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The recent collapse of the Bangladeshi factory has killed over 1,100 people, and it’s spurred H&M and other large clothing manufacturers to sign a legally-binding agreement to financially support buildings that need safety updates, and requires them to cease production in factories that don’t comply to safety codes.  Here’s hoping that it actually makes a difference and that we never again need a tragedy of this scale to provide basic worker’s rights around the world.

Merida from “Brave” has been officially inducted into the Disney princess pantheon.  But wait a minute…

Suddenly she’s got an hourglass figure, eyeshadow, a different neck, no bow, and a sparkly, low-cut dress (which seems to have combined her everyday dress with the tight formal dress she hated so much in the movie).  “Brave” director Brenda Chapman gave her support to a petition to return Merida to her rebellious roots: “When little girls say they like it because it’s more sparkly, that’s all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy ‘come-hither’ look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It’s horrible!”  Disney has already pulled the new design from their site, but we have yet to find out if that will be permanent.  In fact, it sounds like they won’t be backing down at all.  Hopefully we can at least find something in the middle ground.

Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she got a preventative double mastectomy opened up an alarming can of worms regarding our health-care system.  I’m sure it also opened up other cans of worms regarding the male gaze, celebrity, and body image, but I haven’t looked at those yet.

Remember how “Return of the Jedi” was filmed under the working title of “Blue Harvest?”  Here’s a collection of posters using those fake titles.


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