Feminism is having a bit of a moment, isn’t it? You’ve probably noticed it, cropping up on Twitter, appearing extensively in ELLE magazine, being linked to Beyoncé, Shailene Woodley (or not, as the case may be) and Lena Dunham.
In the land of celebrity, actresses, musicians and politicians seem to either be actively embracing the ‘label’ or side-stepping away from the interview question of the moment altogether, for fear of being brandished a man-hater. I always find that odd as to me, feminism is about equality, not some sort of race to take over the world and punish All The Men by chaining them up and forcing them to watch Gossip Girl on repeat.
Where I haven’t seen much of it is in the fashion blogging community. That’s not to say it’s not there (Clothes, Cameras and Coffee is a great example of a blog that mixes style with social and gender commentary) but I wonder if the ‘F word’ is still one that we’re afraid to use?
Obviously every blog is different, with different interests, audiences and niches, but a blog is only ever what the author wants you to read. It can be easy to start thinking that a blogger only ever has baking recipes/matte lipstick/animal themed accessories (delete as appropriate) on their mind, and of course this isn’t true. I find that Twitter is a lot better at giving a rounder picture of a person, but even so, some topics seem to be off-limits, one such example being the response to Gem mentioning her shock at the recent election results.
I’ve wanted to talk more about feminism on this blog for a while but I worried that it wouldn’t fit nicely into a ‘Fashion/Beauty/Lifestyle’ blog. It’s silly really, since I consider myself a feminist, so surely that makes up part of my personal lifestyle? Call me out on it in any other context (home, work, the pub) and I’m proud to call myself one and discuss issues that fall under that umbrella, so why not on this blog?
Just like my post about giving up on Primark, I was afraid of mentioning it for fear of loosing readers, alienating people or having outdated assumptions cast upon me. Well I guess the jig is up. Feminism seems to be in fashion right now and to me that’s no bad thing, especially if it gets people talking about sexism, FGM and why there is still a pay gap of nearly 15% between genders.
I hope that it has a place here, on this blog, if you want to read it. And if you don’t, well then you can put the kettle on, scroll through your Bloglovin’ feed and read Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion on the days when I write about Topshop boots and cleansing oil instead.
I would love to hear your thoughts on feminism and blogging – is it something you would be interested to see within FBL blogs? Are there any blogs or websites with a feminist slant that you read and think I should, too?