Friend Friday: On Feminism

Friday, March 25, 2011

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This weeks friend friday topic is on Feminism and fashion - here are my answers. Have a great weekend yo!

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

While I'm sure there's a camp out there that would disagree, I definitely do not think so.

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

I don't incorporate every aspect of myself here - it just started as a way to record things I like, like a scrapbook and is still that today - it's mostly a reflection of my sense of aesthetic and things I want to remember =)

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

I'm not in tune with the ins and outs of the fashion industry but my guess is that it wouldn't really change. When I think of notable people in the industry, a lot of women come to mind. If there are things that these women wanted to change (i.e. glorification of stick thin models, the problem of body image amongst women of every age, etc) then it should have been changed already - they are capable of doing it.

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

Somehow I've grown to be a confident woman. I know I'm not perfect and if I fail - I failed and it's life - on to the next. I think this has come from having certain quality men and women in and around my life that have never treated me differently (specifically during my formative college years). And if someone has then they are probably not in my life today!

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

Everyone has to look like something, so I think it's impossible for your looks to not tell at least a portion of the truth of you.  Maybe how I dress says something about how I want to be seen...but it's not like I'm trying to be seen as something that I'm not. I just had to re-read that...haha. But anyway...I don't think it's superfluous at all. Plus, I might be just a little bit vain. I want to look good!

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52 comments:

lucy and sarah said...

Some answers to think about. Yes, still dominated by a men's fashion world.....

Unfortunately, I go for thrift and comfort.

ag. said...

I can't say I know enough about fashion to have too much of an opinion on these topics but I totally appreciate your answers. As much as I want to act like the way I look doesn't matter, it does. I present myself a certain way and while I'm pretty low maintenance, I certainly take pride in the way I look.

Bonnie said...

I love topics of feminism. That's probably why I am writing on it for my thesis.
I love your answers.
Let's be badass feminists together.

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Hollie said...

I agree with ag! I'm so not into fashion. Even though I would like to be. Hope you have a good weekend!

Kavery said...

Very pithy answers. How we dress does tell some part of our story but not all of it. So true. Happy weekend.

Collette Osuna said...

Love your honest #4 answer Sweets:)

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this is me. said...

i love your answer to #4.

Stacey Kay said...

Great article!

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Jess said...

What a great interview. Really making me think about these questions - they're tough ones!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Fun! I love these posts and getting to know my bloggin' buds better :)

Josie said...

I'm with you -- there's definitely room for both fashion and feminism.
xo Josie
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ellie said...

This was interesting to have an interview about. I think of my grandmother's words. Just do your best not to draw attention. I guess I'm like that in a way. Yet, I think of clothing as a more 'natural' appeal. I'm not really into making myself up. Just be me. I'd rather have on a plain white T, kakis and my favorite leather boots to walk in. Wish I knew where they were. Actually, they are my Mom's.

Heidi said...

I liked this and it's so hard to love fashion and dress up in Alaska because no one does..maybe 2% of the woman up here appreciate fashion but I dress the way I want to and I don't care what they think!

I wore and Anthropologie coat to school the other day it's a yellow floral and this Mom in the hall said Heidi only you could pull off that coat....thank you thank you very much...soooo I appreciate all you incredible taste...I'm a sponge!

Heidi said...

I guess my comment was off topic?
I'm old fashioned I keep my junk covered up, better....lol!
Have a great weekend, cutie.

Stephany said...

Some really great questions! You have great answers and I do hope the fashion industry starts changing and embracing curves! :)

Tamara Nicole said...

Very interesting to read, so nice to see more in depth blog posts:-)

Have a fab weekend dear!

Sonja said...

Awesome answers!
very truthful, very thoughtful.

Reyna @fashionmist♥ said...

Great questions and answers! xx

Deidre said...

This was a really interesting read. I don't spend too much time thinking about what I wear or what it says about me.

And I know ZERO about the fashion industry.

Signe said...

Love the poster! And when it comes to fashion nothing beats finding something great in a second hand store :)

Hugs and a happy weekened to yoy

Mumbles said...

I love that picture
and I love the interview, I really agree with you
by the way, the candles holders on the post below are so so cool
hope you're having a nice weekend

♥ Marley

Sabrina T. said...

i def love your blog..all the things are great and very interesting!!:)
I'd be very happy if you come and follow mine..i'll do it back..i wait u on my blog..kiss:)

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MyFavouriteThings said...

I agree with you on so many of your answers , #4 is my favourite too, partly because I can relate to growing into confidence myself, I wasn't always as confident as I am today. Have a lovely weekend!

Coco Coterie said...

Good answers, a lovely navigation of the fashion currents. Have a great Samstag, Krystal ~ xox Alexandra

a woman's right to shoes said...

Great answers! I especially like your answer to question 4. Such honesty.

Audrey Allure said...

Great answers!

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Krystal I love how real you are. Your answers are true to you and you seem to be a person who stands by what you say regardless what others may think. Good for you

M said...

happy weekend :)
xo

xx.M

www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

Stacey said...

Great questions and love your answers! Is this a new feature?-love it! Happy weekend to you K! XX

Claire said...

I liked this! Interesting reading :)x

Ann Nichols said...

Very interesting!
Just posted about my little cat! he seems to be doing better, praise God!
Have a lovely Sunday!
Ann

Charlotte said...

"If there are things that these women wanted to change (i.e. glorification of stick thin models, the problem of body image amongst women of every age, etc) then it should have been changed already - they are capable of doing it."

Amen to that! I completely agree.

fashiononthecouch said...

Great answers. I'm off to check out the FFb site...

www.styleonthecouch.wordpress.com

Carly said...

I think fashion empowers (maybe that is not true for all women) but for me....it keeps me confident and self assured. I do not dress for others..I dress to make MYSELF feel great...isn't that feminism?

Great questions, great answers.
C

Melissa said...

I was looking for Friendly Friday blog hop, and found you. Your blog looks very interesting. I thought I'd follow you.

Maybe you'll want to check out my blog, too. I do knitting, crafts, and a little DIY.

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Wow what an interesting series!

jamie-lee said...

I was under the impression that the fashion industry was heavily female, but perhaps I was wrong!

PursuitOfLLT said...

i agree with so many of those answers!!

Pilar said...

great answers, krystal! hope you are having a lovely weekend xoxo

Fashion Cappuccino said...

I enjoyed reading your answers and I think the negatives areas of fashion are slowly changing and women in fashion are definitely making a stronger impact the way we perceive fashion. Looks are a huge part of a person and I think it's important to take care of ourselves and looking good is not a crime but it should be embraced and praised! xoxoxoo

Tracey said...

Great answers! :)

I particularly love your answers to the last question, and I totally agree that the way we look tells at least a little about who we are ... how much of a true picture that is, is up to us.
xx

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

I like your answers. They're very down to earth, I agree with everything that you said here.

Anika http://www.byanika.com said...

Hi sweeetheart, I love your answers! Especially your answer to nr 3 was interesting. I relate to a lot of what you are saying, I did find it an interesting topic to answer. I would love for you to give me some feedback on my answers, I hope they came out right :)

x Anika
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@AnikaByAnika

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Cool q&a and it is interesting to think about fashion being in women's hands.

Hope you had a good time at the wedding!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Design Elements said...

I agree with ag too. happy Sunday!

Kelle Dame said...

Interesting post! Loved your answers! I think I would have answered similarly, but would have had a hard time coming up with the words!
As time goes on I sink deeper and deeper into myself and pay less attention to the fashion world. The only thing I really care about is how the latest fashion trends translate into interiors.
This was a great read!
Kelle
xx

Girl in Oslo. said...

Hi girl:)
Hope your weekend was just gorgeous:)

Have a great Sunday, and loved the answers...

Bye

Blank Musings said...

I loved this topic! I actually just saved a quote on feminism and being "girly" that I've been wanting to put up on my blog but I'll go ahead and post it here for you. :)

“Attacking femaleness, deriding ‘girly stuff’ and rolling your eyes at ‘women’s issues,’ declaring yourself a ‘tomboy’ who gets along better with men because women are silly or pretty or whatever— these are expressions of internalized sexism. If that’s the way you feel about your own sex you’ll be doomed to feel inferior no matter what you achieve in life.” - Emily Maguire

Haha and yes, I had realized that I had word verification on and rushed to change it after I had put up my little button. At least you brought it to my attention. :) I realized I don't need it. I have never gotten a real spam message, but maybe I just don't get much traffic either haha.

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Oh to Be a Muse said...

i love your answer to question 5. very truthful. great topic overall!

Diana Mieczan said...

What a great questions and I really like your answers, especially nr.5. Im totally with you on the dressing part. I like to look good and feel good in my outfit. Kisses, sweetie

Lrc said...

Great topic and interesting to read the comments on it too...I loved blankmusings' quote about internalized sexism and I see it in women that I know. It has taken me time to love myself as a person and a woman and fashion can be an expression of it! I say be as fabulous as you feel! Of course if you don't want to then you don't need to but it is a great palette to paint your life with. Me and a friend used to joke about having a different style for every day of the week just to mix it up...thanks for your comments on my blog too!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your wonderful thoughts, insights and links! I think you did contribute to opening up the public conversation on culture. Sorry to see the site go.
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