Articles about Fashion and Image

Feminism: it's more than skin deep. Here we discuss fashion and body image issues.

 Is going grey disgraceful?

Gayle Impey thought the days of older women routinely dying their hair were over. But a head of white hair on a woman still has the power to shock

Gayle Impey // 18 December 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image

 No access to the women's room

Going clothes shopping as a disabled woman is a nightmare, says D H Kelly

D H Kelly // 30 January 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image, Sex and Relationships, Stereotypes, Work and Play

 The politics of office dress

Melanie Davis usually wears grey trousers suits to work. Switching to a smart, clingy dress prompted a disconcerting change in her colleagues

Melanie Davis // 11 October 2011

Categories: Fashion and Image, Work and Play

 Teenagers exposed

15-year-old C. Robinson looks at the causes and ramifications of a culture where teenage girls are encouraged to bare all

C. Robinson // 3 June 2011

Categories: Fashion and Image

 Fashion and gender

Androgynous trends come and go, but high-street fashion remains for the most part strictly divided into womenswear and menswear. Lorraine Smith searches for an alternative

Lorraine Smith // 13 May 2011

Categories: Fashion and Image

 Dark angels

Roxanne Bibizadeh considers the experiences of women who choose to wear the manteau

Roxanne Bibizadeh // 8 December 2010

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Religion

Narcissus

This story by Madhvi Ramani considers the struggle of one person to measure up to the beauty standard

Madhvi Ramani // 23 May 2010

Categories: Fashion and Image

Back to burlesque

Has the shine come off burlesque as it mainstreamed? Chloë Emmott revisits her views

Chloe Emmott // 22 May 2010

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Work and Play

 In conversation with Senzeni Marasela

Last year Senzeni Marasela created an art installation called Jonga: the Museum of Women, Dolls & Memories, in a shop-front in Huntly, Scotland. Here Marasela talks to Claudia Zeiske about Barbie and the ways that beauty standards and pressures impose differently on women of colour and white women

Various Authors // 17 March 2010

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Interviews, Racism, Work and Play

A streamlined new me

Laura Thomas talks through her experience going from red mane to shaved head

Laura Thomas // 13 November 2009

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image

Gender in the playground

Primary schools are no utopia of skipping rope and gender blind comradery. Instead, girls are already learning to worry about their looks - and boys are learning male privilege, reports teacher Kate Townshend

Kate Townshend // 25 October 2009

Categories: Culture and Media, Education, Fashion and Image

How do I look in this, on this, doing this, with this...?

Feminist artists have often used the tactic of exaggerating the objectification of women to the point of parody. But Alex Brew questions how subversive this strategy is in practice

Alex Brew // 11 August 2009

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

 Some body to love

Forget which body-shape is 'fashionable' - women are more than just their bodies, argues Lara Williams

Lara Williams // 7 June 2009

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Feminism, Work and Play

Stink bombing the beauty pagaent

Protesters from Smash Miss Contest sneaked into the Miss London University beauty contest, releasing stinkbombs and distributing letters to the audience. Sarah Levack reports

Sarah Levack // 27 April 2009

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Feminism

 Pity in Pink

On a mission to buy a new laptop, Posie Rider found that manufacturers and sales staff believe the best way to get women to buy a laptop is to make it pink

Posie Rider // 7 February 2009

Categories: Fashion and Image, Stereotypes

Feminist progress: undermined by the media?

Anna-Kate considers how the porn and beauty industries impact the self esteem of girls and women

Anna-Kate // 25 January 2009

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

'Hasn't anybody ever told you a handful is enough?'

Boys groped her, men shouted at her on the street, and girls and women reacted with hostility. Samara Ginsberg reports on growing up with large breasts

Samara Ginsberg // 14 December 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Violence

What Not To Wear say to your co-worker

How would you feel if you found out the people around you chat about putting you forward for How to Look Good Naked? Kelly Draper knows all too well

Kelly Draper // 12 August 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Work and Play

F.A.T.

Girls and women need to give themselves a break from the endless preoccupation with fat, argues Katie Muller

Katie Muller // 7 May 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Of corset matters

Corsets were bad news for Victorian women, argues Laurie Penny, and modern incarnations are little better

Laurie Penny // 2 February 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Glamour models made me sick

Lads' mags are responsible for my eating disorder, says Hannah Whittaker

Hannah Whittaker // 2 January 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Sex and Relationships

Miss LSE or Miss-ogyny?

Antonia Strachey explains why she took part in a protest against a beauty contest for students at the London School of Economics

Antonia Strachey // 2 January 2008

Categories: Activism, Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Filling the hole

The self-hating mindset, if not the medical condition, of anorexia is frighteningly common, argues Katie Muller

Katie Muller // 6 December 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Feminism, Men

High heels with a pointe

A collection of extreme stilettos tells a very uncomfortable story about the high heels many women totter around in every day, says Gloria Dawson

Gloria Dawson // 9 November 2007

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

How many lesbians does it take to sell a t-shirt?

Girl-on-girl action may be marketing gold, but has little benefit for actual lesbians, argues Joanna Whitehead

J Whitehead // 4 November 2007

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Men, Stereotypes

The problem with pink

Pink ribbons may raise life-saving funding for breast cancer research. But, Michelle Wright says, October's month of consumer altruism glosses over the reality of the disease - and allows corporations to line their pockets

Michelle Wright // 31 October 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Stereotypes

Skinny porn

The size-zero debate is just another excuse for judging women's bodies, argues Abi M

Abi M // 30 August 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Where the size-zero debate goes awry

On the face of it, the size zero debate seems to address feminist bug-bears. But, argues Laurie Penny, it just creates another set of sexist stereotypes - and obfuscates the truth about eating disorders

Laurie Penny // 7 July 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image

'Honey! Your vagina needs a mint'

The Vagina Institute purports to provide a public service to curious women. But Samara Ginsberg detects a rather different agenda

Samara Ginsberg // 7 July 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image, Feminism, Sex and Relationships

Buying gunk

When the latest anti-aging cream hit the shelves, queues of women scrambled to buy it. But Gemma argues we should take a step back and think before fronting up the cash

Gemma // 7 July 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image

Why replication isn't subversion

Locher's t-shirts come with teasing slogans stitched in, but a closer examination reveals they are far from subversive, argues Louise Livesey

Louise Livesey // 7 July 2007

Categories: Fashion and Image

Yummy-mummy or pramface?

Baby-making has become a high-pressure pursuit, argues Abby O'Reilly. Celebrity 'yummy-mummies' only raise the stakes further and obscure the realities of child-birth and motherhood

Abby O'Reilly // 7 July 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Sex and Relationships

Girls Aloud, beauty secrets and lies

A recent magazine article on Girls Aloud proclaimed to "reveal their beauty secrets". But, Michelle Wright argues, all it really did was expose the effects of subscribing to patriarchal, capitalist beauty standards on women's self-esteem

Michelle Wright // 3 June 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

First impressions

Feminists are caricatured as ugly and fat by society. Assuming a recruitment drive for swim-suit models is off the table, Samara Ginsberg considers what we can do to fight back

Samara Ginsberg // 2 June 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image, Feminism, Stereotypes

A feminist guide to ballet

From body image to ultra-femininity, ballet has a bad rap with feminists. Returning to classes for the first time in 15 years, Jess McCabe finds her inner ballerina

Jess McCabe // 2 June 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

A hairy dilemma

Women are signed up at puberty for a lifetime of relentless hair removal. But, asks Emma Chaplin, if the alternative is pariah status and the laughter of children, what can a feminist do?

Emma Chaplin // 2 May 2007

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Hair today, mad tomorrow

Even when baldness is caused by illness, it is taboo because it flouts conventions of femininity, argues Nichi Hodgson. Britney Spears is only the latest in a long line of reviled, bald women - and, worst of all, she chose to shave off her locks

Nichi Hodgson // 29 March 2007

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Your Face Is Your Fortune

These days women can be successful in the workplace, but they're never allowed to forget what really matters: how sexually attractive they are to men. Marianne Cupit asks: are women still being judged on their appearance when it comes to their chosen career?

Marianne Cupit // 1 February 2007

Categories: Fashion and Image

Women Are Not In Fashion

This season's must-have fashion choices include the pre-pubescent child or the porn star; both one-dimensional images of female passivity and compliance. Where is the space for real, complex women in our culture and in fashion? Lucy Wilkins comments on the new re-packaging of the tired old virgin / whore dichotomy.

Lucy Wilkins // 19 September 2006

Categories: Fashion and Image

Under the Knife

Michelle Wright looks at the increasing normalisation of extreme cosmetic surgery in British culture.

Michelle Wright // 5 November 2005

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image

Who's the man?

Is masculinity simply "natural" or - like femininity - is it essentially performance? Holly Combe addresses this question and more as she reports on her first time at a Drag King workshop, and shares the results with The F-Word

Holly Combe // 1 August 2005

Categories: Fashion and Image, Men

Sick of Celebrity

Why is it assumed that all women want to emulate celebrities? Against the suffocating celebrity-worship culture, Nicky Raynor argues in favour of glorious anonymity, individuality, and a greater variety of female role models.

Nicky Raynor // 5 November 2004

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Not my Cup of T: slogans on women's T-shirts

Why is it suddenly fashionable for women to brand themselves "eye candy", "porn star" or "temptress "? Jo Knowles wanders the high-street for clues.

Jo Knowles // 20 July 2004

Categories: Fashion and Image

A Perfect Delusion

What effect are men's magazines having on men's views of women and heterosexual relationships? Samantha Lyster thinks men who fall for the magazines' propaganda about women are setting themselves up for a fall.

Samantha Lyster // 19 April 2004

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Men, Sex and Relationships

Handbags and Gladrags

Keys, tissues, Vaseline, sunglasses, batteries, tampons, gloves, paracetamol, sewing kit, rescue remedy... How come women feel naked without a handbag stuffed with items 'just in case', but men can cope with a pocket or two? Beth Anderson challenges us to travel light for a change.

Beth Anderson // 19 April 2004

Categories: Fashion and Image

Feminine Feminism

Laura Wadsworth loves lipstick, fashion, boys, and the colour pink. Does that mean she's not a feminist? No way! Girly girls can be just as feminist as anyone else, she argues.

Laura Wadsworth // 19 March 2004

Categories: Fashion and Image, Feminism

Cutting Women Down to Size

Is Michelle's victory in Pop Idol a sign that we're starting to reject the impossible beauty standards imposed on us? As much as she wants to believe, Jo Knowles isn't so sure.

Jo Knowles // 19 January 2004

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Body Image

Lorraine Smith explains the pressures the media puts on women to be thin and beautiful.

Lorraine Smith // 16 March 2003

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Pretty Vacant

Who wears the trousers? Holly Combe doesn't skirt the issue as she analyses society's negative attitudes to "feminine" clothing.

Holly Combe // 16 December 2002

Categories: Fashion and Image

Diet Grrrl - Feminism and Women's Magazines

Kate Allen looks at women's magazines today - and thinks enough is enough.

Kate Allen // 16 August 2002

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Confessions of a Failed Fashionista

I know what I should be. Don't we all? You only have to look around you at the magazines or watch TV. What should I be? I should know the difference between Versace and Louis Vuitton; between Prada and Paul Smith. Shopping for clothes should fill me with orgasmic delight. I should come home staggering down the street in strappy heels clutching hundreds of designer bags...

Catherine Redfern // 16 November 2001

Categories: Fashion and Image

The Signs of Ageing

Wrinkles? Come and have a go, if you think you're hard enough. Go on then, crows-feet, you don't scare me! I laugh at you! Ha ha ha! Grey? Grey? It's silver, you imbecile. Yes, you too can have this attitude to ageing. Just follow our three step plan, click here. By Catherine Redfern.

Catherine Redfern // 13 June 2001

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image

Teenagers and Cosmetic Surgery

Why are more and more young women opting for breast implants? Catherine Redfern offers an explanation.

Catherine Redfern // 16 April 2001

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

The Beauty Myth

Are we exploited by the cosmetics industry?

Catherine Redfern // 16 April 2001

Categories: Fashion and Image, Soundbites

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