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Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.
Veronika Scott was a fashion student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit when her teacher, Stephen Schock, challenged her class to create a product that filled a need, rather than satisfying or creating a fad. Veronika’s design was a coat for homeless people that could transform into a sleeping bag, since in her city, she says, “you are constantly faced with the homeless epidemic.”
Not only did her design win a International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America, it’s become the core of Veronika’s nonprofit organization, The Empowerment Plan, which hires people from homeless shelters and transition homes to help her make the coats. Now, three years later, the 24-year-old social entrepreneur expects that her team of 15 seamstresses will produce over 6,000 coats in 2014 — all of which will be distributed free of charge to people living on the streets.
Veronika originally designed the coats seeking input from people at a homeless shelter. After receiving feedback from people who used the prototype over a Detroit winter, she refined the design to create her final version which, in addition to being a waterproof and windproof coat and sleeping bag, also transforms into an over-the-shoulder bag with storage in the arm sockets.
When she started out, Veronika states,
“Everybody told me that my business was going to fail — not because of who I was giving my product to but because of who I was hiring. They said that these homeless women will never make more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — you cannot rely on them for anything. And I know my ladies enjoy proving everybody wrong.”
And, their impact is growing — according to CNN, which recently honored Veronika as one of their 10 Visionary Women of 2014, “The Empowerment Plan expects to launch a ‘buy one, give one’ program that will make it sustainable beyond the donations and sponsorships that keep it running now. Hunters and backpackers who’ve asked to buy the coat will be able to do so, and the Empowerment Plan will still create coats for homeless people who need them.”
Veronika is also excited to show other clothing producers that local manufacturing is possible: “I think we’re going to show a lot of people: you think it’s outdated to do manufacturing in your neighborhood, but I think it’s something that we have to do in the future, where it’s sustainable, where you invest in people, where they’re not interchangeable parts.”
You can read more about Veronika’s organization on CNN, or watch a short video about her work here.
To learn more about The Empowerment Plan or how you can support their work, visit http://www.empowermentplan.org/
For a wonderful book about women’s great inventions throughout history, check out “Girls Think of Everything” for readers 8 to 13.
For those in the US who would like to support efforts to end homelessness and help the over 600,000 people who experience homelessness on any given night, visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness athttp://www.naeh.org/ or to find a local homeless shelter to support in your area, visit http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/
Important in so many ways.
This is amazing and wonderful.
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Anonymous asked: I have g//gg boobs and I find it so hard to find nice bras can you help?? I really like the ones that are like triangles if you get me but I don't think I can get them in my size I also like bras that are kinda see through but they'd need under wire can you help please xxx
If by triangles, you mean bralette, aka a bra without underwires sometimes triangle-shaped then I can suggest trying to have something custom-sized to your measurements. Etsy has a lot of independent designers. I can recommend Ohhh Lulu (https://www.etsy.com/fr/shop/ohhhlulu) who makes some really cute and fairly priced things and is a 30FF herself.
You can also read Scarlet’s Letter (http://www.scarlets-letter.net/), Amber is an awesome blogger and she has a huge collection of various designers, including some wireless styles. She wears around a 34FF/32G herself so what works for her might do for you.
As for sheer bras :
- from Freya => Prefer a G over a GG, they tend to add lining in GG+ cups and they’re not quite as sheer anymore => Ooh La La, Arabella + many old styles like Lyla (look on ebay) + many cute styles for SS15
-from Claudette => Dessous
-from Gossard => Lola, Glossies
-from Mimi Holliday => I love their Maxi bras, but they’re not the most supportive and their underwires are quite narrow. It’s perfect for me, but might not be for you.
-from Ewa Michalak => If you don’t mind ordering from Poland, she has loads of full bust sheer styles at rather low prices
-from Avocado (http://avocado.com.pl/) => Same as for Ewa Michalak
-from Fantasie => Allegra
-from Empreinte => Ludmila, Misia, Irina
I hope it helps! And any suggestion would be appreciated!
Thank you so much for putting this list together! I have big breasts and always struggle to find places that stock my size <3 Reblogging for everyone else with a sizeable bosom :)