Category Archives: gender

Fiskars—the Finnish Brand Behind the World’s Most Popular Scissors—Is Launching Gender-Neutral Gardening Clothes 

With Mother Nature in peril, designers are taking different approaches in hopes of saving her. Some, like Christian Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, seem to be urging us to go and play in the dirt. What else is one to do with a logo-ed, tool-filled gardening tote, after all? Tomorrow Fiskars, the nearly 400-year-old Finnish home and garden tool company, will be staking out a plot of its own at Pitti Uomo with a capsule collection of gardening and “urban exploring” gear designed by Maria Korkeila, a graduate of Aalto University in Espoo, Finland, and the 2017 Hyères Festival prize winner.

Margaret Mead Imagined Different Futures

For those anxious about the state of the world, Mead’s celebrated work shows how anthropology can help guide alternative futures.

If Samoan adolescents had a (comparatively) easier time adjusting to their maturing sexuality, as Mead claimed, couldn’t people in the U.S. raise their children in a similar way? Mead quickly dismissed that idea, but then offered up another possibility: Familiar U.S. ideals of freedom and liberal tolerance needed to be extended to adolescent women as they explored their own sexuality.

Gender-neutral Brit awards nominate all men for 2023’s best artist

Men dominate nominations in the top categories for this year’s Brits as the music awards enter their second year without separate prizes for male and female artists.


The Visual Decolonization of Futures is a proposal to liberate the legacies of coloniality that have been sustained through the use of images in the field of Futures Studies. It is a project that confronts and disassociates images about futures from the hegemonic perspective of the Global North. It seeks inclusion, respect, and autonomy not only for individuals, but also for groups and social movements, such as feminism, the black movement, the ecological movement, the LGBTqia+ movement, etc.

Dove Pushes for Diversity of Beauty in Female Game Characters

Dubbed “Real Virtual Beauty,” the initiative launched last week, underpinned by Dove research that shows 60 percent of the world’s 1.3 billion women and girl gamers feel marginalized by the current lack of diverse avatars.

Lush has no regrets about quitting Instagram and Facebook

It was a tough sell internally. Its leadership team was quickly on board, but individuals working at the brand were forced to reckon with their personal social media use, and that took time. Now, as Baker looks at the implosion of Twitter, Meta’s share-price meltdown and the increasing government scrutiny over TikTok’s data policies, she feels vindicated. “People can see why we came off now,” she says.

Brutalist beauty

Grotesque art is a slippery category that can be traced back to ancient Roman paintings, which first merged the human form with animals. Throughout history, grotesquery has embodied the anti-beauty aesthetic that pushes conventional boundaries and showcases the allure of extreme transformations. More recently, drag artists have been pioneers of what’s become grotesque content online — it’s partly why The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula show is so popular — and, while it’s not being painted across elaborate ceilings today, the movement still lingers through pimple-popping videos and extreme beauty tutorials

‘Reverse mentorship’: How young workers are teaching bosses

Think about reverse mentorship as flipping traditional mentoring on its head: instead of senior staff supporting lower-level employees in their careers, younger generations help teach their managers about everything from consumer desires and TikTok to changing attitudes around social issues and equality.

There are many upsides: reverse mentoring can spark conversations that help address organisational challenges and changes, for example. But experts caveat that it’s not a solution to all corporate ills. In Jordan’s study of the technique, she found the programmes could help both parties learn new skills and boost the careers of younger participants on an individual level. However, it was less effective to initiate company-wide cultural change.

Future of the Body report (FutureBrand Milan)

The report explores a vast and fascinating territory – the human body – and the implications of emerging nuances around beauty, gender, sexuality and health.

The result is five key macro-trends that we believe businesses in the space should keep in mind. Throughout the report, there are examples of brands, both big and small, who we think are capable of becoming pioneers in this space.