Searching for Souvenirs at Dollywood

On the mysterious, quasi-aspirational allure of Dolly Parton-themed tchotchkes.

Source: Racked
Published: Aug 22, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,256 words)

Body Positivity Is A Scam

“How a movement intended to lift up women really just limits their acceptable emotions. Again.”

Source: Racked
Published: Jun 5, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,447 words)

Style is an Algorithm

No one is original anymore, not even you.

Source: Racked
Published: Apr 17, 2018
Length: 24 minutes (6,025 words)

Why Do We Think Serial Killers All Wear the Same Glasses?

A cultural survey of the myth of murders’ eyewear.

Source: Racked
Published: Mar 20, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,903 words)

Here’s What Really Happens to Your Used Clothes

When used clothes at outlets like Goodwill don’t sell in the US, Mexican citizens buy them discount to sell in Mexico. The brisk resale trade embodies the porous nature of border culture and economics, and it offers a wise use of otherwise wasted resources. So why is it illegal?

Author: Eileen Guo
Source: Racked
Published: Mar 13, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,320 words)

American Manufacturing Doesn’t Have to Die

Capitalism is framed as both a choice and an inevitability. It allows the consumer to buy whatever we want, but what’s available to purchase is due to the pressures and whims of the market. “It’s about the fact that American business have choices,” writes reporter Meredith Haggerty “and how we pretend they don’t.”

Source: Racked
Published: Feb 20, 2018
Length: 29 minutes (7,250 words)

Dressing for Two

From giant Victorian tent dresses to oversized 20th century sacks with drawstring waists, maternity clothes have long been designed to hide women’s pregnancies. They also shame and other women. Stephie Grob Plante’s personal and cultural history of these contentious, temporary items offers reasons for hope amid relics of the status quo.

Source: Racked
Published: Jan 30, 2018
Length: 25 minutes (6,488 words)

The Things That Come to Those Who Wait

Waiting in line is the thing that seperates us from the animals. We waited in times of scarcity; when there were more people than goods, and soon lines became a “symbol of bloated bureaucracy.” But today waiting is a kind of privilege, where it’s more common to wait in line for a new sneaker or a trendy dessert.

Source: Racked
Published: Jan 17, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,800 words)

Why Aren’t Fashion ‘Disruptors’ Serving Plus-Size Customers?

Apparently making pants for fat people is so radically difficult from making pants for thin people that it will take years of additional R&D.

Source: Racked
Published: Dec 20, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,790 words)

When Bergdorf Served Chitlins and Champagne

The place of overpriced soul food inside luxury retailers reveals a lot about the historical appropriate of black culture and racial politics in America. Blackness, as the author says, “has become both valued and devalued by dominant culture.”
Author: Rikki Byrd
Source: Racked
Published: Nov 8, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,648 words)