1. Know Thine Enemy.
“Learn the ancient art of rhetoric. The elements of rhetoric, in all of their forms, are what make the world go around—because they are what prompt the decisions people make. If you develop an understanding of how they work, while everyone else is frightened by flames and booming voices, you will be able to see behind veils of communication and see what levers little men are pulling. Not only will you develop immunity from all manner of commercials, marketing, hucksters and salesmen, to the beautiful speeches of liars and thieves, you’ll also find yourself able to craft your speech in ways that influence people. When you know how to speak in order to change someone’s mind, to instill confidence in someone, to quiet the fears of a child, then you will know this power firsthand. However, bear in mind as you use it that your opponent in any debate is not the other person, but ignorance.”
-Justin Freeman, on the top 10 things we should know about in life.
3. Simple Truths.
“We will sometimes make people upset. That is ok, because we are right and they need to learn.”
-a dear friend
“While the world of public opinion may lean toward viewpoints that trivialize, slander, and demonize the experiences of marginalized populations, it’s important to note one key thing; They are wrong.”
-me (damn right I quoted myself)
This is a handout I ran across from my grad school multicultural education course. While my instructor was amazingly well-informed on the rest of the course material, this is where he fell short. I ended up doing a 1 1/2 hour lecture on gender and sexuality inclusiveness.
Anybody wanna play “spot the gendered language and signs of privilege”?
Strategies for Creating Gender-Fair Classrooms
1. Discuss issues of bias, curricular omission, and stereotyping in textbooks and software with your students.
2. When textbooks are limited or biased, use supplementary materials that offer information on underrepresented groups.
3. Teach your students about bias in their textbooks and materials. Have them assist you with bias-free displays, projects, and products.
4. When students work in groups, make sure the groups reflect diversity and monitor groups to see that all are equally contributing and participating.
5.Be a gender-fair role model for your students. Also, students will benefit from having multicultural guest speakers invited to your classroom.
6. Create a schedule that will give all students an equal access to the computer. Analyze the software to determine that it does not reinforce racial, ethnic, or gender bias.
7. Include peer tutoring and cooperative learning in your teaching strategy toolbox. These techniques will increase achievement especially if students are trained in how to work constructively with each other.
8. Give positive reinforcement to increase the amount of time girls and boys spend working together.
9. Have a colleague or supervisor observe you as you teach, so that your questioning patterns can be tracked to determine whether all students are receiving a fair share of your time.
10. Have students help track your interaction patterns as well to make sure all students are called on equally.
11.Do not tolerate hurtful words, bullying, harassment, or prejudice in your classroom.
12. Stay up to date on your reading and professional development in the area of gender equality.
T. Soro, 2009. Adapted from Banks & Banks, 2007. Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives (6th Edition).
This is the big ‘un. Well, one of the big ones.
Let’s start with women’s suiting. Why, you ask? Because McQueen.
Just take a moment to revel in the wonder of workmanship that is anything McQueen. I cried when that man died. I cried not out of frivolity or an overdone sense of empathy, but rather for the loss to the world of art, true style, and expression. He had a gift for telling a story through his work, of emoting the soul of his philosophy in textile form. His book resides on my coffee table, and every time I leave guests unattended in my home, inevitably I will find them poring over the pages delighting in the sheer depth and breadth of his artistry.
While McQueen always had a flair for the dramatic and colorful, I found the most pleasure in his highly constructed and contoured pieces, which were most often black and white. The house has continued in this vein and does nothing less than impress. The clothes, flawless and clean-lined, speak for themselves.
Next, you’ll find another Alexander. Behold the mother of all badasses, Alexander Wang.
When I first laid eyes on this piece, I thought Wang must have been smoking something – something pretty good by the looks of it. The dress reminds me of geographic striation; sedimentary layers of leather, skin, and string. I suddenly have a strong archeological urge to go excavate something. Anyone have a bejeweled shovel I can borrow?
Sporty! If tennis looked like this I would totally watch. Or does it look vaguely equestrian…? Wait, no, you need pants for that. Also boots. ANYWAY, I think jerseys should in some fashion resemble this ensemble. Perhaps Wang can supply the Olympic team their attire for the next games instead of Ralph Lauren. Pop your cap to that and salute.
This svelte dress is seemingly held together by boob tape and magic. That model has to be wearing pasties. WELP, better go buy a pair or start duct taping myself a la Carrie Fisher in Star Wars, because “There’s no jiggling in the Empire!”
We’ve gone from Alexander to Alexander, now on to another Wang! My dearly beloved Vera Wang is a personal go-to for drape-y silhouettes, a lovely feel next to your skin, and a lush color palette. I was quite surprised to see a lovely bit of form in her moveable line.
My favorite color is green, and when I laid eyes upon this photo I started bouncing up and down singing “GREEN greengreengreengreen green!” It is lacy and pretty and feminine and sexy and romantic and other adjectives. There’s give in the hips, lace on the knees, and a bit of fancy detailing on the shoulders. Also, those shoes are flipping hot. That is some ballerina-on-crack ribbon. Yuss.
I feel like Vera took a picture of some elaborate Victorian wallpaper and slapped it on this frock in alien blue. I am so okay with that. This shade of azule is not often seen in such proportions, and is instead relegated to a pop of color in the guise of a handbag, scarf, or chunky necklace. This, this here is some commitment to a color.
I’ll leave you on another green note. I’ve only recently been exposed to Behnaz Sarafpour, but I like her take on whimsical. I wasn’t a fan of her whole collection, but this outfit was strangely sweet and seductive at the same time. It has a sort of Downton Abbey feel to it, only much more risque.
That’s it for today, loves. More NYFW tomorrow. I still need to slog through all the runway pictures. Me = Trolling the internet for pretty shit so you don’t have to.
(All pictures via Style.com)
Diane Von Furstenberg has been wearing her Google Glasses all week to document the preparation and execution of her SS 13 line runway show at NYFW 2012. Her team put together a short video from the existing footage. My personal favorite part is when Von Furstenberg’s models don the frames for their runway walks. So. Effing. COOL.
…a lovely tribute to one of fashion’s most influential bloggers and photographers: 12 Things You Don’t Know About The Sartorialist.
…a fantastic quote from Put This On regarding closet space maximization: “I suppose every closet is a walk-in if you try hard enough.” Word.
…the Bespoke advantage: What’s a $4000 suit worth?
…how to Queer Your Wedding Wardrobe. The saddle shoes are AMAZING.
…why the Oxford comma is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.
…beautiful equestrian fashion shoot in Matchbook Magazine (pg. 62).
I’ve been introduced to some new awesome as of late. These are some blogs and Tumblrs that are holding my attention.
Love Aesthetics: Minimal color, maximum effect.
Outsapop Trashion: Fashion DIY and tutorials on taking throwaways and making them into gorgeous pieces.
Pastel Meth: Pale fashion Tumblr.
Put This On: A web series on how to dress like a grown-up (menswear). Has great tips on fit, form, and function.
The Lingerie Lesbian: Exactly what it sounds like.
Today I will write a blog post.
Today I got a call from a recruiter who tried to scam me. AT 8 AM. Not only are you a tool, but you are an early tool.
Today I got a call from an actual recruiter at a reasonable time of day. Unfortunately I did not hear my phone even though it was in my damn robe pocket (no, I have NOT gotten dressed. Why?). The message he left was so garbled that the google voice recorder added extra digits to the phone number he left.
Today my bird is stomping vehemently on some crackly paper. He stomped so hard he fell over, slid off the cage, fluttered to the bed and face-planted in a mound of blanket so hard he couldn’t get his head out for a minute. I did not assist. Now he has climbed onto my head and is trying to eat my ear. I regret nothing.
Today I am eating leftover custard. The custard guy who made my sundae told me to take a picture of it so I would remember that it had once been beautiful. I do not know how I feel about existential custard man. I just wanted custard.
Today I am all emo and grumpy. That usually means I get a lot done. I did, and am, and shall continue to do so. What, you expected a revelation?