Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday was created by ModlyChic. Visit her blog to participate, or to view other responses to this week’s questions!
This Week’s Topic: Feminism
Do you think there is an incompatibility between feminism and a love for fashion?
No way! Feminism gives us the freedom to be whatever we want to be and express ourselves in our own way. It doesn’t mean we can’t be feminine. It means we have the same rights, freedoms and independence as men have. It means our work deserves the same pay as a man doing the same job at the same skill level. It means we don’t have to choose to stay home and pop out babies our whole life long.
Actually, I would say that feminism gives us more freedom to love fashion by breaking down old stereotypes about women. Combining fashion and feminism helps us to show the world that they can’t judge us by our appearance, that hot girls aren’t necessarily dumb, and that a girly girl isn’t necessarily a useless ornament. If feminism meant that we all had to look and act more like men, it would be the same as saying that we have to be more like men in order to have the same value as men.
There is more to each of us than a love for fashion, how do you incorporate every aspect of yourself into your blog?
My blog is still a baby, but I try to address social issues I have encountered throughout my life and how those influence my wardrobe choices on a daily basis. Naturally, since how I dress at work is part of my blog, my career choices and success as a graphic designer and Web developer will come up from time to time. My family values will also come into play as I discuss the support I get from my parents and the ways in which my husband encourages me in everything I love. Things I like to do will be discussed as I present outfits I wear to various events. You’ll see my craftiness in outfits that need alterations or added flair. My passion for photography will be evidenced by my outfit photos. And I will probably randomly talk about chocolate and kittens a lot. Can’t help it.
With the fashion industry still being a male-dominated profession, how do you think it would differ if women played a larger role?
I don’t think it would differ much. It’s the women wearing the clothes who drive the market. Initially I wanted to say that perhaps there would be less emphasis on sex appeal or something, but I really don’t think so. I think many women embrace the confidence (and sometimes power: yes, I said it) that comes with being attractive to the opposite sex and women who exploit that do so because they choose to, not because the male-dominated industry somehow forces them to.
How is your self-image and the way you carry yourself formed by your beliefs?
I hold myself up to a higher standard because I believe that how you present yourself to the world around you shows respect for yourself and respect for others. I see many people doing their grocery shopping in stained sweats, pajama pants, thrashed gym shoes, etc. There was a time when things like that were for home only. I feel there’s something to be said for putting together a classy presentation when you go out and make yourself part of society. “I don’t care what anyone else thinks” is a brave mantra to a point, but it is disrespectful when it reaches the point of total sloth.
Do you think clothing/makeup/hair help communicate the truth about yourself or are those things superfluous add-ons?
A little of both. 🙂 Definitely, my look expresses volumes about my personality!! At the same time, how important is that, really, to anyone outside of myself and my most-loved ones? Not very. But if it matters to me, it’s not superfluous. And if my husband happens to find it attractive (which he does) then that is a HUGE plus in my book. I guess this ties in with my answer to the previous question, because how I present myself to my husband shows that I respect him, care about his opinion and have a desire to remain attractive to him throughout our years together. Would he love me any less with no makeup and grungy clothes? Of course not. But does he appreciate the effort I go to? Most definitely! Perhaps that makes me not a very good feminist, but it makes me happy.