02 Oct 5 Friyays: October 2
Happy Friday, folks! Here’s some stuff I’ve noticed and have been thinking about this week.
Savage X Fenty
I’ll forgive you if you don’t know what that means, I promise. It’s Rhianna’s fashion house, which focuses on lingerie and make-up, and prides itself on inclusivity. In fact, their Fall 2020 Fashion Show, which premiered on Amazon Prime this week is a testament to that priority. From Rhianna herself, “When I imagine something, I imagine everyone that I know and love being a part of it,” she explained. “I want to make stuff that I can see on the people that I know and they come in all different shapes, sizes, races, religions.” Hear, hear, ma’am!
MLMs and Suburban Mothers
I have a lot of Feelings(TM) on multi-level marketing schemes and how they target stay-at-home moms as ‘side hustles’ and the predatory language they use to get people on board. I know lots of folks who have had very positive experiences with brands like Airbonne, Lularoe, Mary Kay, DoTerra – but it’s absolutely not the land of puppies that many of the sale pitches promise. For more information, The Dream podcast is a great exploration. However, I also found myself down a YouTube rabbit hole this week of interviews with people who have left MLMs. Like the one below, from some folks who left Lularoe. The questions of business ethics, leadership, and the power of belonging are rife in this video and I haven’t stopped thinking about it for days.
Pantone’s Newest Color
They named a new red shade ‘Period’ to help combat menstruation stigma. YES PANTONE.
Mulan and Cultural Appropriation
When Mulan recently premiered on Disney+, Asian-American Twitter was pretty much flat out begging people not to watch it for a variety of reasons. Some were concerned with the politics of the cast, some with Disney’s decision to charge extra money for it, but most were annoyed with how a traditional Chinese folktale was being Westernized – even more so than in the cartoon. Here, Xiran Jay Zhao breaks down exactly what the problems are and it’s a watch I highly recommend – I learned so much!
And on a slightly more positive note…
Netflix celebrated the release of their new movie Enola Holmes with statues throughout the UK of women who had been overshadowed by their famous brothers. What a delightful focus!
That’s it from me this week – please take care of yourselves. Wash your hands, stay home, breathe deep, and remember this too shall pass because that’s what the laws of time and space dictate, but I get we feel far from that.