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The Magical World of Fashion

Fashion is a powerful world. Yes it drives consumerism and gives us a distorted image of the female body, but it’s also a magical place where powerful women congregate.

Out of love for beautiful close and classic shoes, women’s drive and energy is in full throttle.

The industry depends on women. POWERFUL women.

I mean we all know the big name designers…  Coco Chanel, Pheobe Philo, Diane von Ferstenberg, Stella McCartney (an active feminist to boot), Muiccia Prada… these are women that have single headedly shaped the way you and I dress over the decade. Talk about power… Talk about talent.

But the world of fashion doesn’t end at big designer names and the models who bring their visions to life. It opens up a vortex where female writers, photographers, pr reps, instagramers, bloggers etc can congregate. A place where they, themselves, can also build a name for themselves. Where they, themselves, can inspire other women.

Never underestimate the power of female collaboration…it may just make an industry

Some of my favourites are:

 

http://atlantic-pacific.blogspot.ca/

Blair puts the leopard and bold colours into business chic.

  

http://www.thedaybookblog.com/

Sydney makes motherhood look effortlessly chic.

 

http://7daysofchic.wordpress.com/

Steph makes chic a lifestyle for the everyday woman.

Facebook “links” to classroom learning; Are social networking sites targeting the female brain?

The developmental advantages that have given girls greater school success are in danger of being compromised by too much social networking.

The correlation between a girl’s superior academic skills noted in Michael Gurian and Kelly Stevens’ ethnographic study with the growing number of concerns analysts have with social networking supports the concern.

Associate Professor of Western University’s Journalism & Media Studies Romayne Smith-Fullerton has started to enforce a strict no laptop, no cell phone policy in her classes after noticing face-to-face learning was starting to become “a bit of a lost-art”.

Smith-Fullerton says, “I think technology affects students’

  • Interpersonal ability,
  • Their abilities to concentrate and
  • Their interest in and aptitude for deep analytical discussions and thinking”

The very three impacts Smith-Fullerton finds technology capable of, are the three superior skills Gurian and Stevens found girls to have. Their study of grade 6, 7 and 8 classes found girls to excel in literacy skills, social cognition and staying focused on the task-at-hand.

Through the past decade, various studies – in cohesion with Smith-Fullerton’s observations - have found social networking sites to be guilty of eroding each one.

1. Reading and Writing

An English Spelling Society study suggests Facebook is trudging all over students’ grammar; on social networking sites there is “no need to correct mistakes or conform to regular spelling rules”.

And the zest for a good read may just be following grammar accuracy out the door. A National Literacy Trust study suggests the next vampire-esque inspired series may be endangered because teens just don’t read.

After surveying 3,000 students aged nine to 16, they found 20 per cent of students never read books and 67 per cent surf instead of read.

Browsing over reading. Headlines over chapters. Snippets over novels.

2. Social Skills

According to a Stanford University Study, social networking sites do just that. It reported: “spending many hours […] using online communication was statistically associated with a series of negative experiences:

  • Feeling less social success
  • Not feeling normal,
  • Having more friends whom parents perceive as bad influences
  •  Sleeping less

California State University Professor Larry D. Rosen supports the study. He told Time Magazine:Teens who use Facebook more often show more narcissistic tendencies [and] more signs of […] antisocial behaviors, mania and aggressive tendencies”.

Further - girls are socially motivated; when they have better relationships, girls show better attitudes, effort, and performance.

Thus, to affect a girl’s superior social cognition is to disturb her overall success

3. Attention Span

Rosen’s study also shows negative impacts on a girl’s ability to concentrate

 He says “We have created a world where [students] cannot focus”. The Pew Research Center suggests 90 per cent of teachers believe Rosen’s claim, describing their students as “an easily distracted generation with short attention spans” (The New York Times).

According to Smith-Fullerton, as parents and educators post-pone filtering a girl’s social media use, their advantages are dwindling. She says, Manners are not innate; they’re learned. If we do not say and demonstrate we value politesse, then it will disappear”. Through repetition, the boost girls once got from social interaction is replaced.

The competitive edge girls once held over their male counterparts are in danger. 

The Frenemy.: Dating In Your Twenties

I could not have said it better myself

thefrenemy:

First, you should let it go. If you can’t find a bridge to ceremoniously drop a box of mementos and ticket stubs from somebody you love(d) or hate(d) and used to kiss, imagine putting that person in a large burlap sack and throwing them off some high mountain. Because this is in your mind,…

This video enrages me. CNN’s Poppy Harlow goes against a journalist’s “fundamental purpose”, according to The Canadian Standard Broadcast Council: 

"to disseminat[e] in a democracy; to enable people to know what is happening, and to understand events so that the [public] may form their own conclusions”.

Harlow suggests we should feel sympathy for these RAPISTS.

Reporters are there to describe what’s happening on scene. Not to make judgements, or commentary like “It was incredibly difficult to watch” (repeated twice) “This was an incredibly emotional day”.

Broadcast Journalist Training 101: You’re opinions are not for broadcast news.

Harlow is there to describe the scene - not her feelings of sympathy - for US to “form conclusions”.

CNN prides itself on being an unbiased news broadcast. CNN’s website dubs it broadcast as a “history-making coverage of news events” that “shape[s] the world”. 

Meaning, they know their power. Their influence over the public’s opinion. Over our opinion. A powerful job not to be taken lightly! 

But there is a bright side: Harlow has opened up dialogue between feminists. Between Human Rights Activists. Tweet’s have been roaring! 

Her poor-professionalism and complete disregard of her ethical code has made the opportunity to remind the haters (such as herself) that female issues are not just female movements, they are human movements. A movement that still must be thriving, seeing as men are still being supported by the big-haunchos for a crime.

We need more equality. More dynamically powered business meetings. More fresh opinions in the board room. And more of a chance that everyone’s issues and opinions are being covered in such broadcasts.  Humans benefit here - not just females.

Isn’t this worth fighting for? Together? As humans - not as a woman or a man?  

"Be True, Be You and THINK about what you’re watching" - WOM