It’s Throwback Thursday! Let’s revisit Maurice Binder’s title work for Stanley Donen’s 1963 film Charade.
Charade on Art of the Title
Feminism is having a wardrobe malfunction.
Does your brand of feminism remove barriers for women, or simply move them around? Does is expand options for women, or does it just shift them? You don’t liberate women by forcing them to choose option B instead of option A. What is comfortable for you might not be comfortable for someone else, and it’s entirely possible that what you see as oppressive, other women find comfortable or even downright liberating.
Before you think the girl in the middle is a strawman, let me tell you I used to be her, back in my misguided youth. I considered myself the standard to which other people should adhere. But that was stupid. It’s not up to me to tell people how to dress, and it’s much nicer to let everyone choose for themselves.
Some women would feel naked without a veil. Some women would find it restrictive. Some women would feel restricted by a bra. Some women would feel naked without one. Some women would feel restricted by a tight corset. Others love them. Some wear lots of clothes with a corset. Some only wear the corset and nothing else. What makes any article of clothing oppressive is someone forcing you to wear it. And it’s just as oppressive to force someone not to wear something that they want to wear.
Alice fell down the rabbit hole
Of social media
Liking and retweeting
Following and friending
In 140 characters or less.
Through the looking glass
Of her smart phone
Alice dulled her memory
Randomising Wikipedia pages
Drinking in community edited trivia
Forgetting why she logged on in the first place.
Alice didn’t know any of the 12 people her boyfriend just added as friends.
Does he even know them?
After much deliberation
Alice’s boyfriend found himself blocked from her page
Though he never noticed until a new friend request popped up on his screen
One Sunday morning
While she looked serenely asleep by his side.
Do you know Alice outside of Facebook?
Does she know herself? He thinks
as he ignores for now.