Posts Tagged ‘Femininity’

Fashioning the Feminine

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Fashion is not necessarily a matter of expressing one’s “identity,” nor is it merely about trends or a matter of business, products, branding and economics, although there are many instances when these issues are very much in evidence. To my mind, fashion is a supreme articulation of the feminine on the surface of the body […]

I am Woman…Part Two

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The term ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ originates from a series of 15th Century purges on perceived facilitators of ‘sin’. Particular focus was predictably placed on consigning the fripperies of femininity, such as mirrors, cosmetics and pretty dresses to a literal fire, with the aim of imposing ‘morality’ and restoring the integrity of human value. In […]


I am Woman…part one

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

To what extent are you born a woman…and to what extent do you become one? It seems like an unusual question to ask but a recent visit to the Wellcome Collection’s exhibition, ‘Identity: Eight rooms, Nine lives’ challenges the very idea of gender and sex as fixed, immutable facts of biology. The biological determinant of […]


The Jig is Up!

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

In this age where women are aspiring towards an increasing sense of self-determination, is there any relevance to the act of social dancing with a partner? Historically, social dancing played a significant cultural function in the process of selecting a partner for the ultimate purpose of courtship and marriage. Such forms of dancing had a […]