This post is a response to Katy_Rose1's regular Friend Friday challenge on her blog, Modly Chic.
1. Do you think there is an incompatibility between feminism and a love for fashion?
To me, fashion and feminism are two entirely different concepts that can and do co-exist in a woman's life in the 21st century world. Feminism strives for the equality of women to men in spheres such as employment, education, health and human rights. Fashion is about style and appearance, items we wear to make ourselves look and often feel better.
Fashion can be a symbol of a woman's success in the goals of feminism. Women who are well educated and informed can afford to buy fashion and also have the information at their disposal to make decisions about what fashion means to them.
Equality also means having the right to choose and this appplies to fashion. Feminism implies that women have the right to either choose to 'follow' fashion or not. Women judging each other's 'sense' of fashion doesn't do much for feminism, in my opinion whilst a woman who chooses to embrace fashion does.
2. There is more to each of us than a love for fashion, how do you incorporate every aspect of yourself into your blog?
That's been an inspiring challenge for me as I love to shop and that goes hand in hand with an interest in fashion. My blog has evolved to include posts about other interests in my life - cooking, current affairs, reading, my opinions on popular media and whatever issues I feel strongly about.
3. With the fashion industry still being a male-dominated profession, how do you think it would differ if women played a larger role?
What a great question, Katy_Rose. I think if women played a larger role then high fashion as well as the high street would be more accessible to women of all ages, shapes and sizes. Women in senior positions would realize that there is a huge market of women with their own money and their own taste who are not necessarily stick thin and perfect figured. Also, the structure of companies would change. It would be possible for more job sharing, maternity leave options and recognition that older people can bring much to the world of fashion.
Also, there would be better maternity clothing!
4. How is your self-image and the way you carry yourself informed by your beliefs?
I'm taking this to mean beliefs about beauty.
Firstly, my beliefs about beauty. I truly believe that what is on the inside radiates to outwards. So even if you are blessed with perfect features, figure and skin - the beauty of all of this is somehow diminished if what you are as a person is ugly. I also believe that beauty is making the best of what you were born with and being comfortable in who you are.
It's not easy to truly believe and act on the above. I think getting older, wiser and more mature definitely makes a woman kinder on herself and others. I am more at ease with how I like and what size I am than I was 20 years ago. I've worked at the things I can change and learned to love the rest. I keep an open mind about surgery and cosmetic procedures and respect other women's privacy and choice should they decide that this is what they want for themselves.
5. Do you think clothing/makeup/hair helps communicate the truth about yourself or are those things superfluous add-ons?
I don't think appearance communicates the truth about who I am in terms of my character and beliefs. I also don't think clothing, make up and hair styling are superfluous add ons. I do think appearance communicates what you want others to think of you. To be really honest, we dress not only for ourselves but for those who are important to us. Just who those other people are varies for each individual.
If you'd like to join this discussion, why not go over to Modly Chic in the link at the start of my post?
Happy Friday, everyone!