LOVING COUPLE CORRECTION
I’d like to offer one correction to Cheryl Hanna’s otherwise wonderful article [“The Loving Lesson,” April 22] on the lesson of the Loving case. Richard and Mildred never intended to live in Washington, D.C. After their marriage ceremony, they came home to Virginia to live and were arrested shortly thereafter, rather than “on a visit back to see family” as Hanna writes.
APPAREL IS EDGY
Letters to the editor regarding American Apparel ads are about as regular as the full moon [Letters, April 22]. So it was no surprise to see another — the latest being from someone who teaches “media literacy.” I, for one, fail to understand whether the issue here is “soft porn,” as the writer states, kiddie porn or something else entirely? Here is what we do know: American Apparel has made a name for itself with edgy advertising and comfortable clothes. Ninety percent of the models used in ads are in their twenties; rarely have they used minors, but when they do, it is with parental consent.
We live in a culture where sex sells. Most advertising that exploits sex does so with a heavy hand — retouching and airbrushing until the models are fake and unreal. It’s like you don’t even believe there’s an actual person involved in the creation of the ad. With American Apparel, it’s like some girl that could live next door to you.
The writer stated the young woman in the American Apparel ad “can’t be older than 16.” But what if she is? Isn’t it fair to find out before unleashing a diatribe about corporations racing to the bottom? If the model was 20, would the writer’s “healthy human sexuality” be co-opted? Perhaps we are to understand that the writer knows “porn” when she sees it and should therefore be put in charge of censoring all advertising in Seven Days.
Theodore A. Hoppe
On behalf of those of us working on the Combat Paper Project ... across ... the globe, I want to take a moment to thank Seven Days for working with BCA, CPP and the Burlington community to bring coverage to this project and the experimental & experiential showcase at the Firehouse Gallery [“Iraq War Vets-Turned-Artists Transform Uniforms, and Lives,” March 4]. It’s a success that I use frequently when presenting examples of “art and activism” happening in the United States. It is an inspiration to those in the audience and myself. I believe this kind of work redirects the cynics bemoaning that “nothing can be done.” In the face of complacency, the only failure comes from not trying.
Your coverage makes me proud to have contributed to the culture of Vermont, the United States of America and the greater regions of this fair earth.
This seems to be a good system, in many ways, and we could all learn to simplify [“Your Money or Your Life,” February 4]. But there are huge chunks of reality missing. [Jane Dwinell and Skye Yardley] don’t appear to have expensive children to send through college and seem to live in a very cheap state ... I don’t care how many loads of laundry I don’t dry by machine, that ain’t gonna buy me a houseboat in France. And, appallingly, they don’t have health insurance. Last time I looked, a sprained wrist is worth five grand in any Bergen County, N.J., emergency room, and it looks like the rest of us pay their health bills when the real illnesses kick in. If I offered to knit an afghan in exchange for my son’s haircut, I’d get laughed out of the shop.