"It needs to be okay for women to fail. We need flawed women whose mistakes represent just that — their own mistakes. Not reflections upon our entire gender, not held up as reasons for why women aren’t meant to be in tech. We need to accept women in this field who aren’t incredibly talented, who aren’t going to send shockwaves through the industry, who want to be here just because it’s a great place to be.”
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, stupid fabulous
Stefan Zweig on Big-Brand Fashion
Stefan Zweig would have viewed people’s increasing reliance on a handful of copycat giant clothing retailers for their fashion needs as nothing less than the end of human individuality. Indeed, he was already lamenting this fatal conformism in 1925. In “The Monotonization of the World,” an essay he wrote that year, Zweig declared,
It is not with impunity that everyone can dress the same. … Monotony necessarily penetrates beneath the surfaces. Faces become increasingly similar through the influence of the same passions, bodies more similar to each other … minds more similar for sharing the same interests.
Ultimately, Zweig declared, the consequence of buying into mass-produced fashion was nothing less than the creation of a slavish “mass soul.”
— George Prochnik, Author of The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World