Posts Tagged: capitalism

Faux Feminism in Trademark Tweeds

Karl Lagerfeld's decision to close this season's Chanel show in Paris with a faux feminist protest march is, in runway terms, possibly the worst political and aesthetic decision since Rodarte presented their Fall/Winter 2010 Juarez-themed collection.

Worse yet, major international news outlets are lauding it as a revolutionary move, with some writers going so far as to compare the aesthetics of the show to the May 1968 student riots. As people discuss whether or not feminism is a trend, it seems as if people are missing a lot of what's really, truly awful about this show.


A Great Place to Meet Someone Who Doesn't Care About You At All

Single fans of Ayn Rand's work, take note: there's a website where you can go to hook up with your fellow Randians. (Randites? Randinos? Randolays?) It's called The Atlasphere, and it sounds like a positively charming place to meet someone!

One intrepid Time reporter did a sampling of the profiles, and she compiled a list of some common answers in the "About me" section of the profiles. The results could not be more perfect.


Commodity Fetish: This Is Not Really What a Feminist Looks Like

There’s a special drawer in my closet dedicated to lost causes, the clothes I will never wear again but that I can’t find it in me to donate or throw away. They are all, invariably, the slogan shirt—cotton shirts that scream “Fuck H8,” “This is what a feminist looks like,” folded right next to shirts from Hot Topic that say in disparaging gray on gray, “I listen to bands that don’t even exist yet.” Words, words, words. Their sentiments are the same to me in hindsight, really. There were a few years of my life where I wore my politics quite literally on my sleeve.

It’s interesting to dig them [...]


"How feminism became capitalism's handmaiden—and how to reclaim it"

At the Guardian, a fantastically clear piece from critical theorist and New School professor Nancy Fraser on the exact way that late-stage capitalism poisoned the women's movement against solidarity:

As a feminist, I've always assumed that by fighting to emancipate women I was building a better world – more egalitarian, just and free. But lately I've begun to worry that ideals pioneered by feminists are serving quite different ends. I worry, specifically, that our critique of sexism is now supplying the justification for new forms of inequality and exploitation.

In a cruel twist of fate, I fear that the movement for women's liberation has become [...]