Visually I love the works of people like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. I was always really interested in what happened there in the 40s and after the war. This period with all this creativity by Mexican artists and others drawn there. There are some really amazing female figures like Dolores Del Rio. She was the first Mexican star to cross over to Hollywood. She was very dramatic, very passionate and very much about expressing her sexual power. That’s not really what I am trying to get across, but her look definitely inspired me. Also the way Frida Kahlo addressed themes about being a woman in a way that was quite taboo at the time is inspiring. She wasn’t afraid to be a woman, and show her pain at the same time. It’s really important to show vulnerability and strength. That you can’t just be one or another
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Just last week, a 7th grader with a curvy build came home upset about this. She had worn an outfit with a skirt and leggings, and in the morning, a teacher had said to her, “Cute outfit.” But then her homeroom teacher pulled her aside at the end of the day and said, “You know, another girl could get away with that outfit, but you should not be wearing that. I’m going to dress code you.” Juliet Bond and the child’s mom were discussing the incident, not certain if the message to the child was ‘you’re too sexy’ or ‘you’re too fat.’
The kids also report that the teachers have been discussing ‘appropriate body types for leggings and yoga pants and inappropriate body types for yoga pants and leggings.’
Bond says, “This is concerning because it is both slut shaming and fat shaming. If a girl is heavy or developed, the message is that she cannot wear certain clothes.” Neither is acceptable. We should not be sexualizing kids, nor should we be making them feel that they can wear leggings as long as they remain stick thin. Bond asks, “Why are the girls being pulled out of class to have assemblies on whether they are wearing the right clothes, while the boys remain in class, learning and studying?”
I don’t have a problem with a school having a dress code; in fact, I attended a school that didn’t allow jeans or shorts or shirts without collars, but I do have a problem when the dress code is discriminately based on gender and body type. There is a big difference between telling all students to dress respectfully and telling curvy girls to dress in a way that doesn’t distract boys.
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Once, there was only dark. If you ask me, the light’s winning.
A Moment of Innocence, Mohsen Makhmalbaf
The idea which man forms of beauty imprints itself throughout his attire, rumples or stiffens his garments, rounds off or aligns his gestures, and, finally, even subtly penetrates the features of his face
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