This week's Friend Friday questions focus on Fashion and Feminism (say that 10 times fast!). I really enjoyed reflecting on and answering these questions, many of which were not easy to answer! Thanks Katy for continuing to come up with great questions!
1. Do you think there is an incompatibility between feminism and a love for fashion? I think it depends on how you define feminism. For me, being a feminist means all women should enjoy the same rights and privileges as men. It also means that as women, we should find ways to empower ourselves. I think that a love of fashion can be empowering; when we get dressed for ourselves, as a way of expressing our passions and creativity, how can that not be empowering? So for me, the answer is no.
2. There is more to each of us than a love for fashion, how do you incorporate every aspect of yourself into your blog? I incorporate “me” into my blog by not always following the so-called rules. I’ve read more than one article that tells bloggers to choose one or two topics for their blog, so as not to confuse or distract readers. While I focus mainly on fashion and food, I weave all aspects of my life into my posts, from my job to what book I’m reading. It’s possible that I hinder my blog’s growth when I veer from my “niche”, but if that's the case, that's not the kind of growth I want anyway. I'd rather have fewer readers who I can get to know and who, in turn, can get to know me.
Yellow dot button-up: J.Crew, thrifted; peach sweater: Loft; gray cords: Loft; pearls: Kohl's; gold flower necklace: Loft; gold oxfords: Aldo (whoops! I almost put Aldi--you know, the discount grocery store? Not quite the same thing I'm afraid.)
3. With the fashion industry still being a male-dominated profession, how do you think it would differ if women played a larger role? While men may dominate the profession, it is women who dominate as consumers in the fashion industry. And because women view women differently than men do, the fashion industry would reflect this difference. I think there would be a more diverse population represented in the industry, and the “standard of beauty” would change to reflect women of varying ages, sizes, races, and nationalities. In addition, I think a women-dominated fashion industry would shift even more towards sustainable, socially responsible methods and brands. I hope women do eventually dominate the industry, so we can all see just what would happen!
4. How is your self-image and the way you carry yourself informed by your beliefs? This is such a difficult question to answer! Beliefs can mean many things, but as far as my religious beliefs go, I am a Christian. My faith does play in important role in my self-image. It helps me to be grateful for my healthy body rather than dwell on its imperfections; it gives me confidence, because I know that I was created by a God who loves me despite my shortcomings. In general, I am a happier person because of my faith and that is reflected in my self-image.
5. Do you think clothing/makeup/hair helps communicate the truth about yourself or are those things superfluous add-ons? While this may not be so for everyone, I believe that my outward appearance reflects who I am. It doesn’t reveal everything, but through my clothing others can see some of what’s important to me. Dressing professionally for work shows that I value my job; wearing lots of colors and quirky accessories shows that I don’t take myself too seriously and that I like to have fun; wearing ruffles and bows as well as jeans and tee-shirts shows that I have many sides to my personality.
Song: I'm Just a Girl by No Doubt