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Does gender identity politics play any role in the fashion industry? Is there such a thing as inclusive design? This week on Woman-Stirred Radio, Ben Silverstein, a merchandiser for the Italian design company Max Mara visits with Merry Gangemi to discuss the social and political representations of gender in fashion. We’ll explore the significance of culture, clothing, and notions of the body.

Ben Silverstein, 27, lives and works in New York City. A native of New Jersey, Ben brings an unjaundiced perspective to the conversation. He is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and travels extensively for Max Mara both within the continental U.S. and throughout Europe.

So join us, this Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27th, for a fascinating discussion of gender and fashion. Interview begins at 4:15.

Woman-Stirred Radio broadcasts live on WGDR 91.1 fm and online at wgdr.org every Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. (eastern), with interviews and music; plus weekly commentaries from British writer Nicki Hastie and guest commentaries from Julie R. Enszer, and Jan Steckel. Our assistant producers are Lisa Harris (scheduling) and Sassafras Lowrey (social networking). Our intern is Mikhael Yowe, an IBA student at Goddard College.

Woman-Stirred Radio is funded in part by the Samara Foundation of Vermont, a non-profit, Burlington-based foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life for Vermont’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered citizens. Click on the link to find out more about Samara Foundation and its programs.

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