Benneton's campaign stired up some controversy when they released their unhate campaign depicting various male world heads locking lips. It resulted in the Vatican threatening to take legal action, and the US to make a valid claim of the President not to be used for commercial value.
"While global love is still a utopia, albeit a worthy one, the invitation ‘not to hate’, to combat the ‘culture of hatred’, is an ambitious but realistic objective. At this moment in history, so full of major upheavals and equally large hopes, we have decided, through this campaign, to give widespread visibility to an ideal notion of tolerance and invite the citizens of every country to reflect on how hatred arises particularly from fear of ‘the other’ and of what is unfamiliar to us. Ours is a universal campaign, using instruments such as the internet, the world of social media, and artistic imagination, and it is unique, in that it calls the citizens of the world to action. At the same time, it fits perfectly with the values and history of Benetton, which chooses social issues and actively promotes humanitarian causes that could not otherwise have been communicated on a global scale, and in doing so has given a sense and a value to its brand, building a lasting dialogue with the people of the world.”
Pope Benedict XVI kissing Egyptian cleric Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed El-Tayeb
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, kissing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
US President, Barack Obama and Venezuala's Leader Hugo Chavez
What say? Do you think Bennetton has taken it too far, and gone too comercial? Or are they really striving for change?
(Don't know when it was posted, but I think PETA is stupid anyway.)
Need I say more?
It's beautiful and empowering to see ladies in a band. Here are a few of them from the bands I listen to.
Krysta Cameron from iwresteledabearonce
Alexia and Anissa Rodriguez from Eyes Set to Kill
Chibi from The Birthday Massacre
The Smashing Pumpkins
1. D'arcy Elizabeth Wretzky
2. Nicole Fiorentino
Anna "Aya" Stefanowicz from Unsun.
Beating the heat? Sort of. It's quite comfortable, easy to create and fun to paint over and give any old tees a new look! I have taken to cropped tees. :)
Underoutwear. I have taken to wearing my slip as pants. And why not? It has amazng lace! I love lace. Additionally, suspenders! Haha. I always wondered.. why the hell pay so much for something no one is going to see? So I went over to La Senza a few months ago and bought colourful undergarments.. ok. bras and I intend on letting them feature as part of my clothes! Must get pictures of the same. :/
Additionally, I have taken to bowling hats. I want one!!! So much stuff. GAHHH!!!
Got an FCUK top with a mime mask on it in a beautiful grey. with much mardi gras suggestion. :D
(Inspiration images. And mimes. They scare me.)
(my suspenders. :) )
A few months ago I started listening to Warpaint, and it was the first time I didn't hate Indie. Their music is trippy and so soothing. I went a step further and read a few interviews of theirs. Those girls are crazy. Rad, if I may also say.. and it doesn't hurt that they are pretty attractive too! Apparently they don't give too much thought to their appearence, so I guess they are naturally 'fashionable'.
Do give them a listen.
Perhaps I'm ODing now. :P
Alternative fashion implies something abnormal. Such can be noticed with reference to the Gothic, Punk, Emo, Scene, Garage subcultures. Most alternative fashion is visible in subcultures as these. They stand for a break away from normality with reference to fashion. However, this leads to much stereotyping of people who dress in similar fashions. Often each have been confused with the other, which is quite insulting. For example, implying that ‘emo’ and ‘goth’ are synonymous is just wrong.
These genres crop up due to ideologies. When a group of people have feelings of solidarity, that they can be represented by a particular ideology or aspects of the ideology, they take to the fashion. Most of this is influenced heavily by art movements, including those in literature, music and art itself. I personally, take to music related genres. Niche groups like these take to DIY, thrift, vintage and anything unavailable freely.
Unfortunately, this has become mainstream. With people's growing need to drag from that which rebelled against normality, to being conventially unconventional. And thus the descecration of what it stands for. The media has resulted in not just commodifying, but also making it so common that the people now seem like clones! Such is the world today.
When they did exist in their (comparatively) pure forms, the ladies I can think of as main contributors are (in no particular order):
(Yes, I know there are better pictures, but I think this is crazy enough to represent.)
I don't particularly understand the need to take a concept, rape it and popularise it. For example the "boyfriend" look. This looks has been known as the androgynous look for a while. And I mean a long time.
What is Androgyny? The whole idea of being Androgynous. Being Queer. The Queer theory.
"Androgyny involves the scrambling of gender markers (clothes, gestures, speech patterns) in a "surface politics of the body." Since the early 20th century, androgyny has been deployed in both dominant and marginal discourses to camouflage "unconventional" female sexual choices and practices by creating the illusion of an asexual identity. It has also been evoked in reference to females who "do" both "female" and "male" gender without being constrained by either." (Jennifer Robertson, for the American Ethnologist.)
One of my papers next year is 'Gender'. Unfortunately it has so much to do with Feminism, that in all honesty, I think I would wish to barf. Last night I took to studying Gerontology, which is one of my chapters for my exam on the 23rd, and when my notes spoke of the drawbacks of tending to the Aged, there were arguments about how the rights of WOMEN weren't specified! How irrelevant is that, thought I, as I do not see how it would make any sense to discriminate and say that women require more attention than men when they are old. That is highly unfair. And hence I promote that one needn't be what their biological being forces them to socialise themselves as, but rather as what they wish. That one may adopt various things of each gender and portray it in one's behaviour. Of course, there is a need to socialise that we may be accepted. Whatever it is. I hope we shall have a chapter at least on Queer Theory and/or society. :)
Referring to the trend, it would be an immediately reaction to raid all male wardrobes. I remember my friend and I doing so in college. This, in addition to my obsession with suspenders and shirts at a point in time. I think I have evolved to prefer a more casual way, turning to lose pants and shirts. My ultimate possession would be a beige pair of pants, which I seem incapable of getting my hands on! Nevertheless, much is to learn from this look. Women raided their husband's closets during the '60s to save money, resulting in their taking to such a fashion.
1.These are merely my views. I may be factually incorrect. Do correct me if you disagree based on facts, and yes, opinions are welcomed.
2.I speak of not conforming to one gender, here. As gender seems to form a ground for discrimination, that I would agree, exists.
Here are a few representatives of Androgyny among the Glamourous today:
On noticing that I havn't really written anything in a LONG time, I have decided to make my page a little more active. Not only will this not be read, but I will seem stupid to myself for having written it anyway. But who cares? I am listening to newly downloaded music. As we don't get cds of the bands I like here in India! So yes! Now I ought to be studying. I'm studying social inequality right now. Just a chapter. How prominent it is in India helps me graps it easier. I wonder how people of other, more developed countries would react to having to study such material. If I were to tell them about the rigid caste system, wherein people of different castes tend to not inter mingle. Especially the higher two Varnas (castes) with the lower two. I probably sound stupid, but it's the same as the feudal system! :)