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A couple of the inspiring Babayagas above.  After 15 years in the making, the Babayagas’ House — a feminist alternative to a retirement home — has finally opened in Paris. Named after the word “witch” in Slavic mythology, this incredible place is a self-managed social housing project run by a community of inspiring female senior citizens who want to keep their independence. “To live long is a good thing but to age well is better,” says the 85-year-old Thérèse Clerc who dreamed up the project back in 1999. Read More
France is seeking to ban dressing sexy in public, because apparently policing women’s bodies is easier than checking male privilege. According to the Criminal Law of France, prostitution is legal, but there are laws against soliciting in public places. “Passive Solicitation” is the name of the new crime, according to the Mirror, and while no parameters have been set as to what kinds of clothing break the law, it is clear that the continued policing of women’s bodies has feminist groups in France enraged. Read More
France has joined Israel, Spain, and Italy in the move to ban underweight models from the catwalk. The bill was voted on and passed by French legislation and said, “The activity of model is banned for any person whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is lower than levels proposed by health authorities and decreed by the ministers of health and labor.” Also, any photos of models that have been retouched or photoshopped, must have a label or tag stating so. At the root of it, the bill says that any model with a BMI below 18 (about 121 pounds for women 5' 7'') does not qualify for the job. Read More
Chanel debuted their Spring/Summer 2015 collection on a fake Parisian boulevard within Grand Palais in Paris. The show’s clothing had a 1970s vibe with the tweed pantsuits and bright colorful blouses. It could have been a nod to the feminist movement in the seventies, since Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s creative director, ended the show with a feminist protest. Normally, I would be happy that feminism has reached a new audience but I don’t think the message was sent correctly. This protest made feminism a commodity. Read More
Daniele Mazet-Delpeuch was contentedly living in provincial France, cooking simple meals for a small restaurant, when her life took a turn that landed her as French President François Mitterand’s personal chef. It’s a Cinderella story where all the boring parts have been replaced with food—what could be better? Well, a few things apparently. The film Haute Cuisine, directed by Christian Vincent, aims to capture Ms. Delpeuch’s journey as she transitions from serving farmers to heads of state. Read More