I remember seeing a WIDC (Women in the Director’s Chair) program for the first time, eyes wide with excitement and relief about watching women’s lives which were completely foreign to me and stories I’d never dreamed existed on film. Having spent so much time with all of the mainstream films I could get my hands on to this point, I was suddenly given access to work I would never have a chance to see otherwise, stories that weren’t just about straight white men or white men’s ideas of women. The festival validated these films by women filmmakers and women’s stories and, more than that, validated our lives as audience members. It was a whole new world opened up to me and my friends as we attended our first festival.
In almost every photograph I have seen of her, she is wearing a white shirt and dark jeans or trousers. “A white shirt is kind of my uniform, because it always feels right,” she says. “I have friends who ask how it can be possible that I work in fashion, when I’ve worn the same thing for 25 years. I try to explain about nuances.”
Everyone needs a cape, especially me!
As for troublesome passages in the hundreds of things I’ve written, and the thousands of pieces I’ve edited, the problem is, indeed, usually one of coherence: How does this sentence relate to those that precede it? Why are you telling me this now? Where are we going?
In fact, he argues, we’ve become more literate as the written word, albeit of the two-thumbed variety, has supplanted oral communication. Thanks to technology, everyone’s now a writer; and college students, he’s found, “are writing more than their counterparts in earlier generations did” and “make no more errors per page.”
Cultural differences are the reason many Western dating sites have failed in Japan and in Asia, Kawashita says. Japanese users are turned off by the breezy, casual tone of sites like OKCupid, Tinder, and Match.com. Such sites aren’t good at marketing to Asian users.
The artist is a human being, not a product. Sure, the artist makes products that are for sale, but the artist is not forever in your debt because you may have purchased a product from them at some point.
The relentless fear of emasculation that traps the modern American heterosexual adult male does strike me as a problem.