Wednesday, 9 August 2017

style: PINK STAIRS












Hoodie - Similar // Skirt - Topshop (similar , similar) // Shoes - Nike // Fanny Pack - Amazon (similar, similar)


These photos were taken at this really cool location in Peckham. The pink stairs are an art piece that lead you up to a rooftop bar called Frank’s Café. A place I would recommend if you are looking for summer date ideas in London or just a place to catch up with friends. The pink stairs really stood out to me and I decided to contrast it with this all black outfit. The hoodie I got at this cool bar I worked at.

 It’s weird that the colour pink is gender assigned - usually associated with women and being feminine- and makes you realise that there are so many other things in life that are gender assigned that perpetuate the inequality between men and women. There is undoubtedly a hierarchy in society that places men above women – which is arguably socially constructed. Yes, men are physically different from women but that does not necessarily mean that they are “better”. Women are fundamentally different to men in that they can bear children. They can literally create life within their bodies – which in itself should be considered phenomenal, however, it is this very thing that society considers to be a disadvantage (think of how companies are less likely to hire pregnant women or women in general for the fact that they may go on maternity leave). 

But more than this, there is a hierarchy in which some women are treated less favourably than other women. “Intersectionality”, which is a term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, points out that the feminist movement is one which is highly overshadowed by the plight of white, middle class, cis-gendered women. It does not acknowledge that some women such as black women go through different experiences, and are treated less favourably in many situations. This is where intersectionality comes in. Feminism is not effective if it only takes into account the plight of some women. However, when the topic of racism is talked about with feminism, it is usually pushed aside or branded as divisive.

 I know this is a long blog post but sometimes, these issues need to be addressed head on instead of being shied away from. This is something that is always in the back of my mind as a black woman – especially one in the blogging/influencer community (which also deals with this problem). All voices need to be taken into account and represented, not ignored. Shoutout to all the women fighting for ALL women.

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