Fashion and Feminism
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Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: New Zealand
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ofcourse, but you can't really win. however you choose to dress can be seen from both sides.
I might have not made myself clear because what I meant was that feminists who believe that the only way you can dress as a feminist is to dress in a suit and shun all what's considered "girly" are not really celebrating feminism and are not in my opinion feminists. feminisim is about embracing everything and striving to be equal, not dismiss everything about female culture which a lot of people connect feminism to.
I'm not saying that dressing in a masculine way means agreeing with the male culture, I dress in a masculine way a lot of time. What I'm saying is that male dressing shouldn't equal feminism because that will mean that everything feminine is the wrong way.
Yes, feminist women dressing in suits is just a silly stereotype. But it's not a male ideal. Both men and women have this stereotype vision of feminists.
Gender roles have been around since the beginning of time and have been argued since the beginning of time as well, but nothing really started happening until the last 100 years or so because of the introduction of the information age. Technology has closed the gap between men and women. You no longer need the daddy to go out and do physical work in order to pay the bills. A woman can just as easily pay the bills by working from home on her computer. Technology has blurred the traditional gender roles of yester-century.
I think Caryl Churchill, one of Britain's greatest feminists of all time imo, had a really hard time expressing this issue in the 1970s because technology hadn't quite kicked into overdrive back then like it has these days.
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