Editor’s Week in Review Nov 19

As mentioned last week, I’m starting a new weekly column to re-cap how things are going for the blog, in the news, and with my own scholarship.

Here’s this week’s happenings:

    In Worn Through news–We’re happy to welcome our new advertisers. The reader survey we did earlier this fall indicated you’re fine with us having advertisers, as long as they’re on-topic. So, we’re exited to bring on board a few new ones coming soon. If you’d like to advertise on the blog because our readership is directly conneceted to you–get in touch. I’m thinking museums, universities, publishing houses, auction houses, etc.

    In the news–I’ve been taking note of all of the articles circulating the web about tattoos. As someone who specializes in subculture, these articles often get my attention. This week there was a piece about a young boy covered in full sleeves because his father is a tattoo artist. True, I got into subculture young, and was dressing the part earlier than most, but tattoos are so permanent they leave little room for youthful experimentation with different styles. I’ve got handful, but I certainly got them when I was older than 13. Even at 18 you’ve got a better grip on what styles and iconography may suit you for a longer period of time. Also, while all of us are influenced by our parents in some manner, I have to question the idea of this sort of permanent imprint of the father’s profession and tastes on the son. Sounds like some of the religious and/or historic rituals that are studied within our field, and I wonder how often this happens in contemporary or secular cultures….

    …in other tattoo news, there’s the guy with “atom bomb” on his knuckles who was ejected from a Delta plane due to freaked-out fellow passengers. This blows my mind (no pun intended) as it is so ridiculous. He explained it was a nickname (not that he should have to explain his body art at all), and this story combined with the ultra-invasive scanning makes flying sound worse every day. But, I have to note something I’ve been tossing around studying is the fact that many counter-cultural dress practices are rooted in shaking up the mainstream, yet when they are in fact shaken, we’re pissed that they didn’t just treat us completely normally. It’s a conundrum that’d be interesting to investigate. How much body art is self expression and how much is at least mildly socially antagonistic, and the wearer’s perspective on reactions generated. If anyone knows of any studies like that pass them my way.

    In professional news–again I’m happy to report more and more job openings in academia for fashion related positions. Last year was such a bust, but this year there are numerous jobs posted and I’m working away on my applications to a handful. Updating my teaching and research statements is fun yet challenging. It really makes one contemplative of how I’ve grown professionally, and what my priorities are in the classroom and with my research. Even if you’re not applying to jobs, it might be a good exercise to write one to get focus.

    On a personal front–this week body image has been the big talk. Lots of my new mom friends and I have been chatting about our post-baby bodies, related clothing options, and how it effects our self image. I’ve set a goal that every day my son and I will get fully dressed-not just yoga pants and pigtails (but ok–maybe not make-up every day). There is something motivating about putting on “real clothes” and I’d love to read a study about it.

    …also in the body image world, my friend and UMN colleague Joyce said I can share with you her latest blog post about how she’s kicking cancer’s butt. I wanted to pass it your way because it’s a fascinating take on hair loss and headwear with some fun runway fashion thrown in. Check it out.

More next week!

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  • Joyce Heckman November 20, 2010 04.09 am

    Thanks for the shout out, Monica 🙂

     

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