- She can move around easily – This is a vigorous woman, prone to expressive gesturing. Her clothing allows her body to help tell her story.
- Her looks express her inner self – She looks like she would make a good friend. Imagine asking that cypher Mitch McConnell for personal advice.
- She looks trustworthy – To paraphrase Chris Rock, if someone is wearing high heels, they are lying about how tall they are. If they are wearing a lot of makeup, they are lying about their facial features. Elizabeth Warren is not participating in this particular sub-culture of lies.
- Her wardrobe has minimal environmental impact – Throw-away fashion is not part of this picture. Even her jackets look like they go into the washing machine, bypassing toxic dry-cleaning.
- She looks just fine – Clearly seen, she looks fantastic. Criticism of her appearance or wardrobe is an inadvertent broadcasting of misogyny.
- She presents as a role model for children – Our daughters and sons need to see options beyond tightly defined notions of beauty (which are actually strictures for control and distraction.)
- She looks fit – Her clothes let her walk briskly, bob and weave, run to catch a bus. We all need role models for fitness and health.
- She looks like a heroine – Those all-white pantsuits make me think of stains. Grass stains from sitting in the park, smudges from walking through the city, blood stains from (horrors!) menstruation. Dark colors are so much more practical. The mind is free to think big on behalf of others.
- Her uniform is perfect for her – She had A PLAN for her wardrobe. And guess what – it worked!
- She looks totally snoggable – I would love to spend an afternoon cheerfully smooching with her on a sofa. How fun would that be!
Ideas for the Next Stage of the World
I live in Western Massachusetts, in a small town with a rich history of liberal thought and also manufacturing. I have a large and level yard with good sun exposure and I love to garden. But I’ve been reluctant to grow food in my yard, and the more I think about long-ago regional industrial activities, and also current effects from everyday traffic and snow clearing, the more convinced I’ve become that my yard will never be safe for growing food.[Read more…] about Urban Gardening Caution
The British artist Tracey Emin says she has had insomnia for the past ten years and that her insomnia has gotten more and more soul-destroying. I can relate to this. When I was the most ill, after I had been chemically reinjured by an unknown environmental toxin in an office space I had just moved into, my primary symptom of neurological disruption was deep, crippling and non-negotiable insomnia. I was exhausted but couldn’t sleep, night after night, my brain impaired by the chemical exposure and unable to make the necessary transition from wakefulness to healing unconsciousness.[Read more…] about Tracey Emin’s Insomnia
My idea is for legislation that will discourage the blight of garbage telephone calls. If you receive a phone call that you didn’t want, you enter a code on your phone and the caller gets charged $1.00.[Read more…] about No Garbage Calls
For about 10 years I worked in the same office as a large and blunt woman about my own age, whom I grew to admire and who reeked of fragranced laundry products. I’ll call her Betty. After I had been at that job for several years, during which a fellow who worked for me bad-mouthed Betty repeatedly behind her back, she asked me to talk to him about other aspects of his bullying, to try to get him to stop. I did talk to him, and he did stop, and the drama around that conversation brought me and Betty together in an odd way.[Read more…] about Insomnia from Exposure to Common Substances