Tuesday, October 10, 2006

From the desk of best-if-not-read-together

Black Dresses V - Finale
Originally uploaded by Lightscapes.
Sometimes the news just hits me in a quirky way, and I wonder if if there's synchronisity or if the items aren't related.

From the New York Times, this gem on a former high school guidance counselor:
Many in this gray, insular city are at a loss to explain why Diane Cherchio West was allowed to continue working in the public school system for two decades after she was caught in 1980 kissing and groping a 13-year-old student at an eighth-grade dance.

Why, after her promotion to guidance counselor at Bayonne High School, no one alerted social services, school officials or the police when she became pregnant by an 11th grader she supervised, Steven West, and married him upon his graduation in 1985.

Or why, when that baby, Steven Jr., grew to be a teenager, no one balked as his 15-year-old friend moved in with Ms. West, who then seduced the friend with Scooby-Doo boxer shorts and evening jaunts to sports bars and used her school authority to rearrange his classes around their secret trysts.
And then from Reuters, this report on dressing to impress:
Women dress to impress when they are at their most fertile, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday in a study they say shows that signs of human ovulation may not be as mysterious as some scientists believe.

A study of young college women showed they frequently wore more fashionable or flashier clothing and jewelery when they were ovulating, as assessed by a panel of men and women looking at their photographs.

"They tend to put on skirts instead of pants, show more skin and generally dress more fashionably," said Martie Haselton, a communication studies and psychology expert at the University of California Los Angeles who led the study.

Writing in the journal Hormones and Behavior, Haselton and colleagues said their findings disproved the conventional wisdom that women are unique among animals in concealing, even from themselves, when they are most fertile.
I'm not sure this is news, however... I'm wondering what Ms. Diane Cherchio West wore to school, she with her "fashion sense and fluency in pop culture" which "made her a hit with students."

A note on the picture with this post. This is from a photographer on flickr; her flickrname is Lightscapes. This is what she had to say about this photograph:
With the models all dressed up nicely, the shoot took on a different feel--they seemed to have more confidence and a different aura about them. Usually dressing up does that to people. That's why I rarely if ever do casual shoots because there's usually nothing special about them.

Most models I've worked with actually like dressing up for a shoot because it's something they don't do that often. When the extra effort is put in the results almost always end up amazing. ;-)
Here's one path I'm not going to walk down: "more confidence and a different aura about them" and "They tend to put on skirts instead of pants, show more skin and generally dress more fashionably." Nope. Not heading down that path...

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