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Girls Wanna

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I love this look that Cyndy Lauper wore to the Grammys. As you know, I’m not a fan of pastels, but on Cyndy, this romantic themed pantsuit looked just right. And silly me, I thought Cyndy was British, but no, she was born in Astoria, Queens. 

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This black, velvet jumpsuit, by Jean Paul Gaultier, on Miley Cyrus made me so happy. It’s perfect in so many ways. First of all, it’s velvet! Secondly, the silhouette with the nipped in waist shows off her slim, youthful figure.

And third, the little “neck piece” is a caplet, and it’s just the kind of understated look that couture does.

The red dress, that floufy, fluffy, confection that Miley wore when she sang with Elton John, was also beautiful, and I loved the contrast between her red carpet and performance looks.

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Jenny Holzer


Racism, sexism, antisemitism, xenophobia, and homophobia are no longer acceptable responses to diversity and multiculturalism.

“Isms” and phobias are being conquered, and then one after the other they are being put away in a cupboard marked history.

Make no mistake, conquered is the right word, because the prejudices, stereotypes, and ignorance that gives rise to all hatred of the “other,” takes generations of activism to eliminate.

Today, most Americans will hardly notice the African-American surgeon you didn’t expect to do your foot surgery,

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et tu, Germaine?


Et tu, Germaine?

I was waiting for Germaine Greer to weigh in on the #metoo movement, and I didn’t have long to wait. 

“What makes it different is when the man has economic power, as Harvey Weinstein has. But if you spread your legs because he said ‘be nice to me and I’ll give you a job in a movie’ then I’m afraid that’s tantamount to consent, and it’s too late now to start whingeing about that.”

The second part of the quote is important:

“I want women to react here and now. I want the woman on a train who feels a man’s hand where it shouldn’t be…to be able to say quite clearly, ‘Stop.'”

The vehemence of the response to Greer’s statement, as compared to those of Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot, which were quite harsh, is as acidic as Greer herself often is.

Germaine Greer is a feminist of the old school: truly radical, highly educated, and totally unapologetic.

What I find ironic is that those are the things that the opposition,

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no escape

No Escape

I’ve said it before, I started blogging about style and fashion and all the fluffy stuff, because I had become exhausted by the tough stuff. Years of work with and among the marginalized had finally overwhelmed me with its ugliness. Please read Vodka and Chanel 19 here

But I am preternaturally unable to ignore the environment around me, I am hypersensitive, I am an empath!

I can’t hide it and I can’t run from it, it always finds me and then shames me for turning my back on it. The tough stuff, the ugliness. There’s no escape.

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