Yen #35

yenowner | 27 May 2010

It’s our birthday! YEN is six and we want to celebrate… Six years of culture, politics, fashion, social issues, music and too many amazing women to mention. Check out our birthday special on page 68 for our favourite covers, fashion shoots and special birthday gifts to YEN.

YEN has already celebrated this month with the unveiling of our YEN Young Women of the Year ambassadors at a gorgeous soiree at the Gazebo, Elizabeth Bay. Packed with YEN friends, wine flowed and conversation bubbled. This issue we are full to the brim and have plenty to share.Cover girl Santogold chats with us about making it in the music industry while savvily avoiding the stereotypes. Her music is unique, strong and not easily defined. A woman with her head screwed on, Santogold, like the rest of us, juggles her priorities, life, love and burgeoning career.

Balance in one‘s life is hard to achieve and in Do Good Be Good we look at a few simple ways you can get a hold on it all. Getting enough sleep is something I struggle with, let alone eating properly, exercising enough and space for relaxation – a dream. It is all a case of making time to feel fine. Oh, and perhaps a little less partying. That little gem called moderation. How much do you drink week to week? In it’s All Fun and Games Until… we reflect upon how much we ladies of today are knocking back and the complicated relationship many of us share with the intoxicating elixir.

Then, a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. Japan is a country of extremes, steeped in tradition yet progressive and culturally modern. YEN delves into the complications Japanese women face today in trying to achieve professional standing and fulfilling relationships. Some left-of-centre solutions have arisen such as male host bars, extreme fashion subcultures and Onnabe – women who dress as men yet consider themselves genderless.

From cultural observations across the globe to those of unrest; these days distant conflicts rage and fester without the focus or attention of those countries free of war. Georgia, Iraq, Afghanistan and ever-present unrest in many parts of Africa; it would seem petrol pump prices are often our only reminder. The tragedy of war is an ever-revolving cycle, for all involved, civilians and soldiers – lives are destroyed.

A close friend’s father is a Vietnam veteran (another war few supported, much like Iraq), a kind man with a wicked sense of humour and successful career. Sadly, so as to block out the horrors he experienced during ‘Nam, he takes numerous medications to get through the day and to sleep at night. In Morality Vs War, we look at the moral dilemmas faced by soldiers whose jobs are inherently violent and complicated. What would the average person do faced with these extreme situations?

After the Vietnam War and the highly-politicised ‘70s, the ‘80s threw us right into a capitalist’s dream: all consumerism and market economies. Italy’s youth gave it a name and a look – Paninaro.

On page 20 we look back at this unique subculture. And to another hedonistic tale, the cultural phenomenon that was Playboy – the good, the bad and the ugly. Albeit a men’s skin magazine, it once featured and collaborated with famous artists and political writers, justifying its place on newsstands in less liberal times. Ironically, today, the reins to the Playboy empire are held by a woman.

Talking social awareness, after watching the Jamie Oliver special on the conditions faced by caged and factory chickens we thought it worth addressing Australia’s own track record. Is there such a thing as an ethical egg? Caged chickens and their eggs – don’t do it. Also, be sure to protect your pennies; the frightening increase in identity theft. We hang out with MGMT leading up to their much-anticipated Australian tour, chat with Empire Of The Sun, Mystery Jets and Primal Scream. And finally, the life and times of the tenacious Dolly Parton. Behind the caricature image, there is one tough little lady.

We hope you enjoy the issue,
Jacqui and the YEN team