bodies, note that Cardinal Dolan is scheduled to deliver the closing prayer at the Republican convention in Tampa.

True, someone has to do it — but at this moment in America’s battle over women’s bodies, there is no more divisive symbol of patriarchal power than Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Writer David Gibson, representing the Religion News Service published a piece citing Michael O’Loughlin’s views expressed on America magazine, a Jesuit weekly.

“Cardinal Dolan’s appearance in Tampa will damage the church’s ability to be a moral and legitimate voice for voiceless, as those who view the Catholic Church as being a shill for the GOP have just a bit more evidence to prove their case,” O’Loughlin concluded.

Gibson finds only one precedent in which a member of the Catholic hierarchy flew to a political convention out of his district. In 1972 Philadelphia Cardinal John Krol attended the Republican convention that nominated Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew. Traditionally, the bishop of a host convention city does deliver a prayer at some point in the event.

Pro-life columnist Kathryn Lopez writes a contrary view that Cardinal Dolan is merely responding to a higher calling than politics, in backing Romney. She reminds us that Cardinal Dolan recently invited President Obama to the annual Al Smith dinner as an act of civility in the midst of his lawsuit against the Obama administration over abortion rights and access to contraception.

Related at America magazine: In Praise of Radical Feminists by Kevin McCardle