Friend Friday: Feminism
March 25th, 2011
I had the outline for this post sitting here since Monday, and still completely forgot about FBFF until this afternoon! Gah. I’ve been feeling a bit scatterbrained this week.
“March 25th: Feminism – This seems like a lady-centered topic, but I think it would be SO interesting to have the guys in the group weigh-in as well. They could really help to shed some light on the issue.”
1. Do you think there is an incompatibility between feminism and a love for fashion?
Not at all. There is a definitely a broad spectrum when it comes to feminist ideologies, and there are people that believe that following mainstream fashion and trends is detrimental to women in some way.
Feminism — to me — is about embracing yourself, and what it is to be a woman. I’ve always been very curious about the connections between biological sex differences and their effect on behavior. I could go on forever about my beliefs on the dissonance between human instincts and traditional feminism, but this is not the place.
2. There is more to each of us than a love for fashion, how do you incorporate every aspect of yourself into your blog?
Initially, I stuck to fashion features, but I’ve since expanded to posting about art, random things I find and even tech. That’s the essence of who I am, I guess — an artsy, random nerd. I don’t think it’s possible to incorporate every aspect of myself into this blog because there’s just too much. It’d be one hot mess!
3. With the fashion industry still being a male-dominated profession, how do you think it would differ if women played a larger role?
Honestly? I don’t think it would be all that different. Not all women are feminists, and they can impose their own ideals of weight and body issues just as men can.
I feel like, on one hand, male designers see the female form in a very different way than we do, so their contributions to the fashion world are necessary. The bad part? Most male designers also tend to design for one body type, and that’s not mine. There are a few female designers out there (DVF!) that do take chances and create beautiful, flattering clothes and I wish that was the norm.
Something to keep in mind is that a large part of fashion is about the designer’s perception of the world. We all see things differently, and that in turn influences the things we create.
When it comes to marketing, well, women are all over that shiz. So why is the perception of the female form still mostly in the “model skinny is the only way to be” frame of mind? Well, that’s a societal issue. Things are slowly changing, but so slow it almost seems stagnant. The best we can do as fashion bloggers is to continue being ourselves.
4. How is your self-image and the way you carry yourself informed by your beliefs?
I am a free thinker and it drives the everyday decisions I make. Despite the fact that I have strong beliefs and opinions, I’m a shy person and that tends to control some of my interactions unfortunately.
5. Do you think clothing/makeup/hair helps communicate the truth about yourself or are those things superfluous add-ons?
It all depends. Some people use these things to communicate the truth about themselves, others use it to lie. There are women — and men — who wear things to convey a certain image other than who they really are. Makeup and clothes — how we present ourselves to the outside world — are powerful things!
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[Image via Fanpop, edited by me.]