Category: Wimmin’s studies

The wrong dress

Ordering dresses online and then expecting them to fit. You’ve seen the Nick Park animation The Wrong Trousers?  Well this is the female equivalent:

Karen Smith of Scotland commented:

TBF the dresses aren’t that bad. It doesn’t help that the girls who bought the dresses have the posture of a sack of potatoes, plus they’re slightly larger/ bigger build/ shorter than the size 6 models in the advertising photoshoots.

Some dresses need to be taken in a bit or shortened, but again, the dresses used on the models have been tailored to their shape.

Doesn’t help that the models have had a professional photoshoot, with plenty of lighting and certain camera compositions used on them also.

All these things make a difference as to how a dress (or whatever) looks as well. It’s an illusion. A fine example of Expectation Vs Reality at play. People need to imagine what the dress would look like on themselves, not a size 6 model.

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Not just in Britain and America

What we’re talking here is not necessarily reality but perceptions:

The media is known for beating something up it latches onto, blowing it out of all proportion. Yet it really does seem the reality for many men. As for many women, it seems we’re all wife beaters and rapists.

Also wondering if Poo Jar is the best name a girl journo could have – maybe it’s fine in India.… More here ...

A new definition of engineering

Chuckles sends this:

Toni Airaksinen notes an interesting expansion of the Clown Quarter ethos

The leader of Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education recently declared that academic “rigour” reinforces “white male heterosexual privilege.”

“One of rigour’s purposes is, to put it bluntly, a thinly veiled assertion of white male (hetero)sexuality,” she writes, explaining that rigour “has a historical lineage of being about hardness, stiffness, and erectness; its sexual connotations — and links to masculinity in particular — are undeniable.”

“She” writes? Engineering? All right, let’s leave that to one side for now. Let’s accept that a female trailblazer can be an engineer and even become a “Doctor” somehow.

How though? Well, a clue is in this quote:

To fight [excessive masculinity], [Dr.] Riley calls for engineering programmes to “do away with” the notion of academic rigour completely, saying, “This is not about reinventing rigour for everyone, it is about doing away with the concept altogether so we can welcome other ways of knowing.

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High quality women, low quality women

Trump’s women are top drawer:

On the other hand, via SDA:

Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. A British firm calling itself Women To Look Up To is selling tree topper “angels” of none other than Hillary Clinton.

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The brainpower of [a percentage of] Millennial women

They really think someone takes them seriously?

1. This Lawrence bird

Actress Jennifer Lawrence has a “pretty good speech” prepared for when she meets President Donald Trump.

The Oscar-winner told Oprah Winfrey in an interview published in the Hollywood Reporter that she has been “waiting” to meet the president, though she may not have nice things to say to him if the occasion ever does happen.

“I’ve got a pretty good speech. And it ends with a martini to the face,” the 27-year-old told Winfrey. “I have something to say for all of them. I watch different characters on the news, and I’m like, ‘You just wait.’

Sigh, this is somehow news?

2. This Hadid bird

She’s known for wearing sneakers, even with fancy dresses, and is an official spokesperson for Nike. (That means her “purchase” of sneakers at the end is bogus.)

Hadid’s repeated[ly] use[s] … the words “homeboy”, “dope” and “sick” as synonyms for “friend”, “awesome” and “cool,” respectively.

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