Lit Links

This first post, by Julia (of the incredible a l’allure garconniere), is about 2 years old, but is still gobsmackingly relevant. 

  • Thoughts: The Feminist Fashion Blogosphere: “lately i’ve been thinking that the simple act of valuing and viewing critical fashion blogging as “work” in and of itself is a feminist act. a close friend of mine asked me why i call my blog a “feminist fashion blog” because i very rarely talk about feminism/feminist issues. i beg to differ. i could ramble on ad nauseum about why i find this space a feminist one, why if you take any of my articles i could give you reasons why i think they are feminist… but i think most of my readers get the point without me having to spell it out. but again, the blogosphere itself is ripe for criticism. the fact that, yes, “anyone can create/have a blog,” does not negate that fact that some blogs are deemed more important, reputable, serious, and worthwhile than others… and that these things are constructed through a gendered, race, class, etc. lens… think about it for a minute: almost all of the most popular blogs (whether or not we discredit gossip blogs) are written and run by men. most of them write about typically gendered “manly” content, such as business and technology… pair the fact that most fashion bloggers are women, on top of the fact that fashion is hardly seen as a worthwhile or serious enough topic to merit actual critical thought… and here we have what i think is a perfect formula for dismissing fashion blogs as unimportant and frivolous… as long as women will be judged, by their peers, by their families, and even by a court of law, by how they dress, fashion will be a feminist issue. as long as women are told theyare what they wear, what brands they wear, how much money they spend on their clothing, etc….fashion will be a feminist issue. as long as fashion advertisers objectify women in order to sell their clothing and products, fashion will be a feminist issue. and basically every time someone asks me “is x a feminist fashion issue?” the answer tends to be yes.”

With Halloween just around the corner (the problem with being something awesome one year, like a Freudian Slip, is that you have all this pressure to top it the next year. Sigh…), I thought a little post on cultural appropriation, classism, and sexism might be in order. This article from Shameless Magazine is pretty excellent.

  • Why You (or Your Dog) Shouldn’t Dress Up As Antoine Dodson for Halloween: “In the days leading up to and following people getting decked out to the nines in incredibly racist and sexist costumes on Halloween, much ink gets spilled in response to the sexist side of things. When it comes to racist costumes, though? People are much less likely to see things in a cut and dry manner. While the sexist costumes are pretty much straightforwardly and unabashedly sexist and heteronormative, the racist costumes are often the result of white supremacist culture encouraging us to think of “white” as a default race, and every “Other” race as exotic, and hence fair game as fodder for Halloween costumes. When confronting people who make, sell, or buy these costumes, the response is often that you are simply ‘taking things too seriously.'”

On a related note, this (by Jillian Tamaki) is perfect

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So, basically, go forth and think critically about the things that you do everyday, because if that isn’t important… I don’t know what is! But, also, laughing is good.

 

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