Y'all know that I love fashion. This is a fashion blog isn't it? But today I want to talk about the other major F word in my life- feminism.
I am a feminist. Unlike girl genius extraordinaire Tavi Gevinson, it took me about 20 years of my life to be able to comfortably state that. This was partly due to the social stigma around the word, but mostly due to the lack of a label for feelings of frustration I can trace back to when I was labeled a slut by other girls just for having lots of guy friends and a boyfriend in 9th grade.
What makes me a feminist?
1.Equality. I hold a deep seeded belief that all people are equal regardless of gender identity, sex, race, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, weight, health, ability etc.
2. Opportunity. Going in line with the belief that all people are equal, I believe that all people deserve equal opportunities. I support equal pay, Title IX, and goddammit I want to see more women, LGBT people, and people of color in positions of power!
3. I hate double standards. I spent three semesters studying the
sexual double standard as part of my undergraduate thesis. Double
standards go beyond sexual activity. Women are held to different
standards than men, and it's not fair.
4. Choice. I believe that all people have the right to make the
decisions that affect their health, happiness, and well being. For me
choice goes beyond reproductive rights. Choice is about options and
freedom. It is the choice to marry, or not marry, whomever you want and
to have children, or to not have children. It's the choice to stay home
with those children or the choice to be a working parent. It's the
choice to live where you want, wear what you want, eat what you want,
and practice whatever religion you want.
5. Empowerment. Everyone deserves to find their own voice. Being a part of the VDay movement, working with Boston GLOW, and even starting this blog have helped me find mine.
Want to hear more? Next Wednesday, October 3rd, I'm partnering with Boston GLOW for "These Clothes Were Made for Talking". It will be a discussion and networking event for women, exploring fashion and feminism- what our clothes say about us and whether they should shut the hell up!
If you're in New England please come by! If you don't identify as a feminist, please don't be intimidated. We're just looking to have a good discussion, maybe a few drinks, and a lot of fun! If you use the discount code "Spitfire" you'll get admission for $2! Purchase tickets HERE.