Equal Opportunity... Female Warriors and Fashionistas
I left off 2 days ago thanking Prez O for pledging pay equity and today I couldn't be more pleased that the focus is females on the front line, even if it is just Panetta securing his legacy... Fully armed and active ladies is just as important an advance on rights and the fact that anyone is questioning women's choice or right of equality on ANY topic at this stage of civilization still confuses and saddens me. Brothers and sisters in arms beholden to equal standards means the fiercest, strongest armed forces possible. Can anyone really argue that all men are more powerful than all women willing to serve?...
Moving to a field where FEW are created equal, I applaud the unexpected leveling of the best of the best well dressed by Vanity Fair's wordmaster in chief, Editor Graydon Carter. He has opened up the annual international sartorial showdown to the unwashed many by allowing anyone to put forward best-dressed nominees via vf.com/bestdressed. Yes, the man who said 'irony is dead' after 911 has taken a contest reserved for the elitest of the elite and opened it to the public. No irony there, Mr. Carter.
In other unexpected fashion news, Project Runway is now a team sport. So glad they've joined the race to the middle that other reality shows have embraced by allowing group mentality to win over the spirit of the individual. I'll watch, but I won't like the new rules... Another TV tragedy last night: Jimmy Kimmel allowed Ben Affleck and Matt Damon air time on his show. Why? Damon's comedic timing is about as honed as Tiger Woods' taste in women. At least Affleck, in an overacted cameo, was in his wheelhouse... Again I ask: Why? Not funny.
And in a final note on media misfires, yesterday's New York Times Home Section 'A Tall House of Water' by Rocky Casale ran a story about a re-purposed water tower turned single-family residence in London's Borough of Kensington. It's a pleasant home improvement read full of the usual labor of love and vision sentimental blah blah, except for the part where it breezes past the you've-got-to-be-kidding-me purchase price of 380K GBP. To say an 8-story high, 4,000 square foot piece of real estate in Kensington, arguably the poshest area in one of the world's costliest cities, was acquired for such a piddly sum and not reference the fact that this is equivalent to buying ANYTHING with walls in the Upper East Side for less than a million is an investigative opportunity wasted. Was the structure close to collapsing? If so, why was it even left standing? And how on earth did the neighbors feel about mere mortals moving into their 'hood. Surely this should have been an equality story.
- Roxie Mae Lackman