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Luckily for me and my (so far latent) magical nose-wiggling powers, The New Inquiry’s latest issue is all about witches. My favorite piece, so far, is “The Dark Art Of Glamour” by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano. The former copy editor for Glamour magazine links the sorcery of the beauty industry to the artistry of editing, explaining, “Both grammar and glamour function as a set of rules that help people articulate themselves and allow us to understand one another.”
Not all deceptions are welcome ones, as Whitefield-Madrano notes, but perhaps we wish them so: “The codes speak for us and we have to fight all that much harder to have our words heard over the din our appearance creates. But within those codes also lies a potential for relief, for our own construction, for play, for casting our own little spells.”
Others are less enchanted with the possibilities of costuming. At The Nation, Aura Bogado says that this year’s Halloween—featuring teenagers dressed as Trayvon Martin, and a bevy of actors in blackface, whose actions Evette Dionne breaks down here— is already a horror show, an unusual turn of events for a “holiday on which it’s acceptable for people to flex racist imagery a little more than usual.” At PolicyMic, Arielle Newton agrees: “As millennials, we are more educated and better exposed to globalism. Since we have the educational resources, why do we persist with the Native American headbands?”
More on Halloween: Danielle Paradis hates your offensive costume, you jerk, Jayson Flores wonders why feminine gay men aren’t allowed to be fabulously creative, Charles Clymer responds to Kristen Schaal’s viral video with his own suggestions of sexy costumes for sexist men, Daniela Ramirez takes down AskMe.com’s terrible Halloween advice, and Claire Rychlewski is SO. OVER. boring-but-sexy Halloween costumes.
I personally will be dressed up like an internet troll tonight. BOOYAH.
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Must Reads From Last Week:
I'm Proof That Teaching to the Test Doesn't Work (Easha Acharya, @eashakiren) — We're setting students up to fail before they've even begun.
Why We Shouldn't Feel Guilty About Seeing Ender's Game (Lizzy Acker, @lizzzzyacker) — Think Orson Scott Card's anti-gay initiatives are troubling? Me, too. But his book might have liberated our whole generation.
Naomi Campbell Lightened to Near-Whiteness For a Magazine Cover (Assita Camara, @assitawrites) — The famous model's blackness is almost invisible. What does that mean for black women like me?
Moobs: Not What You Think (Jack Fischl, @JackFischl) — The main comedic set piece in dozens of dude comedies are no laughing matter.
Our College Debt Will Cost Us Our Future (Jewelyn Cosgrove, @JewelynCosgrove) — And here we thought it was an "investment in our future."
A Gay Man Loses His Virginity For Art, Media Freaks Out (Vanessa Friedman, @vanessapamela) — Clayton Pettet's "Art School Stole My Virginity" is controversial for all the wrong reasons. Maybe that's the art of it, after all.
The Asian-American Obsession With Top-Tier Colleges Needs to Stop (Justin Chan, @jchan1109) — Being overly concerned with the Ivy League only makes us seem more alien.
Condé Nast’s Unpaid Internships Are No Surprise to Me (Natalia Vigil, @Vigil415) — As a Mexican American woman, I'm fully aware of our nation's history of unrecognized labor.
Chris Christie Hates Gays I Mean Loves Gays (Dan Peltier, @djpeltier) — Christie's flip-flopping on gay marriage, combined with his protections for LGBTQ youth, make him a very strange ally indeed.
The Twerking Feminist (Evette Dionne, @EvetteDionne) — Critics hate Rihanna's new "Pour It Up" video, but as a black feminist, I think it's empowering.
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