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Dress Code Cracker: the podcast -- style and communication

Sarah Innis

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Dress Code Cracker: the podcast -- style and communication

Dress Code Cracker: the podcast -- style and communication

Sarah Innis

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Dress Code Cracker discusses personal expression through style. Far outside the confines of mainstream consumer fashion culture, we consider pop culture, politics, modern art and feminism in discussing style as a means of personal expression. We talk to one guest bi-weekly about what they express when they get dressed and what informs their style. Using an audio format forces a visual medium to be translated verbally. We look at dress as a daily exercise in creative self-expression, including as an expression of political beliefs. Dress can be a way to consider issues of oppression: via globalization/fast fashion, gender politics, race, feminisms, ableism and various types of 'body fascism'. Not to forget also how dress references culture and subculture. Dress code cracker is body and sex positive. Feedback welcome at sarah (at) dresscodecracker.com and please visit at www.dresscodecracker.com

Latest Episodes

Chrysanthemum White Alder: Chaos Magnet/15th Century Pagan Nun

Thanks for listening! Please click thru for photos and shownotes at http://www.dresscodecracker.com/

72 minFEB 12
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Chrysanthemum White Alder: Chaos Magnet/15th Century Pagan Nun

DCC 37: Sarah Potter Colour Witch Mob Boss

I'm back for the first new episode of 2020 with an amazing interview! Sarah Potter is a teacher, curator, practioner of colour magick, and a tarot card reader. She's been all over the witch-ternet (sorry my bad) lately, featured inArchitectural Digest,Dazedmagazine,InStylemagazine andTeen Vogue. Please stop by www.dresscodecracker.com to see more show notes and photos of Sarah! Thank you Sarah for all your work making the world more magickal! <3

69 minJAN 22
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DCC 37: Sarah Potter Colour Witch Mob Boss

DCC 36: IVORY CONOVER- "IF YOU WANT TO PUT ME ON A PEDESTAL, AND OBJECTIFY ME, COOL. BUT YOU'RE GOING TO LISTEN TO WHAT I HAVE TO SAY"

Ivory is a multi disciplinary performer by trade...and by personality! She's wonderfully outspoken about her politics and activism, which she attributes to her position on multiple intersections within feminist politics: she talked to me about being a biracial woman who 'passes' as white, a queer woman who 'passes' as straight despite her bisexuality, and her commitment to dismantling toxic cultural messages about women's bodies.

54 min2017 NOV 7
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DCC 36: IVORY CONOVER- "IF YOU WANT TO PUT ME ON A PEDESTAL, AND OBJECTIFY ME, COOL. BUT YOU'RE GOING TO LISTEN TO WHAT I HAVE TO SAY"

DCC 35: Gigi Castorina "Everyday Vintage at Gigi's House of Frills!"

Gigi is a long time vintage collector, appreciator and wearer. And an even longer time lingerie enthusiast! She is the owner/operator of Toronto's only Vintage Style Lingerie Boutique : Gigi's House of Frills. We talked about 'everyday vintage', and her dedication to fashion and details from the 1930s to '50s. I love how her store makes you aspire to a more glamourous lifestyle, where you might entertain in loungewear or do your pincurls in a nightgown from the 1930s. You can follow Gigi onher twitter: @gigisfrills Instagram:gigisfrills or gigi’s house of frills, and of course her website which features information about the store and lookbooks.... More at www.dresscodecracker.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/dresscodecrackr Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dresscodecracker/

59 min2016 JUN 29
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DCC 35: Gigi Castorina "Everyday Vintage at Gigi's House of Frills!"

DCC 34: Amazon Syren "Little House on the Orchestral Pagan Folk Metal Prairie"

Amazon Syren is a queer, poly leather femme, a sex-workers' rights activist, and a Professional Naked Girl. She's also a witchy glamazon who sings opera, writes poetry, reads tarot, grows veggies, works magic, spins her own yarn, cooks, preserves, and darns a lot of socks. The secret ingredient is always love. She lives with her wife and an assortment of metamours in 1821. DIY is very close to her heart. She has opinions! Which is what I love! We discussed the business of being tall women (she's 6'4" and I'm just under 6'2"), from slouching to people's surreptitious checks to see if we are wearing heels. We also covered her 'femme muse' Musettafrom La Bohème,queer hanky codes, what a newly minted dyke wears to pride in 2008, DIY is a big deal with her, from knitting and handspinning yarn to gardening, preserving and cooking. She also weaves and sews. As an urban homesteader, the 'little house in the big woods' thing is no joke. We discussed the terminology around ethical non-monoga...

69 min2016 MAY 31
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DCC 34: Amazon Syren "Little House on the Orchestral Pagan Folk Metal Prairie"

DCC 33: Femme Space Amanda Arkansassy Harris

I encountered Amanda Harris’ work via a Gender and Media class. I love her Femme Spaceproject and was so excited to talk to her for this episode! Amanda is a queer high femme charmer from the South. She was the co-curator of Y’all Come Back: Stories of Queer Southern Migration in the 2015 National Queer Arts Festival, where she exhibited portraitsin her EXODUS series. Her photographs have been published in Glitter & Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Galaxy, G.R.I.T.S.: An Anthology of Southern Queer Womyn’s Voices,Towards the “Other” America: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter,as well as various online sources including Al Jazeera America.She believes in the future of the femme oligarchy and the power of portraits to tell stories. Please see images at www.dresscodecracker.comalso! Amanda’s art and activism has been informed and nurtured by online femme community. We talked about femme visibility and marginazation in queer...

36 min2016 MAY 4
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DCC 33: Femme Space Amanda Arkansassy Harris

DCC 32: Crystal Kotow

Crystal is a fat activist who moved from fashion blogging to tackling more contested spaces in fat feminist thought: cultural hatred of fat bodies; and how fatphobia can manifest as violence in intimate partner relationships. She's in her second year of a PhD gender, feminist and women's studies. One of many nice things about Crystal is she seems to look pulled together effortlessly....which belies her thoughtful and reflexive approach to fashion, fatshion, getting dressed and fat activism, and how all these things intersect. She questions and challenges not just the status quo, but also her own belief systems. Crystal was excited aboutCharlotte Cooper's Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement--which is out now! Please go to www.dresscodecracker.comfor more information and photos of Crystal. I can be reached at sarah [at] dresscodecracker.com --feedback, comments, and recommendations for future episodes all very welcome! Thanks for listening.

54 min2016 MAR 8
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DCC 32: Crystal Kotow

DCC 31: Jenna Danchuk "New Age Vamp"

Jenna Danchuk is a writer, researcher, and occasional maker of things. Jenna Danchuk is an Assistant Editor for Spiral Nature, a magazine style website dedicated to alternative spiritualities, practical magick, and exploring occulture. She is also a PhD student in the Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies program at York University where she studies the role of cultural production in feminist witchcraft and magical communities. Jenna is a former Associate Editor of WORN Fashion Journal and her writing has also appeared in Shameless Magazine, FUSE, and on Bitch Media’s blog. A training ceremonial magician, but a feminist witch at heart, she has an interest in reconciling the two. We talked about fashion and chaos magick, shopping guilt (this comes in so many varieties!), imagining an aesthetic bridging goth and new age, kung fu, academia, spirituality, astrology, and women of the esoteric western spiritual traditions. Thanks for listening! Images and info at: www.dresscodecracker.com

64 min2016 JAN 12
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DCC 31: Jenna Danchuk "New Age Vamp"

DCC 30: Vivek Shraya "What I'm doing is not about a performance"

Vivek Shraya is a multimedia artist living in Toronto with strong ties to prairie malls. She's produced 10 albums, written 3 books (with 2 more set for release next year) and created 4 short films, all to great acclaim. She talked to me about the production of art, how performance grounds her, Her debut novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2014. A three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek has read and performed at shows, festivals and post-secondary institutions internationally, sharing the stage with Tegan & Sara and Dragonette, and has appeared at NXNE, Word on the Street, and Yale University. Vivek is a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, the 2014 recipient of the Steinert & Ferreiro Award for leadership in Toronto’s LGBTQ community, recipient of Anokhi Media’s inaugural Most Promising LGBTQ Community Crusader Award in 2015, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, and a 2015 recipient of the Write...

59 min2015 OCT 22
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DCC 30: Vivek Shraya "What I'm doing is not about a performance"

DCC 29: Andrea Zanin "More butch...and more femme"

I'm baaaaack this week with Andrea Zanin, a butch/femme academic and leatherwoman who writes prolifically and teaches about BDSM/Leather/kink, power dynamics, non-monogamy and queer sexuality. She's also pursuing a PhD in Gender Feminist and Women's studies (I didn't realize when I booked her that we're in the same program!) --and her thesis is about Canadian leatherdyke history. Andrea's erotic short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies. Her online home is here. Andrea co-organizes the annual Canadian leatherdyke weekend An Unholy Harvest and runs a pervy book club called The Leather Bindings Society. FInd Andrea on twitter too: @sexgeekAZ Thanks for listening!

64 min2015 SEP 27
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DCC 29: Andrea Zanin "More butch...and more femme"

Latest Episodes

Chrysanthemum White Alder: Chaos Magnet/15th Century Pagan Nun

Thanks for listening! Please click thru for photos and shownotes at http://www.dresscodecracker.com/

72 minFEB 12
Comments
Chrysanthemum White Alder: Chaos Magnet/15th Century Pagan Nun

DCC 37: Sarah Potter Colour Witch Mob Boss

I'm back for the first new episode of 2020 with an amazing interview! Sarah Potter is a teacher, curator, practioner of colour magick, and a tarot card reader. She's been all over the witch-ternet (sorry my bad) lately, featured inArchitectural Digest,Dazedmagazine,InStylemagazine andTeen Vogue. Please stop by www.dresscodecracker.com to see more show notes and photos of Sarah! Thank you Sarah for all your work making the world more magickal! <3

69 minJAN 22
Comments
DCC 37: Sarah Potter Colour Witch Mob Boss

DCC 36: IVORY CONOVER- "IF YOU WANT TO PUT ME ON A PEDESTAL, AND OBJECTIFY ME, COOL. BUT YOU'RE GOING TO LISTEN TO WHAT I HAVE TO SAY"

Ivory is a multi disciplinary performer by trade...and by personality! She's wonderfully outspoken about her politics and activism, which she attributes to her position on multiple intersections within feminist politics: she talked to me about being a biracial woman who 'passes' as white, a queer woman who 'passes' as straight despite her bisexuality, and her commitment to dismantling toxic cultural messages about women's bodies.

54 min2017 NOV 7
Comments
DCC 36: IVORY CONOVER- "IF YOU WANT TO PUT ME ON A PEDESTAL, AND OBJECTIFY ME, COOL. BUT YOU'RE GOING TO LISTEN TO WHAT I HAVE TO SAY"

DCC 35: Gigi Castorina "Everyday Vintage at Gigi's House of Frills!"

Gigi is a long time vintage collector, appreciator and wearer. And an even longer time lingerie enthusiast! She is the owner/operator of Toronto's only Vintage Style Lingerie Boutique : Gigi's House of Frills. We talked about 'everyday vintage', and her dedication to fashion and details from the 1930s to '50s. I love how her store makes you aspire to a more glamourous lifestyle, where you might entertain in loungewear or do your pincurls in a nightgown from the 1930s. You can follow Gigi onher twitter: @gigisfrills Instagram:gigisfrills or gigi’s house of frills, and of course her website which features information about the store and lookbooks.... More at www.dresscodecracker.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/dresscodecrackr Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dresscodecracker/

59 min2016 JUN 29
Comments
DCC 35: Gigi Castorina "Everyday Vintage at Gigi's House of Frills!"

DCC 34: Amazon Syren "Little House on the Orchestral Pagan Folk Metal Prairie"

Amazon Syren is a queer, poly leather femme, a sex-workers' rights activist, and a Professional Naked Girl. She's also a witchy glamazon who sings opera, writes poetry, reads tarot, grows veggies, works magic, spins her own yarn, cooks, preserves, and darns a lot of socks. The secret ingredient is always love. She lives with her wife and an assortment of metamours in 1821. DIY is very close to her heart. She has opinions! Which is what I love! We discussed the business of being tall women (she's 6'4" and I'm just under 6'2"), from slouching to people's surreptitious checks to see if we are wearing heels. We also covered her 'femme muse' Musettafrom La Bohème,queer hanky codes, what a newly minted dyke wears to pride in 2008, DIY is a big deal with her, from knitting and handspinning yarn to gardening, preserving and cooking. She also weaves and sews. As an urban homesteader, the 'little house in the big woods' thing is no joke. We discussed the terminology around ethical non-monoga...

69 min2016 MAY 31
Comments
DCC 34: Amazon Syren "Little House on the Orchestral Pagan Folk Metal Prairie"

DCC 33: Femme Space Amanda Arkansassy Harris

I encountered Amanda Harris’ work via a Gender and Media class. I love her Femme Spaceproject and was so excited to talk to her for this episode! Amanda is a queer high femme charmer from the South. She was the co-curator of Y’all Come Back: Stories of Queer Southern Migration in the 2015 National Queer Arts Festival, where she exhibited portraitsin her EXODUS series. Her photographs have been published in Glitter & Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Galaxy, G.R.I.T.S.: An Anthology of Southern Queer Womyn’s Voices,Towards the “Other” America: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter,as well as various online sources including Al Jazeera America.She believes in the future of the femme oligarchy and the power of portraits to tell stories. Please see images at www.dresscodecracker.comalso! Amanda’s art and activism has been informed and nurtured by online femme community. We talked about femme visibility and marginazation in queer...

36 min2016 MAY 4
Comments
DCC 33: Femme Space Amanda Arkansassy Harris

DCC 32: Crystal Kotow

Crystal is a fat activist who moved from fashion blogging to tackling more contested spaces in fat feminist thought: cultural hatred of fat bodies; and how fatphobia can manifest as violence in intimate partner relationships. She's in her second year of a PhD gender, feminist and women's studies. One of many nice things about Crystal is she seems to look pulled together effortlessly....which belies her thoughtful and reflexive approach to fashion, fatshion, getting dressed and fat activism, and how all these things intersect. She questions and challenges not just the status quo, but also her own belief systems. Crystal was excited aboutCharlotte Cooper's Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement--which is out now! Please go to www.dresscodecracker.comfor more information and photos of Crystal. I can be reached at sarah [at] dresscodecracker.com --feedback, comments, and recommendations for future episodes all very welcome! Thanks for listening.

54 min2016 MAR 8
Comments
DCC 32: Crystal Kotow

DCC 31: Jenna Danchuk "New Age Vamp"

Jenna Danchuk is a writer, researcher, and occasional maker of things. Jenna Danchuk is an Assistant Editor for Spiral Nature, a magazine style website dedicated to alternative spiritualities, practical magick, and exploring occulture. She is also a PhD student in the Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies program at York University where she studies the role of cultural production in feminist witchcraft and magical communities. Jenna is a former Associate Editor of WORN Fashion Journal and her writing has also appeared in Shameless Magazine, FUSE, and on Bitch Media’s blog. A training ceremonial magician, but a feminist witch at heart, she has an interest in reconciling the two. We talked about fashion and chaos magick, shopping guilt (this comes in so many varieties!), imagining an aesthetic bridging goth and new age, kung fu, academia, spirituality, astrology, and women of the esoteric western spiritual traditions. Thanks for listening! Images and info at: www.dresscodecracker.com

64 min2016 JAN 12
Comments
DCC 31: Jenna Danchuk "New Age Vamp"

DCC 30: Vivek Shraya "What I'm doing is not about a performance"

Vivek Shraya is a multimedia artist living in Toronto with strong ties to prairie malls. She's produced 10 albums, written 3 books (with 2 more set for release next year) and created 4 short films, all to great acclaim. She talked to me about the production of art, how performance grounds her, Her debut novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2014. A three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek has read and performed at shows, festivals and post-secondary institutions internationally, sharing the stage with Tegan & Sara and Dragonette, and has appeared at NXNE, Word on the Street, and Yale University. Vivek is a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, the 2014 recipient of the Steinert & Ferreiro Award for leadership in Toronto’s LGBTQ community, recipient of Anokhi Media’s inaugural Most Promising LGBTQ Community Crusader Award in 2015, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, and a 2015 recipient of the Write...

59 min2015 OCT 22
Comments
DCC 30: Vivek Shraya "What I'm doing is not about a performance"

DCC 29: Andrea Zanin "More butch...and more femme"

I'm baaaaack this week with Andrea Zanin, a butch/femme academic and leatherwoman who writes prolifically and teaches about BDSM/Leather/kink, power dynamics, non-monogamy and queer sexuality. She's also pursuing a PhD in Gender Feminist and Women's studies (I didn't realize when I booked her that we're in the same program!) --and her thesis is about Canadian leatherdyke history. Andrea's erotic short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies. Her online home is here. Andrea co-organizes the annual Canadian leatherdyke weekend An Unholy Harvest and runs a pervy book club called The Leather Bindings Society. FInd Andrea on twitter too: @sexgeekAZ Thanks for listening!

64 min2015 SEP 27
Comments
DCC 29: Andrea Zanin "More butch...and more femme"
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