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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?

Date: 2010-07-27 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] simulacrum.livejournal.com
I posted my delphite teacup (from a set of 4). I'll add more stuff, or maybe this will be a great incentive to take some photos of some of my dinnerware or hats.

Date: 2010-07-27 04:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] simulacrum.livejournal.com
So I've posted 3 items. One of the people "following" me now seems to be the founder? Pretty great way to interact with collectors. Another user already helped me identify my cake plate.

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/user/metalorchid

Date: 2010-07-27 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firebreath.livejournal.com
Yay!! I'm so glad. I'm going to go check out your stuff!

Date: 2010-07-27 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emily-hahn.livejournal.com
You rule! And I have a couple of friends whose family business is antiques/collecting. So maybe I should mention your awesome new job and publication to them on Facebook?

Some writers kind of go nuts over Twitter. Like I had to stop reading Roger Ebert's feed because it was too much to keep up with. And Buzz Bissinger (I followed him because I like Friday Night Lights) just had some kind of nervous breakdown via Twitter this weekend. Can I just get links to interesting stuff to read and pictures of cute animals?!

Date: 2010-07-27 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firebreath.livejournal.com
Yes, that would be great if you mentioned it to your friends. :)

Twitter is weird. Largely, it's a newsfeed right now. If I miss my friends' posts, it's because I just don't have time to read all of it.

Date: 2010-07-29 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] padaviya.livejournal.com
Awesome! I used to work at the Bata, and it's one of my favourite museums.

Date: 2010-08-02 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firebreath.livejournal.com
I'll have to check it out next time I'm in Toronto. Elizaberth Semmelhack seems like an awesome lady!

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