Well, some time ago I received the Kreativ Bloggers Award, and posted - as part of the 7 things you may not have known about me - my professional background as a feminist criminologist specialising in sexual assault.
These days I work as a researcher for a state police service. While not quite as hard-core patriarchal as they once were, police services are not known for their feminist sentiments.
I still retain closeness to feminist work: applying the principles in my own work, working on projects regarding sexual assault survivors and the legal system, and remaining active in the sexual assault sector. But I was particularly pleased when a ex-colleague from the sexual assault research centre I worked at before the police service messaged me to let me know Naomi Wolf will be speaking in town this week!
I think this is quite serendipitous. Since moving to Melbourne, I've gained some weight, and have not been feeling my most attractive. I think I need a healthy dose of feminist realism regarding body image. I do ascribe too much to beauty ideals marketed via the mass media. Oddly enough, I care more about how other women perceive me, rather than men. I've also just finished reading The Women's Room for the first time.
Naomi Wolf's talk is also of great interest to me, as some of my fave bloggers discuss the relationship between vintage clothing and feminist ideals. I've never really thought about this link comprehensively before -- which is quite odd, as my view of the world (for both professional and personal purposes) is via an examination of constructions of gender and how that prescribes women's lives.
I've thought about how modern clothing prescribes women's experiences. For example, an age-old rape myth is that women wearing short skirts and skimpy tops are blameworthy for their own victimisation. Or, how music video girls are always scantily clad and dancing in overtly sexual ways. And I've thought about the 70s styles of loose clothing that was somewhat asexual in nature, and the abandonment of the bra. But I've never really thought about the 30s, 40s and 50s (my favourite vintage eras) and how these styles may be linked to stereotypes regarding women.
Maybe Naomi Wolfe will help me in these thoughts.
What are your views on feminism and vintage clothing styles? Has it ever entered your consciousness? Does it influence which era's styles you will sew or wear? What about sewing and feminism? What are your thoughts?
PS - I'm cutting out the pants muslin tonight. Was in sunny Queensland over the weekend, so got no sewing done at all!