For me summer is all about block busters – films with grand film scores, giant monsters (literal and figurative), brilliant action sequences, and breakout performances. I lean toward action and sci-fi genres because these genres often portray women as empowered or going through the journey toward empowerment. In these genres women play with gender norms and often have more fully formed character arcs.
- “Jurassic Park” – the car scene with the night goggles?! The velociraptor pack?! Jeff Goldblum as a sex symbol?!! Brilliant.
- “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
- “Star Wars” – the original trilogy were all released during the summer from 1977 – 1983. I suggest hosting a marathon with friends ESPECIALLY friends who have never seen the original three (side note: HOW ARE THERE STILL PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN THE ORIGINAL THREE?! And why would you call them friends?!)
- “Independence Day” – Will Smith’s debut as an action hero and again, Jeff freakin’ Goldblum
- “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” – Linda Hamilton’s portrayal of Sarah Conner emerging as a badass from the asylum is empowering. Plus, her wardrobe if phenomenal. And Robert Patrick’s T-1000 is terrifying.
- “Fried Green Tomatoes – good ole Southern fun. And possibly cannibalism.
Now, truth is I find myself wanting to buy more clothes when I feel like my life and my body are out of control. Between expenses piling up and binge eating it’s clear I’m running away from the ick I feel. In fact I caught myself last week cruising cheap clothes online to get my quick endorphin fix.
And then, I remember Cladwell. Cladwell’s mission is to reduce the number of clothes we have and beat perpetual fast fashion consuming our lives. The encourage folks to have fewer, higher quality clothes. They have this amazing app I use to get dressed. Yes, the app is $7.99/month but well worth it if it keeps you from buying more clothes. They also have a blog offering styling help to get us thinking more creatively with what we already own.
Listen here to founder Blake Smith’s vision on how to break our consumerism and feeding into the lie that we’re somehow incomplete.