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The women in black: how the Time’s Up protest drew on a history of dissent through clothes

From black blocs and Black Lives Matter to Victorian mourning, the Golden Globes protest played on a rich sartorial history

By Johanna Thomas-Corr  

Laura Marano arrives for the 75th Golden Globe Awards in black. Photo: PA

Listening to the news on Monday morning, I wondered if we had slipped overnight into Naomi Alderman’s feminist sci-fi novel, The Power. There was a rare thematic unity to the items on the 8 o’clock news: the resignation of the BBC’s own China editor over gender pay disparities; the news that women are at risk of undiagnosed heart attacks; and, top of the agenda, the Golden Globes. It’s usually treated as the “fun” item. This time the male newsreader…

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