Note to self: The dictionary doesn't actually know everything. Thanks to one faithfully feminist Twitter user, the world is now aware of a major—and frankly, offensive—blunder made by our go-to English language knowledge source, Merriam-Webster. Writer Ali Steele recently pointed out on the social platform that the famous dictionary publisher's example sentence for the word "femininity" was a little, uh, outdated. Ali posted a tweet with a screenshot of the entry, which read, "She managed to become a CEO without sacrificing her femininity." The implication of the statement was... Read more +
As someone who is constantly resolving to spend less time thinking about clothes and cosmetics, I remember looking forward to my first reporting trip to Saudi Arabia, in 2007, in the way a compulsive Instagram user might anticipate a weekend stay in a place with spotty cellular coverage: as a period of enforced, but not unwelcome, abstinence. I was, at that point in my life—in my late 20s, and working as a reporter in Syria and Lebanon—increasingly pained by my interests in fashion and beauty, which seemed very much at odds with the serious journalism I aspired to. Arab society is highly gendered, and though female Arab culture, which can sometimes take the cultivation of beauty and femininity to extremes, had not yet occurred to me as a subject in its own right, I felt its influence every time I set foot outside. Read more +
Are “It” bags over? The phenomenon as we know it materialized in the late ‘90s and 2000s, during the golden age of tabloids and Sex and the City—before (believe it or not) social media came and changed everything. The first time I felt an emotional connection to a bag was back in 2005, when I was a fashion-loving high-school senior headed to New York University. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were famously enrolled at the school then, and I religiously studied the magazines featuring countless photos of the twins swaddled in bohemian layers, clutching their Venti Starbucks cup in one hand and a giant Balenciaga motorcycle bag in the other. “Chicest backpack ever,” I thought. I was convinced possessing that bag would validate me as a person. Read more +
Forty is the new 30? Absolutely—especially if you’ve been following our advice for the last two decades. But as much as we all strive to look younger, 40—in its truest form—can actually bring its own beauty blessings. Acne subsides for most, as do the hormone-propelled pigment issues from previous years. Your biggest worries are likely dryness, dullness, and burgeoning lines. Luckily, this phase tends to deliver more time to devote to your skin, as careers and even kids have perhaps grown more established. As for what to do with all that glorious time? The options abound... Read more +
OCTOBER 13, 2016
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