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"A lazy girls guide to gloss"
"To look more beautiful: get a facelift"?
I can't put my finger on what it is though...
Hence the hilarious joke.
She's admitted it.
At the launch, Mensch, who has since resigned as an MP, said that the name of the site was not a play on her name: "It's a play on the word mention," she said.
I'm sure if I delve into this in any great depth then I'll find something arseclenchingly cringeworthy. However, I find some of the gratuitous mensch-bashing in itself every bit as distateful (and frankly anti-feminist) as much of the silliness that she spouts.
I suspect I will ignore this, like I ignore most things.
It's not about her being a woman, it's about her being a dick. A fame hungry Tory dick at that.
or seen in narcissistic terms as part of trying to tear them down, I reckon.
shame, it was fun.
Don't say it.
phew.. got out of that one!
post to user interface.
is that its really awfully written. She's a writer but the articles don't read well and she refers to herself as 'UNFASIONISTA' in one sentence and 'I' in the next. And at one point, she hasn't proof read and just referred to herself as UNFASION.
Its all based on what men want to see you wear and what they would want to see. From what I've read so far, it doesn't seem to be about dressing or looking a certain way for yourself. Its all about her husband and dressing for her husband because he goes and pumps iron ONLY for her.
It'll get more traffic because she's well known but equally it's a blog on a blog site, it's not its own complete entity claiming to be amazing, is it?
As to your second paragraph: full agreement.
I read a few fashion and beauty blogs and they're all very well written and make me want to hear what that person has to say because they can articulate it well. It will get more traffic because she's somewhat of a minor celebrity now days so surely that should mean her standards should be higher and that she should have some consistancy in her posts? Especially being a writer by profession?
I just despise of this whole 'unfashionista' thing. I'm assuming her aim is to have it made into a website where she has a team behind her who all refer to themselves as 'unfashionistas' when they're writing the articles. Like that PLT (People Like Them) article in the Style Magazine.
This is a blog on Jux, like, say, a blog on Tumblr. If you think your content is a full product, something worthy of attention then you buy a website and you self-host. Otherwise it's not a full serious concern.
I don't think her standards have to be higher necessarily. All you've proved is that she's turned you off with her bad writing style, which is fair enough. And being a writer by profession...well her books will have been edited by someone and gone over many times, like a proper published article on in a paper or on a site that cares. Again, blogs tend to be written and that's that.
I'm not saying Blogs are rubbish because of course they can be great, I'm simply stating the medium is much like that of demos by bands and it's not worth treating something she hasn't treated as important in the same way.
I don't like her, by the way, I'm just standing up for distinctions in content. I think people need to feel 'this is free' 'this is worth paying for' more often.
I'm still with meowington on this one and i don't really agree with this - "If you think your content is a full product, something worthy of attention then you buy a website and you self-host. Otherwise it's not a full serious concern.''
I imagine it is a serious concern, I imagine the blog format has been chosen to piggyback on the relative values that BLOGS have that websites don't so much (hip-ish, sharing, social media, informality, open, etc etc)
I don't think the demo analogy holds up. The band would still play all the notes correctly on the demo.
and they can be charming as a result. The only thing that defines a demo in music these days is that it's not the final product, it's not the one you are saying, "Yeah, this one".
Unless you value your product no one else will. Clearly someone with little cash may have to rely on a blog on a blog site and I'm not saying their blog is worthless because of that.
But we know for sure that Louise Mensch could afford a fully hosted site. Such sites can still very much link into Social Media like, say, this one does.
So that fact that it's just a blog on a blog site tells me she isn't taking it too seriously just yet, so we probably shouldn't either.
WE SHALL SEE!
Dunno, blogs are almost always dull if you don't know the person.
"A lazy girl's guide to gloss.''
Don't try and align yourself with lazy people mensch.
you don't know our struggles.
is that I hope Suri's Burn Book gets on this ASAP.
she just doesn't seem to give a shit. Just gives anything a go, regardless of how qualified or not she might be. She seems pretty fearless to me.
Punk as Grint.
and has probably always had something to fall back on i.e. the money from her bookbs / future writing career / her wealthy husband.
Its not the same as someone else taking a gamble and just going for something. She is fearless in the fact that she doesn't really care about her image or pleasing the masses which is something to be admired but she's not really making it in the public eye because she's not very likable and doesn't care for being liked.
She left uni and went straight into music, in A&R and then press (she was sacked pretty unceremoniously by thwe way. Picked herself up and got back into music and PR again). the books were a gamble and all of her friends were like WTF. She has married 'well' on two occasions from a mercenary perspective, but she's always been an incredibly (almost annoyingly) driven character who (certainly until taking up with mensch) has been very very much her own person. You're right that she doesn't come across as very likeable and I never cease to be surprised because she is a PR/ marketting pro and she is extremely pleasant in real life. I sometimes wonder if she massively trolls. She used to troll at uni in the uni newspaper.
I was trying to work out which part we were being all sniffy an dchippy about today
I just think she's a dilettante, like say, Zac Goldsmith.
to point out that the "risks" you take in your career are not quite as significant if there's a family who can support you if you fail. And I say that as someone who had the same kind of safety net, to a lesser extent.
I coud have got bailed out of several situatoins by my family but instead have turned down help and chosen a diffrent path. Maybe this is where I'm going wrong. I might just live off my family for a bit while deciding what kind of pug cafe to open, shall I?
Actually, I'm being massively unfair to you here, whihc says more about my opwn chippiness than anything else. Iam sure that subconsicously, the knowledge that I would never starve no matter what happened has allowed me to be a bit more confident in some of my career moves. Yeah, I hear you.
There's also the connections, networking and (dare I say it), old boy's club mentality, that removes a lot of the risk involved.
It's a privilege enjoyed by very very few. Not many people are able to try several careers in their 20s, failing at a number of those quite spectacularly.
Anyone from the lower middle classes up, if you ask me, has a largely similar `safety net` (if we're using the word `safety` in the same way).
and then there's the hand up, which is quite a bit different.
oh god, PO. I thought you'd stopped with this sort of thing.
I googled it and everything
for once in your fucking life
also, stop this-ing my posts, it makes me feel violated
that was not anything other then drawing a distinctoin between:
1. not acceptimg handouts from your parents unless you're facing destitution/ needing to crash on their sofa
2. pre-emptively taking a bung from your folks to help you on your way.
Nothing else to be read into it. you need to loosen your Yfronts today pal.
I was just pointing out it sounded a bit rude. 'the hand up the skirt' or something.
You and your double-entendres!
But then I remembered it was you.
But I'd take safety net to mean more than just allowing a child to sleep in the spare bed and eat food from the fridge.
It's things like providing them with accommodation while they work in various internships around London, or knowing that there's always a well-paid job at the family firm waiting for them if their dalliance goes wrong.
and i think mensch is probably at the upper end of the spectrum, but I still thinks it takes a degree of fearlessness to undertake projects that will possibly result in failure and widespread piss taking.
It's a small risk if that stake isn't too great.
I'm not sure she's risked too much. Especially your latter point, when she always knew she could bail and head to the states.
I think a lot of people would love the freedom to be able to attempt to try things with the possibility of failing spectacularly. Unfortunately the stakes involved in them doing that are too high to risk.
this bit -
"I think a lot of people would love the freedom to be able to attempt to try things with the possibility of failing spectacularly. Unfortunately the stakes involved in them doing that are too high to risk.''
the too high to risk is totally relative to the individual, it's not necassarily a monetary or connections or security thing that stops them, there are layers of family expectations, your peers, innate fear of failure, possible fear of success, loads of stuff that might hold people back.
I'm not holding mensch up as some incredibly fearless heroine here, i'm just not discounting the other hurdles that people face in pursuing goals and tings.
MUCH EASIER - but I know a fair few people who grew up in very comfortable environments, who never really have to worry about money, and they don't take risks to achieve stuff, cos they are scared.
Money isn't some magic thing that makes everything super easy - easier sure, but there's a lot more to it.
and it's fair to say she's probably got financial security, so long as she doesn't invest in straw huts on a flood plain or George Osborne's Economics Lecture Tours, so as of now she is in a position to take what others would call risks and not give a shit.
not sure i really agree with you tho.
possibly depends on what you view as the metaphorical safety net
...although, I don't really view them as such when it comes to Mensch.
i even hesitated before clicking it.
Big report on how women are underrepresented in the workplace.
Followed a few pages later by:
An interview with someone about prettifying yourself in the workplace, under the pretence of it being some charity initiative or other.
which is what makes me wonder if she's just a massive troll with her public persona.
I reserve judgement on her because there are actually important things in the world and her public persona isn't one of them.
Her friends seem to adore her so she can't be that awful.
(I'm off to get some antibiotics now)
This actually made me laugh out loud at my desk and I had to turn it into a sneeze.
my skin crawls. She makes everything seem so cheap and worthless shes connected with. I dont really know who she is though :s
she isn't anything definable, she basically gives up on everything she tries after a short period, once it's boosted her profile as far as it will take it.
To me she just exhibits the sort of rigid self-belief that successful people need and those who fail to succeed carry like a millstone. File alongside Steve Jobs (former) and Osborne (latter).
I can only assume it's some kind of weird conviction that ignores facts, so I'd imagine she thinks she was a fine MP but that truly, she gave up for family reasons. And she probably believes Menschn (or whatever) was a great idea and would have worked had the guy involved not turned out to be massively dodgy (according to Guido).
So, in short, I think she probably lives in a delusional world, or sorts.
Am I right in saying sociopathic? Are they the ones who care massively about what you think of them? Which one am I again? Oh I don't know, i need lunch.
that you are the only thing of any importance in the world.
in order to gain power over them. Mensch's profile does seem to fit the mould, but since she's really crap at hiding it she probably only classes as a wannabe sociopath.
just stick with something, Mensch!
But then I just resent successful women.
(except the arseholes)
I enjoyed disliking her.
when I've seen her do the exact opposite in the past.
And mainly from sexism.
I just hate the gratuitous pile-on when it comes to her. I've not known her very well for years, but lots of friends whose judgment i trust are good friends with her. I think when I've slagged her off in the past, it's been stupid annoying things she's said or done, as opposed to just being anti-her per se.
As jacques said, judge the post not the poster.
WEhre as I said I was proud of her for accepting that her place was at her husband's side.
I don't really have many strong opinions about her tbh.
"Text in Topshop! Text in Topshop!"
in their head when reading the opening post.
Probably just me, actually.