Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Fashfem Linkage - June!

"Don't tell me I'm pretty - just accept that I'm smart."

Have you noticed that feminism has become even more visible of late?

Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no denying the Slutwalks have got people talking. Whether you want to sharpen your teeth on Victoria Cohen's contentious article 'Are Slutwalks Losing Their Way?' or mull over Deborah Orr's more considered piece 'Why is Feminism Still So Afraid to Focus on its Flaws?', feminist concerns have really been pushed into the limelight in the last few months. Check out 'Slutwalks: trying not to miss the point' for My Illustrated Life's vociferous take on the issue.

Sick of cliched movie males only going for the pretty girls? See how 'Hairspray' breaks the mould in 'Hairspray and Celebrating Diversity' by The Styling Dutchman.

And speaking of pretty girls, Delightfully Tacky's post 'The Infinite Variety of Individuals' discusses whether being a 'girly girl' undermines you as a woman, or if it's simply another choice.

From girly girls to little girls; author Lisa Bloom explains why telling female children they're pretty encourages them to live in a 'dumbed-down world' in 'How to Talk to Little Girls'.

After another spate of male indiscretions, the spotlight inevitably falls onto the wife or girlfriend. Fashion for Nerds asks why the focus is on the wife's beauty when male celebs are caught with their pants down - read her post 'Fallacies' here.

Kate Middleton is walking a tightrope of recent media attention, argues Claire in her post 'An Unsubtle Knife', dedicated to the new Duchess of Cambridge.

It's not just the media that are critical of women, of course - women are often critical of themselves and others. Dress with Courage's Elissa explores this in 'Winner Takes All - women and competition'.

Jaime Black's The REDress Project

Do you do outfit posts? We know fashion blogging ain't all about the frocks. Rosel from What Are Years? explains her ambivalence towards them in 'My Ethical Dilemma with Fashion Blogging'.

From the external to the internal: Beauty Schooled takes a stand and demands we stop being defined by our weight - do you dare post yours, and share some interesting facts about yourself on 'Why Telling Everyone Your Weight Might Rock'?

And what do the fellas have to say? Ryan from Fashables asks why fashion is so female-centric in his post 'Men Who Like Fashion Are Gay'.

In a non-blogging vein, read Dressing the Campus Red to see how Jaime Black uses the symbolism of the red dress to highlight the plight of aboriginal women.
This post is for the Feminist Fashion Bloggers' monthly round-up.
See you on 13th July for themed posts on Fashion, Feminism and Social Class...

Monday, 30 May 2011

Fashfem Linkage!

The Circus, 1870-1950 by TASCHEN

In a new series here on Feminist Fashion Bloggers, we are compiling posts that weren't produced as part of the FFB themes/topic prompts, but sit along the intersection of fashion, body image and feminism. Some but not all the posts were written by FFB members, and some were put forward by the authors, while some were nominated by others.

The range of the various posts is wide ranging and thought provoking as usual! There's posts about the socially accepted rules of dressing, including dressing to hide one's perceived flaws, dressing sexily, dressing modestly, dressing at costuming events, dressing wile pregnant, the perenial problem with the phrase 'real women', perceptions of fat people and tatoos and Niquabs, and girls' desire for Barbies.


The Alt Librarian - “You Were So Pretty Before”: Gender and its Implications within Modern American Tattoo Culture (submitted by Millie of Interrobangs Ananymous)

Beauty Schooled - Enough with the fat hate (submitted by Autunm at the Beheld)

The Beheld - My First Barbie (submitted by Mrs Bossa)

Decoding Dress - Figureing out Sexy Part 1 and Part 2 (nominated by Autunm at the Beheld)

Hugo Schwyzer - “Your body is not so powerful it can drive others to distraction”: a letter to a teenage girl about clothing, modesty, and Slutwalk (submitted by the Beheld - and again by me, because I missed that it had already been put forward)

Knitting up the ravelled sleeve of care - Imperfections

Mrs. Bossa Does the Do - Dressing for your shape part 1, part 2 and part 3 (submitted by finder extraordinaire or may great reads Autumn at the Beheld)

Tea and Feathers - All together now: we are all real (submitted by Sadie at Knitting up the ravelled sleeve of care)

One Techies Search for Something Resembling Style - Follow Up: Feminism and the Slave Leia Costume

Oranges and Apples - Dressing Pregnant Bodies

Lids, Sewn Shut - Niquab: Just a piece of cloth (submitted by Millie of Interrobangs Ananymous)

Friday, 18 March 2011

Roundup of 16 March posts: Expressing feminism through style

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38 bloggers answered the question:

How do you express your feminism through the way you dress?

1. Lids Sewn Shut
2. Oranges and Apples
3. Alexa - "I'm Not Feminine"
4. Cat Feathers
5. Sadie - Knitting Up the Ravelled Sleeve of Care
6. seamstress stories
7. What Are Years?
8. Fashion Pearls of Wisdom
9. Adventures in Refashioning
10. Orchids in Buttonholes
11. cervixosaurus
12. What If No One's Watching?
13. Claire, My Illustrative Life
14. Fishmonkey
15. Wardrobe Oxygen
16. Those Graces
17. Vintage Vixen
18. Cloud of Secrets
19. The Beheld
20. The Taxonomy of My Wardrobe (Veshoevius)
21. Bonjour Simone
22. Aesthetic Alterations
23. Terri at RatM
24. Beauty Schooled
25. JeanOfAllTrades
26. E B Snare [The Magic Square Foundation]
27. Millie at Interrobangs Anonymous
28. Techie Style
29. Be Fabulous Daily
30. Aly en France
31. Katie, Interrobangs Anonymous
32. Sara at SK{ru}SH
33. Laura Connell
34. Shakespeare's Feminine Ending
35. northwest is best
36. Dusk
37. Mad Dress Game
38. Mrs Bossa Does the Do

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Roundup of 9 March posts: a mixed of topics


Adventures in Refashioning - Soldering in Heels

Aly en France - My Body Entirely

Alexa Wasielewski - Some Feminists Need to Spartan Up!

EBSnare [The Magic Square Foundation] : Body Policing/Fashion/Feminism

Fashionable Academics - What a Feminist Looks Like: A Fashionable Academics Virtual Conference

Fishmonkey - The Man Repeller and The Male Gaze

Interrobangs Anonymous- Millie's Take on Modesty

Jean of all Trades- Qiu Jin: Modern China's First Feminist

Knitting up the ravelled sleeve of care - Knitting a Better World

Mrs Bossa - In Bad Company: Girl Tribes

My Illustrative Life - Male Gaze n’stuff

Northwest is Best - Why 1940s style is not a fashion trend

One Techie's Search for Something resembling Style - Feminism and the Slave Leia Costume

Oranges and Apples - Some Thoughts on Marthette's, blogging about 'feminine' stuff, and perfection

Rags Against the Machine A Gaze of My Own

Sidewalk Chic - Reclaiming leather skirts and other ‘provocative’ clothing

Skrush - A Single Standard (or, Where Motherhood, Modesty, Mormons, and Feminism Meet)

What Are Years? - FFB Post #2: My thoughts on the CBC documentary, The F-Word

Roundup of 2 March posts: Feminist Icons

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Björk - Oranges and Apples

Christine Lagarde– Rags Against the Machine

Cindy Sherman - Mrs Bossa Does the Do

Claude Cahun - Cervixosaurus

Diane Von Furstenberg – For Those About to Shop

Elizabeth Smith Miller – Techie Style

Ellen Page – SK{ru}SH

Frida Kahlo - La Historiadora de Moda from Fashionable Academics

Frida Kahlo – Knitting Up the Ravelled Sleeve of Care

Gloria Steinem – Ef for Effort

Gloria Steinem - What If No-One’s Watching?

Gloria Trevi - Feministified

Grandmother – The House in the Clouds

Griselda Pollock - Magic Square Foundation

Hedy Lamarr - Adventures in Refashioning

Marjane Satrapi - Jean of all Trades

Joan of Arc – Interrobangs Anonymous

Julia de Burgos – Mad Dress Game

Margaret Cho – What Are Years?

Oroma Elewa - Fishmonkey

P.J.Harvey - Northwest is Best

Rachel Carson – Aly en France

Siouxsie Sioux - Yo Ladies

Sydney Fox - My Illustrative Life

Tori Amos - Shakespeare's Feminine Ending

Vivienne Westwood - Seamstress Stories