Yay! A new post on one of my favorite blogs

By Voxy  

Have I mentioned how much I love the Glossed Over blog?

I love it because Wendy, who runs it, has an outlook that I wish I had could have written myself: “I love fashion and makeup, and I’m intensely interested in the media and women’s issues, so anything that lets me get juiced up on righteous outrage while simultaneously allowing me to ogle lip gloss and shoes is a magnet. As a feminist, it irks me to see women slighted in any form of media, particularly in venues that are created by and specifically for women.”

Wendy is a kindred spirit.

Anyway, her latest post skewers one of Glamour magazine’s latest “features”: “What to Do With a Naked Man (That You Haven’t Thought Of Before).” Here is a brief excerpt:

[Glamour says:] Non-verbal cues to relay consent: Your hand on his upper leg is pretty much the universal sign for “you’re getting some later.”

[Wendy says:] Excellent! There’s no way a potentially disastrous misunderstanding could result from that.


I love Wendy. Go and read her blog and show her some fellow smart-and-snarky, thinking-woman-who-loves-lipgloss love.

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  1. avatar marigolds
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’m reading Barthes’ _The Fashion System_ and came across this; I thought Wendy might appreciate his sentiment.

    “it is the active process of a (nonetheless empty) signification which makes the Fashion magazine a durable institution; since, for such a magazine, to speak is to note, and to note is to make signify, the magazine’s speech is a sufficient social act, whatever its content: it is a speech which can be infinite because it it empty and yet signifying; for, if the magazine did have something to say, it would enter into an order whose very goal would be to exhaust that something; on the contrary, by making of its speech a signification pure of all argument, the magazine launches one of those processes of pure maintenance which create enterprises which are theoretically infinite” (Barthes 288).


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted June 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Interesting! I would also say, “not unlike popular music.”


  2. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

    She’s brilliant, thanks for the link Voxy! Like Froggy, I read some of the blog this afternoon whilst waiting for an experiment to finish. Much better than research papers.


  3. avatar Francie
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks for the link, Vox. I heard and obeyed. Love the “Tables of Discontent”. Hope she does more of them.

    And now that I think about the cover designs, the mags look all the same. Is it a requirement that the model’s head always slice the title in two? Cosmo-tat, I-yle, Glan-ur (that’s meant to be half an “m”, btw). So formulaic. The irony, it burns!


  4. avatar Froggy
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Heh, I like her. Working through her old posts while my samples spin down…


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