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Despite appearing everywhere from catwalk collections to the high-street, PVC is still the kind of fabric that makes anybody who isn’t aware of current fashion trends stare for just a little too long. It’s also the kind of fabric that apparently encourages comments from women on the tube that go a little along the lines of:
‘women fought hard to stop girls dressing like you and to get a little bit of respect from men for once’
Since when did wearing a jumper, scarf, coat, beanie, skirt (of the pvc variety), tights and boots (as I was at the time) merit a scathing remark in public like that?
She then continued to inform me that society was going nowhere as long as ‘girls like you prance around the city wearing such things.’
I’m really sorry, but I’m a little bit confused. Since when did society halt to move forward because I chose to wear a PVC skirt?
Wouldn’t the world be a better place if it was completely acceptable to walk around in PVC skirts and heels everyday without people condemning you for stopping the evolution of society and enjoying being oppressed by a patriarchal society?
This really got me thinking about feminism. Can a girl who walks around London wearing something as stereotypically fetishist as PVC be a feminist?
Feminism is all about equality, not high heels and patent leather.
Would I call myself a high heel, PVC wearing feminist? Yes. On the days that I wear a PVC skirt anyway.
Feminism has become a dirty word. A confusing one. Women are afraid to call themselves feminists because there are so many different associations and interpretations that come with the word feminism that can lead to misinterpretations of who they really are. So many different brands of feminism have developed that it is hard to take one without being criticised by a ‘member’ of another brand.
This is one of the problems. Surely the whole point of feminism is about equality amongst women and men and the notion of women having equal
to men. If so, why are women so quick to condemn others for making different
that they don’t view as fitting to their own form of feminism? How can women move forward when so many have so much time to spend on hating others and criticising their approaches to feminism? Is it not more productive to accept peoples different opinions and approaches to feminism and move forward?
Those ‘feminists’ that continue to criticise others for their choices in clothing and attire for being what they consider to be ‘anti-feminist’ undermine the whole concept of feminism:
. Women’s right to choose.
Feminism is inclusive
. Our choices may be different, but our message is the same.
I have only scratched the surface of something here. See this as a public personal rant calling out those faux-minists that think feminism will evolve by condemning other women’s choices. Obviously I don’t think that wearing a PVC makes me a feminist, but this does give you something to think about when you peel of your PVC midi skirt later on tonight.