Long Reads this week tackles the sexualised advertising of American Apparel, love and gender fluidity, and a unique friendship.
I do not get American Apparel as a brand…you’re paying $50 or whatever for a plain beige t-shirt! Just go to K-Mart! The store gets a bad wrap, and deservedly so in my opinion, thanks to their excessively sexualised advertising, including in one instance of a model who “looked under 16” or the advertising of a skirt that was just an upskirt shot of underwear. This article details the complex working relationship that employees and former employees have with the company and its highly sexual environment.
A story surrounding the personal relationship with the writer Paul Auckland and a deaf defendant in a murder case for whom he was interpreting in sign language. It’s an incredibly unusual story where Auckland is thrust into a murder trial and the guilt of the crime is not denied. His business has now become relaying information between the murderer and the system, information of the most gruesome kind.
A love story between two genderqueer people, meaning “gender non-conforming, non-binary, or gender fluid,” set in Texas. The author really missed the opportunity to title the article We found love in a hopeless place. So disappointing. It is a really beautifully written story that details the complex issues that people have with their gender identity.