I’m slightly older than most of my grad school colleagues and my cultural references often miss the mark for that reason. Last year I was floored when my good friend told me she had never heard of Erasure or Depeche Mode. Yet I floored myself when I realized that I had actually never seen the videos I promptly sent her. In response my friend pointed out the subtle BDSM/leather culture messages in these videos: from the harnesses and chains in “Chains of Love” to the biker apparel throughout Depeche Mode’s oeuvre; check out the quartet in this still from “Enjoy the Silence.”
Cheap gas + fun with cars + dope M.I.A. fashion = the perfect perk to an otherwise dreary Saturday study session.
The French are phasing out “mademoiselle” in an effort to acknowledge that we have, indeed, entered the 21st century. Continue reading
Most ventures into the blogosphere begin with a manifesto of sorts. But good girls don’t write manifestos since it’s against our nature to be so assertive and direct. So instead I’ll reminisce about the day I registered this blog on July 2, 2010. Continue reading