The Underpinnings Museum Twitter Conference

As part of its quest to bring the history of underwear to a wider audience, making collections and research freely accessible online, The Underpinnings Museum is hosting a Twitter conference on Friday 12th January 2018. Anyone with a public Twitter account and an interest in the history of underwear is invited to submit their idea... Continue Reading →

How to live-tweet a conference

Since returning to academia, I have attended a lot of conferences and panel discussion events. Ever since I live-tweeted the Costume Society's Study Day in 2012, people have been telling me that they really enjoy my reporting of events like this via social media. It started as an easy way for me to keep track... Continue Reading →

Doctor Who Scarf Day

I don't remember being a massive Doctor Who fan as a child, but I do recall watching the fourth Doctor regenerate into the fifth. Despite being six years old when it was broadcast, I clearly remember seeing Tom Baker become Peter Davison and - although Davison's years on the show are my most fondly remembered... Continue Reading →

Finding a new me, via illustration

Back in 2010, I snapped a self portrait with my phone using an app called Toy Camera. As this was the first ever Android phone, and so it would be another two years until I could install Instagram, I was still trying to find a camera app that would recreate some of the features that... Continue Reading →

Why Fashion Matters

When I tell people I'm studying the history and culture of fashion, I get a mixture of responses. Perhaps because I'm female and dress to stand out rather than fit in, people often react as if I couldn't possibly be studying anything else. Some folk take the opportunity to declare that they, personally, know nothing... Continue Reading →

Intersectionali… what?

Today, The Guardian reposted an article from Louise Mensch's blog, entitled how about some reality-based feminism? In it, Mensch makes some very good points about the current propensity for feminists on Twitter to lose their point under a pile of buzzwords. I completely agree that feminism has become alienating to those who don't understand words... Continue Reading →

Abuse, discrimination and solidarity

Have you ever been yelled at in the street or discriminated against because of your gender? Laura Bates has, and she set up the Everyday Sexism Project in 2012 to document women's routine experiences of prejudice in order to prove how bad the problem is and create some solidarity. Since then, the project has helped... Continue Reading →

Feminism Friday: Reinforcing stereotypes

Yesterday, The Telegraph published some interesting survey results regarding current opinion on feminism. Problem is, they reported their findings in such a lazy way that it would be extremely easy for readers to get the wrong idea. The article, topped with an image of Germaine Greer, claims that just one in seven women describes themselves... Continue Reading →

Feminism Friday: Appearance & confidence

This week, we learnt many lessons. We learnt that many people are still, in 2012, incredibly sexist towards sportswomen. We found out that some of those are spouting their nonsense on Twitter and some are, surprisingly, writing for national newspapers. We also discovered that the women who are attacked can be incredibly resilient and inspiring,... Continue Reading →

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