What Does the Victoria’s Secret PINK Collection Say about Us?

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If there is one set of clothing that the word "sexy" does not normally describe, it's probably sweatpants and sweatshirts. Usually unflattering in shape and fit, lackluster in color, and cheap in quality, loungewear has traditionally been saved for a "girl's night in." Victoria's Secret has turned all that around, making lounge wear both comfortable and sexy with its PINK collection. The collection began in 2004, with the intention of targeting females in college and seeking to be fun and … [Read more...]

Feminine Appeal: You Don’t Have to Be a Sexy Crayon for Halloween

I am not sure that these outfits are particularly practical for going door to door asking for candy.

Join Faith Newport and Erin Straza each week for Feminine Appeal, an e-discussion bringing a female perspective to the latest in cultural happenings and hubbub. Erin: There are many things in this world that rile me, but one in particular is making me crazy right now: the raunchy Halloween costumes for women. What's the deal with that? Faith: I know, right? The most annoying thing for me might be the prices -- they really expect us to pay $50 for two feet of chintzy fabric? Wait, … [Read more...]

Bodies and the Body of Christ

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A few of my Facebook friends posted a link to an article titled "Why Six-Year Old Girls Want to Be Sexy" and I agree with their comments that the content is both compelling and disturbing. Author Jennifer Abbasi describes a study in which young girls choose between an avatar of themselves dressed in revealing clothing or one dressed in more modest (though still fashionable) clothing. More girls chose the "sexy" version as the one they'd prefer to emulate and the one they perceived as more … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Fifty Shades of Bondage

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them. It started out as Twilight fan-fiction, with a darker edge and a whole lot of x-rated pseudo-BDSM sexuality—and somehow skyrocketed from Internet obscurity to international infamy. Today, the Fifty Shades of Grey series has sold over thirty million copies worldwide. It's been on bestseller lists for months and even beat out Harry Potter for the title of … [Read more...]

The Female Gaze: Belly Dancing with Confidence

Each week in The Female Gaze, Faith Newport engages the trends, events, and issues that affect women—and the men who care about them. Whatever I had been expecting when I walked through the studio door, this wasn't it. Four women, one of them our instructor, all older than me and dressed in ordinary workout clothes, barefoot in the center of a mirror less, windowless room. Plus me—yoga pants, faded sports bra, stretchy tee, ponytail. None of us looked like ballerinas, models, or dancers. … [Read more...]