ISSUES: VOLUME 45.04 WINTER 2016
Fashion rules

Dressing to oppress: why dress codes and freedom clash

Interviews with Lily Cole, Paulo Scott and Daphne Selfe, articles by novelists Linda Grant and Maggie Alderson plus Eliza Vitri Handayani on why punks are persecuted in Indonesia. Special report on clothes and freedom, how Shakespeare challenges the censors, and assessing Correa's free speech heritage.

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Wana Udobang
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Paulo Scott
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Kiri Kankhwende
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Editorial

The censor’s new clothes

If you have to introduce laws telling your citizens that they are banned from wearing purple, sporting red velvet, or showing their knees, then, frankly, you are in trouble. But again and again, when times get tough or leaders think they should be, governments tell their people what to wear, or more often, what not to wear. “Dare to wear this,” they say, “and we will be down on you like a ton of bricks.”

16 Dec 2016

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