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Why did men stop wearing high heels?

Why did men stop wearing high heels?
For generations they have signified femininity and glamour - but a pair of high heels was once an essential accessory for men. Beautiful, provocative, sexy - high heels may be all these things and more, but even their most ardent fans wouldn't claim they were practical. They're no good for hiking or driving. They get stuck in things. And high heels don't tend to be very comfortable. Originally, they weren't. "The high heel was worn for centuries throughout the near east as a form of riding footwear," says Elizabeth Semmelhack of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. Good horsemanship was essential to the fighting styles of Persia - the historical name for modern-day Iran. "When the soldier stood up in his stirrups, the heel helped him to secure his stance so that he could shoot his bow and arrow more effectively," says Semmelhack. At the end of the 16th Century, Persia's Shah Abbas I had the largest cavalry in the world. A wave of interest in all things Persian passed through Western Europe. Related:  benseamanBlēņasMODERN HISTORY

Upcoming brand DANSHAN explores repressive masculinity Last year China ended its one-child policy, allowing all couples to have two children for the first time since the punitive family planning rules were implemented during the late seventies. The decision came after a four-day Communist party summit in Beijing, where the country’s top leaders debated their concerns surrounding the economy as the result of an ageing population. But after almost four decades under the family planning system, what have the humanitarian consequences been for China? In an article on the one-child policy, Guardian journalist Tom Philips writes how people have been subjected to “forced sterilisations, infanticide and sex-selective abortions (which) have caused a dramatic gender imbalance that means millions of men will never find female partners”. In traditional Chinese culture sons are favoured, and because of the one-child policy it has meant tens of thousands of baby girls were disapproved of and even abandoned by their families. Danxia Liu: I was frustrated.

Quotes to Inspire You to Become a Better Leader | Erfien's Blog 25 Quotes to Inspire You to Become a Better Leader Dave KerpenMarch 18, 2013 Great quotes inspire us to change, to grow, and to become our best selves. I researched thousands of quotes from successful leaders for my last book, to capture one for each chapter, covering 11 simple concepts to become a better leader. My recent LinkedIn post explaining the 11 concepts became the 2nd most read article in LinkedIn history (at 1.3 million views!) Listening 1) “When people talk, listen completely. 2) “The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. Storytelling 3) “Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.” 4) “If you tell me, it’s an essay. Authenticity 5) “I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. 6) “Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet – thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently. Transparency Team Playing Responsiveness Adaptability Passion

Pareto principle The Pareto Principle asserts that only a "vital few" peapods produce the majority of peas. The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity)[1][2] states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.[3] Management consultant Joseph M. Juran suggested the principle and named it after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who noted the 80/20 connection while at the University of Lausanne in 1896, as published in his first work, Cours d'économie politique. It is an axiom of business management that "80% of sales come from 20% of clients".[4] Richard Koch authored the book, The 80/20 Principle, which illustrated some practical applications of the Pareto principle in business management and life.[5] The Pareto principle is only tangentially related to Pareto efficiency. In economics[edit] The original observation was in connection with population and wealth. In software[edit] In sports[edit]

Jordanian art gallery exhibits photos of aristocratic Victorian costume ball Mrs. Arthur Paget, Later Lady Paget née Mary (Minnie) Stevens (1853 – 1919) as Cleopatra Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, costumed at the ball as Grand Master of the Knights Hopitallers of Malta The Queen threatened to cancel the celebrations should she be forced to contribute to the costs. Jordan Times | Oct 28, 2008 An enriching history lesson By Ica Wahbeh The Victorian court and high society lifestyle, historical accounts, social mores, cultural influences and thorough physical descriptions form part of the rich, intriguing, juicy information provided by the photos and their captions on exhibit at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. Dreams of Orient & Occident Organised in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, “Dreams of Orient and Occident” is a most astonishing selection of portraits taken on the occasion of the “Duchess of Devonshire’s historic ball at Devonshire House last week”, writes the Photographic News on July 9, 1897. Like this:

listen to the amazing new youth voices in gender activism Name: Shaun RossOccupation: model and activistWhat's your definition of gender?Of course gender exists. It's something that your parents tell you. But as I grow older, I don't think gender means anything. And it shouldn't mean anything, it shouldn't define you as a person.What is the conversation you want to have today? Related: Shaun Ross: In His Skin He Wins Name: Akilah MorrisonAge: 17Occupation: studentWhat's great about being young in 2016? Name: Dian BlusummersAge: 20Occupation: youth advocateWhat's great about being young in 2016? Name: Jess Rodriguez WilliamsAge: 24Occupation: Lorkia Street Youth Advisory Board/radical organizerWhat's great about being young in 2016? Related: 9 Women on Feminism and Reproductive Health Name: Brenda Belén AlvarezAge: 20Occupation: studentWhat's great about being young in 2016? Name: Jordan DowwAge: 21Occupation: comedian/actor/content creatorWhat's great about being young in 2016? Related: Los Angelenos Discuss Gun Control Credits

Marian Salzman on consumer fatigue and the rise of the daddy blogger February 27, 2013 by Megan Haynes It’s a bright and sunny morning Tuesday at the Toronto Gardiner Museum. A Wii station is set up to entertain the press, while eggs in a hollandaise sauce and freshly squeezed orange juice is being served. The focus is on health and wellness at the launch of Winnepeg-based The Winning Combination’s Vitamints, and to fete the event, the company brought in renowned trend spotter Marian Salzman, president of Havas PR North America, to chat up the audience about the product, and what she sees as the biggest trends in 2013 and beyond. Connecticut-based Salzman successfully predicted the food-transparency craze in 1995, saw the influence of bloggers in 2004 and coined the term “metrosexual.” For the marketing and media world Salzman has some more pointed predictions. In media, while people will continue to consume content, “the question will be what screen it will be on,” she says. Videography by Jennifer Horn Tags: Marian Salzman, topspot, Trends

How to Create a Line Design: 9 steps (with pictures) Edit Article Edited by Mimi, Krystle, Sondra C, Elyne and 30 others We all know that a line segment, or a line, is straight, right? What if somebody told you that you could make curves entirely out of straight lines? With line design (also known as "string art" and "curve stitching") you can arrange a series of straight lines in a systematic way so that they create the appearance of a smooth curve, forming what is called an "envelope" in mathematics. These curves are based on mathematical formulas and can result in many complex and intriguing curves. Ad Steps 1Make an angle. Ad Tips If you would like to arrange the angles in circle, this is a way to make sure the angles are all the same. Warnings Use a straight edge or else it will look sloppy.If you mess up, start all over, because if you don't, one line will be out of proportion.

Iran Stretched Laws To Expand Ayatollah Khamenei's Grip On Economy (This is the third story in a three-part series, Assets of the Ayatollah: By Yeganeh Torbati, Steve Stecklow and Babak Dehghanpisheh Nov 13 (Reuters) - Two months before his death in 1989, Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini tried to solve a problem unleashed by the revolution he led a decade earlier. Land and other assets were being seized en masse from purported enemies of the young theocratic state. Khomeini issued a two-paragraph order asking two trusted aides to ensure that much of the proceeds from the sale of the properties would go to charity. The result was a new organization - known as Setad, or "The Headquarters" - that reported to Iran's supreme leader. Twenty-four years later, Setad is an economic giant. Reuters found no evidence that Khamenei puts these assets to personal use. The thinking behind this painstaking legal effort is unclear. But the legal machinations served several purposes. "What was the goal?"

Can high heels for men become a thing? This designer is working hard to make it happen Women have been integrating menswear pieces into their wardrobe for eons. Borrowing from the boys, everything from Yves Saint Laurent’s classic ‘Le Smoking’ to the oversized white shirt and the ubiquitous boyfriend jeans has become the norm in women’s fashion. On the other hand, men wearing women’s clothes has yet to reach the mainstream in the same way women wearing pants has. The fashion world is infatuated with the gender-fluidity trend and progressive designers are responding to the shift in mood by serving up ensembles that can be worn by both men and women. The Gucci SS2016 show was chockful of feminine references with male models walking down the runway in lace, pussy bows collars, and flats. Jaden Smith featured in Louis Vuitton’s SS16 women’s ad campaign. Designer Henry Bae is out to lend his contribution to the redefining of men’s fashion as well with his line of high-heeled shoes for men called Syro. Henry Bae tells Konbini: (Photo: Henry Bae) “Gays – they’re just like us!

Example: Shop For Groceries On Train Platforms From Virtual Grocery Displays [My Ideal City] We’ve noticed a number of retailers experimenting with virtual display formats over the last 18 months. These types of stores allow for almost any environment to be easily transformed into retail space, with very low startup costs and space requirements. By utilizing simple technology, transitional urban spaces such as subway and train platforms can be repurposed for entirely new uses. One example of these types of solutions, falling within the larger context of the Elastic Environments trend, is online grocery service Peapod, which has erected virtual grocery shelves on subway and commuter train platforms in Philadelphia, inviting commuters with smartphones to complete their grocery shopping while waiting for the next train. In another example, PayPal is trialling a new mobile shopping initiative that allows customers to point and purchase using QR codes. Q. Submit your answer now at the MyIdealCity site - or tweet your suggestion using #MyIdealCity and #Maximizedspace

Etiquette in Japan The code of etiquette in Japan governs the expectations of social behavior in the country and is considered very important. Like many social cultures, etiquette varies greatly depending on one's status relative to the person in question. Many books instruct readers on its minutiae. Bathing[edit] Bathing is an important part of the daily routine in Japan. In homes with small tubs, each family member bathes one by one, in order of seniority, traditionally starting with the oldest male or the oldest person in the household (grandmother may bathe before the father of the house). Bathtubs are increasingly common in modern Japanese homes, but there are still many small and old apartments in cities that do not have bathtubs, so public bathhouses called sentō are common. 1901 image of a sentō Onsen (温泉) translate into an English word hot spring. Bowing[edit] Bowing (お辞儀, o-jigi?) Bows can be generally divided into three main types: informal, formal, and very formal. Making payment[edit] Bentō[edit]

Martin Luther King and the race riot that never was 25 August 2013Last updated at 19:07 ET By Nick Bryant BBC News, New York History remembers the speech, the huge numbers and the peaceful protest. Yet behind the scenes, the famous march on Washington in 1963 provoked suspicion, anxiety and deep-seated fears in the White House that the day would end in violence. Across America, black fury had broken loose. A swirl of protests, touched off by weeks of racial strife in Birmingham, Alabama, where police dogs had torn at the flesh of protesters and powerful fire hoses had been trained on children, now engulfed much of the country. Between May and late August in 1963, there had been 1,340 demonstrations in more than 200 cities. For the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr, the untitled leader of the civil rights movement, the events of the early summer had transformed the struggle for black equality from what he called a "Negro protest" into a "Negro revolution". Anxious voices made themselves heard within the Kennedy administration as well.

what does the word ‘gender’ look like? look it up in this photographic dictionary Wide. Martina Giammaria. The connection between images and words can be universal, but is often deeply personal. For her latest project, The Photographic Dictionary, Iowa-based photographer Lindley Warren is exploring the space between standard definitions and personal significance, from A to Z. She's now accepting submissions for a near infinity of words, but she's already set for absurd, cactus, embrace, haunted, ponytail, slime, time and zombie, among many others - each entry snapped by one of a network of contributing friends and photographers. Gender. Lindley became interested in photography as a teenager growing up in Des Moines, Iowa. What made you want to start the dictionary? Bag lunch. A lot of your projects are collaborative. Metaphysical. The images you picked for the dictionary don't have distinguishable locations. Pastel. Do you get more submissions for tangible things like "shower gel" and "basketball"? Fracture. Vortex. Line. Shake. Credits