Until recently, rare was the ‘elite designer’ who made more than an occasional size 12; sizes 2 and 4 were preferred. It seemed to me, anyway. The idea sseemed to be that if you wanted off the rack high-end clothes, you either had skinny genes or you worked at it. If there’s a uncontrollable cause to your size 16, just forget it, the designers seemed to say. You don’t deserve our clothes.
This punishing attitude no longer has sway. If indeed that’s what was going on. At the Neiman.Marcus.com sale, along with many others, Michael Kors, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Escada are all making XL. AND the Gaultier goes up to XXL.
This is not an advertisement. The clothes easily within an academic’s budget tend to go when the sale starts, though you might still find some now. Similarly for the non-pretentious clothes which are just very well made.
BUT at least larger women, i.e., more normal sized women, are now recognized by the fashion industry. One possible cause for shame is at least mitigated.
UWE Graduate Philosophy Conference 2014 – Sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy
3 & 4 April 2014, UWE, Bristol
The aim of this conference to explore, through feminist perspectives, the philosophical, political and sociological impact of technology’s relationship to the body.
Some of the most innovative and interesting work on technology’s relationship to the body has emerged in the latter half of the 20th century, through feminist discourses. We therefore want to address questions such as but not exclusive to: is technology gendered? Is our technological age underpinned by biopolitics? And can technology have an emancipatory affect vis-à-vis sexual and gender relations, or is the contemporary structure of technology complicit in forms and systems of domination?
We hope to bring together scholars and postgraduate students working in the contemporary domains of feminism, philosophy of embodiment and the philosophy of science & technology. Possible topics for presentation include but are not limited to:
• Feminist confrontation with technology
• Technologies of gender and sexuality
• Feminism and cognitive science
• Phenomenological critiques of technology
• Technology, nature and art
• Biotechnological politics
The submission date for 300-500 word abstracts will be the 30 January 2014.
Please address abstracts or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org