Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner made “entrepreneurship” the theme of their September 20 Lenny newsletter. In an introductory email to subscribers, Dunham begins by ‘fessing up to her own past internalized sexism, recalling the time when she assumed a well-dressed college classmate “had been given an all-access pass to her father’s gold card,” only to learn that the young woman had her own fashion business. The point of the issue, then, is that women can be entrepreneurs, and —relatedly — that girly-seeming businesses count. Hear, hear!
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What does the word “mensch” really mean? Of course, everyone knows its connotations of decency, kindness and humility; these are not gendered qualities. Yet in common usage, the word is often applied more to men than to women:
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Tim Gunn, fashion designer and Project Runway host, has had a lot to say about female bodies lately. He recently published a call-out of the fashion industry in The Washington Post, decrying the ways in which it fails women size 12 and over. While many of his points were spot on, necessary truths, he focused on improvements that were ultimately revealing about his thoughts on plus sized bodies: namely, that plus-size women should be offered clothing that “can create an optical illusion that help us look taller and slimmer.” This idea communicates that a fat body is acceptable only so long as it is striving as best it can to look like a thin body.