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The History of High Heeled shoes and Why men stopped wearing them (link to article here)

For a lover of history and a fan of fashion, this article was fascinating. It touches on a lot of different subjects, explaining how high heels were originally designed as horse riding aids, then became a trend when Europe was infatuated with everything Persian.

There was a quote I liked that claims “One of the best ways that status can be conveyed is through impracticality.” This is apparently how high heels became so wide spread and desirable. The more impractical something is, the posher you look. If you wear something outrageous it just shows that you never have to work in it… or in this case, walk much. I think this statement is true even today. Take a look at our “status” shoes and clothes.

The article continues to explain how heels were the ultimate sign of MANLINESS, and how they only became popular with women during a sort of counter culture fashion trend of women wanting to emulate men.

This whole topic of gender and shoes absolutely fascinated me.

A true MUST read article

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‘Re-defining’ human identities

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Redefining our identities

A fascinating article from the BBC, about redefining our identities. The topic of how technologies have changed our societies has always intrigued me, and I dare say, this article offers an interesting bite-size piece to launch the topic.

How does the internet, Facebook, Twitter, Online games redefine who we are? What we are? Does it increase our sociability or separate us even more? These are questions we need to ask ourselves. There is no going back to the days of paper letters, but does it necessarily mean that we lost some of our connectivity with fellow humans? Or is it simply a new phase of communication?