Editors’ Note: Soft

Editors’ Note: Soft

With this issue of cléo, we wanted to try a little tenderness, as the song goes. It might not seem like the time for a soft approach to, well, anything, but in order to commit to showing up for each other and the earth for the long haul–and we’ll need...
Dress Coding 9 to 5

Dress Coding 9 to 5

In the foreword to the 1977 guide The Women’s Dress for Success, a book dedicated to help women master their workplace dress codes, author John T. Molloy immediately goes on the defensive when outlining his mission: “This book is designed as a classic “how to”...
“Can I Fuck This?”: Alex Garland’s Ex Machina

“Can I Fuck This?”: Alex Garland’s Ex Machina

For all their glossy futurism, female cyborg stories overwhelmingly pivot on the immemorial horror of rape. Whether such films and TV shows allegorize radical social upheaval or contemplate the mysteries of human consciousness, rape scenes inevitably lurk within their...
Laying Bare the Implications of Touch in Blissfully Yours

Laying Bare the Implications of Touch in Blissfully Yours

In the remote locales where the films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul are largely set, an awareness of global market forces and borders gently lingers. The Thai filmmaker depicts how people at the margins confront and transgress such symptoms of modernity at local,...