Tis another Friday ladies, and I assume most of you are very happy about this fact as it is the end of your work week, sadly it is the start of my extremely busy weekend! So blah to Friday's!
Anyway Friday also means another Friend Friday post and this week were are weighing-in on a heavy and slightly controversial subject - Feminism! It seems to be a topic that has been discuss a lot lately as I have seen articles on the subject in a number of magazines in the past few weeks. So now it's time for us FBFF ladies to talk about our views on the subject.
1. Do you think there is an incompatibility between feminism and a love for fashion?
Hell no! Lol. I am happy to be a feminist - I think I can say I am a feminist - and as so I believe being a feminist these days is nothing like the stereotypes that have been associated with it in the past. I think feminism today is just a matter of being willing to stand up for the rights of women (women everywhere) and believe that women are deserving of equal rights in all areas of life. It's also being willing to stand up for yourself and knowing that you are capable of anything a man is, and that a women should never be controlled or totally dependant on a man. So having a love fashion has absolutely nothing to do with being a feminist. Nor does it contradict the act of being a feminist. I have a love of fashion, and it is a personal thing for me. I dress to please me, in things I like, no one else. So in that sense fashion is just another thing women need to stand up for, if you love fashion then just love it and don't let anyone say you are shallow or vain because of it.
2. There is more to each of us than a love for fashion, how do you incorporate every aspect of yourself into your blog?
Ok that's a tricky one. Like you say I do have a love of fashion but mine is a personal fashion sense for a start as I don't follow trends, I just love clothes and style, so I suppose I incorporate my personal taste into the blog. I also talk about other items that I enjoy occasionally, like cooking, reading, DIY and films. Plus most of you who follow my blog regularly will know about the real me and my personal life behind the blog, my hubby and my bunnies etc. I am not afraid to talk about my life on my blog so I incorporate all of my life into my blog pretty easily actually.
3. With the fashion industry still being a male-dominated profession, how do you think it would differ if women played a larger role?
I'm not really sure it would change that much at all. Fashion is still fashion, and style is still style. I don't think what becomes fashionable or stylish would change all that much if women were playing a larger role. I get that people think female models are just trying to fulfil a male fantasy sometimes but I personally don't think thats what fashion is really about these days. If women took over all the models wouldn't suddenly be out of a job and they wouldn't start hiring real women and plus size girls. The skinny girls they use now would still be what fashion strives towards and what fashion is built around. But at the end of the day it is women that buy the clothes not the men, so we are largely in charge anyway. A designer cannot become big if no one is buying their clothes.
4. How is your self-image and the way you carry yourself informed by your beliefs?
I don't think it is. I wear what I wear because I like it not because of any other reason. I think maybe I think women look best when they are flattering their figure, not flaunting them and are comfortable and confident in what they wear. Which is maybe why I wear 50's style dresses and A-line skirts. They are sophisticated and feminine and not trashy and fit my figure so well. But I can't really say that it is a belief of mine just an opinion.
5. Do you think clothing/makeup/hair helps communicate the truth about yourself or are those things superfluous add-ons?
I think this may be something that varies from woman to woman. I don't hide behind my make-up or clothing but I can understand that some women do. Some women who aren't confident enough in their own skin may hide behind what they wear to help them feel more confident. I don't really think items like that convey the real you, the real you is your personality and your beliefs. But I suppose in some cases you can convey certain parts of your personality in what you wear.