Posts made in September, 2012

Is That Apple Organic? Who Cares?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in On The Street | 0 comments

Is That Apple Organic? Who Cares?

When I first started seeing the new-fangled “organic” classification reserved only for that higher echelon of foodstuffs, I had to admit, I was suckered in completely. It wasn’t that my so-called “normal” food wasn’t good enough for me anymore, in fact, they pretty much tasted the same as the organic stuff. I just marveled at this whole new class of edibles that seemed to serve some kind of higher purpose, like, preventing me from getting cancer or something because there weren’t any pesticides or GMOs or whatever weird fancypants terms those...

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Wearing Me Thin: The Ethics of Vegans and Leather

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in On The Street | 0 comments

Wearing Me Thin: The Ethics of Vegans and Leather

A few days ago, I was making the rounds at the shoe store when I came across an especially fetching pair of seasonally appropriate, visually interesting, coral peep-toe Miu Miu heels… the type of shoe that would make any sartorially-minded female swoon with jealousy. Except: they were made from 100% Italian leather. Now, any average person would consider this to be a boon, as we traditionally equate leather (especially Italian leather) with luxury, quality and comfort. Since antiquity, animal skins were pretty much the informal dress code, and leather is still regarded as the epitome...

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Photoshop vs. the Internet

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in On The Street | 0 comments

Photoshop vs. the Internet

It’s been the not-so-dirty secret weapon of glossies and a celebrity’s best friend for years, that tricky little portmanteau: photoshop. Possessing the ability to instantly take years off an otherwise geriatric Madonna, sweep away a weeks worth of Lohan’s hangover-induced under-eye baggage and even give Lady Gaga a kid-sized waist, it’s really no wonder that the magazine industry got its panties in a twist when a Julia Bluhm, a 14-year old girl wise beyond her years threatened to take away their beloved toy. Bluhm, who is a member of the anti-sexualization activist...

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