Lovely Links: 11/22/13

Kudos, GoldieBlox:

Angie weighs in on pairing hosiery with open shoes. Like me, she’s in favor.

Such a gorgeous take on head-to-toe black.

More girls than boys want braces, and more parents of girls want their kids to have them, even though girls’ teeth are no more crooked or misplaced than boys’. This is just one manifestation of the greater tendency to value appearance for girls and women more than for boys and men. ”

This hair tutorial inspired by Downton Abbey’s Lady Sybil is such fun.

A fabulous and mind-opening read: Five Responses to Sexism That Just Make Everything Worse.

Lisa mixes an intarsia sweater, gingham shirt, and skinny jeans for a fun dressy-casual outfit.

“I truly feel that I won’t look back with regret about my body size and wish I was a size 10 (or smaller) but I do feel that I will look back and wish I treated myself with more love just as I am whether or not my body shifts & changes.” (Via Weightless)

Flipping a script that the media loves to trot out – that women will need to go to desperate measures to look presentable after giving birth – Kate explains how she actually feels far sexier now that she’s a mom.

Feeling glum? Weesha’s yellow polka dot blazer will lift your spirits.

“Over the course of our day we are given the opportunity to make dozens of choices. Choices about what to eat, when to sleep, how to hydrate, how to move our bodies joyfully, and the beautiful opportunities to honor our needs for belonging and physical intimacy.”

This commercial is causing a stir in India because it highlights a wedding for a second marriage and features a bride with dark skin. So, ya know, kudos to Tanishq for some subtle envelope-pushing.

Could 3D scanners help make clothing sizing more inclusive?

Love Erin’s take on the never-fail moto, graphic tee, and flippy skirt formula. And that her tee is a wearable Ouija board.

“The only advice to ever give about how women dress is rather simple. There is only one answer, concerning a woman’s choices of how she dresses, ‘do what you will, what you want, what you choose.’ Imposing restrictions based on the reactions of others, whomever they are, is never a woman’s concern to the extent that it should affect her choices.”

Oh, how I adore this Cher Horowitz-inspired ensemble.

I wasn’t aware that #ManicureMonday was a thing, but I can say for certain that I LOVE the Geek Feminism take on the hashtag. Salimanicure!

Vaguely related: The pros and cons of stiletto nails. Hilarious.

Another great reminder that photos can be deceiving: A hardcore athlete shows an image of herself in a runway show and several close-ups from that exact same week. (Via Sam Loves Makeup)

This NYT article explores relatively new research into female relationships, aggression, and competition as they relate to appearance and sexuality. Can’t say I agree with everything in there, but it’s certainly an interesting read. (Cheers Q and Susan.)

An interesting musing on the word of the year, “selfie,” and how the act of taking self portraits can be transformative. (Cheers, Jean.)

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  • Such an honour to be included in your fabulous link list! Thanks so much Sally!

  • Peggy

    I’m seeing the Goldblox advertisement everywhere at the moment and, while the ad itself is seven shades of awesome I can’t help being disappointed in the product itself. It depends of the age of the child I suppose but the engineering is *really* simplistic and it doesn’t seem like it is particularly adaptable. Although, as more sets come out I suspect that may change.

    I feel disappointed that it seems to work with perceptions of what makes a girl’s toy rather than really challenging it. I kind of get a ‘Look, engineering! But it’s ok, girls, because it’s got ribbins, animals and a story!’ vibe. Even the ad kind of confirms this. Yes, they’re made an absolutely awesome system but it is still in a thoroughly domestic setting.

    I just found a link explaining similar concerns
    Hayounhttp://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/11/22/goldieblox-engineeringtoyforgirlsnotthatradical.html

    I’d love to hear what other people think.

    • Leah

      I agree with you Peggy. I find it ironic how they criticize pink toys, when they are advertising a product that basically took a gender neutral toy (Tinker Toys) and gave it a makeover to include pastels! And stars! And omg cute animals!!!! This actually feels like a step backwards in my opinion.

    • Hi Peggy

      I agree with you too. The adveritsement is adorable but it gave me a niggling feeling, even though I admire the developer immensely.

      I have a huge chip on my shoulder about the mentality that girls deserve “better” toys. Because actually, it takes a lot of inner resources to have hours of fun playing with dolls (as opposed to things with mechanical parts and whatnot) and they help develop important skills too. How about rather saying that all kids should have access to all kinds of toys?

      My parents never let me play with dolls, they bought me lego instead – which did not seem to help, since I am still horrific at logic and spatial orientation. What it taught me was that “girly” things were beneath me, dumb, superficial and uncool. So sad.

      This is just another case where traditionally feminine things are undervalued.

      • Peggy

        That’s a really interesting point, Osprey. I hadn’t considered that angle, but you are right that, in considering the toys children play with, thinking of one type of toy as ‘superior’ is just as problematic. I bought my daughter a doll to help her develop all those important skills you mention, but I did struggle with it. Thanks for highlighting that. I shall go play tea parties with a clear conscience now.

  • Belated thanks for the Lovely Links shout-out, Sal! Hope you had a great weekend.

  • Hi Sally! I’m a bit late in commenting, but I only just discovered that you had linked to my hair tutorial, and I wanted to say thank you 🙂