While we have long been able to count on the folks at Glamour magazine to tell us things like, "What He's Thinking When You're Naked" or "How to Dress 10 Pounds Thinner" (two of today's most emailed articles), it appears that they would now like us to rely on them for feminist inspiration. However, I found the "American Icons" photo spread in the latest issue to be less inspiring than it was confusing and disappointing.
The spread consists of twelve up-and-coming young starlets dressed like feminist icons from the past seven decades (it is Glamour's 70th anniversary issue). You know, because it makes perfect sense for two out of four of the stars of "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" to portray some of the alleged most influential women in recent history, right? Weigh in with your thoughts on the photos themselves, the motivation behind them, and suggestions as to who you would have liked to see in the photo shoot, after the jump!
I first learned about the French conceptual artist Sophie Calle from a
friend who was dealing with a break-up. My friend and I both have
obsessive personalities, and she was finding it impossible to wrap her
mind around the end of her relationship. She was talking about trying
to channel her experience into art when she brought up Sophie's work.
I was fascinated by Sophie's ability to turn her personal obsessive
tendencies into powerful art exhibits that are soul baring without
In her latest bout of kicking ass, Michelle Obama is using her family's eating habits as a way to hopefully incite healthier, everything-in-moderation eating across the country. While this may not be entirely realistic, considering it is hard for some lower-income families to obtain healthy options like fruits and vegetables, Obama is a fan of community gardens across the country and even soup kitchens that serve only fresh food. Read more after the jump!
Speak! Radical women of color media collective has just released their compilation of spoken word, poetry, and song! You can buy the CD online and proceeds will go to helping mothers and low-income activists attend the Allied Media Conference in Detroit! Full press release (featuring guest-blogger Lisa Factora-Borchers!) after jump!
Dark Was The Night is the 20th compilation album released to benefit the Red Hot Organization - an international charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for HIV and AIDS. The organization has raised close to 7 million dollars for AIDS relief around the world, due in part to the contributions and participation of some amazing musical artists as displayed in this latest release.
Read on for more information about Red Hot and Dark Was The Night's jaw-dropping tracklist...
While I've made my feelings about American Apparel clear in thepast, they certainly are making themselves into a moving target. Picking up the slack left behind by Urban Outfitters, AA has introduced a Legalize Gay shirt to their stores (a riff off of their Legalize LA model). Does this have anything to do with their recent drama in San Francisco? And what do we think of the commercialization of activism?
Those of you who have already gotten your hands on a copy of the hot-off-the-presses "Buzz" issue may have seen Janet Miller's interview with artist Jerilea Zempel. Zempel, a radical knitter (among other things), was featured on The Colbert Report a few months back reading a copy of Bitch! Although the print interview with Zempel in "Buzz" has some great information, there is even more to learn about Zempel and her work. Read the full transcript of the interview after the jump!