#blacklivesmatter #sayhername

Other than at airports, or in hostage situations, we in the UK aren’t used to seeing our bobbies on the beat armed.


Granted, times have changed. Where once it was a case of being armed with a whistle and a truncheon…



…we’ve witnessed the addition of stab vests, radios and various other bits of ‘kit’.



Nevertheless, our English bobbies still generally look like English bobbies. We pride ourselves on the fact that the overwhelming majority of our bobbies aren’t armed.

It’s always a shock, then, to read or see yet another story about deaths, at the hands of the police, in America in particular. Yes, I know there’s a substantially different culture in the US, with the ‘right to bear arms’, and so on, but policemen opening fire on unarmed civilians is still a jaw-dropping moment for us. Certainly, in a split second, the American policeman has to make a decision as to whether, due to the availability of firearms, someone is carrying a gun. In the UK, the balance of probability is that someone isn’t carrying a loaded weapon, so different rules and police culture apply.

While our policemen are far from perfect, and there is clear statistical evidence of black teenagers being 28 times more likely to be stopped by the police for no legitimate reason than white teenagers, something that points to something of a racial profiling occurring (or, indeed, flat-out racist approach to our own citizens), our young folk will almost certainly walk away from the encounter with the police.

In America, it’s different. That gun-culture, that sometimes naked racism apparent in the police, means some people won’t get the chance to walk away.

There have been some high-profile incidents in recent years. Ferguson, Missouri, being one that was particularly shocking. Michael Brown was just one of many.

These high profile deaths have spawned a group called Black Lives Matter. Of course they do. Each human life is important. A culture of white-cop-kills-black-teen simply cannot go on, and has gone on too long. A culture wherein a predominantly white police force are, or are perceived to be, racist must end.

Black Lives Matter.


An infographic from the Black Lives Matter website.

The issues facing many black people in the US isn’t just about police brutality or racism either. There’s a wide range of issues that need to be addressed for a better, fairer, more equable society. And this applies in the UK too, lest you think I’m having a pop at the US in isolation.

Black Lives Matter.

What I wasn’t aware of, until recently, is the number of black females are also the victims of the police. Not all are firearms related deaths, but too often the actions of the police are questionable.

Recently, one grouping, the BlackOUT Collective, staged a protest about this.




Part of their action was to protest topless in order to also bring attention to the fact that society tends to focus on black women’s physical bodies except when those bodies are victims of violence. They also wanted to let women reclaim their bodies in a public space.





There is still something immensely powerful in a statement made involving nudity. It remains one way in which people’s fight is suddenly made much more visible in the media.

We’ve previously expressed our view that #blacklivesmatter, and I’m happy to do so again today. We need an equal world. We need a world without police brutality or racism. We support the BlackOUT Collective’s protest and join the call for a more equable world.











From Bollywood to Hollywood…the turban

Knowing my desire to see a broader cultural experience, my friend Deepak has pointed me in the direction of Diram, where there’s a free L$0 turban available.

Traditionally worn by Sikhs (Deepak is a Hindu) he nevertheless is always keen to see items that might enhance the Indo-SL experience. ‘Too many SL Desis want to be white’, he grumbles. ‘Be proud of who you are, your culture and heritage!’

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Quite right, Deepak! But to do that, designers need to provide a wider range of ‘ethnic’ clothing.

It also struck me that the turban also had a role to play in the entertainment industry, away back in the 1940s or thereabouts…through to the 1960s…


Maria Montez


Lana Turner

vogue 1965 turban

Virna Lisi


Elizabeth Taylor

In and out of the movie world, actresses have previously worn turban-styled headwear as a symbol of chic and sophistication.

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I asked model Anne if she’d model the turban for us, to present a sense of chic and post-war European sophistication for us, but she’s gone one better (goodness, how I will miss asking models to do stuff for me, they’re as mad or dedicated as I am about SL!)

Running down the outfit…the turban, as linked to above, with an Amacci (free) hairbase.

The outfit is the free female ballgown currently on offer at the entrance to Frank’s Jazz Place. (L$0) Includes dress and gloves.

The jewellery, ear rings and necklace, are another free group gift, this time from Pure Poison. Anne is wearing the ‘Hannah’ jewellery set.

And there you have it, 1940s sophistication and glamour for L$0 whatsoever! Yes, I know it’s not naturist at all, but I couldn’t resist blogging the turban due to my desire for a more culturally broad SL, and for avatars to break away from that young, white, slim look that dominates the grid. Variety is the spice of life!


I dreamed that…I wore Maidenform/Tiny’s Lingerie

By now, you’re probably aware we like ‘vintage’ or ‘retro’ things at SLN, between Harry attempting to recreate 1930s ‘nudist’ vistas and me doing a rather popular ‘vintage’ season last year.

Over the years, ‘Maidenform’ bras have had a long line of advertising that looks quaint, amusing and sometimes sexist to our eyes. Maidenform still continues as a company,almost a century after its foundation in New Jersey.

For many years they had an advertising campaign, the tag-line of which read ‘I dreamed that I…’







Changing times. This magic-carpet wearing mannequin dreamed she went to Bagdad (!) in a belly-dancing styled outfit, with her Maidenform bra forming the top half of her outfit.




I think it’s safe to say that Maidenform aided in the careers of several actresses and pin up girls during and after World War 2.





Pointy breasts were in! And then they weren’t. I suppose the entire concept of pointy breasts disappeared until Madonna revived the idea briefly.

Madonna in the 1990s

To me, they’re a design classic.

There’s just something so stylish about vintage underwear, although it’s not something I think I’d like to wear as some of it looks so uncomfortable. For lovers of this classic style there’s Tiny Markham’s store for some beautiful, vintage and retro lingerie.

I was only dimly aware of its existence. I remember when I worked for Emmanuelle’s blog she blogged quite a bit of lingerie. As I was the new girl with a brief to report on naturism, I’m afraid I was never really paying much attention to what the others were writing; I was only looking after my own bit of the blog. I IM’ed Emma, another one who eventually became exhausted by blogging, although she still plays SL, and asked her for the name of the store, which I’d forgotten and I’ve have no recollection of ever visiting before.

Emma came back with the landmark, and fulsome praise for Tiny. ‘Remarkably helpful. She used to send me review copies and they are marvellous bits of work. I’ve attached a couple of pix of me wearing a bullet-style bra and lingerie set.’

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Armed with the LM, I tp’ed over there and had a look round, found a bullet-bra on display (along with numerous freebies). Yes, Tiny’s store is something unique, and if it’s classic lingerie you’re after, then I’d recommend this long-running store.

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