Monthly Archives: October 2011

Gender and Subversion

In highlighting difference, incongruity becomes another way of suggesting that things are not as they seem. Cross-dressing disguises one’s sexual identity and presents an outer appearance that does not match the inner reality of one’s sexual self. By the 1920s … Continue reading

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Fashion and Gender

Does your dress follow traditional gender rolls? No, although I do wear skirts and dresses, I’m usually in a pair of jeans and a basic top. How does your gender influence your apparel choices? My clothing is very feminine.  I … Continue reading

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Beauty and Business

When I think of breast augmentation, I think of a cosmetic form of plastic surgery that enhances a woman’s bust.  As I was reading, I learned that it all started because of women and mastectomies as early as 1945.   Women … Continue reading

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Status Power and Display

Status Employing dramatic techniques to gain recognition, are those individuals who adopt extravagant behaviors in place of customary means that are beyond their grasp.  This device is practically universal among the frustrated members of minority groups whose activities are not … Continue reading

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Fashion, A Strategy of Desire

Do women dress to please themselves or to make themselves more desirable to men? Do men find women to be more desirable based on what they wear? And if women had the choice to wear nothing, would she still be … Continue reading

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Consumer Society

“It is important to grasp that this personalization, the pursuit of status and social standing, are all based on signs. That is to say, they are based not on objects or goods as such, but on differences.” We as consumers … Continue reading

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Cultural Influence

The garment that I chose is a scarf that my ama knitted for me.  For her, raising a family in China with little money made it very difficult for her to provide necessary and basic items to her five childen. … Continue reading

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