In an age when many of us, if not most of us, are constantly struggling to accomplish everything, we’re often faced with the great challenge of what to do. Technological advances have, at first glance, made things easier but what if I told you they’ve also made things harder (Remember when we used…
People keep telling me that I “look good” for 30, or that I “don’t look” 30. I do, actually. This is what this looks like. Being young isn’t necessarily the same thing as looking good. That’s why poets refer to it as “youth AND beauty”. They’re not necessarily synonymous. You can be young and not be beautiful. And you can be beautiful and not be young. Just because I’m pretty much both doesn’t mean I’m under the misapprehension that they’re the same thing. I feel like like Gloria Steinem (sorry, I know…). This is what 30 looks like.
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“These are women who have to fight to be included within the category ‘woman,’ in a way that is not dissimilar from the earlier struggles of black women and women of color who were assigned the gender female at birth.”—Angela Davis on trans women, from this talk (via kinkykinkshamer)
The temporality of Prada, and of fashion as a whole, is vital to Miuccia Prada’s method of working. Unlike comparative designers, there are relatively few obvious signifiers of Prada fashion – in the way that, say, Schiaparelli is associated with the padded shoulder, Lacroix with the poufed skirt, Dior with the cinched waist. Is there a single silhouette that Prada owns? A specific decorative device? No. But that isn’t a criticism. Miuccia Prada’s signature is psychological rather than physical. Her clothing is ultimately about discomfort – aesthetic, ideological, somewhat ephemeral. It is ephemeral because the ugliness Prada provokes with this season becomes the new beautiful. Her shifting aesthetics and erogenous zones influence fellow designers and mass-retailers, and sometimes have an impact across the larger realm of popular culture.
Prada’s championing of ugly can be seen as an expression of Susan Sontag’s ultimate Camp statement: it’s good because it’s awful. However, Prada is rarely Camp – and never sincerely Camp. That’s because there is an artfulness to the ugliness Prada shows us, an intellectual backbone. Her collections are never accidentally bad taste. Miuccia Prada knows exactly what she is doing – namely, upheaving our aesthetic axes, our idea of what constitutes ‘ugly’ and ‘beautiful’, on a six-month basis.
“The first generations of “academic artists” hit NY in the late 70′s to late 1980’s. I can tell you that very, very few of those artists were still making work in the late 1990’s and even among the successful ones,only a small handful are still making art today. Why? Because it is very hard to sustain any kind of real personal dialogue with art, if you come out of school and start making your own work right away. There is no period of failure. No striving to develop the true inner dialogue on which art is based. What one ends up dialoguing with is success and recognition. The all important period of developing your own vocabulary which is best done in the shadows is truncated, starved.Instead what one sees are people copying what seems to work for other artists and this is a betrayal to ones own budding vision, which cannot be rushed to fulfill some ego based need for recognition. There are many of examples of people who got that recognition early, shows, tours and grants from age 26 on who are empty and artistically exhausted by age 39, just at the moment that ones own vocabulary starts to naturally coalesce.”—Letter To A Young Artist # 1 Penny Arcade (via corazon-diablo)
He wants to “catch” you being hypocritical, so that he doesn’t have to treat you like a person. Unless you’re his pet project, you’re not a full person top him. He wants to find a reason to see you this way. He feels like, if you’re a hypocrite, if you’re inhuman, he doesn’t need to treat you like a person. He feels like he’s justified in focusing his rage on you. He feels it’s his duty and your subconscious desire, that he destroy you.