fashion

From Information Superhighway to Digital Runway: The Complicated Legacy of Fashion Blogging

In its own way, fashion and beauty blogging is as aspirational as traditional fashion media.

Flaunting Freedom: The History of Louisiana’s 18th-Century Tignon Laws

We cannot discount how enslaved Black women used dress as a form of resistance. Read more »

Foundational Power: The Rise of Bangladeshi American Beauty Vloggers

Makeup can build, dismantle, assert, and help defy ideas of what “disciplined” bodies should look like. Read more »

Keep Your White Crowns: The History of America’s Identity Pageants

Fifty years after the creation of Miss Black America, mainstream pageants are still failing to be inclusive. Read more »

Middle School Students Push for a Gender-Neutral Dress Code—and Win

Policing the length of shorts and skirts takes girls out of class. But Portland Public Schools just passed a student-written dress code they hope will be a model for the nation.  Read more »

Spoken Word Duo DarkMatter Talks Race, Gender, and Imperialism

“We didn’t consent to being underground; we were forcibly submerged.” Read more »

What's Your Gorgeous Hair Secret? Feminism.

Actress Connie Britton stars in a satirical video for  #AskHerMore, an effort to push reporters to ask actresses about more... Read more »

Backtalk: Abercrombie vs. Hijabs, the Fashion Police, and Moodiness

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss top pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy feminist analysis on the issues, people, and media that are making headlines right now.  This week, we debate the ... Read more »

Four Trans* Teens Talk About Fashion

Rainbow socks and beat-up Converse are all the rage at Portland Pride Parade. Photo by Katrina Cole.  I’ve noticed over my teaching career that kids possess a keen insight into the phenomenon of... Read more »

Instead of Banning Yoga Pants, Schools Should Crack Down on Harassment

Yoga pants and leggings are increasingly being banned by school dress codes. Photo by Matt Madd I was driving by one of the high schools here in Portland the other day and the... Read more »

How Fat Bodies Queer Fashion

A new collection of essays about fatness came out this spring: Queering Fat Embodiment is an academic book that looks at numerous perspectives on fatness, culture, and identity. We’re publishing an... Read more »

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