Category Archives: Fashion

Dear World of Pop

Last week it was the Brit Awards and, even though I am approaching forty, I still quite like to watch the awards. Having a teenage daughter also means it pays for me to be ‘down with the kids’ and know what’s going on in music. And upon watching the show it became apparent that nothing much is going on in the world of pop except the over sexualisation of women.

Not long after the programme had started, and somewhat before the watershed, a partially clad model draped herself over one of the presenters with nothing but stars covering her nipples and little else covering her lady parts. Continue reading Dear World of Pop

On the pink tax

Dear Reader,

Ever heard of the so-called ‘pink tax’ especially for ladies? Aren’t we, as a gender, so lucky that they’ve thought of a tax just for us? And in what is, of course, every woman’s favourite colour, right?

Um, let me think about this….no!

In case you don’t know what I am talking about, the pink tax refers to the extra costs we, as women, are subjected to. And subjected to, some would say, from the day we are born. Girls clothes often cost more than boys clothes. As do our haircuts. And beauty products. And dry cleaning. Continue reading On the pink tax

Creating a Revolution: Tree Change Dolls

Words by Honor Tuttiett

Children’s toys have long been a contentious subject. They can have influence in gendering children, creating a divide between boys and girls from the very start of life. Barbie and Bratz dolls have repeatedly had to defend themselves after accusations of them sexualising children’s toys. Toy shops must be a mine field for parents trying to give their child an unbiased play experience, but fear no longer! A lovely woman from Australia has by accident created a revolution in doll toys.

She calls them Tree Change Dolls and this week they have gone viral.

Sonia Singh was made redundant from her usual career and consequently decided to return to something she loved as a child; dolls. She was just experimenting with making-under the dolls she rescued them from the dump and charity shops. Removing their make up with nail polish remover and dressing them in wholesome, knitted clothes curtesy of her mum. She re paints their faces with more size accurate eyes and lips, creating a naturalistic style children can relate to easily. They are styled as hikers, gardeners and generally more normal images that you would be happy for your child to play with.

Her husband persuaded her to share these experiments with her Facebook friends of about 200, and from there, fame struck! The reaction has been overwhelming as globally people are seeing these dolls as a relief to their issues with toys. She says in her delight that she believes that young people would rather play with a doll they can relate to or see a resemblance in, rather than being encouraged to lust after hyper sexualised ideals. The world is already full of adverts asking you to be different, why should that have to be in child’s play too?

It is a shame that the statement didn’t come from the manufacturers themselves, but hopefully this will be the beginning of a new craze. Her Etsy shop is just around the corner, but she has stated that she is not a manufacturer and therefore the incredible demand for her dolls with take time to fulfil. Nevertheless the video I have linked to this piece shows you a bit about how she makes them, so you can have a go yourself! Try making-under your dolls and feel comfortable with your children’s toys! Hats off to Sonia Singh!

Racism, Sexism and Music Videos

by Pauline Musoke @ThePauzi

We are currently living in an intense environment of popular culture dominated by music videos, which are focused on traditional images of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity. Music videos may have changed over the course of modern history, but have certainly grown to be bigger, bolder, some would say sexier and more controversial. The reason for finding music videos problematic may be because of the unrealistic images of the human body and the messages that are being portrayed and sold by major music industries.

Music is one of the major things that connects the people of Bristol, both within and beyond the city. It allows people to feel a rainbow of emotions and express themselves in countless ways. Music can take us on a trip down memory lane, it can give us a sense of total freedom during the private moments when we dance around in our underwear and for some, music is their lifeline. However, much of the popular music produced today is accompanied with videos that present distorted images of sexuality and objectify women’s bodies. This is particularly the case of Black women’s bodies which are often exotified, have their behinds’ fetishized and are continuously limited of their autonomy because of their race, ethnicity, class and gender. Continue reading Racism, Sexism and Music Videos

The body image ideal is failing our young women

It’s January. The winter holiday cheer has slowly melted into worries about body weight, diets, fitness and health. Our increasing concerns about the way we look have significant economic and psychological implications, and it can start as early as school. The problem is that mainstream mass media and the beauty industry have a limited understanding (or care) about the impact of our body worries on our future.

Recent research conducted by the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England indicates that body dissatisfaction and the perception that one is too large (even if this is not the case) undermine adolescent girls’ academic achievement. It does not necessarily mean that the young women will fail, but it certainly can mean that their performance will decrease. Continue reading The body image ideal is failing our young women

Dress for Success

Photo: James Barke
Photo: James Barke

An excerpt from the latest issue of the magazine…

Photos: James Barke Words: Karen Lowe

Who’s heard of the saying “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression”? In a world where image is ever important, first impressions count, which is why it’s essential you get it right, first time around. If you imagine the clothes you wear as your own shop front – what kind of shop would you be? Would people look at you and want to buy from you? Would they be interested to learn more about what you sell or would they walk past and think there’s nothing of interest for me in there?

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