Poverty exploited by the Privileged: how Berlin Fashion Week revealed the industry’s dark side The 3rd – 7th July of this year saw Berlin’s annual Fashion Week take to the streets. Vogue voiced how ‘logomania and streetwear were alive and well’, and how ‘wild prints’ and effortless ensembles were ‘perfectly complemented by Berlin’s eclectic architecture.’1… Read More ‘Put Me Back Together Again’: Florian Schulze’s Homeless Aesthetic
First ‘thinspiration’, now ‘fitspiration.’ Can any of these health and fitness accounts be good? Health and fitness accounts flourish on Social Media. Thinsperation. Fitsperation. Fat-shaming. Skinny-shaming. Skinny-fat. Thigh gap. Waist trainers. Detox Teas. The list of buzzwords could go on – and these hashtags reveal only part of our culture’s dysfunctional relationship with food, exercise… Read More Thinspo to Fitspiration: destructive messages in disguise
‘My area of work is very empowering to individuals in any situation. We get to be in control of our image, our schedule, our bodies.’ Upon first meeting Sarah, I never would have guessed that she was a sex-worker. In our rather conservative society, it is not every day that subjects such as this even come… Read More ‘My work is my art’: Breaking the taboo on sex-work
When I first came across the term, ‘Eco-feminism’, I thought it was just another highly convoluted buzzword. But upon closer examination, Eco-feminism provides a really interesting perspective on the unique impact environmental issues have upon women, particularly in developing countries. To some, it may seem particularly absurd to view environmental issues through a feminist lens.… Read More Eco-feminism: what is it, and why should we care?
I’d love to see what would happen if all mobile phones went dead. I’m sat in a cafe contemplating this as I observe an awkward scene. People watching is one of life’s virtues, especially when hidden behind a laptop screen. One quickly learns the strategies. Leaning over and craning your neck to eavesdrop in conversation… Read More Will We Ever Switch Them off?
‘Hungry man; reach for the book: it is a weapon.’ They say you never really understand a person until you see where they have lived. The house of Bertolt Brecht seemed wholly unremarkable from the outside. Tucked away on Chausseestraße in Mitte, a stone’s throw away from the Berliner Ensemble that Brecht and his wife… Read More Portraits of the Past: the House of Bertolt Brecht
I was walking in the vast forestland of Grunewald the other day, accompanied by someone who grew up in East Germany in the days of DDR. She spoke of how she was taught Russian in school but has now forgotten most of what she learnt. After losing the ability to remember her Russian education, she… Read More Germany & the Anxiety of Remembrance