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Experiencing Gender Differences In Spatial/Visual Abilities

We’ve all heard it before: boys are better at math and spatial reasoning, girls are better at relational thinking and language skills. There’s always more to the story than that, however. The fact that scientists and scholars are still trying to disentangle cultural conditioning from biology means that these concepts must be treated with nuance and approached skeptically until empirical evidence is brought forward to clarify them. But what’s a feminist scholar to do when life experiences rub these supposed gender differences in her face? Over dinner with my partner once, we were playing a spatial reasoning game (Pentago, for those who want to check it out – it’s actually a pretty fun game, when I’m not constantly losing). Continue Reading →

Rethinking The “Walk Of Shame”

It has been almost a year since I made my first and thus far only “Walk of Shame”. For those of you who haven’t heard the term before the first definition on Urban Dictionary says “the walk across campus in the same clothes as yesterday after you slept with someone and spent the night in their dorm room.” Or for those who want something more reputable, the online Oxford English Dictionary defines it: “n. slang (orig. and chiefly U.S. College slang) (with the) the walk home (from another person’s dormitory, etc.) in the morning after a sexual encounter, etc.” Continue Reading →

Corsets Part 3: Finding The Perfect Corset

Corsets are a fun and sexy addition to the wardrobe. The fact that it usually takes the assistance of another person to put on or remove a corset can add an extra element of sexiness to wearing one. There are a lot of different types of corsets out there and it can sometimes be a challenge, not to mention a little pricey to find the perfect one. If you’re just looking for something that looks like a corset or are on a small budget it is possible to find corset style tops at many normal clothing retailers. The boning in these types of tops, if they have it at all is generally made of plastic and isn’t strong enough to drastically alter the shape of the body. Continue Reading →

Corsets Part 2: A Brief History Of The Corset

Corsets have been around for centuries though their shape and function have changed considerably over the years. The earliest corsets were made of iron or leather and likely served medical purposes as well as aesthetic ones. However, by the 18th century, they were mainly used for aesthetic reasons. 1700s

The earliest proper corsets were made of linen and often stiffened with whalebone. They had shoulder straps and were meant to lift and support the bust. Continue Reading →

Corsets Part 1: The Parts Of A Corset

Corsets are among my favorite items of clothing. They were originally designed to be undergarments that shaped women’s bodies for the fashions of the times. Now, they are mostly considered an attractive form of outerwear. I think they’re usually absolutely gorgeous but also complicated as far as clothing goes. Here’s a brief overview of the different structural parts of a corset. Continue Reading →