Pro InfirmisCH, an advocacy group in Zurich, created this beautiful PSA for International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd. It shows the group making mannequins in the image of real people with physical disabilities and then displaying them in a storefront window.
Mannequins are the pinnacle of abnormal bodies, yet they’re the most pervasive image that we see clothing draped on. Oftentimes, we have no idea what clothing will actually look like on our own bodies until we try them on. This campaign does a wonderful job of showing real bodies from real people and creates a thought-provoking reflection of the acceptance of people with disabilities.
Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give a big round of applause to Hiroshi Kajimoto, because the man is a genius.
If you live in a perpetually grey and rainy city like I do, then you know that you either wear a jacket with a hood or you invest in an umbrella. “But Nona, real Seattleites don’t use umbrellas,” you might be thinking. Well, this Seattleite does because I’ll be damned if I’m going to let the rain turn my hair into an unruly pile of fluff.
But oftentimes, my hair ends up getting stuck and pinched in the umbrella wire frame and that’s just a terrible feeling. How can I protect my hair if the very thing that’s supposed to be protecting me is hurting me? (I know, so dramatic, right?)
Enter the UnBRELLA. It places the structural part of the umbrella on the outside, so there’s more room for your head on the inside. Plus, no tangles with the wire! It also stands upright when you set it down, so it dries incredibly easily.
Yeah, I’ll take two, thank you.
“At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?” asks Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte during an abortion filibuster this past summer.
It’s a question that can be asked during any situation if you take out the government titles. At what point will women finally get the respect and recognition they deserve without being subjected to the harsh standards of society that seem to have eluded men for so many centuries? From standards of beauty to the flippant attitudes of men when it comes to the intelligence and sincerity of women, it seems that there’s still a largely unequal balance when it comes to gender equality.
Sure, men feel the pressure of looking their best and staying fit and attractive according to what the media tells them is attractive, but does their physical appearance ever infiltrate or dictate their job performance or trivialize their expertise on a subject matter? It does for women every single day, arguably much more than men.
You can see it in news headlines and segments across the world. Calling women of power “hysterical” because of their passion, making them out to be overly emotional beings who can’t possibly understand the intricacies of government, science, or any matter of logic because of that “emotion.”
The Representation Project, the creator of the above video, is setting out to show just how damaging sexism in media has become and shining a spotlight on how it needs to change. The constant objectification of women to sell products and push consumerism does nothing to progress women in our culture. It merely sets us back to a time when sexual harassment in the office was a part of everyday life and where women were only qualified to be the notetakers for men.
We may have come a long way in the last 100 years as far as gender equality is concerned, but we still have a long way to go.
The science of sound is an amazing thing, isn’t it? That these little waves travel through the air that originate from the same instrument, only to bounce off its surrounding and produce an entirely different wave coming back to you.
I think that’s how it works anyway. I’m no sound scientist or anything.