“Dress signifies a lot of highly contested issues: gender identity and gender roles, race, class, status,” said Richard Thompson Ford, a professor at Stanford Law School and the author of “Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History.” “When we can’t really talk about these issues openly, we struggle through proxies, like clothing.”
At a time where imitation is hard to avoid in the world of interiors, this trend offers a new style where the decor can’t be duplicated. As Marianne bluntly states, “Maybe it’s someone else’s nightmare, but it means I get to live inside my own head.”
Individually, however, we also think the first step is more of an internal shift. It involves training ourselves to look at the food system through a lens of power and asking whether a given proposal consolidates power in the food system or distributes it. We all must develop this muscle for assessing whether actions are moving us closer to the kind of systemic change we want, or moving us further away.