What (I wore when it) Happened

In June 2016 Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination in a white pantsuit designed by Ralph Lauren. The outfit echoed a man's suit jacket, with widened lapels, a deeper v-cut in the front, and a wider skirt to the jacket. She wore white on white on white, a deliberate reference to the deployment of white by … Continue reading What (I wore when it) Happened

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Nerves

Update posted below (August 9, 2017, 11:33 a.m., EST) Watching Seth Meyer's bit on August 3rd, 2017, titled "A Closer Look/Trump in Crisis" this image struck me, because the posture, pose, and gestures of the President of the United States suggest a man in fear. It's a surprisingly vulnerable image: Trump overlaps his hands, clasping … Continue reading Nerves

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

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

The Apprentice

In April 2017 the "official" First Lady portrait of Melania Trump was released. Derided by some as an airbrushed, vaseline-lens-soft-focus yearbook-style photograph, the same portrait was lauded as by others as "glamorous". For one thing, many complained, as Hannah Marriott points out in The Guardian, Mrs. Trump looks like a reality show judge, a "depressingly logical" … Continue reading The Apprentice

Game, Blouses (part 3)

That's Hedy Lamarr (Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) just hopping over the fence to visit. Lamarr started in Hollywood films in 1937 and also started inventing all kinds of stuff. A born tinkerer, inventor, and mathematics whiz, during WWII Hedy and her husband developed a frequency-hopping system that "hopped" frequencies across radio waves in order to … Continue reading Game, Blouses (part 3)

Truth Telling

In 1864 Sojourner Truth began selling cartes-de-visite to raise funds to support black soldiers serving for the Union Army and later, for suffragism. Nell Irvin Painter's marvelous, astounding history of Truth, Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol (W.W. Norton and Company, 1997), Painter has an extended analysis of Truth's choices of self-presentation in these publicity photographs. … Continue reading Truth Telling

Violet Newstead

Violet Newstead, played by Lily Tomlin in the 1980 film 9 to 5, is a boss. But she isn't The Boss -- instead, Newstead is an underling, the woman behind a puny man, Franklin Hart Jr., played by Dabney Coleman. Violet has been held back by the sexism, misogyny, and injustice of her employer, and … Continue reading Violet Newstead

Madonna: You don’t see her anymore

Vivid memories of Madonna in the 1983 Mtv video for "Lucky Star." Like Tracy rushing home to watch The Corny Collins Show in Hairspray , I'd rush home after school to watch Mtv, and my first memory of Madonna was in the Lucky Star video. (In the early years, Mtv had veejays, such as Martha Quinn, … Continue reading Madonna: You don’t see her anymore