Business in the front... - Tactical Ninja
Feb. 28th, 2012
09:18 am - Business in the front...
This morning a pigeon landed on our windowsill and stared in at us with its beady eyes as we were finishing our morning coffees. Cue synchronised Naked Monster Poses as we pretended to be lions stalking our pigeony prey. I suspect that particular pigeon will never land on our windowsill again.
I don't know if this is what they are called elsewhere but in New Zealand, these skirts are known as mullet skirts:
I've been seeing them around a lot lately - they seem to be the latest trend. Now, I have nothing against uneven-height hems - after all, I just bought a pattern for a flamenco dress - and done right I reckon the high in front, low in back look can be quite nice, but the ones that are popular here seem to be a particularly unflattering cut with no flare or drape:
They have the effect of making a frame around the wearer's legs that makes them look a bit like sticks, and that straight-across cut in the front combined with the sudden length-change and then another straight-across hem at the back creates a blocky effect when viewed front on that is really not that nice. But.
They seem to be mostly made of floaty fabric that billows out as you walk, and flutters gently against the back of your legs when standing. And those kind of sensations feel nice - a light brush of fabric across the back of your knees.. go on, try it. I like wearing floaty skirts for this reason. I like wearing short floaty skirts because I like having my legs exposed. So this mullet skirt with its short front and long back and floatiness provides the best of both worlds, if not in look then in feeling. These skirts would feel nice to wear.
And to me that's a win. They are not the best look I've ever seen (when was a trend ever a good look?), but it makes me happy to see women buying an item of clothing that makes them feel nice when they're wearing it instead of forcing themselves into uncomfortable, finicky clothes for the sake of 'looking sexy'.
So yeah, while I might grin to myself at some of the more unfortunate choices, I am not going to slag the mullet skirt too badly when I see it. Instead I'm going to quietly think to myself "That woman feels good wearing that. Awesome."
I am not ready to talk about the welfare reforms yet. Suffice to say that it's almost a repeat of the 1990s only with some extra added disempowerment and shaming. It's particularly bad for women, and yes they did do the thing where they make people seek work when their baby is 1 year old. But the thing that upset me, the thing that made me cry a little, was the mean-spiritedness expressed in the majority of the comments on the announcement, and in that stupid poll. Sad to say, but given the result of the election, I am beginning to believe that these attitudes do reflect those of my fellow New Zealanders, and I am just.. yeah. Never mind the lack of critical thought, never mind the ignorance of how welfare works, never mind the fact that many of those people are old enough to remember last time and how awful that ended up being - the thing that gets me is the simple ugliness of the beneficiary-bashing that people seem to take delight in. It's.. ugly and mean spirited and demonstrates a lack of compassion that I don't want to see in my culture.
YOU KNOW WE CAN'T DO YOUR GHOST JOBS, JOHN.