Jul. 26th, 2010

One of the more exciting aspects of my new job is that my bosses WANT me to inject feminist sensibility into the Collectors Weekly blog, and are happy to have me spark controversy.

We had an interview with Elizabeth Semmelhack, a woman who curates a shoe museum in Toronto. It seems she's actually on a tear against high heels, and was quoted into an NPR article on how they hurt your Achilles tendon. We had these quotes about sexual power and stilettos, but they were buried under collector chat. So I told Dave that I could write a blog about it, focusing on the more buzzy gender politics angle.



And voila! A blog packed with the history of the stiletto and its impact on the man-woman power dynamic, plus its connections to Chinese foot-binding, Cinderella, and TMI about my deformed skeleton.

Our bodies, our stilettos

I've managed to get it reblogged at About-Face ("Why I have decided that high heels are evil") and at the Woodhull Institute (full reprint). Also, the lovely Melissa Walker, former Elle Girl editor, young-adult author, and creator of the hilarious Before You Were Hot blog tweeted it. (Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bonniegrrl and Flavorpill for tweeting the Pekar blog!) I haven't had any luck with Bust, Bitch, and Jezebel so far.

Speaking of Collectors Weekly, I really do love this place, so I am pimping it out of the generosity of my own heart. I know many of you (I'm looking at you [livejournal.com profile] simulacrum and [livejournal.com profile] whataboutprom) have great collections. Vintage clothes, hats, pins; old comic books; records; cameras; antique furniture; etc. etc. I would love it if my friends, for fun, wanted to take over the "Show & Tell" section.

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories

You post a picture (of something preferably older than you are) and tell why it's special to you. Fun, right? I'm going to make this plea on Facebook, too.

In other news, I've joined Twitter, if you don't already know. I'm @lisahix. I'm kind of scared of it.

Oh, and I'm thinking of renaming my Don't Call It Cute blog Don't Want to Be Your Girlfriend. Get this - that goofy, loving song [livejournal.com profile] neutron_x, Stephanie, and Trott wrote for me HAS GOTTEN 8,558 VIEWS IN 3 YEARS. That is nuts.

Hmmm, Google says it's a Melissa Etheridgey type song by someone named Kelli Owens. On "The Replacements" soundtrack, which sadly, has nothing to do with The Replacements. Maybe that would confuse Google?

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