09/02/2016

GNDR | feminism is not for women only



this weekend, i randomly stumbled upon a Facebook event called 'Feminist Unite Party - Feministisk Fest!', organised by Kvindehuset, which literally means 'The Girls' House', here in Copenhagen. sounds cool, right?
but then, i scrolled down and noticed a disclaimer: 'The party is a separatist event for transpeople, lesbians, bi, a, poly and heterosexual- and all other women.'
wait, what?
you want to unite feminists but exclude all of them who do not identify as women? (also, how do you judge who passes as a woman? who are you to judge that?) the question now is: do the organisers really think that only female-identifying can be feminists and therefore misunderstood the whole concept of feminism or do they simply use the hip f-word to promote their event? to make it straight, in my opinion at least, the main issue does not lie in throwing a separatist party for cis / trans women (even though i am definitely not fond of that concept), but in naming it a feminist party; and according to the comment section of the event, i am not the only one.
that is because feminism is about fighting for equality of all genders; and you simply cannot promote it by excluding or even preventing certain gender from participating in it.

but here we come to another issue connected to feminism - the quite widespread belief that feminism is for women only. well, no wonder, when the name itself immediately reminds you of words as 'femininity', 'female' or 'feminine'. if you think of these words, in the gender binary framework, you have the 'masculine' as the opposite to 'feminine', and both terms come with a set of opposing characteristics (active x passive, strong x weak etc.), it naturally comes to your mind that perhaps men are not really welcome in the movement. i have already tackled this issue in a previous article, and i'll repeat myself a bit - pursuing gender equality and using a term closely attached to only one of the genders to call the movement just seems a bit off to me. however, i do realise that it is a term with a lot of history behind it, as well as it is a name now commonly used (and often misused), and therefore it is quite impossible to replace / get rid of it. quite a situation we have here, right?

this whole name thing might be a reason why some people might have a problem with feminism as such. another issue is what some (again, some!) feminists falsely promote feminism to be. i have come across self-proclaimed feminists who quite actively diss both cis and trans men and, instead of smashing kyriarchy in pieces (read more about the concept of patriarchy vs kyriarchy here), simply urge that women are 'better' than men, through which the great gender divide just stays the same, perhaps even worse. there's also the whole wave of young feminist digital artists, like Petra Collins for instance. in articles about the works of these artists, words like 'reclaiming girlhood', 'cute' and 'feminine' (again) go hand in hand with the word 'feminism'. (and here, i have to admit, i am partially guilty of doing that too in my own work, at least previously) sure, such art is very important and does have a lot of impact, but it should not be advertised as if this was the sole meaning of such complex movement as feminism.

feminism should not be seen as a private girls-only club.
feminism needs to be inclusive and intersectional, it needs to be welcoming and educating and supportive in order to really achieve its main objective - to do away with oppression. 
it's about time.

07/02/2016

ANALOGUE | disposable jan

Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, Lille
uni, work, fashion weeks, art exhibitions, concerts, hang outs with friends
January was exciting
but also
exhausting

Galleri Nicolai Wallner

Centre Pompidou
conceptual styling elective exhibition - got a 12 (the highest grade), woop woop
sexxxi Parisian room - latex pillows ftw
Kalvebod Brygge
Republique | the last morning in Paris
no-party-just-candy Friday night
Centre Pompidou | Croatian Amor's setting in Dome of Visions
Refshaleøen
Arken | Refshaleøen
my dorm = concrete jungle
Tuborg commercial w/ V | : ) : ) : )
sisters
Schlesisches Straße | the gem of architecture
G
the best airbnb everrr
Ishøj Strand
-8 degrees and a stolen blanket | clean Copenhagen
instant noodles date in Lilles | veg burger on my Parisian balcony

03/02/2016

CONSUME | the sustainable struggle diary I



i have promised i'd keep you updated with how it actually goes with my resolution to become a sustainable consumer. as with any decision to lead a lifestyle challenging the conventional norms of our society, it's a slow process. i honestly admit i am nowhere near being the perfect, eco-friendly consumer i would like to be, but i can say i have positively changed some of my habits. you can read what i did and how it went in the following few paragraphs. you can also compare with the eco checklist i posted in the very beginning of this series.

fashion-wise, i have already talked about my decision not to buy clothes from fast-fashion retail stores. in general, i don't really buy much as i stick to a very boiled-down, uniform-based (turtleneck + pants) all-black wardrobe so it wasn't such a challenge for me. since starting this series in the beginning of autumn, i've bought (probably) 4 pieces of clothing (a t-shirt, pants, 2 scarves /one of them got stolen at a party/), all second hand. i also asked for an umbrella for Christmas, from the British brand Fulton, which makes high-quality windshield umbrellas - i always say that buying something high quality is in itself a sustainable purchase. i also got some new underwear from Baserange and Nude Label. lingerie is becoming so easy to buy sustainable, which is great. sadly, the same trend has not started happening to socks - it is goddamn hard to find eco-friendly, right fitting socks (that were preferably made in Europe). if you just stick to black socks, it's still quite okay, but scoring some nice funky printed eco socks is pretty much impossible. i basically gave up and got a 6-pack of thick Adidas socks this December because my feet were freezing and i couldn't find any warm socks that would not be made from wool; and i also got some printed ones at Mads Nørgaard store from two Danish brands: Nørgaard and mp.

when it comes to food, packaging is still a huge issue in my sustainable life. it's pretty hard to buy cheap fruit and veggies unpackaged in DK, especially now that i live in a neighbourhood with very few tiny convenience store where you can usually score a lot of package-free fresh bargains. i still use a lot of canned food (tomatoes, beans) too; yet again, as i've mentioned in one of the previous posts, there is none of these hip unpackaged stores in Copenhagen, boo. very little i buy drinks in plastic bottles as i always carry my reusable bottle from Ecozz around. i only buy takeaway coffee to homeless people around Nørreport; but i have bought a juice in a plastic cup twice (during the past 6 months) at the Copenhagen airport as it is, sadly, the only veg option there. and i still keep on preparing lunches for school, and i forget / don't have the time for it, i pick something from the pay-by-weight buffet at the school canteen.

moving on to hygiene-related stuff (yes, this a very new umbrella term for both personal hygiene and cleaning i just made, lol), i still stick to the same products i have been using for a while already, that is solid, unpackaged stuff, mostly from Lush. i believe it still takes me a bit too much when i shower and i sometimes use too much water when i'm washing the dishes, but i'm trying to change that. i have brought a lot of eco cleaning products from CZ, such as washing liquid made of soap nuts, Ecover dishwashing liquid, wooden brushes (instead of plastic sponges), cloths from organic cotton, disposable trash bags etc. last weekend, i decided to clean my bathroom really properly; and i only used baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar for that - and it worked!

now to my sustainable failures - what sort of ruins my sustainable trying are school projects, for which i often need to buy a lot of material (not only papers for printing but a lot of objects i use for styling etc), which are not from the very best sources (= mostly Tiger / Søstrene Grene), but hey, you know how it is - artsy school projects get expensive. now imagine how much you'd have to splurge if you wanted to buy everything sustainable. another non-sustainable purchase i made was a towel from Jysk, for which i had to run there one day before my fashion week work trip after realising my regular towel would not fit into my carry-on. i still smoke, i still occasionally shoot on analogue, i buy quite much of food wrapped in plastic...
it's a slow process, you know?
but it's all about trying, isn't it?