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Sunday 1 July 2012
Culture

the vintage trend: getting into a flap!

Clare O'Connor
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“Now I am old-fashioned. A woman, I consider, should be womanly. I have no patience with the modern neurotic girl who jazzes from morning to night, smokes like a chimney, and uses language which would make a billingsgate fish woman blush!” ? Agatha Christie, Murder on the Links “They were smart and sophisticated, with an…
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Sunday 3 June 2012
Culture

the vintage trend: good vibrations

Clare O'Connor
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If you thought the ‘Rampant Rabbit’ was a modern gal’s pal, then think again! The vibrator has been around since the turn of the century! The electric vibrator was introduced in 1902 and thus began the broad marketing of vibrators to the masses.  Considering how strict cultural codes were for women in the Victorian period,…
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Thursday 3 May 2012
Culture

the vintage trend: feminist weddings, altar your thinking!

Clare O'Connor
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Old = patriarchal wedding traditions New = consumerist ‘bridezillas’ Borrowed = societal pressures from bygone days Blue = feminists!!! For those who have decided that a “married feminist” is not an oxymoron, it’s time to reconsider the meaning behind those wedding trappings and discard some of the traditions from an act that is so, well…
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Monday 16 April 2012
Culture

the vintage trend: sexist advertising – how far have we come?

Clare O'Connor
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Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury. My last article discussed how the vintage trend could be represented as a new form of feminism. I also said that we should avoid looking at the past through rose-tinted retro spectacles, and I’d now like to elaborate on this with further evidence pointing towards why this is the…
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