Liu Xianping has become somewhat of a celebrity in China. When his granddaughter needed someone to model for her women’s fashion store, he stepped up to do it. Apparently, his figure is the envy of women all over China. I can’t quite decide if I think this is really sweet of him or not…
The LA Times has an interesting piece about the changing gender dynamic of Iran since the government made contraceptives free:
Without intending to, Iran’s clerical leadership helped to foster “the empowerment of Iranian women,” said Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, an Iran expert at Virginia Tech. “The mullahs may be winning the battle on the streets, but women are winning the battle inside the family.”
Iranian woman have fewer legal rights than men and are limited in which jobs they can hold and what they can wear. But more of them are attending universities and postponing childbirth. In public universities, female students now outnumber males 65% to 35%, leading to calls in parliament for affirmative action for men.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, however, has sought to reverse the trend toward smaller families. Doubling the country’s population of 75 million would enable Iran to threaten the West, he said.
He has denounced the contraceptive program as “a prescription for extinction,” called on Iranian girls to marry no later than 16 or 17 and offered bonuses of more than $950 for each child. So far, he has been widely ignored.
“Iranian women are not going back,” said Sussan Tahmasebi, an Iranian women’s rights leader now living in the United States.
As Iran Made Contraceptives Free, Iranian Women Made Strides [LATimes]
Above, three Soviet guerrillas fight on the Eastern Front. Below, Allied nurses are shown at Normandy on 4 June, 1944. Both shots come from a fascinating photo set of women at war in WWII on The Atlantic.
World War II: Women at War [The Atlantic]
Princess Hijab is a graffiti artist who’s been painting hijabs and burkas on ads throughout Paris. From the Guardian:
Princess (Hijab)winds through the corridors of Havre-Caumartin sizing up the advertising posters lining the walls. She has agreed to meet as she scours stations for targets for her next “niqab intervention”. In Spandex tights, shorts and a hoodie, with a long black wig totally obscuring her face, one thing is clear; the twentysomething doesn’t wear the niqab that has become her own signature. She won’t say if she’s a Muslim. In fact, it’s more than likely that Princess Hijab isn’t even a woman. There’s a low note in her laughter, a slight broadness to her shoulders. But the androgynous figure in black won’t confirm a gender. “The real identity behind Princess Hijab is of no importance,” says the husky voice behind the wig. “The imagined self has taken the foreground, and anyway it’s an artistic choice.”
“I started doing this when I was 17,” she says (I’ll stick to “she” as the character is female, even if the person behind it is perhaps not).
“I’d been working on veils, making Spandex outfits that enveloped bodies, more classic art than fashion. And I’d been drawing veiled women on skate-boards and other graphic pieces, when I felt I wanted to confront the outside world. I’d read Naomi Klein’s No Logo and it inspired me to risk intervening in public places, targeting advertising.”
The Princess’s first graffiti veil was in 2006, the “niqabisation” of the album poster of France’s most famous female rapper, Diam’s, who by strange coincidence has now converted to Islam herself. “It’s intriguing because she’s now wearing the veil,” the Princess muses. Intially she graffitied men, women and children and then would stand around to gauge the public’s response; now she does hit-and-runs. “I don’t care about people’s reactions. I can see this makes people feel awkward and ill at ease, I can understand that, you’re on your way home after a tough day and suddenly you’re confronted with this.”
Princess Hijab, Paris’ Elusive Graffiti Artist [Guardian]
From the pages of vintage comic books comes a list of reasons that girls cry. Above you see number 67: not being able to afford go-go boots.
Panels 66: Why Chicks Cry [Easily Mused]
Posted in Art, Funny, People
Tagged Chicks, Comic, Cry, Emotions, Explained, Girl, List, Tears, Understanding, Why?, Women
The top women’s magazine in Germany, ‘Brigitte’, has officially stopped working with professional models, saying “the entire modelling industry is anorexic.” The average professional model weighs 23% less than the average woman. In the past, Brigitte has had to photoshop added weight onto models to make them resemble their readers.
Lebert said the magazine would call on German women to put themselves forward as models for fashion and makeup articles.
“We’re looking for women who have their own identity, whether it be the 18-year-old A-level student, the company chairwoman, the musician, or the footballer,” he said, adding that he wanted a mix between prominent and completely unknown women and would look out for politicians and actresses interested in modelling.
Posted in People, Thought-Provoking
Tagged Anoerixia, Finally, Germany, Industry, Model, Photoshop, Skinny, Unrealistic, Weight, Women
Salon has an article worth checking out on the 7 Vices of Highly Creative People. It’s really worth checking out. From the story:
Covey is no business guru, but rather the result of a world gone awry — the world of work made worthless. Gone are the large expense accounts. Gone are the smoke breaks and three martini lunches. Gone are the innocent office flirtations. Good lord, who would want to work in an environment like that?
I slam my fist on the table. “We need a book about the 7 Vices of Highly Creative People before the whole country ends up in a straitjacket!” Bobby agrees enthusiastically, grabs a stack of napkins and begins writing. All the years we’ve spent studying history and literature are finally paying off. It isn’t easy. But after six hours and five pitchers we finish the job. The pub closes so we gather the napkins and head for a late-night bar to celebrate. It isn’t quite a book, but what the hell. We have better things to do than write another damn self-help book.
The 7 Vices of Highly Creative People [Salon]
Posted in Art, Cunning Scheme, Thought-Provoking
Tagged Alcohol, Creative, Credit Cards, Drink, Gambling, Literature, People, Sex, Tobacco, Vice, Women