It’s a bit overcast here on the south coast today, and something I ingested yesterday (not sure if it was food or germs) has me feeling a little off today, so the combination of the weather and being under the weather is a good excuse to take things easy. I’m having afternoon tea with my mum and Second Offspring at a cafe later, which should be fun.
Hope your weekend has been restful, and that you enjoy this week’s links.
It’s something I feel I should be able take for granted that women younger than I am should be feminists, given that I, approaching middle age, am a committed feminist. But as much as there is debate about what is and isn’t feminist, what women should and shouldn’t be calling themselves, it is always, always wonderful, when men of any age simply see equality as a given. This piece about Daniel Radcliffe discussing sex symbolism is just brilliant.
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‘Old lady’ is a label most people (even older women) don’t necessarily like to attach to themselves, because it has many a negative connotation, but when it’s coupled with ‘fashion’, the image conjured up is not a pleasant one. As this article points out, there have been fewer options available for older women than for their younger counterparts. At long last, however, it seems as though the fashion industry is realising that being older should not necessarily limit the kinds of clothing available to women. As first impressions count, and since we do generally judge books by their covers, I am completely behind the idea that as women age, we should be able to choose to wear a variety of clothing, just as young women have that choice. It shouldn’t be a case of either wearing clothes designed for teenagers or those Miss Marple prefers. Just because women are older does not mean they lose any desire to feel comfortable and attractive in the clothes they wear.
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There seems to be a reality TV show for every conceivable industry these days, and the food industry is certainly well-represented. Robert Appelbaum discusses the irony of our obsession with food programmes where the focus is on very particular food types or preparations, considering so many people are not able to either afford the time or the money to acquire or prepare these foods. Shouldn’t we be looking at ways to feed more people, better? This might begin by considering how we can make real food more affordable, especially given the low wages of those who work in the food industry.
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Finally, a very sobering document which I would recommend you only read if in a content and stable state of mind, because it’s incredibly sad and disturbing. I’m including it because whenever we enter into some kind of conflict where weapons and the military are involved, we should always be asking what force is necessary. If there were any doubt that it is the right thing to put a stop to ISIS, then this document makes a strong case in the affirmative. In order to have the moral high ground, we need to ensure that we are doing all we can to stop this kind of barbarity, while making certain that we don’t, in turn, become barbarians ourselves. Can we do that, in the face of such atrocities?