The older I get and the more inequality becomes blatantly apparent, and I increasingly catch feminist stirrings that I don't tend to act on and usually repress. I guess you can say I'm afraid of becoming an extremely zealous, outward-spoken individual when feminism these days seems to be more of a hushed subject. I've also come to the realization that feminism is often misunderstood, even by women, with a hazy definition of what it is, why it's important, and overall, projecting a relatively uncool vibe, with an association of it not being our generation's battle to deal with; didn't our moms handle that for us?
Considering however, some hard facts, like those shared in Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg's 2010 TED Talk, “Why we have too few women leaders” proves that we've still got some work cut out for us in order to balance the scale in the work place.
In the realm of fashion blogging, however, I've felt fortunate that this is an exception; everywhere I look seems to prove the opposite.
At events, through social media, and online, I'm surrounded by incredibly brilliant entrepreneurial women, small business owners, captains of the industry, pioneers of the online blog platform.
I would hope that when it comes down to it, we are also a supportive network that although some healthy competition may persist, in the face of adversity, we would ban together and make things better for the future generations of bloggers. Right?!
For me at least, the positivity found in this environment is palpable, however what do we do when we as women and a fashion blogging community are under siege?
When someone actually pens and publishes sexist garbage (and a sad retraction) like the post last week on NAPALM Mag titled “Xo Bang: The Typists of xoJane, Ranked by Bangability” (which I will not be linking to in this feature), further intensifies this question of whether we should have been fortifying our roles all along, as female fashion bloggers. This post, flying around the Twittersphere incensed me beyond belief, along with many others who took to social media to express disgust, however it certainly won't be the last time that someone will try to diminish our talent, skills, and accomplishments as female fashion bloggers, or really, regardless of the industry that you work in, as women.
Gender inequality has the uncanny ability to present itself in every profession;
and images of it surround us; just look at this feature in New York Magazine‘s The Cut section on “Feminism, According to Stock Photography,” when words such as “empowered female,” “career woman,” “girl power,” and “feminist” were searched, and this Pantene commercial that takes unfair stereotypes of women in the workplace as its focus for the campaign of “be strong and shine.”
My call to action in writing this piece is to ask you to close your eyes, and
think about a time when you encountered gender inequality.
What feminism means to you personally (for additional resources see Jennine's article on the subject, here; also,”Why Fashion Bloggers Need Feminism“), and not if but how you can make a personal contribution in some way, shape or form, toward connecting, promoting, and furthering the success of yourself, and your fellow women in fashion blogging. Can fashion blogging really have an impact on women's rights? Did tennis really have anything to do with gender inequality? Eh, I don't know…maybe ask Billie Jean King. (Not sure what I'm talking about? See this stirring documentary).
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