Why I’m a feminist, with Elle and Whistles.
So many people don’t understand what the term ‘Feminist’ means. Quite a few of us are probably guilty of picturing an angry, man-hating women with hairy armpits at some point or another. And an angry, man-hating women with hairy armpits can be a feminist… because anyone can.
Everyone looks at feminism in a different way. For me, and I think most, it’s the desire for equal right for everyone. But people are scared to come out and say ‘I’m a feminist’. What gets me the most is when women and girls ask me why I’m a feminist. It’s seen as a bad thing to be. Did you know the top two hashtags on Twitter when you begin to write Feminism are ‘#FeminismIsAwful and #FeministsAreUgly‘?
The fact that the very idea of feminism is so widely disregarded is testament as to why we need it in the first place. Is the idea of equal rights really that terrible? So it’s about time we took a stand. Elle recently released details of their feminism campaign collaboration with Whistles and I’m 100% behind it. I know fashion can be a hugely shallow industry, but it’s a powerful one so lets use it well.
Together, the brands have created a limited edition line of clothing and accessories emblazoned with the slogan ‘This is what a feminist looks like’. And it’s not just clothes for women, there’ll be pieces for guys too. The best part? The proceeds go to the Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading charity for women’s rights and equality.
For me the line works because anyone can be a feminist. Why wouldn’t you support woman’s rights, especially as a female? We’ve advanced in so many areas of life, it’s about time society got the memo.