RAGE: Being a woman

You feel it too, don’t you? Is it the same for you as it is for me? A hot, acrid flame flickering raggedly somewhere beneath your solar plexus. Uncomfortable and constant. Rage borne of being raped, beaten, sold, forced to bear children, underpaid, unrepresented and unacknowledged for centuries. The rage of being a woman.

It feels like it’s coming to a head this week. Today, in fact. This morning, Dr Christine Blasey Ford will testify against Brett Kavanaugh in a bid to keep him off the US Supreme Court. And, as always, women wait with uncertainty to see just how much value white men put on our lives.

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Why Won’t Fashion Ditch the Problematic?

Tell me this and tell me no more, why does the fashion industry refuse to ditch problematic individuals?

From designers to photographers to models, we have a plethora of individuals facing allegations and charges of racism, sexism, sexual assault, physical assault … it goes on. But, season after season, there they are on the front rows, gazing out from magazine covers and being credited with a seemingly endless stream of work.

And why? Is there not enough decent creatives in the world? Do we really even need to think about separating the artist from their art? Is it not time we demand more as consumers?

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