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Hautelinks: Week of 8/29/13


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* Hahaha, love: Guys with Fancy Lady Hair. The Brigitte Bardot is my favorite.

* If Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance left a bad taste in your mouth, this Thought Catalog post will help you remember happier VMA times. (Sidenote: Am I the only one NOT outraged by the sexual elements of the performance? Sure, it wasn’t for me, but I didn’t find it particularly rage-inducing…)

* And speaking of the VMAs, ELLE has a great roundup of the best outfits seen on the red carpet.

* From Free People, What Your Hands Say About You. So interesting!

* The 50 Greatest Campus Novels Ever Written, from Flavorwire.

* WhoWhatWear shares some Coco Chanel Quotes to Live By. <3

* Wow, really interesting infographic from the Huffington Post: How much does it cost to shop the September issues?

* Purewow shows you how to take better smartphone pics.

* How 500 Years of Weird Condiment History Designed the Heinz Ketchup Bottle, from Fast Company.

* From Forbes, How to Tell People What You Do And Be Remembered. Adore this.

* We are so obsessed with the idea of a clipboard inspiration wall. This would be super perfect for a dorm room as well – just use command hooks to hang them!

* This was really inspirational: How Iran’s Young Women Are Using Fashion to Influence Politics, from Buzzfeed.

* Also from Buzzfeed, 16 Helpful Tips for Traveling the World.

* This chain hair tie DIY is SO brilliant and super easy to do.

* Aw, love this: 6 Thought-Provoking Realizations to Make You Feel Better About Life.

* Hahaha, sad but true: 27 Everyday Decisions That Twenty-Somethings Are Really Bad at Making.

* Two more from Buzzfeed, focusing on dorm decor: DIY Ways to Have the Best Dorm Room Ever and 27 Ways to Rethink Your Bed .

* Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator!!! I got Tiddleywomp Commonwealth, which is my new favorite name ever.

* iPhone to Photo Projector for $1. So retro-cool.

* Now that Summer 2013 is (sob!) coming to an end, Refinery 29 has a roundup of the top 50 moments from the season.

* From HelloGiggles, Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from Carrie Bradshaw.

* Also from HG, Farsighted Dog Can’t See His Bone. Aw, poor puppy! But too cute.

* Learn how to make Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade at home with this great tutorial. Totally trying this!

* Another fab tutorial to try: Design your own t-shirts with a Clorox bleach pen. Genius, genius, genius.

* WhoWhatWear brings you 20 new personal style bloggers to love.

* Shameless self-plug: CF writer Demi was interviewed for CBS Baltimore about the hottest trends for fall on campus, and she shares some amazing tips, if we do say so ourselves.

* Okay, so I always include a cute picture at the end of each week’s Hautelinks list, but this week’s pick is a little different… It’s not a cute animal, but is probably the most adorable note ever, and the story that goes along with it is tres adorable as well.

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18 Responses to “Hautelinks: Week of 8/29/13”

  1. 1
    August 29th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I really have to disagree with you, Zephyr. Miley’s VMA performance was the nadir of trashy. It’s not simply that it was “not to my taste”. That should not be to anyone’s taste. Her behavior – using a foam finger in all sorts of vulgar ways, grinding on (and even trying to kiss up on!) a married man almost twice her age – is extremely tasteless, childish, and inappropriate. Miley was trying (I think) to show off “Look, I’m all grown up, I’m not Hannah Montana anymore!”. Instead she showed off how immature her view of sexuality is. Both she and Robin Thicke should be ashamed of themselves. I would be shocked, disappointed, and saddened if either my husband (and father of my son) or my 20 year old daughter acted that way, ESPECIALLY in front of such a large audience at the VMA’s.

  2. 2
    August 29th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Zephyr,

    This is mostly a response to your sidenote that you didn’t find Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance rage inducing.

    I have no issue with her expressing her sexuality. She’s an adult woman and it’s her right to sexualize herself if that’s what she wants to do. My issue with her performance is that she used her black back up dancers as accessories and appropriated a black youth sub-culture. Miley Cyrus has every right to hypersexualize herself but she has no right to exploit another woman’s body. Even if those women were completely complicit (about which I have doubts), it doesn’t make it ok. There was also passive objectification done TO the black women and we have no idea if that was agreed to.

    Here’s a good article that explains things better than I can.

  3. 3
    August 29th, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I got “Burberry Lingerie” with the name generator :D

  4. 4
    August 29th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    In response to the Miley Cyrus question. Yes, it was anger (maybe not rage, but certainly anger) inducing because she’s promoting the already heavily emphasized objectification of young women in today’s culture. The way stars are overly sexualized has a serious impact on young women and I can safely say that this is by no means a positive impact. What Cyrus (and Robin Thicke is no angel may I add) did was nothing new, but it is exhausting to see this happen over and over again. You’re entitled to your opinion that it isn’t rage inducing, and I would agree because she really didn’t do anything many other celebrities aren’t guilty of, but there’s cause for concern when we see that absolutely nothing is changing.

  5. 5
    August 29th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Not being disturbed by many VMA performances, such as that of Miley Cyrus is everything that is wrong in the world. It proves how the media is desensitizing society to raunchy, sexually immoral filth. There is nudity in nearly every movie and many television shows. What’s next? People having sexual intercourse on stage? Threesomes? Foursomes? Etc. It’s so sad that that is where the world is heading.

  6. 6
    August 29th, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I found the Miley Cyrus performance distasteful for two reasons: 1. The performance was a modern day minstrel performance. Miley Cyrus’s disgusting appropriation of African-American culture through “dancing”–and the response that such dancing is “trashy and immortal” angers me as a person of color. 2. As a woman of color I detested the objectification of the African-American female body. Miley used the African-American women as nothing more than props to engage with sexually–and worse– disrespectfully. Her performance and the fetishization of African-American culture that was on display throughout the entire awards show is disgusting.

  7. 7
    August 30th, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Wow. I’ve been reading this blog for a long time, even before I went off to college and I’ve always found it to be inspirational and empowering but I’m really disappointed that you would minimize Miley’s performance that way. I wouldn’t expect you to get on your soap box and give a feminist rant but as a website that caters to young women to mention it in such an off handed way that makes it seem like you’ve made an uninformed uneducated response to a heated topic and that’s not cool.

  8. 8
    August 30th, 2013 at 1:04 am

    I’m surprised when I see the Miley anger directed at the sexuality. There have been a ton of articles written about the… racial element, and I suggest looking that up.

    That palmistry post takes me back! I used to love that kind of stuff. If you want to get obsessed with something similar, look up numerology.

  9. 9
    August 30th, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Here’s a great article discussing the racial implications of Miley’s performance:

    It touches on how she objectified black women’s sexuality, used her white privilege to subverted a culture and profit from things a minority cannot do in current day America, and basically ‘tried on’ another culture to gain fans, attention, and money.

    I have yet to see a good breakdown of Robin Thicke’s performance, though, and that in itself is upsetting.

  10. 10
    August 31st, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Thank you so much for commenting, guys! I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to respond – I took a few days off for my birthday this week. Figures, the one time Hautelinks gets actual discussion, I miss it. Hope we can still continue this chat!

    First off, I wanted to explain what I meant by my comment. I was referring to not understanding the widespread outrage over the sexual elements of the performance, as referenced in the post I linked, but I (carelessly) didn’t clarify that in my writing. I apologize that my comment appeared to dismiss the racial part of the discussion.

    Kate – Thank you for commenting. I think we see this differently. I, like you, wasn’t a fan of the over-the-top sexual stuff, but I disagree that “it shouldn’t be anyone’s taste”. I think Miley should be allowed to express her sexuality in an overt way if she wishes and others should be allowed to enjoy an overtly sexy performance if they wish without judgment. Were the VMAs the place for that? Should people who object to sexual content have been warned not to watch? I think those are the interesting questions.

    Ashley – Thank you so much for that link! Very eye-opening and explains the ongoing issue with Miley’s current “artistic direction” well. I think you and I are on the same page. I would add, though, that this is the same discussion we’ve been having since Miley came out with the Can’t Stop video, and this performance is another example of the insensitive, offensive behavior we’ve been seeing all along. It’s sadly not even shocking anymore.

    Jen – Great point. It’s interesting, too, because one has to wonder whether Miley is going for this sexy image because she’s owning and expressing her sexuality (which could be a positive thing for women our age) or because she’s regurgitating what she’s absorbed through pop culture and it’s categorization of female artists as either “good girls” or “sexy vixens”… Either way, I agree that it’s not just Miley, and is more exhausting than anything else at this point.

    Noel – Thank you for posting! You bring up such a good point about the connection between the racism seen in the performance and the subsequent response to it. The response is just adding insult to injury. I hadn’t seen that point made before, so I’m really thankful to you for posting it here.

    Katy – Aah, researching numerology is a rabbit hole I won’t let myself go down – I will never get anything done again! So fascinating.

    Megan – Excellent, excellent article – thank you! I don’t know how I missed that one as I’ve been following Jezebel’s coverage. And I agree, I hope Robin Thicke’s performance is dissected a little more critically in the weeks to come. Would be an interesting read!

  11. 11
    August 31st, 2013 at 6:40 pm


    Who do you believe would find Miley’s performance in good taste? If I may, I think you do not draw enough of a distinction between “in good taste” and “entertaining”. Something may achieve the latter yet fall quite short of the former. Someone may, for example, find a vulgar joke humorous; however, the joke is still in poor taste. Miley may have had a fabulous time onstage (she certainly appeared so), but her performance was still tasteless. However, if you do not believe it was in poor taste, I would hear your reasoning.

    Second: I believe there is a key difference between “sexy” and “sexual”, especially to the extent Miley acted onstage. The former may include elements of the latter, yet remains classy, composed, and (perhaps most importantly) mysterious. Something consummately sexy leaves a little to the imagination; else, no one would be so attracted as to want more. I think I speak for the majority when I say Miley’s performance left virtually nothing to the imagination (short of performing actual sexual acts onstage). Moreover, as I stated above, her grossly oversexualized actions ironically underlined how immature her attitude toward sexuality is. Put another way: would you want to be seen in public with your SO if he or she began grinding on an older married person of the opposite sex, or using the foam finger as Miley did? I, for one, would not; I would think my SO to have acted very immaturely. I beg anyone who feels otherwise to explain his or her reasoning.

    Third, and a very minor point: why bring up questions if you will not begin to offer an answer? Sure, those are interesting questions; so are literally millions of other queries. The trick is to come up with answers.

  12. 12
    August 31st, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    With regards to Miley Cyrus’s performance, I personally thought it looked weird and crazy. But what really disturbed me was the misogynistic backlash she received.
    She is doing what most pop stars are doing and that is mainly because it helps them sell records. No one talks about why Miley feels she needed to do what she did. Robin Thicke walked away without any criticism even though he sang a song about rape (Blurred lines!!!). People were saying she molested him on stage while he sings this song!!!!!! That just shows what a misogynistic woman hating society we live in.
    I totally agree that what these pop stars do influences young girls and that is horrible but so do a lot of other things.
    Female performers have to strip to sell records, male performers have women stripping around them, the fashion industry tells women how to look, the pron industry tells women how to look and act and advertising in general uses women’s bodies to sell products.
    These performers don’t do things to purely shock you, they do it for record sales (Miley’s album is coming out)…and don’t just blame them, the record companies are in charge of how these performers look and act because they make the most money off them.
    All this comes down to making money. They exploit the existing sexism in our society and capitalize on it.
    Patriarchy is a pillar of capitalism where women are objectified and dehumanized to make profits and this has huge consequences within our society by shaping how women feel they should look and act and how men feel they can treat women.

  13. 13
    August 31st, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Oh and I forgot to add that I do think Miley’s performances was racist!

  14. 14
    September 3rd, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Kate – I think we’re using the word “taste” differently. When I said it “wasn’t my taste”, I was using the dictionary definition of ‘to one’s taste’: “agreeable or pleasing to one”. I don’t think anyone would argue that Miley’s performance exemplified the phrase “in good taste”, referring to cultural standards of appropriateness – we definitely agree there! As I see it, though, if someone did enjoy the sexual nature of the performance – if it was “to their taste” – that’s their prerogative. I think we disagree there. And I brought up the questions because I think that’s where the interesting, productive discussion lies. If you were outraged by the sexual content of Miley’s performance, would you have preferred that MTV warned of explicit content before the broadcast so you could not watch? I’m getting the impression that a lot of the public outrage is stemming from being exposed to this performance without having a choice – if you were attending a Miley show, for instance, you’d probably have a good idea of what to expect. Just food for thought!

    Aish – Great points! You’re so right that no one’s really talking about WHY Miley felt the need to perform in such a way, and what the music business tells its female stars about achieving success. I totally agree that she’s doing what most stars are doing; she just seems to be a really easy target for this backlash. And I agree 100% about Robin Thicke – he deserves plenty of criticism and seems to have largely escaped it. Frustrating!

  15. 15
    September 3rd, 2013 at 11:26 am


    You seemed to have missed my points, so let me explain them another way.

    First, a note of grammar. You say. ” [I]f someone did enjoy the sexual nature of the performance – if it was “to their taste” – that’s their prerogative.” “Someone” is a singular pronoun, while “their” is a plural possessive pronoun. Basic English grammar instructs the writer to match number between possessive pronouns and their antecedents – “that’s that individual’s prerogative”, for example.

    Second, I think you may not understand why I brought up the difference between “in good taste” and entertaining. Moral relativism may sound well and good, but when the end result is subjection to a grossly oversexualized performance I believe standards of airing must be questioned. As far as I can tell, there was no specific rating of the VMA’s – meaning MTV thought it appropriate for anyone, of any age, to watch this show. Now, if one attends a Miley Cyrus concert (not that I have ever suffered so), one presumably goes with at least a very vague knowledge of what to expect, based on her music and forms. No one I have ever known has purchased tickets to a concert without once listening to a single song from the headlining band. Yet how could one have prepared for the performance of the VMA’s? Even if one knew the list of performers, one could not have known how those performers would act (and, presumably, those performers would be even more curtailed, since their actions would need to pass the judgment of television censors for future airings). Should we allow the most extreme opinions of “taste” – such as found entertaining her vulgar motions onstage – to override basic considerations of decency? I think not. If one enjoys watching Miley act an immature fool, one ought pay for the privilege and see her live. Such vulgar forms have no place in the homes of more tastefully minded individuals.

  16. 16
    September 3rd, 2013 at 11:31 am

    One note which I forgot to add to my previous post: Aish, you are free to express whatever opinion you please regarding this issue. However, an unsolicited attack on capitalism with no proof is, frankly, bizarre.

  17. 17
    September 3rd, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Kate – Appreciate you following up! I think I see your points just fine. In fact, you restated part of what I said in my last post so we clearly agree on that! If someone were to attend a Miley Cyrus concert, they would be doing so with an idea of what to expect. However, there’s definitely an argument to be made that some VMA viewers did not know what they were getting themselves into when viewing, and that MTV should have done a better job of warning viewers of sexual content ahead of time. (I believe the VMAs were rated for those aged 14+, though I’m sure many would argue that the broadcast should have been rated 18+.) If the program were rated 18+ and warned of “sexual content”, surely the majority of people who were blindsided and outraged by Miley’s performance would have had a better idea of what to expect, and could have chosen not to watch.

  18. 18
    September 6th, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Kate you are free to express you opinion as well
    But I don’t understand how you say I have no proof that sexism is inherent under capitalism.
    Capitalism is a system that is driven by profit and every industry that I mentioned (fashion, music, entertainment, advertizing etc) are driven to turn a profit. In their pursuit of profits they objectify and degrade women.
    Have you heard the phrase ‘sex sells’?
    The co-modification of sex and women’s bodies has huge ramifications in our society.
    Another example: The co-modification of education (which should be a basic human right and free) has ramifications on society as well. Its easier for the privileged in society to obtain it.
    So if you want to call my post bizarre, please explain why you think I am wrong.

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