Friday August 11, 2017

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I read a lot of blogs written by women who embrace fashion. Not couture, but every day fashion. Their approach to dressing. Their embracing of the mirror selfie. Their love of their bodies. It pleases me to no end to see a post where a woman is posing in her days outfit, whether it is in her backyard or in front of the mirror.  It makes me so happy when a woman asks whether she should wear something or not. It makes me want to leap with joy when a woman is proud of her choice of the day, so much so that she wants to share how she looks with a community of digital friends and followers. It all points to this: women of all ages have a place in the digital stratosphere as they do IRL. For myself, as someone who has had a complicated relationship with how her body moved in the world, how it had been received and perceived by the world, the fashion-leaning bloggers are an affirming mission statement. A reminder to me that we can continue to lead by example. By embracing who we are, who we have become, in the most modern way possible, sharing. It’s a powerful to know that as we get older, we have found a formula to loving our bodies as well as ourselves. How lucky are we to be able to have arrived at that bastion of harmony.

Sophia Chang: “I am celebrating the fuck out of my 50s.”

My dear friend Christina Kelly on the value of work.

I believe Anita Hill:”In the tech industry, women under 25 earn on average 29 percent less than their male counterparts. Women of all ages receive lower salary offers than men for the same job at the same company 63 percent of the time. They hold only 11 percent of executive positions at Silicon Valley companies and own only 5 percent of tech start-ups. Only 7 percent of partners at the top 100 venture capital firms are women. It is no wonder that the rate at which women quit tech jobs (41 percent) is more than twice as high as the corresponding rate for men. By and large, women are the only ones distressed by such dynamics.”

Susan Wojcicki: “And as my child asked me the question I’d long sought to overcome in my own life, I thought about how tragic it was that this unfounded bias was now being exposed to a new generation.”

That Google memo.

Paula Malcomson: “The most interesting shows on TV these days are female-centric. That’s a way of balancing things out because it has been a boy’s club for so, so long, for always and ever. But I love the voices that are coming out of women because it’s fresh ideas. I mean the anti-hero thing, we’ve done it really well, we’ve seen it and it’s a lot of fun, mind you. But it’s sort of these fresher, more progressive voices that I’m interested in.”

Amanda Seales: “Your sexual confidence isn’t just about having the confidence to say, ‘Hey, have you been tested?’ or ‘Yeah, I’m not sleeping with you without a condom.’ It’s also about having the confidence to say, ‘Hey, this isn’t really doing it for me. I’m not a hole. I’m a human.'”

Period activism.

So being neurotic is a good thing?

Pamela Love and baubles.

What does it mean to “look your age”?

Looking after the one you love.

Sex stuff.

More sex stuff.

And now have a laugh with Wendy Liebman.

 

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