As IF AA could get smarmier than its own CEO??
Yesterday, American hipster clothier American Apparel debuted their “Menstruating Vagina” or “Period Power” t-shirt designed by 20-year-old Toronto-based artist, Petra Collins. The front of the shirt depicts a rather graphic (NSFW) hirstute woman, legs spread, diddling herself, while a river of red flows through her long multi-colored acrylic tips (click the jump to see it in full color) -
Look. We’re women. We bleed. We hate it. We freaking get it. Why in the name of Georgia O’Keeffe would we need or even WANT a t-shirt illustrating the curse front and center?
What’s next? A t-shirt with my ex-boyfriend’s mug on it? Kill it with fire.
I kinda get what they’re doing from a capitalistic point of view. We live in the “Miley Cyrus era”: shock in order to shill. Controversy is MONEY IN THE BANK. With the media attention AA as a company stands to get on this, I’m sure all the disgruntled journos, annoyed feminist groups and peeved pearl-clutching bloggers were deemed collateral damage. The shirts will sell out completely and re-seller hacks will be able to gouge for a bundle on Ebay.
I can also “get” what they’re doing from a “feminazi” (proper use of an over-used internet term, thankyouverymuch) sort of stance, if you will: they are challenging teen girls to face the “taboos” of female sexuality and to not view it as “disgusting.” On the contrary, a naked PEEN plastered on a T would be just as unecessary so my attempt at an argument is invalid. Keep Reading
Lately, I have been regaling myself with the thought-provoking animations created by Czech film-maker and surrealist Jan Svankmajer. I didn’t discover him until a few years ago, so I am still in the process of stumbling onto some of his better works.
If his style seems “familiar,” keep in mind that the guy has been influencing other artists and media since the 60s (Svankmajer is currently 8o years old).
Unconventional yet UH-MAZING? Exactly my kind of thing. Watch on.
FF to :43 seconds in if you want to skip the intro/credit roll and get to the good stuff.
Jan Svankmajer: “Dimensions of Dialogue”
For good measure – one of my favorite musical artists and his take on Svankmajer steez: Peter Gabriel “Sledgehammer”
Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot. Are you following me on FACEBOOK YET?
The Wonder Woman of Themyscira short fan film that I shot a cameo in back in July debuted today on Youtube and on Rainfall TVs’ own site (and a few other places like geekology, etc) -
So far, the buzz has been amazing – from how did they shoot it, why did they shoot it, why isn’t Warner Brothers (the entity that owns WW/DC) waking up and making our female superhero dreams reality to how the hell is there a black or “whatever she is” Amazon (had to love that one…try actually reading a WW comic book first?) -
Here she is folks: featuring Rileah as Wonder Woman, Clare, Kimi, America and yours truly -
Thoughts? Production: Rainfall tv
Have people stopped talking about Miley Cyrus yet? I’m over it, actually have never been under it.
If her family, close friends or perhaps her children one day ask her, ‘Mommy, Y U swing naked on construction equipment?’ that is her question to answer and hers alone.
Moving onward, upward.
A Twitter pal, who just so happens to be an ARTIST, sent me an amazing piece of artwork -
He goes by Arne AKA Ratscape and sketching people in superhero/nerd/geek glory just happens to be a pasttime of his! One of my faves is Rosario Dawson as a Vulcan - check out a bit more of his work here.
I am NOT NOT NOT an actress – but let me tell you, I would give a good portion of my shoe collection to charity if I could get an audition to play one of my childhood heroes, X-Men’s STORM (the other was Wonder Woman, duh), on the big screen. Sigh.
TODAY I am going to attempt to post a booty exercise on my Facebook page that is actually kind of FUN (yes, exercises can be a gas!) as long as you have a Swiss/Fitness Ball at home (if you don’t, now’s the time to get one) or in your favorite GYM, you are all set.
I am going to stop shopping cold turkey. Ask me tomorrow when I am sitting here blogging and breaking out in a cold sweat.
I’ve just returned from a family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. I spent the past few days sleeping and reading (maybe a little writing – fiction, yes, I’m making things up now) at the beach with my parents, sisters (2) and nephew (1, aged 2).
Now it’s MONDAY, I’m back and at my desk and computer, PMSing like it’s my JOB and wishing I could dissolve somewhere into a Caramello Koala, EBAY shopping induced stupor. Boo.
Anyway, one thing that will ALWAYS make me happy – no matter what else is going on (besides a good workout)? SHOES. No not one pair of shoes, multiple pairs. And I mean – I am borderline have a real problem here. This is something that I know and have always known about myself but guess what? Long hair, don’t care. It could be worse. Right?
While I have quite the collection of “kicks” in my closets, my drug of choice (if I was ever FORCED to make one) is BOOTS. All kinds. Flat, wedge, bootie, calf, thigh, fringe. I will wear those bad boys all year round. Keep Reading
Wow. I’m kind of disgusted with myself for staying away so long – but you can BRACE YOURSELVES for a ridiculously long post.
*I’ll explain that headlining photo after the jump -
In my lamest of defenses – I am VERRRRY active over on my Stalkbook/Facebook page — if you haven’t followed or subscribed to me there, I must IMPLORE that you do (as Facebook does NOT allow me to “friend” anyone anymore, my entire page is WIDE THE HECK OPEN to anyone who subscribes. Oh, stop and just do it).
Truth: LIFE is out of control these past few months! In a good way, of course – but crazy nonetheless. Hence, my little “break” from blogging.
Let’s recap, shall we? A few things that have “gone down” since I last blogged (pathetic! Hey give me credit for admitting it?): Keep Reading
Captain Obvious to the rescue AGAIN.
Federal court has ordered global casual shoe brand Skechers USA Inc. to give 520,000 customers full refunds on their trainer purchases in a $40 million+ class action lawsuit: The company claimed that wearing their $80USD Shape-Ups, $54 Resistance Runner and their $40 ToneUps would actually help you, the gullible customer, to lose weight faster.
The courts considered multiple factors in deciding to approve the settlement and found it provides just compensation to the plaintiffs.
The settlement amount covers more than 70 lawsuits from across the USA. The lawsuits were consolidated in federal court in Louisville. Skechers denied the allegations but said it settled to avoid long litigation.
The CEO of [semi] popular co-ed fave brand Abercrombie & Fitch, Mike Jeffries [pictured] is still REFUSING to add larger sizes of women’s clothing to the stores. They only want “attractive and thin” people wearing their label, and they make no apologies.
When I first saw this story popping around reddit, not gonna lie to you – I thought it was a joke. I haven’t shopped in that store since college, how would I know?
Did some research on the American-retailer and on the news regarding their controversial stance on “acceptable women’s sizing” blah blah blah – come to find out, dude & Co. is serious.
“We go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes] [in our stores], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that.” Keep Reading
Those of you who know me know that I LOVE ME SOME BEY. She can (most of the time) do no wrong in my eyes.
She’s beyond GORGEOUS, has a killer curvy body, she’s talented and successful, she has a husband who is equally as successful and supports her and she’s a MOM. I don’t know her personally (and it pisses me off) so from my vantage point it looks like homegirl has got it going ON.
But I have to say I am kind of ‘meh’ over this music/video commercial collabo betwixt Beyonce and H&M (she is the “face” of their summer campaign). It feels…”dated?” For lack of a better description. The song featured is her latest, “Stand on the Sun” which is pretty good – the “commercial/music video” features the usual bod-ay, hip rolling and hair-flipping-ness. The video was directed in the Bahamas by Swedish film and video director, Jonas Akerlund who has been in the music video game for a long, long time. What do you think?
My problem is that I expect too much. Girlfriend is exhausted after putting on that incredible Superbowl half-time show and deserves a little ‘creativity’ break.
What do you think of her dark-haired look? Sound off.
I love the internetz. Why? Because it provides a constant source of “clownery” (one of my favorite new made-up words) every single day.
Rebecca Martinson, president of University of Maryland’s sorority Delta Gamma, resigned today because a profanity-laced rant that she sent off to her sorors or “sisters” for “being ^%%# awkward and %$%$%^ boring” ended up going “viral.”
The lovely email communication ended up crawling around the world the way everything can and does now-a-days.
Read Rebecca’s words of wisdom below. **WARNING**: If cursing like a sailor, horrid truck stop language and derogatory profanity words offend you, I highly suggest you skip to the end: Keep Reading