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Jun 23 2014

Why “Hipster Sexism” Fails

[Content note: sexual harassment & domestic violence] My new post at the Daily Dot is about “hipster sexism/racism” in fashion. It doesn’t surprise me at all when CEOs of major clothing retailers or famous celebrity photographers turn out to be harassing, intimidating, assaulting, or abusing women, because the same thing happens everywhere else: politics, tech companies, sports, evenscience journalism. It …

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Dec 05 2012

Victoria’s Secret Doesn’t Actually “Love Consent,” But It Should

What sex-positive underwear could look like. (source)

This morning I discovered that Victoria’s Secret has a new line of underwear. It’s called “Pink Loves Consent” and features slogans like “Let’s talk about sex,” “No means no,” “Ask first,” and “Consent is sexy.” The models on the website have all kinds of different body types and they’re not all white. I immediately loved …

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Jul 30 2012

[Guest Post] Runway Rising: Perks and Challenges of a Socially Conscious Fashion Company

Hey everyone! In this guest post, my friend Danielle writes about fashion, mental health, and running a socially conscious business. To all fans and readers of Brute Reason, I am Danielle Kerani, CEO/Founder of the knit fashion company AK Kerani and a fellow student at Northwestern with Miriam. When Miriam first asked me to write …

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Apr 25 2012

Urban Outfitters' Possibly-Accidental Holocaust Reference

Aside from perhaps American Apparel, there might not be any clothing retailer that people love to hate more than Urban Outfitters. This time, UO has angered the Jewish community by selling a t-shirt that seems made to resemble the patches that Jews were forced to wear on their clothes during the Holocaust: The Anti-Defamation League …

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Mar 18 2012

I'm Not Poor: A Reflection on Class at Northwestern

[TMI Warning] Before I came to Northwestern, not once in my life did I feel like my family didn’t have enough money. To be sure, there have been times in my family’s history when we didn’t. Immigration–especially moving between countries and continents four times in seven years like we did–does deplete one’s financial reserves. For …

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Nov 04 2011

The Gym: the Poor Man's Runway

Yesterday, one of the main student publications at my illustrious university came out with this gem, titled “Dressing to Impress at the Gym.” After the title and byline, the article takes an unfortunately predictable route: So the gym might not be the sexiest place on earth. But, who says that it can’t be one of …

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Jul 25 2011

Leggings Are Pants, End of Story

[TMI Warning] Since most of the people who read this probably know me in person, I can probably assume that you, my reader, know how I look. Specifically, you may have noticed that I’m curvy. And when I say curvy, I’m not using that as a euphemism for “fat,” because that’s not what I am. …

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Apr 16 2011

On Girlcotts

The fact that Abercrombie & Fitch is marketing a push-up bikini top for pre-pubescent girls is old news now, but I read an interesting post on Fbomb about it and whether or not a “girlcott” would be effective. This got me thinking about the concept of “girlcotts” and of personal boycotts in general.

[Random aside: How would a push-up top work if there's nothing there to push up? Anyways.]

Apr 08 2011

On Apathy and Being Cool

[TMI Warning] I saw this on one of my favorite blogs, Thought Catalog, today. Sara David, the author of this post, uses American Apparel models (and models in general) to make a point about the aesthetics of indifference: Like, I get it. You want to represent the “cool you” on your blog. The you that’s …

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Jan 23 2011

Dressing for Depression

This Jezebel post caught my eye the other day. It’s called “Dressing for Depression” and basically suggests ways to put an outfit together when you’re depressed. As you might know, one of the symptoms of depression is that it becomes really, really hard–sometimes practically impossible–to do simple everyday things, such as getting dressed. This post …

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