A couple a days ago I’ve found one article with the title Why I am not the feminist, and I like it. The author (and It was a woman) wrote there very dumb reasons which pissed me off. So I decided to fulfill my old promise, and finally, say something about my attitude to feminism.
In the first place, I agree with a British journalist Caitlin Moran that every modern woman should call themselves the feminist (the mentioned author too). Why? You can own your credit card, you can vote, you can get a driving license, you can study university in not separated classes. What’s more, your boss can’t fire you when you got pregnant, and besides the other things, you are allowed to enjoy your drink in the coffeehouse alone (and not to be considered a prostitute). These things would not exist without feminism. So if you take advantage of that and don’t call yourself a feminist, you’ll be probably a hypocrite.
However, it doesn’t mean the fight is over. There is a lot of work to do. Women still earn a lower salary than men, most of them struggle with sexual harassment and lack of support to become a leader or a politician. And we can’t forget to rest of women from developing countries and gender equality (yeah, it’s not only about us, girls).
Fashion blog and feminism: Is that possible?
A niche of my blog is a fashion, so I’m not going to talk about politics or legal system. I want to support women visually through pictures which are related to power (such as a view from below) or to show clothes, in which they can feel comfortable and be able to handle everyday tasks. A helpless girl lying on the couch in her underwear will not help anyone, but I don’t mean feminists should wear only turtlenecks. They could be sexy if they wish ( I’m planning to write a single post about this topic).
The role of a fashion blogger is not a wannabe model, who is changing depends on photographer’s will (as I did before, fool). It’s about creating a coherent mood (mine is the 90s) and doing real content for women. Mainstream fashion magazines and labels are still a bit afraid of making a radical change and stop taking male gaze photographs. Fortunately, our blogs have no editors, so we don’t have to be scary anymore and should support each other (patriarchy wants us bitchy).
Not everyone can afford a computer, internet access, and the time for writing. So the rest of us should be grateful and try doing something wisely.
Nevertheless, to be honest, if you’re starting a new blog and this is a kind of inspiration for you, I have to admit the feminism is not the popular theme. Increasing your likes with hot selfies is more effective. But at the end of the day, you will feel much freely, and it matters.
So keep calm, take pictures, write, paint or make videos. We can do it.