Culture

Commodified Feminism and the Female Body: A Case Study of Bulletin

Commodified Feminism and the Female Body: A Case Study of Bulletin

In the context of the capitalist marketplace, one can argue that the feminism projected in Bulletin’s retail setting is not feminism at all, but rather a combination of signs and a culmination of associations that suggest a depoliticized, but feminist-branded feel. The aesthetically pleasing products of Bulletin are powerful, however, because they provide consumers the language to think about social and political ideas, which consumers then use to construct and solidify their own decontextualized feminist identities.

Caspian Childhood: How I Came to Eat Caviar like Cereal

Caspian Childhood: How I Came to Eat Caviar like Cereal

For my mother, caviar was not a luxury food, but a standard. Those blue-stacked, neatly-dressed tins sitting in abundance were universally adored in her time of strife. “Caviar was not a delicacy but a way of life in Azerbaijan,” my mother would explain.


Kazakhstan: Synergy of National Elements in Modern Style

Kazakhstan: Synergy of National Elements in Modern Style

Today’s Kazakh designers have transformed the scene, creating high-quality, unique wear while also preserving cultural heritage. Their influence on new generations has reinforced the idea that it is possible to at once be fashionable and pay homage to your roots.

Wiping the Slate: Ideological Violence and the 'Cleansing' of our Shared Culture

Wiping the Slate: Ideological Violence and the 'Cleansing' of our Shared Culture

The Internet has wrapped us all in a cocoon of social media, drawing us closer to each other in ways unimaginable even a century ago. It allows us to marvel at the glory of ancient and faraway civilizations; reading their literature and gazing at their artwork provides a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. But this globalization has not halted the irreversible destruction of our shared culture, as political movements like IS, the Taliban, and the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq make poignantly clear. Will we cherish the monuments of humanity’s creativity, and stop their demolition, or will we continue to allow usurping ideologies to trample on the only relics we can truly take pride in as a collective species?