Links Roundup – 3/20

Fashion is a way of expressing who you are and what you want to project to the world. It’s a way for you to showcase your personality without saying a word. So why do we take accomplished women who have dressed up to celebrate their successes and reduce them to “Who are you wearing?

As you may have noticed, I enjoy reading comics. While Poison Ivy (and indeed, most anything DC) is not one of my go-to favorite characters, I did like this piece exploring how the clothing choices made by the artists reflected her as a character and could be used as a test to determine if the story is feminist friendly. Upon reading the article, I realized that I already unconsciously do that–I’m drawn to comics with women in strong poses on the cover, not poses that can be spoofed by the Hawkeye Initiative.

I’m often hesitant to post strong opinions on the internet because I’m worried that someday I’m going to say something in front of the wrong person, and I’ll have to deal with shit like what Ashley Judd heard when she expressed an opinion about sports or when Anita Sarkeesian pointed out that gaming is not entirely friendly towards women. I’m trying to be better about it because I think it’s important for women to be able to speak up without having to worry about the consequences.

I identified strongly with the story that Katherine told earlier this week about how she was taken advantage of by her ex-mechanic. I’ve never been jerked around at the mechanic the way she has, but I’ve been afraid of finding myself in her position. Not just the part where she was charged thousands of dollars for things not even being fixed, but the terror of going to the mechanic and saying “What the hell?” Calling someone out on their bullshit like that is scary, especially when it’s for something you don’t even know that much about. I’d happily give up the space in my brain where high school wedged in Algebra II knowledge and replace it with basic car knowledge. I didn’t even know until my first car blew a rod that even if you’re putting a quart of oil in the car on a regular basis, you still need to get oil changes.

Switching to a cheerier topic, check out these great fabrics that Gertie has released through Joann Fabrics! I’ve admired her vintage-inspired patterns for quite some time and might have to pick up a few (dozen) yards of fabric so I can pretend to myself that I’ll sew something. A full skirt (with pockets!) might have to happen with the black with red and pink roses sateen.

New titles are coming to Netflix in April! We are losing a few good titles in April, unfortunately. Consider this your notice to go watch Sense and Sensibility, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Mystic Pizza.

List 18: Road Trip Must-Haves

1. Cardigan in case it gets cold.

2. CDs, because you can’t trust the radio when you travel.

3. Sunglasses. I am a delicate flower and do not do well with direct sunlight.

4. Book. I NEED a book.

5. Shoes that are easy to put on/take off.

6. Pillow if it’s a really long drive.

New Car!

Sitting in the driveway is a black 2008 Hyundai Accent and it’s MINE!

How crazy is that?

I have all sorts of spiffy functions on it–air conditioning, power locks & windows, a key fob doohickey, XM radio and more. ┬áSo very, very cool!