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New Ways of Seeing: James Bridle's BBC radio show about networked digital tools in our "image-soaked culture"

James "New Aesthetic" Bridle (previously) is several kinds of provocateur and artist (who can forget his autonomous vehicle trap, to say nothing of his groundbreaking research on the violent Youtube Kids spammers who came to dominate the platform with hour+ long cartoons depicting cartoon characters barfing and murdering all over each other?). So there's no one better poised to comment on the way that the meaning of images is changing thanks to networked digital tools that have created an "...
Tags: Art, Post, Gender, UK, New York, Isis, News, Audio, Bbc, Surveillance, Infrastructure, Radio, Ai, Media Theory, Berger, Youtube Kids


Exhibition Review: Fashion for a Blurring Binary

A show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston tracks gender-bending through a century of clothing that defied rigid rules of sexuality.
Tags: Art, Gender, News, Museums, Fashion and apparel, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, Boston (Mass


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Sleeping over at the Louvre, floating cities, what really happened to the dinosaurs and more from around the internet The UN’s Floating City Concept Presented by a group of designers, architects and engineers at a United Nations roundtable last week, this floating city could be the future of sustainable (and affordable) living. Built in a lily pad-like array of hexagonal platforms, nearly 10,000 citizens could …
Tags: Gender, Space, Science, Design, Climate Change, Sex, History, Nasa, Mit, Vogue, United Nations, Dinosaurs, Un, Airbnb, Archeology, Louvre


United Airlines Offers X Gender Option for Non-Binary Passengers

Last year New York City (independently from the state) joined Oregon, California and Washington in offering a third gender option (X) on birth certificates. But many other official documents and forms (like passports, licenses, immigration visas) require people to choose male or female—making the process of representing oneself to governing bodies more stressful and less accurate. Now United has become the first airline to also …
Tags: Travel, Gender, Design, Washington, New York City, Culture, Lgbtq, Airlines, United, United Airlines, Linkaboutit, Transgender Rights, Oregon California, Transgender Community, LGBTQ Community, Non Binary


When Your World Spins Too Fast

It's an ugly time in our culture. I see pundits on cable news trying to explain why it's ugly and what we can do about it. But almost all of them miss the central point.America is changing in big ways, very quickly, and to a substantial minority, that is terrifying. And right now, for those folks, fear motivates everything in them. These people fear losing power (that they never really had), fear losing social status (that they never really had), fear losing their culture (which was never as Whi...
Tags: Gender, Musicals, Theatre, America, Gay, Broadway, Fear, Theater, Lgbtq, Joy, Drag, Scott Miller, La Cage aux Folles, Harvey Fierstein, Zak, Jean Michel


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Farewell to two cultural pioneers, debunking myths about women's bodies, our co-founder at SXSW and more Four New Statues of Women for NYC While NYC is scattered with statues of notable men, there are very few of women—just five, in fact. She Built NYC is commissioning four new statues of historical and influential women: Billie Holiday, Dr Helen Rodríguez Trías, Elizabeth Jennings Graham and Katherine …
Tags: Art, Books, Games, Gender, Space, Spacex, Design, Interviews, NYC, La, Nasa, Auctions, Board Games, Icon, Sxsw, Linkaboutit


Design Indaba 2019: Orange Culture’s Adebayo Oke-Lawal

This Nigerian designer wants to change the way we look at the bigger picture, all through fashion Orange Culture‘s founder and designer, Adebayo Oke-Lawal, is adamant that he didn’t simply build a brand, but a movement that goes beyond stereotypes surrounding masculinity and African heritage. Born and raised in Nigeria, Oke-Lawal created the label to start a new dialogue rather than add to the noise. …
Tags: Fashion, Gender, Design, Style, Interviews, Nigeria, Designer, Apparel, Design Indaba, Adebayo Oke-Lawal, Design Indaba 2019, Orange Culture, Oke Lawal


Lynn Enright Destroys Myths About the Female Body

In her new book Vagina: A Re-Education, Lynn Enright (journalist and “accidental vagina specialist”) is debunking the myths, theories and lies that many women grew up believing. From gender bias in sex education to pain, pleasure, pregnancy and beyond, Enright explores the female body and the experience of living inside one—with many personal anecdotes. Enright spoke with Kelly Pigram about the book, which is fascinating …
Tags: Health, Books, Gender, Science, Design, Education, Anatomy, Sex, Reading, Culture, Bodies, Linkaboutit, Enright, Kelly Pigram, Lynn Enright, Vagina: A Re-Education


Mine Have Naked People

Midway through Act II of La Cage aux Folles we get the number "Cocktail Counterpoint." It doesn't really feel like the other songs in the show. I used to think it was just filler because they felt like they needed a song there.I was really wrong.This is a deceptively complex piece that delivers so much information. On the surface, it feels like just an Irving Berlin style stunt, introducing several independent melodies, then combining them into counterpoint. But it's more than that. Berlin did ...
Tags: Gender, Musicals, Berlin, Theatre, Gay, Broadway, Theater, Lgbtq, Drag, Anne, Foreign Service, Herman, Jacob, Scott Miller, Marie, Irving Berlin


Four New Statues of Women for NYC

While NYC is scattered with statues of notable men, there are very few of women—just five, in fact. She Built NYC is commissioning four new statues of historical and influential women: Billie Holiday, Dr Helen Rodríguez Trías, Elizabeth Jennings Graham and Katherine Walker. Each statue will be placed in the borough that each woman called home—from the Bronx to Staten Island. The project is ongoing, …
Tags: Gender, Design, NYC, Culture, Feminism, Statues, Bronx, Staten Island, Public Art, Public Spaces, Monuments, Linkaboutit, Katherine Walker, City Planning, Helen Rodríguez Trías Elizabeth Jennings Graham


International Women’s Day: Gifts That Give Back

All these excellent products benefit non-binary and women-centric organizations Eschewing the rosé clichés and heavily branded hijacks of International Women’s Day, we have searched for items that actually support non-binary and women-centric organizations. Sales from all these products offer a percentage to initiatives including Peace Over Violence, National Institute for Reproductive Health, Women’s Prison Association, Planned Parenthood and plenty more. Many of our other favorites …
Tags: Art, Jewelry, Accessories, Gender, Design, Planned Parenthood, Clothing, Prints, Feminism, Apparel, Decor, Vases, IWD, International Womens Day, Gifts That Give Back


1970s Feminist Artists Inspired Many Famous Painters That Followed

Much of the inspiration for the loud and lauded paintings by men from the ’80s comes from feminist artists a decade earlier—by the likes of Joan Semmel, Maria Lassnig, Betty Tompkins and others. The 1960s and ’70s proved to be pivotal eras in privacy law, and the succeeding decade in art showed outward expression of these newly acquired rights—and feminist artists pioneered it for the …
Tags: Art, Gender, Design, Culture, Paintings, Linkaboutit, IWD, Feminist Art, Art Movements, Neo-Expressionist, Joan Semmel Maria Lassnig Betty Tompkins


First All-Women Spacewalk Ever

Since 1998, there have been 213 spacewalks at the International Space Station and only 11% of the more than 500 crew members involved have been women. But on the next walk, scheduled for 29 March, the team will be entirely comprised of women—from the astronauts completing the actual walk (Christina Koch and Anne McClain) to the those giving ground support (Mary Lawrence and Kristen Facciol). …
Tags: Gender, Astronomy, Space, Design, Nasa, Culture, International Space Station, Astronauts, Spacewalk, Linkaboutit, Anne McClain, Christina Koch, Mary Lawrence


Come and Investigate the Dark Side of Your Soul

As I wrote in my first blog post about this show, the title La Cage aux Folles can be translated a few different ways, but the one that makes most sense to me is The Cage of Madwomen. And yet, while folles usually means crazy or foolish, it's also a slang word for effeminate gay men. Think about that for a second.The name of the show -- and the name of the club at the center of our story, and the name of our show's title song about that club -- is all about ambiguity. As Georges quips in Act I,...
Tags: Gender, Musicals, Theatre, America, Gay, Canada, Paris, Broadway, Theater, Lgbtq, Shakespeare, Alice, St Tropez, Givenchy, Drag, Mack


100% Human Sweatshirt

Made from super-soft and comfy 100% cotton, this French Terry sweatshirt from Everlane is adorned with their now-familiar “100% Human” logo. Each piece in this range (which includes T-shirts and sweaters) results in donations to Equality Now—an international organization that works to change laws, set legal precedents, spread awareness and mobilize communities.
Tags: Gender, Design, Sweaters, Terry, Everlane, IWD, Equality Now, Sweatshirts, Gifts That Give Back


Women Who Pioneered Automotive Interior Design

A progressive hiring spree (at least, for the 1950s) by GM actively sought out women to design the interiors for all of the brands under their umbrella. The women, who held degrees from some of the country’s top design schools and worked internationally prior to being hired, faced sexism but their work pushed forward design as well as women’s positions in the workplace. The team …
Tags: Gender, Design, History, Equality, Gm, Interiors, Linkaboutit, Automotive Design


Women in Film Initiatives at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Stella Artois empowers with a film-finishing fund, a platform for the ReFrame gender parity stamp and more Everyone with a hint of cultural awareness understands that the Sundance Film Festival has been an industry leader for talent introduction and incubation for decades. Across the narrative, documentary and shorts categories, emerging writers, producers and directors get catapulted toward their dreams in one of the most competitive and collaborative …
Tags: Gender, Design, Films, Culture, Filmmaking, Documentaries, Stella Artois, Sundance, Gender Parity, Sundance 2019


TED Announces 2019 Fellows

Inventive, creative and inspirational people chosen for this year's program Celebrating its 10th class, the 2019 TED Fellows program welcomes a fleet of artists, inventors and entrepreneurs from a dozen countries and four continents. The honorees work across several industries and mediums, ranging from documentary photography and investigative journalism to urban astrophysics and space environmentalism—they come in to the program with work in progress and unanswered …
Tags: Art, Photography, Gender, Music, Design, Ted, Culture, Musicians, Ai, Performance, TED Fellows, TED 2019


Toxic Masculinity

Have you seen the Gillette ad that inexplicably has conservative America's panties in a twist? It's amazing that this ad charges into our already toxic public discourse just as we New Liners are in rehearsal for La Cage aux Folles, containing a song called "Masculinity." Imagine what the right-wingers would think of Albin! Oh, right, we don't have to imagine. That's our story.Yes, M. and Mme. Dindon are alive and well and living in America. After all, we've all seen the many and various indignit...
Tags: Gender, Musicals, Wikipedia, Robin Hood, Theatre, America, Gay, Broadway, Theater, Lgbtq, John Wayne, Gillette, Stew, Robert, Anne, Zaza


I’m Afraid of Men

Musician/artist/writer Vivek Shraya’s book I’m Afraid of Men is a fascinating, emotionally fraught and deeply personal tome. Shraya traces the concept and issues surrounding the patriarchy—from her own gender performance as a child, to its consequences for people of color, and the ways in which many see masculinity as a synonym for misogyny, violence, homophobia and transphobia. Seeing through the eyes of a transgender woman of color—if only …
Tags: Books, Gender, Politics, Design, Reading, Lgbtq, Vivek Shraya


Rare gemstone particles found in an 8th-century nun's mouth shatter a historical misconception

It turns out medieval religious manuscripts were not exclusively the domain of male monks. Fleck of a rare gemstone pigment in fossilized teeth prove women were involved in the making of religious manuscripts. We'll never see these exquisite books the same way again. Surviving medieval religious manuscripts can be quite beautiful, with impeccable calligraphy and adorned with intricately detailed and brightly colorful illustrations. By and large, their authors remain unknown, and they've been as...
Tags: Art, Books, Gender, History, Afghanistan, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Salzburg, Radini, Anita Radini, Fleck, Max Planck Institute, Ancient World, Badakshan, Alison Beach


Teeth prove women helped produce 8th-century religious manuscripts

It turns out medieval religious manuscripts were not exclusively the domain of male monks. Fleck of a rare gemstone pigment in fossilized teeth prove women were involved in the making of religious manuscripts. We'll never see these exquisite books the same way again. Surviving medieval religious manuscripts can be quite beautiful, with impeccable calligraphy and adorned with intricately detailed and brightly colorful illustrations. By and large, their authors remain unknown, and they've been as...
Tags: Art, Books, Gender, History, Afghanistan, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Salzburg, Radini, Anita Radini, Fleck, Max Planck Institute, Ancient World, Badakshan, Alison Beach


Sex lives and video games: first exhibition of LGBTQ gaming history opens in Berlin

Rainbow Arcade explores the cultural history of queer content and games, from Nintendo’s 1988 trans character to World of Warcraft’s pride paradesFrom Birdo, the 1988 Nintendo character described in the manual as a boy who “thinks he is a girl”, to Robert Yang’s recent Radiator trilogy, which includes an autoerotic game about pleasuring a gay car, there’s a surprisingly rich history of queer content in gaming. However, these instances are rarely portrayed as part of broader LGBTQ culture. Berlin...
Tags: Games, Gender, Design, Berlin, Society, Culture, Sexuality, Nintendo, Game culture, Identity politics, Exhibitions, Castro, Ralph, Schwules Museum, Robert Yang, Adrienne Shaw


Inspiring suffragist forgotten by history | Letters

Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy was described by Emmeline Pankhurst as the ‘brains behind the suffragette movement’, writes Susan Munro. Plus Sylvia Edwards on the new statue of Emmeline PankhurstI was on the Pankhurst March in Manchester on Friday and it was truly “joyous” (Letters, 17 December). I too was surprised there was no coverage in Saturday’s Guardian. You can redeem yourself, perhaps, by giving some column inches to another wonderful suffragist, Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy, a friend of th...
Tags: Art, Gender, Protest, Women, UK News, World news, Feminism, Art and design, Sculpture, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Emmeline Pankhurst, Elizabeth, Millicent Fawcett, Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy, Susan Munro


Studio Visit: Sidai Designs, Tanzania

Handmade jewelry that creates opportunities for Maasai women Just north of Arusha, Tanzania‘s historic Clock Tower, the jewelry workshop of Sidai Designs is tucked behind gates of their headquarters. In the garden, Maasai women sit under the trees hand-pulling pieces of recycled grain sack to twist into thread. They meticulously stitch glass beads one by one onto soft leather bracelets and necklaces. Dressed in colorful traditional …
Tags: Jewelry, Gender, Design, Women, Artisans, Swaziland, Tanzania, Empowerment, Studio Visit, ARUSHA Tanzania, Arusha, Masaai, Sidai Designs


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

"Hearables," fungi, the history of both humanity and the bandana and so much more from the web Fungi’s Many Life-Changing Uses While there are 144,000 discovered species of fungi on the planet, there could be many more—millions more, in fact. But finding fungi and sorting out whether or not they contain any useful chemical compounds comes down to chance. The serendipity, scientists argue, is what …
Tags: Wearables, Gender, Science, Design, Africa, Tech, Smartphones, History, Smartwatches, Sculpture, Fungi, Npr, Banksy, Archeology, Sexual Harassment, Linkaboutit


This Smart Dress Sheds Light on Harassment and Groping

For a project highlighting everyday harassment, Ogilvy and Schweppes created touch-sensitive dresses that reveal how often women are groped at clubs in Brazil. The sensor-embedded dress, made for the The Dress for Respect project, also measures pressure of each touch. During the experiment, three women wore the dresses and were touched 157 times in just four hours, with researchers tracking it all in real-time. Heat-sensors identified the …
Tags: Wearables, Gender, Politics, Science, Design, Clothing, Tech, Brazil, Apparel, Ogilvy, Linkaboutit


Interview: Antionette Carroll, TED Fellow and Founder of Creative Reaction Lab

"Mistakes will be a part of everything you do, and you’ll be OK with it. Failure will be a part of you, and you’ll be OK with that."
Tags: Gender, Politics, Design, Education, Interviews, Race, Diversity, Ted, Community, TED Talks, Design Thinking, Antionette Carroll, Creative Reaction Lab, Equity Design, TED Fellows


Linder’s “The Bower of Bliss” for Art on the Underground

This large-scale public project celebrates women and explores how they're represented Every year, almost 17 million journeys are made via the Southwark Underground Station in south London. As of yesterday, instead of regular billboards, commuters are to be met by a new 85-meter-long artwork by Linder, who has been an artist in residence for Transport for London’s Art on the Underground project for the last …
Tags: Art, Gender, Design, London, Bower, Culture, Punk, London Underground, Public Art, Linder, Art on the Underground, Southwark Underground Station


Death threats and denunciations: artists fear Bolsonaro's Brazil

Some have employed security guards. Others have fled. With Jair Bolsonaro about to take power, many artists in Brazil fear the censorship and intimidation they now endure will only get worseWagner Schwartz received the first death threat two days after lying naked on the floor of a museum in São Paulo. It was October 2017 and the Brazilian artist had invited members of his audience, which included children, to adjust his body: move a limb, roll him over, that kind of thing. This was for a dance ...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Gender, Activism, Protest, Religion, Americas, Theatre, Society, World news, Transgender, Culture, Art and design, Christianity, Stage, LGBT rights



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