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Denver Post writer Nancy Lofholm’s feature from earlier this week, “Sassy, sexy aprons shrug off sexism, tie on a trend,” highlights a fashion-recycling trend that seems to be everywhere, from upscale Cherry Creek to booths at crafts fairs.
The apron is making a strong comeback for the first time since the 1970s, when the kitchen garment was burned alongside bras as symbols of male oppression.
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“Now,” Lofholm writes, “aprons often signal nostalgia even though many of them are far removed from Grandma’s saggy, Mother Hubbard-style apron.”
The article irks Boulder-based Kristen Painter, a writer with New Era News. As a trend watcher, Painter was expecting a lovely read.
“Instead,” she writes, “the article seemed oblivious to the sexism it was supporting.”
Citing excerpts that some retro-style aprons “are featured on models who wear nothing but” the apron and a pair of pumps, Painter asserts the article is “used to support the idea that this never leaving the kitchen thing would be positive.”
She writes: “Excuse me? Did you just write that in the article as something for our society to celebrate?” Painter isn’t an apron-hater. She likes cooking and wears one. “I will bake for baking’s therapeutic sake whenever I want and for whomever I want because I enjoy doing it for others as an act of friendship/love, not because it is a duty or expectation,” she writes. “I will do so as I embrace the contradiction I represent…so long as I am always aware that is a small piece of me, not all of me.”