Smoke Fan Club - September 2018


September’s almost up which means another round of Smoke Fan Club and you’ve only got a few days left to dance to that Earth, Wind & Fire song.


Teen Vogue’s September Issue was all about the new faces of fashion with a cover story featuring models with disabilities. Chelsea Warner, Mama Cax, and Jillian Mercado each graced a solo cover of the digital magazine and were profiled in a piece written by disabled activist Keah Brown. Representation in fashion still has a long way to go especially when it comes to people with disabilities but Teen Vogue is making steps in the right direction.

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Walk a mile in her shoes

A video of a demonstrators in Uganda has recently drawn attention after being shared by several journalists and celebrities. Protesting violence against women, several men took part in the march whilst carrying babies, pots, and firewood to put themselves in the shoes of women. A powerful way to make a stand against misogyny.

It’s cool to be Kindr

Grindr has launched a campaign to combat the discriminatory behaviour many of its users face on the app and in real life. The new initiative, called Kindr, includes a new set of stricter community guidelines and a video of users sharing their experiences and reminding us there’s a person on the other side of the screen. As Grindr put it: ‘everyone is entitled to their opinion. Their type. Their tastes. But nobody is entitled to tear someone else down because of their race, size, gender, HIV status, age, or – quite simply – being who they are.’

‘If you don’t speak out, things don’t change’

Online magazine Topic centres each issue around a different theme and this September’s is Labor Days (it’s an American publication). There are stories, photo essays, illustrations, and videos on a range of topics from visas and immigrants to night shifts and noodles. Among them is an interview with labour activist Dolores Huerta talking about her work accompanied by an animated piece directed by Hannah McNally. From putting a stop to cases of sexual harassment to making a note every time a sexist comment is made in a meeting and announced the number at the end, there’s a lot we can take from Huerta.