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Kara, I love your photo gallery. I started looking at pictures too and realized something: 90s sexiness was about softer bodies, but also about a tougher look. Lots of raised eyebrows, knowing smiles, tongues stuck out, glaring… Not passive at all. Unless they’re like Lisa Carver’s zine photos, in which case they are tough but also sometimes, like, dead or sunbathing on the street…
Also, I would like to add this to our running list of “things that are supposed to represent the 90s but that we don’t think actually really do.” Maybe because she wasn’t tough at all? Or knowing at all?:
Ada, I love a fashion palette cleanser totally agree that the good news here is that that Karl Lagerfeld—a big-name designer and photographer—is deigning to take pictures of a body outside the norm. Um, I mean: totally the norm, just not in the fashion world.
In an interview about plus-size model Crystal Renn, I said that I thought the real barrier to getting different kinds of bodies in fashion magazines is disagreeable stylists and photographers, who complain that anyone not a size zero messes up their pictures. So in that sense, the V Size Issue is a victory.
Ada, I’m not sure I’m going to get into a PhD program, because I have spent my morning watching Beyonce and Lady Gaga on repeat instead of working on my applications.
(But if I have to go back to my old job as a beauty editor, I have a lot to say about Beyonce’s hotness. Also, we might need to have a private conversation about Lady Gaga’s lingerie in the Bad Romance video.)
Anyway, yes, I am totally with you on the many layers of ‘90s feminism in this video and here’s why: As anyone who has read Our Bodies, Ourselves or “The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm” knows, ‘60s feminism has always had a totally undeserved reputation for being anti-sex. What ’60s feminism was, I think, was anti-visual–at least in bed. Kinky sex? Yes. Garter belts and bustiers and video phones? No.
remember when thongs first became popular and everyone thought it was the end of civilization? except for the teenagers who were wearing them or hoping that their hook up was? i bet college students all over the u.s. are buying this american apparel update. (and though i have been going through a style regression since going back to school, i can assure you i wont be.)–kara
i have been so, so remiss with any kind of posting, but feel inspired by meghan mccain, amy adams, meredith viera, stephanie birkett….and you for posting about them. when are we going to have a moratorium on women apologizing for having sex, or for looking like they might potentially want to have sex, or for having had sex once before, etc.? (didnt you write a really good nerve article about how it is normal for girls to want to be attractive to boys and vice versa, etc? can you post it?) very randomly: as you know, i have an obsession with britney spears’s song “blur,” which basically details the morning-after of an intoxicated hook-up. on the one hand, i like it because it seems really real–about the oops, i didnt mean to do that kind of sexual experience that lots of teenage girls can relate to. but on the other hand, i like it because it also seems like its not entirely a cautionary tale–its also about the kind of experience that teenage girls aspire to. it sounds like something you did when you were 18 and something you wanted to do when you were 12. maybe only someone as shameless as britney could sing about it.–Kara