"Elegance Road" is a photo series by Belgian photographer Alexandre Van Enst that captures the non-conformist style and dandy attitudes of a Kinshasa-based fashion and lifestyle SAPE collective.
The African Society of Elegant People, the “SAPE” was born in the years after the independences of Congo-Brazzaville and Zaire.
Today there are two major schools of “SAPE”, respectively inspired by the French and Japanese aristocracy. They clash with high fashion brands, millimetered steps and gestures, from Paris to Kinshasa, during parades in honor of their founding masters, or simply at the Mass of Sunday.
Codified art of sham, glamor and “hast thou seen” for some, for others the SAPE is a metaphysic, a special relation with the question of being and appearance. Sassy, narcissistic and rebellious, the “sapeur” is a romantic.
"Elegance Road" showcases these heroes of modern times. In the decadent sceneries of the city of Kinshasa, from Lemba to Bandal through Ndjili, Matete and Limete, the “sapeurs” of the "War of hundred years" defy the power in place: the Leopards.
Led by the great masters such as Tshikose, Sesele and Kadhitoza, the Congolese dandies constantly reinvent themselves to shine.
There are no Jack Kerouacs or Holden Caulfields for girls. Literary girls don’t take road-trips to find themselves; they take trips to find men.
"Great" books, as defined by the Western canon, didn’t contain female protagonists I could admire. In fact, they barely contained female protagonists at all.
FAIRIES learn to dance before they learn to walk,
Fairies learn to sing before they learn to talk;
Fairies learn their counting from the cuckoo’s call,
They do not learn Geography at all.
Fairies go a-riding with witches on their brooms
And steal away the rainbows to brighten up their rooms,
Fairies like a sky-dance better than a feast,
They have a birthday once a week at least.
Fairies think the rain as pretty as the sun,
Fairies think that trespass-boards are only made for fun,
Fairies think that peppermint’s the nicest thing they know,
I always take a packet when I go.
"I met my wife at a Star Trek convention. She was study abroad from France and spoke little English, and I didn’t know a lick of French. So, for the first few months of our relationship, we communicated by speaking Klingon."
#UGH THE CUTE
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the goal of the non-binary petition is flawed, this one is much more realistic and has a serious concrete goal that will help people definitely more than harm them (which the nb petition has the possibility of doing)
Have any of you heard
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It’s a heavy metal subculture
that some describe as
(I found out about them because of this cracked article)
Los Angeles students protesting neglect of poorer schools took to the streets, and brought their desks with them.
Some 375 empty desks blocked a downtown street, blocking traffic for several hours Tuesday outside the Los Angeles Unified School District offices.
Organizers say the number represents the count of students who drop out of district schools each week.
Protesters want a student voice on the school board, and more funding for English language learners, foster children and low income students.
District officials declined comment on the protest.
Aussie Builders surprise public with loud empowering statements in new Snickers Australia Ad.
NO BUT REALLY
Male paid actors in a commercial shoot harass unsuspecting women on the street. Those women are then stopped by a further stranger and asked to sign waivers for the use of their image in the commercial advert, paid a minor fee and larger fee if image is used (thanks to the clarification from a participant).
Let’s breakdown this empowerment for a moment. The men know the conditions and circumstances of the advert, the scripts, the set up, and elect to participate after being recruited into the process. Chances are that they applied for the work, and/or were sought for the role. Actors in adverts are paid as professionals.
Contrast the women. First, the agency didn’t hire female actors to the role of the recipients. There’s female actors for commercials who were not given a day’s work in the name of :empowerment: of women by Snickers. There’s a fun gender dynamic for you already. No female actors were paid in the production of this empowerful message of gender stuffs.
It’s an awful message too. The snickers tag line is “You’re not yourself when you’re hungry”. So if builders are “empowering” and then eat their snickers, the default male state is being a misogynistic prick
Actually being pro-women and empowering is your “not yourself” state.
So, why again is this an empowering message? Sure, looks good in the gifs, but it’s a shitty message with a worse execution.
Also, have a look at the gender breakdown of the production team who greenlit the prtoject. Surprises anyone?
Thanks to forceofconviction for bringing this to my attention.
Also buying Snickers dismantles patriarchy how, exactly