Friday, April 12, 2013

Readers,

Something interesting to think about today. We all might be guilty of thinking of fashion blogs as "useless to society," or pointless, fickle and trivially twee. Sometimes I am guilty of that exact thought myself. But fashion is simultaneously an extension and reflection of the cultural milieu: the things we wear have gravity, speak to an age (as long as it's not just influenced by rabid consumerism but rather by prominent artistic or cultural tropes). Anyways, the article below by Greta Christina offers a refreshing perspective on it. But we shouldn't forget Men's fashion.

Fashion is one of the very few forms of expression in which women have more freedom than men. And I don’t think it’s an accident that it’s typically seen as shallow, trivial, and vain. It is the height of irony that women are valued for our looks, encouraged to make ourselves beautiful and ornamental… and are then derided as shallow and vain for doing so. And it’s a subtle but definite form of sexism to take one of the few forms of expression where women have more freedom, and treat it as a form of expression that’s inherently superficial and trivial. Like it or not, fashion and style are primarily a women’s art form. And I think it gets treated as trivial because women get treated as trivial.

--Fashion is a Feminist Issue: Greta Christina

As for me, I'm too defeated by school right now to even do any or post any actual photography. There's nothing that will rip out your soul and mercilessly crush it in its grip like Physical Chemistry lab. And Biochemistry. So I've got some things to think about on that front, that I've been putting off too long.