Whenever we go out into the world, they way we look has a strong impact on how we are treated. Whether or not you consider yourself a fashionable or stylish person, or even a feminist, people are making judgments (good and bad) about who you are. Such assumptions and judgements are based on other aspects of our identity, including (but not limited to) your race, skin colour, size, shape, gender, perceived dis/ability, perceived religious or social beliefs, class etc. Some examples of judging someone based on these other factors include:
- Assuming if women dress like sluts they are ‘asking for it’
- Women who wear hijabs are ‘fundamentalist fanatics’
- Asian girls who dye their hair blond are ‘trying to be white’
- Someone who identifies as a male should not or cannot wear dresses or skirts
None of these things are necessarily true. We say ‘necessarily true’ because some people might want to self-identify as a slut (like those folks wanting to reclaim the word ‘slut’. We leave it up to people to self-identify and label themselves as they want and feel comfortable doing so).
Personal style and feminism are very much an exploration of your identity and how that relates to the world around you.
At any rate, why going on saying what has already been said? We’re just here to make the connections between what we wear and what we mean. Here are two quotes from two very different authors and novels that pretty much sum the up the philosophy of this blog:
“There’s a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that’s why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.”
-Anne Shirley in Lucy Maude Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gables
“That’s why I’m talking to you. You are one of those rare people who can separate your observation from your preconception. You see what is, where most people see what they expect.”
–Lee in John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden
To all of you ‘troublesome’ and stylish folks out there-welcome to the Closet Feminist!
-The Closet Feminist Editorial Team