Freedom’s in Fashion

These little ole' gals are Thomas Kinkaide's "Freedom in Fashion" figurines -- each named for a stanza in the National Anthem. Most women are familiar with the lazy fashion spread/advertisement featuring patriotic-themed clothing. As with Kinkaide's fashions, most of these designs offered to women shoppers are riffs on the American flag, or, simply featuring the … Continue reading Freedom’s in Fashion

Summer suffragists

I am reading a lot of news stories about women -- especially white women (more on that distinction in a sec.) -- who woke up after the election devastated with the outcome, in terms of what it meant for women, people of color, gays, the disabled, immigrants.  And more than upset, these are women who … Continue reading Summer suffragists

Mean girls

Grace's life is undone, dismantled, broken apart when her husband Robert declares his undying love for his law partner, Sol. With the loss of their life partners, their social position, and their homes, Frankie, Sol's soon-to-be ex-wife, and Grace create their own unique bond of female friendship. In the Netflix series Grace and Frankie starring Jane … Continue reading Mean girls

The Wrong Man for the times

Just who does Belle think she is? After she rebuffs Gaston, he warns LeFou "That girl has tangled with the wrong man." Gaston is a classic bully -- bluff, egotistical, trapped in his own reality, intent on power and revenge and incapable of understanding anyone beyond himself. And that especially includes an upstart, intellectual girl. In … Continue reading The Wrong Man for the times

It’s not about the dress you wear

...but the life you lead, said Diana Vreeland.  Well, it's been a while since the election and I feel pretty much like wearing this every day -- arming myself for battle, because it sure feels like it's on, mister, it's on. So thanks, Vreeland, it is the life you lead, but it is also about the … Continue reading It’s not about the dress you wear

Bravery on our minds

Andromeda is, according to the erstwhile wikipedia, "she who has bravery on her mind." In the ancient Greek world, Andromeda needed courage when she is sent as sacrifice to a sea monster, only to be saved by the handsome, strong Prince (son of Zeus) Perseus. Andromeda is most empathically female, the root of the western story … Continue reading Bravery on our minds

Permanent Investment

There's really no gussying it up: In 2016, a year of political disasters and other just plain bad-year stuff, the residents of Flint, Michigan were forced to use filtered or bottled water for drinking, bathing, and cooking. Let's not rehash the crisis here, but it's enough to say that residents were saddled with poisonous, dangerous water through … Continue reading Permanent Investment

Dream and Do

I've been reading the reviews of HBO's The Handmaid's Tale with as much fascination as anyone. This morning I thought about the frenetic pace of work the past few months, and my yearning to just be done with it --  I resent the constant demands on my time. In my fantasies, I float, untethered, above the … Continue reading Dream and Do

Meeting with (an) Angela

Ivanka Trump, of all people and to the great surprise and disbelief of many Germans, especially women -- is representing the United States at the G20 Women's Summit (Women20). For many German women, themselves in a nation with a high socioeconomic mobility factor and relatively strict laws governing gender and sex discrimination, Ivanka symbolizes two outmoded … Continue reading Meeting with (an) Angela