A Response to ‘Women Against Feminism.’

July 27, 2014 § 4 Comments

Julia:

Wow – waking up this morning and seeing all the tweets and posts on social media in response to the group Women Against Feminism – which is too disturbing to me on so many levels to go into, I’m reblogging this response from iwantedwings – A Geeky Feminist’s Musings on Visual & POP Culture. I wonder who is behind the anti feminist campaign and the motive? What do you think?

Originally posted on iwantedwings:

Imagine this:

The year is 2014. You are a white Western woman. You wake up in the morning in a comfortably sized house or flat. You have a full or part-time job that enables you to pay your rent or mortgage. You have been to school and maybe even college or university as well. You can read and write and count. You own a car or have a driver’s licence. You have enough money in your own bank account to feed and clothe yourself. You have access to the Internet. You can vote. You have a boyfriend or girlfriend of your choosing, who you can also marry if you want to, and raise a family with. You walk down the street wearing whatever you feel like wearing. You can go to bars and clubs and sleep with whomever you want.

Your world is full of freedom and possibility.

Then you…

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The American Girl Shoe – 1951

July 27, 2014 § 2 Comments

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Hoopla Parasols

July 24, 2014 § 2 Comments

I recently stumbled upon a small shop for umbrellas and parasols. Unfortunately the curt woman behind the counter wouldn’t allow me to take any photos inside, so I stopped outside after 3. Since I didn’t spend enough time inside the store I can’t really share any information on it, but I can recommend Hoopla Parasols started by Tillie Policastro and based out of Austin, Texas. If you’re looking for a high-end umbrella or parasol check out her website.

FLAT OUT FASHION on Hoopla Parasols

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Connecting the dots – Golo Footwear

July 21, 2014 § 2 Comments

When we were kids I remember my dad telling us he had worked on the 75th floor of the Empire State Building. It wasn’t until a few months ago when I started this blog that I learned some of the details. A couple of the articles that I found on my grandfather mentions my dad working for Golo Footwear as a stylist.  Perusing the trade magazines at the Library of Business and Science here in NY I came across the advertisement below. It matches a tie clip I found when I was looking through his things while visiting my mother.

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Established 1915 in New York City, Golo Footwear is best known for their patent white go-go boots made famous by Barbara Streisand.Vogue August 1, 1965-20

Read more about my dad, Arthur L. Benjamin here.

Stretch Pants, low boots…high sales – Boot and Shoe Recorder, 1964

July 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

Sally Lawson Protell - Fashion Editor Boot and Shoe Recorder 1964

Sally Lawson (Protell) Fashion Editor – Boot and Shoe Recorder, May 15th, 1964.

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Steve McQueen, Harper’s Bazaar, 1965

DEWEY and ALMY Advertisement, 1951

July 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

July 16, 2014 § 8 Comments

This summer I find myself in midtown quite a bit. When I’m walking around Grand Central I’m reminded of The Man in The Gray Flannel Suit. If you’re not familiar with the film, it’s based on the novel by Sloan Wilson and written in 1955. The film starred Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones.  Read the full synopsis here.

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straphangers – 1952

July 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Stripes

July 14, 2014 § 3 Comments

This summer the trend seems to be stripes, and in this post I pay homage to Bill Cunningham. I found trying to snap pictures of New Yorkers, who always seem to be in a  hurry – not easy. The fact that he’s still doing this in his 80s on a bicycle is truly amazing.IMG_1183

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Surfing Thongs

July 13, 2014 § 2 Comments

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Esther Williams

Growing up on the Gulf Coast of Florida there wasn’t a lot of surfing going on. But we still had one surf shop and we lived by the beach, so we spent a lot of time in flip flops or zoris which is what my dad called them. I remember when Surfing Thongs became popular. There was nothing that had that cushiony feel when you walked. They were light, but thick. I loved them. Now that summer’s here and we’re getting ready to make our annual exodus from the city to visit Grandma in Florida I find myself reminiscing about the first time I tried a pair on. How unusual they seemed from the regular flip flops we would get at the five & dime store near the beach. No wonder now my favorite summer shoe is Ginger by Reef.

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