The F Word: Femininity

Why can't a smart woman love fashion? asked one of my favourite humans, author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, recently in Elle. In the essay, she writes about a struggle that many young career-minded women confront at one time or another -- Does my desire to be successful mean I have to suppress the joyful femininity that is at the core of my identity? … [Read more...]

Radical Homemakers, Feminist Housewives — Book Club, 7th ed.

Let's face an ugly truth -- we've all become hungry consumer hippos who throw stuff in the trash and buy new at the first sign of shabbiness. I just threw out socks with holes even though I am well equipped in sewing gear! Also, let's ask ourselves wether, as women, we've become too attached to a notion of autonomy that is tied to paid work outside of the home at the expense of creative productivity and well-being. Shannon Hayes's Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture made me not only question most of my life choices … [Read more...]

The Solitude Manifesto

In my fantasy life, I am a grande flâneuse (one who idles; see flâneur). I spend my time languidly sipping coffee and I perhaps run an occasional errand so that my cat and I don't starve. I read fashion magazines in cafés, or I just people watch. I write a little, I read a lot. I gaze at pretty things in shop windows as I stroll along. In dark movie theatres, I sit alone letting myself be absorbed by … [Read more...]