A little funny video about an actually tough problem, especially for the not so loud ladies out there. Take notice how the women at the end of the video reacted. Gold. (via)
Fashion has a severe problem. It's one of the most polluted industries in the world. Next to the waste problem by over-production (fast fashion) and chemicals used in the production process, another big issue is the extremely poor working conditions for mostly all people sewing our clothes. Most of which stays completely in the dark for the consumer.
Enter blockchain*. This technology offers a new ways to enable transparency and consciousness about fashion production. One impressive pioneer is Provenance - an app that tracks the finished product from farm to retail. A label inside the garment offers access to this information.
My heart jumps of excitement about this technology being used to foster consumer power, better conditions in the supply chain, and education in general. Go, Transparent Company! (via)
Another good read, that takes the idea one step further: blockchain could be used to create a decentralized marketplace database, where ideally the production history of every article ever produced would be stored. While the data control stays with the owner, the information would be accessible for every brand, retailer or consumer.
*Blockchains are essentially just indexes of standardised information. In a very simple sense, blockchains are community-generated maps.
When the creator is called a "French comic artist, a feminist, and a computer science engineer", the content must be really good, right? I smiled a lot at this cute comic, while at the same time it is very enlightening. Emma finds a great spin on the nasty household chore topic, that is probably responsible for 90% of couple fights. (via)
As someone experiencing first-hand all the still existing inequalities between men and women -- and supporting everyone speaking up against it (heya, sister!) -- I always found that this discussion is often times missed: why is it socially accepted for women to act "more masculine" (in work life, to fight for their rights, to not be reduced to feminine prejudices - to name a few), but rarely for men to express their "feminine side" (say, staying at home with the kids, working part-time, be less "bossy")? This article finds very good words to describe this situation of contemporary equality conflicts. An extract:
[...], married American men earn significantly more than their unmarried or divorced male peers, and their earnings go up with every child they have. Marriage seems to make men more productive at work because it allows them to outsource much of the housekeeping to their wives. Women, however, see no such “marriage premium”, and their earnings tend to go down with every new child. These parenthood effects can be seen across a variety of Western countries; they are greater in gender-conservative countries such as Austria and Germany, and weaker in more progressive countries, such as Sweden.
[...], there are far more incentives for women to act masculine than there are for men to act feminine. Women who behave like their male colleagues may be disliked for being “pushy” or “bitchy”, but these penalties are offset by the fact that they are also likely to enjoy more power and greater financial rewards. When men adopt the jobs and behaviours associated with women, however, they typically experience a loss of status with fewer perks and more social sanctions, especially from other men.
As much as we should further fight for female equality, we should do our best to support men in reaching theirs, too. (found via the wonderful #heforshe)
South Korean tech business Dot build a smartwatch for blinded people. It works with braille and allows to read all sorts of notifications from WhatsApp, Facebook, Google Maps, and more. Look at the behind the scenes video (after the jump) to see those glowing faces of first-time testers. Made me happy. (via)
While I think Angela Merkel is for the most part a pretty great leader, that "protection of family - BUT ONLY if a family is father, mother, child" is bullshit. So I'm glad to see there will by a vote of conscience this week. If only the vote would come by a change of mind and not due to upcoming election campaign pressure...
Yesterday I saw the show The One in Friedrichstadtpalast Berlin (THOSE COSTUMES by Jean Paul Gaultier!). I wasn't aware they support the Colours of Respect: these 8 colors represent different meanings:
This TED talks by Michael Kimmel is so good and funny. I love his point about the effects of sharing.