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Monday
Nov182013

Would Frantz Fanon Agree With Orville Lloyd Douglas & His Essay 'Why I Hate Being A Black Man'?

Seeing these images of Marcelia Freesz, lensed by Fernando Louza for Marie Claire Brazil’s November issue got me thinking about Cuba and America. Paulo Martinez styles Marcelia in sheer, tropical elegance with utilitarian touches for a hard soft effect in ‘Havana Club’.

This weekend I caught Canadian Orville Lloyd Douglas on CNN, talking with Don Lemon about his essay ‘Why I hate being a black man’. His comments have caused both a backlash and an uproar — and also interesting dialogue like Douglas’ discussion with Lemon.

The issue of black self-hatred is something I am supposed to pretend does not exist. However, the great French psychiatrist Frantz Fanon wrote about this issue in his ground breaking book Black Skin White Masks in a chapter called “the Lived Experience of the Black Man”. According to Fanon, the black man is viewed in the third person, and he isn’t seen as a three-dimensional human being. The black man internalizes the perspectives of white society and its negative thoughts about blackness affect his psyche. In the chapter, Fanon discusses a white child calling him the “N word” and how he becomes cognizant of how he is different and viewed as someone people should fear.

Posting ‘Havana Club’ coincides with Sunday’s New York Times ‘Opinionator’ column A Lesson From Cuba on Race. I was researching Cuba’s health and education statistics like infant mortality rates — where Cuba’s is lower than America’s. It’s rates of vaccination and even education are equal to or better than ours. See Cuba; see America.

Written by Alejandro de la Fuente, director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and the author of “A Nation for All: Race, Inequality and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba.”

De la Fuente’s words echo those of Orville Lloyd Douglas and Frantz Fanon:

In other words, despite Cuba’s success in reducing racial inequality, young black males continued to be seen as potential criminals. Perceptions of people of African descent as racially differentiated and inferior continued to permeate Cuban society and institutions. The point is not that issues of economic justice and access to resources are irrelevant. Eliminating massive inequality is a necessary step if we are ever going to dismantle racial differences. There is, as Gutting argues, a deeper issue of access to basic resources that does need solution. But the Cuban experience suggests that there are other equally deep issues that need to be addressed as well.

Those issues relate to what another writer here, George Yancy, in writing about the Trayvon Martin case, referred to as a “white gaze” that renders all black bodies dangerous and deviant. Unless we dismantle this gaze and its centuries-strong cultural pillars, it will be difficult to go past the outrage on race.

As for Cuba’s relations with the US, Reuters reported yesterday that a new mood of cooperation — “a surprise warming” is “raising expectations of possible agreements to bring the two countries closer after more than 50 years of hostility.”

And who said that fashion isn’t relevant in provoking conversation! ~ Anne

Related reading: Jay Z breaks Barneys silence, says he’s going forward with fashion line deal and promises to personally tackle racial profiling allegations.

 

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Monday
Jun102013

Cindy Crawford, 47, Seeks Body Love & Self Acceptance By Age 50

Cindy Crawford on Body Image

Model Cindy Crawford, who helped define the terms ‘supermodel’ said in a recent interview with ‘The Edit’ magazine for Net-a-Porter that at age 47 — and with all her success — she has yet to “come to terms” with her looks and achieve self-acceptance. 

“I’m a normal woman, sometimes I feel pretty good and some days I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, nothing fits,’” Crawford told the magazine. “My new resolution is that by the time I am 50, I want to have come to terms with my body.”

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.