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Business in the front... - Tactical Ninja

Feb. 28th, 2012

09:18 am - Business in the front...

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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.

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From:crsg
Date:February 27th, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
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I'm a mullet-skirt fan. Not the more extreme versions where the front is cut to the thighs and the bottom goes right down to the ground, but I think the softer versions are lovely. I've been into my asymmetrical clothing lately.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 27th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
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I like the concept but I've yet to come across a cut that looks good on me.
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From:cactus_cat
Date:February 27th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
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Unevenness is pretty much always a winner, for me. Thumbs up for mullet skirts.
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From:pombagira
Date:February 28th, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
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yes well.. haveing just had my appointment with a career advistor of sorts, through income support and got told that actually i am doing everything right, good cv, good cover letter, and even getting interviews.. its not me he said its the current job market.. (with perhaps the added bonus of ageism going on cause i'm 41 now) i am looking at long term unemployement.. oh yay colour me depressed and disheartened.. *sigh*

so, i am now left wondering just what our govt is actually doing to create jobs? rather than just blaming the unemployed and now parents on the dpb, there might also be fist shaking included in that..

maybe i should be come a builder? i'd look awsome with a toolbelt, right.

*more sighs*

so on an upnote, there was a fabric sale, i got 18 mt of fabric for $54 so bonus for me.. enough for 6 hoody dresses, two winter coats, (made from boiled wool that is kinda apple green/acid green, and daggie brown tartin.. bwahahaha) and then some brown for making of a ritual floaty dress layer thing for me.. cause i am a hippy.. golly.. much sewing to be had.

although i am very tempted to take my patterns, tea mug, scissors, and pins down to income support, cause of the mount of floor space they have for laying out of large amounts of fabric.. do you think they would let me? *ponders this*

hi my name is polly and i am kinda random currently, but it helps with the keeping it together.. *yeah*

*wonders off in a fabric induced daise*
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From:pythia
Date:February 28th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
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I wonder how the mullet skirts would look worn sideways...
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From:downwardlashes
Date:February 28th, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
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Huh. Awesome, obviously. I'm sure we'll see that in fashion magazines next year!
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From:downwardlashes
Date:February 28th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
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I was all ready to comment on skirts but then welfare bashing made me sad :(

*scrolls back* Oh right! I kind of like that. I have legs that really look best covered, so it's not for me, but I can see the appeal. It's just the shoes, in the first picture. Bad shoes, bad.


Anyway, welfare. We're on it, we're super duper poor. When the kids were both babies, one out and one still in, we went to apply for aid and they tried to demand that I go look for a job even though I was 7 months pregnant and had a 1 year old. I said no. They said, okay then you'll have to get one when the baby is born. I said no again. I was willing to forgo the money if it meant getting to give my kids the care I knew they needed. So after all that, they finally said... "Oh well then there's this rule that says you're exempt from having to work if your husband works and both your kids are under 6."

Assholes. They had us sit there waiting for three and a half hours, me pregnant and Caspian only a toddler, then tried to trick me into leaving my kids in daycare with thirty other low-income toddlers all day, just so I could go work some minimum wage job. It was dirty and underhanded. I'm SO VERY thankful for welfare, it allowed my husband to be able to finish his undergrad degree - he couldn't have supported his family while going to school. But the way they treated us there was just so appalling. You get the clear message that you do NOT matter if you can't afford to support yourself.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 28th, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
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I'm so sorry. It seems that treatment is the same the world over, and it just shouldn't be like that.

Frankly I would support tax being used for a universal minimum income that people are entitled to whether they have a paid job or not.
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From:thirstygirl
Date:February 28th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
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A girl wearing one of them commented to me and Jodi one day "I don't know, I really like this skirt but does it look like a mullet?" so I think it's pretty universal impression. But yay for floating niceness.

And yeah, I am so very unimpressed with the beneficiary bashing and meanness that my country is displaying.
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