25 March 2011

FBFF: Feminism & Fashion

It's FBFF time again!

I haven't posted for FBFF in a few weeks. So when I read that it was around feminism, I wasn't sure how I felt. Is it just me or does the word feminism conjure up images of men-hating women burning their bras? And yes, I know how ridiculous that sounds.

Out of curiosity, I decided to give Google Images a try and see what came up for images of Feminism. Here are a few of my favorites...

classic feminism poster

one very intense feminist Ashley Judd



1. Do you think there is an incompatibility between feminism and a love for fashion?

Not for me. I wouldn't call myself a feminist but I do believe in equal rights for women. And I also love fashion. So I guess it just depends on each person.

2. There is more to each of us than a love for fashion, how do you incorporate every aspect of yourself into your blog?

I think my personality comes through in my writing and blog topics. I incorporate stuff about my family and other hobbies I enjoy.
Not all of my posts revolve around fashion but I do love wearing pretty clothes and thinking I look cute in them. There's nothing wrong with that.

3. With the fashion industry still being a male-dominated profession, how do you think it would differ if women played a larger role?

Maybe women wouldn't get as frustrated when shopping for flattering clothes. I often see clothing on the rack that I know would only flatter about 2% of women out there.

4. How is your self-image and the way you carry yourself informed by your beliefs?

Most of the time these are completely separate for me.
The only instance I see any of my beliefs influencing my self-image is that I believe we were created in God's image and should treat our bodies with respect. And even though modesty can be defined differently by each individual, I try to dress modestly for me.

5. Do you think clothing/makeup/hair helps communicate the truth about yourself or are those things superfluous add-ons?

Superfluous to one person can be fun or insightful to another person. If I dressed in ill-fitting clothing that I didn't like, does that make me a more genuine person? I don't think so.

People will judge you by what they see no matter what you do.

I think that my look communicates that a woman can both dress professional and fun at the same time. I'd like to think that the colors I incorporate also present me as an open person.

What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them!

Visit modlychic to read what other FBFF bloggers have to say on this subject!


  1. Feminism and fashion a very interesting subject to talk about. I love your sentence about bra burning and the picture with Ashley Judd.

    For question 3 I totally agree with your answer that's why I shop at thrift stores. Most clothing is made for a body that doesn't really exist in majority of the world.

    For question 4 my grandfather was a pastor and was really strict with his daughters. So when my mother had me she was a lot less worried about my clothing covering my ankles and wrist. She wanted me to express myself no matter how crazy it made my grandparents. :)

    Lovely Outfit!! Sorry for the long comment.

  2. I consider myself a feminist and I think that it's fine to enjoy fashion or gardening, crafts, or any other hobby that maybe seem as feminine. Any other group demanding equal rights, pay, and respect don't have to conform to people's vision on how they think they should look. They don't have to give up their personal style or activities they enjoy for people to take them seriously. It just seems that people think that women should look a certain way if they want to be taken seriously.

    There is always another side of the coin where you may dress in a way to play a non empowered roll to get what you want and I don't think that is feminism but that is a trickier subject for another day.

  3. thank you for your VERY sweet comments on my blog...i am flattered! =) for some reason my first thought regarding this topic had a negative connotation but i am glad i participated! i love fbff and blog events, don't you? =)

    the stylish housewife

  4. Your post is simply amazing! Loves it! I'm now subscribing to your blog on my google reader!

    Please check out my blog when you get a chance.

    a fashion lawyer by day, fashion police by night...I play at red carpet events, shop all over town, and live life in the fab lane in LA!

  5. I think you have such a great sense of style and when you feel well-dressed you are more confident. and don't forget the woman in polka dots on your blog background. She is a perfect example of your style! :)

  6. It's good to find like minds! Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. Women should be able to be "women" and still be treated equally. You said it well.