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Balenciaga, Antony
& My New Creed:
Meaning Is The New Normal

Balenciaga Future FeminismI’m a big fan of The House of Givenchy and I’m also a died in the wool feminist, so imagine my delight when a little over two weeks ago the world of high fashion collided with a very modern feminism at the Givenchy Paris Runway show. Instead of laying the usual casting information or breakdown of the looks on the seats, the mad scientists of Givenchy — Creative Director Riccardo Tisci and team — laid a single sturdy piece of card stock scribbled with a Future Feminism “manifesto” written by the transgender singer Antony, of Antony and The Johnsons, who also performed at the show.

I alighted upon feminism in college, where I spent hours over bagels on Sunday mornings at my friend Stacey’s off-campus house founding our campus’ now 20-year old Women’s Center. From the start, we were interested in gender and race and class and sexuality. Even back then, when I was a young woman with barely a toe in the world, I understood that feminism wasn’t just about women; it was about the world we inherited, and the world we would leave behind. When I read Monica Sjoo’s book The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering The Religion Of The World I began to get some meat  around those ideas. Antony’s Future Feminism manifesto is Sjoo light. It’s her complex and heavily researched ideas boiled down for the busy masses. As much as I love a great philosophical treatise, what I love even more is seeing grand ideas trot down from the ivory tower (or burst out of this or that ghetto as the case may be), and infuse themselves into the actual world where the lot of us live.

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Witchy Woman

 

“Witchy Woman.” I have always loved the way that sounds. It conjures up so many things. Anne Hathaway looking fierce in that witchy witchy hat, or a fecund Miroslava Duma looking every bit the witchy enchantress in a black dress that hugs her pregnant belly like white hugs on rice. And don’t even get me started on that witchy headband, the-ever witchy Matthew Williamson, or their witchy, witchy friends.

I looked up the word “witchy” in the Free Online Dictionary, and here’s what I found:

1. A woman claiming or popularly believed to possess magical powers and practice sorcery.

2. One particularly skilled or competent at one’s craft (as in “a witch of a writer”).

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