The Lesbiman: A New Masculine Ideal?

In the last couple of years I have spent a good amount of time studying the context  of the American Male (often in comparison with other geographies / cultures).  The concept of masculinity as a part of how men make their consumer behavior choices is pretty interesting.  I have been affirmed in some areas and … Continue reading The Lesbiman: A New Masculine Ideal?

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Sociology of Style Shout-Out to The Class of 2013: The Changing Course of The American Dream

Today's blog is the latest taken directly from Sociology Of Style   Bling My Dream: The Changing Course of the American Dream The class of 2013 recently threw up their hats. Now, as they polish their resumes and transition into the workforce, some employers are less than enthusiastic about the current crop of recruits, characterizing … Continue reading Sociology of Style Shout-Out to The Class of 2013: The Changing Course of The American Dream

From Low Culture To High Art: The Punk Rock Uniform

Featured in the Arts and Leisure section of the New York Times today is a journalistic tribute to context creating pop culture, inspired by the exhibit at the Metropolitain Museum of Art in New York that tells a high fashion tale of couture inspired by counterculture.   Here is the online version of today's worth-a-read journalism:  … Continue reading From Low Culture To High Art: The Punk Rock Uniform

Sociology of Style on The Procreation Debate

The topic of procreation is one that , as a woman in her thirties, has been a front and center in my world the last several years.  Friends having babies, my wife feeling like, even though she would have loved to have children, that she is too old and has too many potential health risks … Continue reading Sociology of Style on The Procreation Debate

On The Gender and Feminism Debate: What does “Having It All” Really Mean?

After reading todays' today's Sociology of Style blog on the active gender debate and female self-sabotage before I even had my first cup of coffee, I had a lot of opinions and questions swirling around in my brain.  But I had a full day of work to do that required said brain so decided to … Continue reading On The Gender and Feminism Debate: What does “Having It All” Really Mean?

A Little Bit of Color from Sociology of Style: Where Holidays Get Their Hues…

Another great cultural context blog from Sociology of style:  this time it's a semiotics commentary on why certain colors are associated with certain Holidays   Sociology of Style: Ask Anna "Why are specific colors associated with certain holidays?" Ask Anna: Why are specific colors associated with certain holidays? It happens every season: stores and public … Continue reading A Little Bit of Color from Sociology of Style: Where Holidays Get Their Hues…

So you think houligans with tattoos are something new? Think again. Interesting article / perspective / antique book review from “across the pond” on body modification…

Special Collections and Archives / Casgliadau Arbennig ac Archifau

P1190836Those of us who have been left bemused by the sudden rise of high-street botox booths, tanning shops, nail salons and eyebrow bars can take some comfort from this curious work by John Bulwer which suggests that, even as far back in 1653, people have always been astonished at the lengths to which some would go to transform their bodies in the name of fashion.  

P1190832In Anthropometamorphosis: Man Transform’d, or The Artificial Changeling, Bulwer’s aim, according to the full title, is to expose the “mad and cruel gallantry, foolish bravery, ridiculous beauty, filthy fineness, and loathsome loveliness of most nations, fashioning & altering their bodies from the mould intended by nature”.  Bulwer describes in detail how people around the world artificially modify their appearance, noting that every nation has a “particular whimzey as touching corporall fashions of their own invention.”

The book is divided into 23 sections covering all types of…

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Calling All Teams: Sociology Of Style on Sports Tribalism and Dressing The Part

Anthropologists are suckers for anything with the word "tribe" in it.  I am no exception.  Here's a really interesting piece from sociology of style on the role of the uniform in sports. A Tribe Called Us “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, … Continue reading Calling All Teams: Sociology Of Style on Sports Tribalism and Dressing The Part

The Art of Appropriating the Ethos of an Era Through Fashion: Sociology of Style on How Everything Becomes New Again

As always, I would like to thank my friends at Sociology of Style (sociologyofstyle.com) for taking their sociocultural perspective to the streets with a point of view on how fashion ultimately becomes a signifier of our cultural conversation.   This article by Eve Kerrigan Roberts discussion how fashion always comes full circle from one era to … Continue reading The Art of Appropriating the Ethos of an Era Through Fashion: Sociology of Style on How Everything Becomes New Again

From on the Ground in The ATL: Sociology Of Style “Bustin’ a Sag”

  Do you ever wonder where some of the best of the worst style fads come from?  Good thing we have my friend Eve Kerrigan at the Sociology of style here to 'splain what's up.   Check out this style sociology lesson and more: The Low Down: When An Unlikely Fad Becomes Unshakable Fashion Etiquette Pull_Up_Your_Pants … Continue reading From on the Ground in The ATL: Sociology Of Style “Bustin’ a Sag”