Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Round two of the novelty print duel?
Well, the suit in the second offering isn't strictly novelty but it was too gorgeous not to post.
60's Nylon yellow ribbon and bows dress. Doubles as a trompe l'oeil. Best worn while marching to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And perhaps carrying a placard which reads: Support the troops, bring them home. B 38, W 28, H 50, currently bid is $97. So you'd need to be a well-heeled war protester.
This suit slays me. I love the bows, the buttons, and the brushstrokey marvel of it. But oh goslings, it is neither cheap nor in my size. This is high end vintage indeed.
In The Gilded Assassin, I'd wear the yellow ribbon dress to infiltrate a big military pow wow. Wearing a blonde Doris Day wig and posing as a right wing pundit, I'd instead make a speech to turn the whole crowd against war of any kind. But the hell could I (or anyone) say to make that happen? I'll definitely need help. Maybe the canapés will need to be sautéed in butter clarified with hashish by a secret brigade of stoner-ninja chefs. (Ooh, I can just see them now cloaked in novelty print pot leaf camouflage.) Perhaps the meeting will also be infiltrated by Reiki-welding alien life forms who all look suspiciously like Angela Landsbury. (Because I love her and totally want her to have as many parts as possible in the movie of my life, but also as a reference to the original Manchurian Candidate.) That will be a tough scene to write, I tell ya.
To counter the feelings of nothing-changes-negativity that I've been feeling lately, this article in New York Magazine, of all places, tells not only the very over-whelmingly distressing story of a 13 year old girl being forced into prostitution, the system that prosecuted her as a criminal, and finally how the law is being changed to protect girls like her.
Lucilia, the girl profiled in this article, was one of 5 girls who testified in the New York Legislature to pass the Safe Harbor Act, which would amend state law on underage prostitution to be in accordance with the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act. It is more than ironic that if Lucilia had been trafficked into the United States from elsewhere, legally she would have been seen as a victim of human trafficking. But because she is a U.S. citizen, the law views her as a criminal.
The format was very simple. The 5 girls sat at a long table across from assembly members and their staff. They told their stories. And there wasn't a dry eye in the house when they were done. Everyone agreed to endorse the Safe Harbor Act. I commend these young women and their bravery. It is my hope that they go into politics themselves.
This is the organization that has been helping them, GEMS, a non-profit run by sex trade survivors.


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