Police Brutality, Paulo Freire, and the Culture of Oppression

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“[T]he more radical the person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can transform it. This individual is not afraid to confront, to listen, to see the world unveiled. This person is not afraid to meet the people or to enter into a dialogue with them. This person does not consider himself or herself the proprietor of history or of all people, or the liberator of the oppressed; but he or she does commit himself or herself, within history, to fight at their side.”

-Paulo Freire

Greetings from The Dawn.

Today we aim to discuss the nature of oppression and how the events of our time are only a small symptom of a deep, systematic problem. This is not a foreign concept. Throughout history, those who are in power have attempted to suppress and control those who could potentially compromise that power. History also shows that the targets of oppression are overwhelmingly people of color, or more specifically, the colonized.  Philosophers and critical thinkers have long been proponents of the concept of liberating oppressed peoples through pedagogy, for it is only through education that the mind may be liberated from the stronghold of the oppressive institution in which one may find oneself.

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Before going further, we would like to inform our beloved readers that The Dawn is an advocate for all people of this fine Earth, and we do see that the problems facing humanity go well beyond race and culture. However, the reality in the United States right now is that minorities are beginning to mobilize in unprecedented ways and it’s a long-awaited moment in this country’s history. The colonizers can no longer hide behind the false veils they have built around the eyes of millions of Americans over the past several decades. We still live in a colony, in which the elite are descendants of the colonizers and want to maintain the status quo for as long as they can.

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The fact that these people happen to be White is, at this point, irrelevant. Yes, White Privilege is a real thing. American White culture is not. American White culture is a fabricated ideological framework that insists on conforming to standards set by Whites, to be followed by everyone. We can get even more specific and say they are set by White males, but this doesn’t really help anyone, because today, the oppressed people of this world also include those who are considered ‘white.’ We also cannot forget the onslaught of powerful people of color who do nothing for minority communities, who stand by and watch neighborhoods deteriorate and remain silent in order to maintain their own wealth and status. They are just as guilty.

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We must go beyond this rhetorical milieu. We here at The Dawn believe the issue at hand is one of identity–of oppressed peoples rising above the culture they have been forced to adhere to and re-defining who they are in a way that is authentic and powerful. A highly effective way to do so is through the physical body. A healthy, well maintained body with aesthetically pleasing dress is one of the most powerful forms of resistance for a person of color.

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With that said, we would like to speak specifically about the issues many minorities are facing in today’s America. Minorities living in America face a multi-layered problem that we believe is rooted in perception. Perception is power. It can give power and it can take power away, and it is up to the individual to use perception in or against their favor. Pre-colonial cultures were powerful, rooted civilizations with centuries of traditions, and the perceptions of individuals in relation to others was generally congruent with the overriding culture. Post colonialism brought about a myriad of crises; the most damaging being the crisis of identity. This is no less relevant today, as minority culture is not only based on false pretenses, it is systematically built to be destructive.

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“… Without a sense of identity, there can be no real struggle…”

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What we are suggesting is that people of color have been so far removed from their cultural bloodlines that they now find themselves in what we would call a ‘cultural void-‘ one brought about and created by the oppressor. This places colonized peoples in an extremely vulnerable position, for not only have they been stripped of their land, liberty, and history, they are now at the mercy of the colonizer, an entity that wants to see that they do not lose control over their claim. A most effective way to do so is to control the identity of the culture through advertising, which is a form of mind control. This affects every aspect of the lives of the oppressed, including diet, dress, music, and language, creating a fabricated culture that is based on the ideas of a few very powerful people.

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This is dangerous for obvious reasons that we will not get into. What we believe is important to note is the fact that identity politics are rarely discussed intellectually, and it is in the best interest of us all to consider the implications of false identities as it pertains to the emancipation of oppressed peoples. What we have right now is a population eating poisonous foods, dressed in ill fitting, offensive uniforms, and listening to electronic sounds marketed as music, but in reality is damaging the delicate electromagnetic brainwaves that regulate the central nervous system. This in turn creates dissonance and upheaval of the body’s many sensitive systems, resulting in anxiety, restlessness, addictive behavior, aggressiveness, and general disease. Essentially, the oppressor is winning, and it it because they are capitalizing on the ignorance of the oppressed.

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“No pedagogy which is truly liberating can remain distant from the oppressed by treating them as unfortunates and by presenting for their emulation models from among the oppressors. The oppressed must be their own example in the struggle for their redemption”

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Furthermore, the colonizer has succeeded so profoundly that it has created within the colonized peoples a sense of dividedness at the sight of any one individual attempting to break free from the imposing stereotypes and accepted roles that one must play to be considered part of the minority culture. He or she is labeled as “white washed,” as if they have somehow turned their backs on their own people. The irony, however, is that they are only turning their backs on what the oppressor wants. In reality, they are resisting oppression, only to be met with more oppression from the other side. The cycle is one of a vicious nature, and it must be addressed if we are to advance in our ways of thinking and reacting to oppression. Paulo Freire refers to this phenomenon as a form of internalization, brought about by the oppressors themselves:

“The oppressed, having internalized the image of the oppressor and adopted his guidelines, are fearful of freedom.”

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The oppressed are fearful of freedom. This is imperative to understand if liberation is to ever happen. The oppressed must not fear. We must not give in to the pressure to stay silent, to conform, for this is the way to our demise. The Dawn holds authentic self expression to the highest degree, and with true self expression, one that isn’t bound by media or expectations of the dominant culture, oppressed people can stand against the oppressor without even saying a word.

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The image one presents to the world is the first thing one will be judged on. We believe that one must make that image a powerful one. America needs to see more African American men in suits. America needs to see more Hispanic men in suits. America needs to see a more even playing field where women of color are just as feminine as white women. Women of color must recognize their power as women, as females, not as sex objects. Women of color must not adhere to the false expectations of their peers and the brainwashing media. We all have the responsibility to educate ourselves and our children so that they may have the thinking minds needed for the kind of changes our great country requires. We must break these false identities and live as true people if we are to rise against this suffocating state of denial and self preservation.

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We here at The Dawn have seen humans become transformed both internally and externally through dress. We have empirical knowledge of this kind of hidden power one can command simply through their choice in clothing. Of course, the work one has to do goes beyond the outer, but an important and effective way to begin is by abolishing the oppressive and devastating nature of imposed identity. Let your mere presence be a political act, an act of resistance, and a voice for the silenced.

For more information on this matter, we have attached some previous posts as well as some articles by scholars who address such issues.

https://dewthedawn.com/2014/12/16/edward-bernays-and-mass-delusion/

https://dewthedawn.com/2014/12/06/the-political-body/

http://race.eserver.org/misogyny.html

https://aboutabicycle.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/bell-hooks-black-looks-race-and-representation.pdf

http://www.socialismonline.net/sites/default/files/Manufacturing%20Consent%20-%202002%20-%20by%20Chomsky%20and%20Herman.pdf

With that we will depart.

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Be free as the vast blue sky, cherished Ones.

With everlasting Love,

The Dawn

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Decade Dreaming: The 40’s

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The 1940’s in America was the perfect blend of excitement and uncertainty. Massive political and economic changes due to the Great Depression and second World War went hand in hand with the fashion trends of this elusive yet principal decade. Women were entering the workforce at unprecedented rates, creating an upheaval of the status quo in just about every aspect of the culture, particularly in the mode of dress. Fabric shortages and the effects of the depression forced a kind of creative renaissance in the fashion world, making way for the introduction of man made fabrics such as rayon and nylon, as well as new emphasis on line and form. It is our pleasure to share with you our favorite looks that remain pertinent to our current Modus Operandi. Be at ease, Dear Ones, as we delve into this possessing era of feminine beauty.


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High Waists and Full Skirts

Gone were the days of dropped waistlines and short hemlines of the 1920’s. The natural waist and long, flowing hemlines came flooding back in by the mid 1930’s and persisted throughout the 1940’s. This resurgence of female modesty was evident in all aspects of the female silhouette. Value was placed on highlighting the female form, and the waist was the center point. We here at The Dawn still believe in the power of a grand silhouette, and the waist plays a prominent role in perfecting this principle.


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Plunging Back and Necklines

1940’s Hollywood had a major influence on the fashion choices of the masses, and the elegant lines and fabrics worn on the silver screen had a direct effect on the style of the decade. Special occasions now called for form fitting, long silhouettes and dramatic back and neck lines. Halter tops, open backs, and sultry fabrics were all the rage, as women were getting re-acquainted with their bodies in new and profound ways. Some of our most revered looks encompass the body in its totality, as an object to be adored as well as a living, functioning entity in sacred embodiment.

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Accessories as Necessities

Which brings us to our next subject: the art of accessorizing. There is no better decade than the 1940’s when it comes to this treasured skill. Specifically, the hat and glove were ubiquitous during this time. Women everywhere rejoiced in the glove craze. Gloves were a heavy staple and were worn to any and all events. Hats were also in top demand, although they have been high on the fashion front for centuries before. We cannot think of a better addition to any outfit than a fabulous hat paired with a distinct pair of gloves. What sheer genius–a manner to be adored and imitated whenever possible.


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Ultra Femininity

Overall, the 40’s were a moment in history that paid great homage to the authority of true femininity. What we love about this time is its unabashed love for all things woman, for the recognition that to be feminine didn’t mean to be weak, but a state to behold in the highest honor. Women were deep into the workforce by the middle of the decade, and although this was masculinizing the concept of the role of woman in society, the nature of woman was in fact magnified in a unique and fervent way. The working woman didn’t have to become a man. She had simply morphed into her newfound identity, and, in our opinion, did so with the utmost level of grace and dignity.


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“Separates”

The emergence of separates was a direct result of this newly discovered identity. Women began to experiment with alternative ways of dressing their bodies, paying attention to the concept of function in addition to aesthetic. Thus, the birth of the suit jacket ensued. Boleros, empire and peplum cuts, flared cuffs, and a myriad of styles dominated the industry for years to come. This paved the way for endless creativity and awareness of cut, line, and coverage when it came to the style needs of Woman. We especially love the detailed tailoring and wild regard to color and design, two elements that are still in effect today, and for good reason.


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Swimwear as it Should Be

Traveling and beach going began to fully permeate the culture by the 1940’s. Tanning became an enduring trend and all over the country men and women were relishing in this exciting way of experiencing leisure. With that, swimwear was just another avenue for designers to build on their creativity. What we most admire about the swimwear of this decade is the balancing of form and function. Designers paid close mind to discretion and were careful about exposing too much. We believe the swimwear of the 40’s was the only happy medium in the history of swimwear fashion, for it exquisitely maintained the balance of taste, comfort, and sex appeal through practical means. Quite a fantastic feat, in our opinion, and one that deserves much praise.

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Lastly, the hairstyles of the 1940’s marked a turning point in human history as far as womanhood was concerned. Women were in the process of growing their hair out after the fad of the bob began to decline. Emphasis on sleek, simple sophistication was the new standard, and the advent of the neo up-do began to take firm hold. This was a stark contrast to the elaborate up-do’s of the early 20th century and a response to the needs of the working woman. Soft, subdued curls were favored over past romantic styles, creating a more reserved look for the modern woman in all her working glory. Of course, she never fell short of inspiring beauty, for 1940’s hair meant a combination of virtue, purpose and poise. We only hope to aspire to that kind of relevance in today’s ocean of fleeting trends in the world of hair.

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Lovely readers, that’s it for our 1940’s Decade Dreaming. We hope you enjoyed our journey through this heartwarming phase of American fashion, as we attempt to keep these remarkable feats of human accomplishment alive and in spirit. May you rejoice in Truth and Integrity, and never fall short of transmitting your light for all to see.

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Roses Upon Roses,

The Dawn

Color Watch: Blue

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Out of all the colors, blue is by far one of the most popular, and rightfully so. It is the color that takes up most of our visual landscape, as it encompasses both sky and sea. Historically, blue has been a color of the Divine, and was often used in burials and other sacred rituals. The term “Blue Blood” came from this belief. Blue has been used for thousands of years all over the world. Cultivation of blue first began by extracting the pigment from stones and plants, then later became synthesized through the use of various chemicals, which is mainly how blue is manufactured today.

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Blue is the last of the three primary colors on our Color Watch. We like to think of blue as a statement color, one that demands high standards and a base of core beliefs. In other words, do not wear this color in vain. Blue has a myriad of uses and meanings. Trust, responsibility, reliability, honesty, inner wisdom, and eternity all resonate with this powerful color. Visually, blue falls between green and indigo on the spectrum, and ranges in tones from dark to light.

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In painting, blue was a coveted color and quite expensive throughout Europe during the Renaissance, as well as the rest of the world. It was a color worn by Kings and Nobles. Ancient Egyptians used blue to adorn Pharaohs, and the Chinese and Russians used blue to create ornate designs on porcelain glassware–a trend that took the Empires by storm.

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Blue is also the color of many uniforms, from schools to armies. This was started in Europe for economical reasons, as blue was under siege due to the popularity and scarcity of indigo dye. This started a mini revolution over the elusive hue, and as a result, blue began to be manufactured en masse. Blue uniforms soon dominated the industry, and are still popular today.

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Spiritually, blue is the color of the throat chakra, and it relates to the emission and absorption of sound. Body parts associated with this energy point are the ears, throat, lungs, and mouth. It governs the thyroid gland which is responsible for the body’s metabolism. A well balanced throat chakra manifests itself in relaxation, loyalty, trust in oneself and others, affection, and self expression. In contrast, an ill balanced throat chakra can show up as anorexia, hyper/hypo active thyroid, asthma, sleep problems, hearing problems, bronchitis, and mouth ulcers.

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When wearing blue, one evokes feelings of calmness, relaxation, freedom, and knowing. The paler the blue, the more freedom and openness one feels. Order, predicability, and communication also fall under blue, which is why blue can be very useful if worn with intent.

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We suggest wearing blue while cleaning, working on a project, or publicly speaking. If you have an eventful day, wear blue to keep order and maintain focus. Since blue is a primary color, tone plays a principal role. Be sure to match the right hue to your skin. Red based skin looks best with greener shades of blue such as cyan, turquoise, teal, and aquamarine. Yellow based skin goes well with shades closer to purple such as indigo, navy, cobalt, and ultramarine. Again, the nature of blue allows for experimentation, so take these guidelines as mere starting points and fear not the unknown! You never know until you try; often you may find that blue is just full of surprises.

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Our favorite shades of blue include grey-blue, ultramarine, pastel blue, periwinkle, navy, and turquoise. We find that these particular shades favor many skin tones. They also fare well as accessories. A pop of blue will never go unnoticed. Might we add that a good pair of blue shoes should be a staple in everyone’s closet.

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With that said, treat blue with the respect it deserves. Immerse yourself in the world of blue and discover the beauty that awaits.

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Loving You,

The Dawn

Edward Bernays and Mass Delusion

Dearests,

Today is about how one person changed the face of identity politics: Edward Bernays.

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Edward Louis Bernays is undoubtedly one of the most influential human beings of the 20th century. The nephew of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, he is coined “the father of public relations,” and was one of the first proponents of the use of propaganda on mass populations in order to gain control over what he called “the sleeping giant.” This notion is based on crowd psychology, an idea first explored in the latter part of the 19th century throughout France, Italy, and Germany, in which social theorists began to see a new phenomenon emerge as a result of growing cities, where tensions and political biases were becoming part of the fabric of a once homogenous society.


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They called this phenomenon “The Crowd.” The Crowd referred to the masses, those who were easily influenced by triggers in their environment that could lead to a breakdown in social constructs of behavior, resulting in a larger collective body that could become capable of mass upheaval of the current structure. Since Europe was already going through profound socio-political changes by the 19th century, rhetoric was already flourishing surrounding this subject and many people were eager to find a way to properly study and eventually control this new discovery of human behavior. Gustav Le Bon was one of those theorists, and he proposed that The Crowd was made up of three elements: anonymity, contagion, and suggestibility.

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These three elements basically outline that when an individual is among a large group, there is a natural inclination to feel anonymous and thus free of responsibility, which could lead to instinctual action, which when seen by others will be imitated and the behavior will spread throughout the group. The group will then become a kind of larger collective body; its own organism with one or more leaders directing the flow of the body. These leaders are seen as the heads of the body, therefore their actions will dictate the actions of the body.

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Edward Bernays understood this concept to be an impending threat to the order of society. His New York upbringing connected him with very important people during his time, and Edward Bernays quickly climbed the social ranks to a position of power. He worked closely with Walter Lippmann, a highly influential writer at the time, who had extensive knowledge on the use of propaganda in times of war and peace. It was during this time that Bernays began to experiment with “engineering of consent,” an idea he termed that would soon change the world. Engineering of consent is the notion that people’s opinions could be molded through propaganda without their knowing. This technique of mass persuasion used Freud’s theories of the subconscious and collective unconscious in order to effectively sway public opinion through subtle imagery and suggestion.

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It was through these techniques that Bernays, along with other important figures at the time, convinced the American public to support American participation in World War 1. After the war, the word propaganda had gained a considerable amount of notoriety, and so Bernays cleverly changed the name of his approach to “Public Relations,” and the rest is history.

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Bernays soon became one of the most sought after people in the industry. He helped create the ‘consumer’ by suggesting products that people would not normally want or even disagree with, and by doing so he created a false need. He came up with several techniques in order to subconsciously persuade the people, most notable his use of “third party authorities,” in which he explained as follows:

“If you can influence the leaders, either with or without their conscious cooperation, you automatically influence the group which they sway.”

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We see this technique being used almost ubiquitously today with celebrity endorsements, physician recommended products, political puppets, and in almost every major industry from food to fashion.

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Edward Bernays had a utopian vision of society. He believed that by controlling the dangerous masses through persuasion, humans can live together in peace, buying the things they want and maintaining a stable economy that would be led by elite corporations that provide the products for the people.

Sound familiar?

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Of course it does, Beloveds. It’s exactly what America has become, except it is far from utopian. Instead, the insatiable appetite of desire, mixed with the need to belong to something larger has placed American society in a gridlock. Classism is now the new racism, and it is defined by commodity and driven by capitalism. Fortunately, the sleeping giant that Bernays referred to is very much a real one, and the hour is near.

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In the meantime, it is our sole responsibility as individuals to resist the hijacking of our identities by creating our own and rejecting the status quo. We must re-present ourselves in a way that is not dependent on any one idea or label. We would even suggest that, at this point, there is no counterculture, as the idea of a counterculture itself has been commodified and is ridden with impostors.

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We stand at a point in time where all must be questioned, re-interpreted, and re-appropriated to fit the new function of humanity. Culture is no longer an organic formation, but a fabricated means to an end. Our duty is to make it organic once again, and the first step is to work on ourselves. This is why we here at The Dawn believe personal style is so essential, as it represents the extent to which the Self has been mastered.

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We urge you to take some time to watch “The Century of The Self”a fabulous documentary that provides an in-depth analysis of Edward Bernays’ legacy. His is a prime example of how ultimate knowledge can and will inevitably lead to ultimate destruction, for they are both sides of the same spectrum.

And with that, we depart.

Be real, and ever-growing.

Daisy Doodles,

The Dawn

Shoes, enlightenment, and God

The history of shoes is one to be taken seriously. Ever look at a person and think: “Wow, I love their outfit, but something seems off?” Upon further investigation, it’s most likely that the culprit is a poor choice in shoes. This is a common mistake made by even the savviest of dressers, and quite frankly, mastering the art of wearing shoes is no simple feat (no pun intended).

To understand the advent and rise of the shoe, one must first think about what sits inside the shoe: the foot. The human foot has meaning not just physically, but socially and culturally as well. Biologically speaking, the human foot has more bones than any part of the body. Our feet are the means by which we stand upright, and are a main factor that separate man from beast. It’s no surprise, then, that the foot would become a source for fetishes, social status, and even healing. The ancient Chinese used foot reflexology to heal the body by stimulating pressure points on the foot that correspond with parts of the body. This is still widely practiced today and can be used to cure almost any ailment, including heart disease, stroke, liver disease, tumors, sinus problems, and much more. It’s no wonder why, since man first started walking upright, the foot has been a subject of such intense focus!

Politically, shoes have been on the forefront of social evolution, dating back to 40,000 years or more. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Mesopotamians are all believed to have had shoes. The oldest shoes known to modern science date back over 5,000 years old. They are basically a piece of hide wrapped around the foot and laced up the top to encase the foot as if in a bag. Picture below:

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Not bad, right? We will assume that in the beginning, shoes were used solely (really not intended) for the purpose of protection, otherwise we would have to seriously question this designer’s abilities. We will also assume that the people who made these shoes were nomadic, and needed some form of outer layer to shield the sensitive foot from rocks, animals, poisonous plants, and whatever other threats that were around.

Fast forward to the introduction of agriculture and then to the rise of industry and we see a stark change in the quality of life for humans. We began to build cities, form governments, and finally had some leisure time to ponder the bigger questions, including those that have to do with aesthetic beauty, our origins, and our purpose. This is a time where we start to see the major modern philosophers emerge, along with the great artists, poets, and writers of our epoch. Class division also became a standard, and one of the ways in which the gentry would distinguish themselves from the lower classes was through the shoe. Chopines, to be exact. During the Renaissance, chopines were worn in Europe by the noble classes and the very wealthy as a sign of their ‘elevation’ above others. Both men and women donned this early version of the platform, and they soon became a staple feature of the high class. The idea was that by raising their physical height to exceed those around them, they were somehow closer to God and the heavens, thus more worthy of admiration and respect.

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Another way they separated the rich from the poor was their impracticality. These shoes were very difficult to walk in, let alone do any hard labor in. Many were made from heavy materials such as metal and wood, and some were over a foot high, making the five inch heels of today seem like a walk in the breeze!! As we move into the Enlightenment, we begin to see the modern high heel take form as a way to make the experience of being elevated more functional.

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The heels of the Renaissance and Enlightenment were worn by the Kings and Queens as a display of their divinity and dominance over the masses, and soon the element of design began to take a more prominent role. This is the time when we start to see more attention to detail, and shoe designers really stepped up their game to provide the latest fashions to feed their client’s insatiable appetites. Women of the nobility were always looking for ways to make their feet look smaller and daintier, and men were looking for ways to look taller and broader. This brought the politics of shoe wearing to an all time high (we can’t stop with these) and the shoe thus began to be seen as a dynamic signifier of not just wealth, but moral, physical, and spiritual superiority. The high heel took people to new ‘heights,’ implying that they were, again, taller than most and thus illuminated by divine knowledge and closeness to God. It comes as no surprise, then, that as we ponder the shoe in our society today, we can see how divinity has been replaced by sexuality.

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The orgasm can be said to be the closest thing to physically experiencing the Divine. The fetishization of the foot and consequently the shoe has been a major hallmark of 21st century fashion, as the foot has a direct link to the pleasure centers in the brain. The stiletto came onto the scene in the early 40’s, right around the time the pin-up girl became a cultural phenomenon. From that point on, the stiletto became the ultimate symbol of femininity, sexuality, and desire. This sexualization of the foot is nothing new, however, what’s different about today’s version is women and men are subconsciously adhering to a standard without considering the most important thing when it comes to fashion: integrity. No other time in history is this more evident in fashion then now. Today, there are a myriad of high heel styles to put our lovely women on pedestals, but few women can actually appreciate the deep meaning behind walking in this elevated state, and many women fall victim to tasteless trends that demean this sacred act, degrading themselves to mere objects of fantasy at best.

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Just a short walk in any major city will show you the state of shoe-wearing in this country, and how it has come to an all time low. The notorious platform stiletto marks the end of refinement in our opinion. We’re not saying stay away from them–we are saying think about what you are doing when you wear them. What shape does it create with your look? Are they necessary? Most often the answer is no. A simple, classic heel, even with a smaller platform, will almost always do the trick and deliver much more to your audience (the world) than a gaudy platform spike. Conversely, a chunky, retro platform looks great when paired with a wider heel. Balance is key. The right shoe with the right color can make or break your outfit–we all know this. So choose your shoes wisely. Some of our faves:

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Remember, ladies: don’t be afraid to mix colors and patterns. Be conscious of how the shoe was made and under what conditions–quality over quantity. Your feet will thank you. Again, we here at The Dawn believe the most flattering shoe on any woman has a delicate balance of feminine/masculine qualities. We love oxfords for that very reason.

Our top designers who we feel adhere to this standard include Ferragamo, Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Miu Miu, and Jill Sander, just to name a few.

And lastly (this goes for men and women) if you are wearing socks with your shoes, they should be very CAREFULLY considered. Color, fabric, and pattern should all be addressed. There is nothing worse than seeing a great pair of booties or sneakers being adulterated by thick, ghastly socks.

The world of shoes is a world of magic and excitement. Shoes can make us feel sexy, smart, ugly, or sophisticated. They can make a dull outfit suddenly sparkle. They are very much a defining factor in any ensemble, and should be held in high regard when it comes to selection.

We hope you have gained some insight into the politics of shoe-wearing. The Dawn loves and appreciates the deeper meaning behind what we wear, and shoes are no exception. So the next time you reach for a pair of shoes at the store, stop, think, and decide whether or not they are right for the situation, if they feel right on your feet, if they match the vision of your best YOU.

For more information or for a free style consultation, please feel free to reach out to us if you are in the Chicago area at 773.243.9508 or by email at dewthedawn@gmail.com.

Be in love, delicate Ones,

The Dawn