Girlhood Studies : How has visual culture shaped ideas of girlhood? In a new column for AnOthermag. First you hear purring, then you see a nurse. You are not the cat. You are inside the cat. You see a cat, then you see a girl who is a cat. Or at least she is behaving like one. Helena Howard, playing the titular teenaged heroine Madeline, comes into the room on all fours and stretches out on her side, lazily. She makes noises; noises that quake and groan somewhere under her skin.
Many parents worry about how exposure to technology might affect toddlers developmentally. In fact, experts worry that the social media and text messages that have become so integral to teenage life are promoting anxiety and lowering self-esteem. Young people report that there might be good reason to worry. A survey conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health asked year olds in the UK how social media platforms impacted their health and wellbeing. The survey results found that Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all led to increased feelings of depression , anxiety, poor body image and loneliness. Teens are masters at keeping themselves occupied in the hours after school until way past bedtime. Of course before everyone had an Instagram account teens kept themselves busy, too, but they were more likely to do their chatting on the phone, or in person when hanging out at the mall. It may have looked like a lot of aimless hanging around, but what they were doing was experimenting, trying out skills, and succeeding and failing in tons of tiny real-time interactions that kids today are missing out on. For one thing, modern teens are learning to do most of their communication while looking at a screen, not another person. When there are problems that need to be faced—big ones or small ones—it takes courage to be honest about your feelings and then hear what the other person has to say.
To my astonishment, I had fallen in love with an impoverished, unlovely artist. I was equally amazed that I was able to support myself and my elderly Yorkie, Groucho, in a very modest way by modeling, mostly at trade shows and conventions, passing out pens and pins and smiling at salesmen. I had almost forgotten about my shortstop gig for Oui , when George, the art director who cast me and then introduced me to Michael, told me to come by his office to pick up my baseball card. Oui magazine was tucked away on a single floor of the intimidating Playboy building. I found George in his cluttered office, bending over a lightbox with a thing stuck in his eye. After moving several stacks of papers and magazines and portfolios he found my baseball card. No, he told me. They gave the photos to a freelance writer, along with the reader demographics; the assignment was to fill the rest of the card with amusing, sophisticated fluff. I was baffled how this hoohaw would sell ad space in a magazine, but I knew that I could write better copy than this, an opinion I shared with George, which he found hilarious.
By Louise Eccles for Daily Mail. Photographs of its 'School Days' range included a young woman bending over in an ultra- short tartan skirt with her white underwear on display. The campaign included pictures of a model bent over touching the ground, revealing her crotch and underwear, while another showed a woman bending over a red car in a thigh-skimming green tartan skirt and her buttocks on show. The brand launched its Back-to-School range earlier this month with the slogan, 'Your first assignment is to dress accordingly'. Following objections, the firm quickly pulled the offending pictures from its Instagram account and website. The rest of its School Days collection — featuring models in mini-skirts, knee socks and crop tops stood next to lockers — remains online. American Apparel has also courted controversy previously over its promotional campaigns. The business now has 10, employees and stores in 20 countries, including the US and the UK.