Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Silly writing tip

This is hardly original, but here goes. I usually look at the screen when I type. It's been two decades since I've taken a formal typing class, so I'm not sure whether this is "correct" form, but I've found that I write better when I don't do that. At least, I'm less tempted to edit as I write, which has been a huge issue of mine. I know of someone who writes her drafts in white font, so she literally can't see it even if she wanted to.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tim Gunn is still wrong

I like Tim Gunn. Sometimes, he puts his foot too far into his mouth, but he's never malicious and he's been a advocate of healthy body types and a pretty vocal critic of the fashion industry's history of promoting only very thin bodies, but he's wrong about trans models. Or at least very misguided.

The comments he made in a Huffington Post interview from February resurfaced last week after model Andreja Pejic (formerly Andrej Pejic) came out as trans. In that interview, Gunn said, "I’m conflicted. On one hand, I don’t want to say that because you were a man and now you’re a woman, you can’t be in a women’s fashion show. But I feel it’s a dicey issue. The fact of the matter is, when you are transgender — if you go, say, male to female — you’re not having your pelvis broken and having it expanded surgically. You still have the anatomical bone structure of a man.” Not necessarily. HRT changes fat distribution, and depending on when someone transitions, trans women's bodies can still be within the parameters of cis women's, or cis models' bodies, who tend to be very thin anyway. By championing "normal" women's bodies, he left out a whole host of "normal."

Monday, July 28, 2014

The new and improved Five Dollar Camera

I'm going to spend this week going through photos to upload to what should be their final home.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Video of the Day: Kathleen Hanna on 'zines and blogging

I don't romanticize zine culture as much as she does, but I understand how someone ensconced in the punk underground in a way that I never could be would point to zines as something more "cultural" and "historical" as blogging. And let's face it, talking about blogging (or blogging about blogging) in 2014 is a pretty dated thing to do. What Zines did offer was a sense of community coupled with exclusivity.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Links & Bits: 7/25/14

The state of Maryland  now provides trans health coverage.

A retrospective of photographer Minor White's work

Giovanni's Room set to reopen