Sending a big “FU” to the corporate side of the fashion industry.

As an increasingly successful fashion blogger, I have been targeted by several brands, large & small, one of which is quite a large corporation.
Why?
Because I am undermining a very important part of their money making system.

Today, the fashion industry is split in half.
You have Women’s fashion & Men’s fashion.
You will find designers here and there who produce androgynous designs but for the most part, the industry (brands & corporate companies) want designers who either design Men’s wear or Women’s wear, and follow a very gendered structure. Everything from the tailoring to the materials has to be specific to the binary boy/girl gender system.
This is why you can’t find feminine style’s of clothing tailored for the average males body type in any department store, thus creating a “mens” & “women’s” division.

Every time I modify the clothing I buy in department stores to fit my body type and then model it for people to see, not only am I inspiring people to step out of the box with their fashion choices, but I am merging two markets into one.
Why is this bad for corporations?
MONEY
More markets equal more advertising and marketing opportunities which ultimately leads to more sales and more profit.

When I successfully inspire people to be less mindful about if they look like a girl or a boy, ultimately I am inspiring them to go against the gendered market system that brands and clothing companies make so much money off of.

I have received several hateful emails, discouraging my efforts as a fashion blogger. I was even asked by a large corporate clothing company to STOP buying their clothing and modifying it to fit my body type. They stated that by doing so, and sharing it with my audience that I was creating the illusion that gender did not exist, and that I am leading a bad example for society. …

A GENDERED SOCIETY CREATES A HUGE PROBLEM.
IT DIVIDES PEOPLE.

IT SEPERATES.
IT CONTROLS.
IT DISOLVES ANY & ALL ORIGINALITY.

FUCK YOU, to any clothing brand, company & corporation who’s got a problem with who I am, what I believe in & how I express myself.

-Elliott Alexzander

Feminism is about liberation, not equality

Why the fuck would I want to be equal to males? When did feminism go from dismantling patriarchy to “Equality”. I want the liberation of all females FROM males and patriarchy, not to hold hands with them! It’s been apparent to me for a while that most people can’t really imagine “equality.”  All they imagine is having the existing power structure inverted. They think if I say I don’t want equality, that means I want females to have power over males(ya know like we’ve had for centuries).

I cannot decide whether this shows how unimaginative they are, or shows how aware they must be of what they do in order to so deeply fear having it turned on them.

Get it straight, 

“A commitment to sexual equality with men is a commitment to becoming the rich instead of the poor, the rapist instead of the raped, the murderer instead of the murdered.” - Andrea Dworkin

"Most people in the United States think of feminism or the most commonly used term “women’s lib” as a movement that aims to make women the social equals of men. This broad definition, popularized by the media and mainstream segments of the movement, raises problematic questions. Since men are not equals in white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal class structure, which men do women want to be equal to? Do women share a common vision of what equality means? Implicit in this simplistic definition of women’s liberation is a dismissal of race and class as factors that, in conjunction with sexism, determine the extent to which an individual will be discriminated against, exploited, or oppressed.”—Bell Hooks, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center

“People sometimes say that we will know feminism has done its job when half the CEOs are women. That’s not feminism; to quote Catharine MacKinnon, it’s liberalism applied to women. Feminism will have won not when a few women get an equal piece of the oppression pie, served up in our sisters’ sweat, but when all dominating hierarchies - including economic ones - are dismantled.”― Lierre Keith

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Adult Content, Feminism, and Spectacular Character Development

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is at the top of the list when it comes to my favourite TV shows. When it first aired in 1997, I was six years old, and by the time I was twelve I had only watched a few episodes with my friend who is an avid fan, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that I actually sat down, took the plunge, and watched all seven seasons. I was instantly hooked, and got through all 154 episodes in a couple of months.

So why does it deserve the top spot on my list?

For starters, the lead character is a strong female. My feminist self very much likes strong female leads, and Buffy is a super tough heroine with a complex life full of friends, family, lovers, school, and of course, slaying vampires and other beasts. Not only is she a heroine; a Slayer, but she also has to deal with normal life and the problems that come with it, which we as the audience can identify with.

Buffy may be the star of the show, but the other characters are just as important as she is, and are explored in as much depth too. I have never seen a show with such incredibly detailed character development. Never have I cared so much for so many characters all at once in one show. Never have I laughed so much, nor cried so many tears over a bunch of fictional people. Buffy’s friends that make up the team that support and help her in her slaying are fully-fleshed out characters with personal lives of their own which we get to be involved with. We even get to know some of the villains so well that we begin to care for them too. While there are new demons, vampires, or hell beasts to defeat pretty much every episode, the focus is more on the group of friends and how they interact and come up with solutions to deal with the threat, and the things that happen between the characters over the course of the episode, rather than the slaying of the enemies themselves. It is more about the changes and developments in their relationships to one another than the villains they must face – although this of course is important too.

In addition to the strong female lead character in this show, the group that makes up her friends and team start out as predominantly female. Movies and TV shows these days include more female lead characters than before, but what is still lacking are other strong female characters to accompany the main character. Generally the strong female lead seems to have no female friends, and the rest of the cast is pretty much male. If there are any other women within the cast, most of them are weak or play insignificant roles. This defeats the object to a certain degree because it gives the impression that the character is a singular strong woman; that she is “like a man”, rather than showing that women as an entire gender are just as strong as men. In Buffy, there are a lot of female characters, and they are all strong, powerful and complex. Within Buffy’s group of friends, only one does not have any special, magical abilities or knowledge on the subject of slaying, and that character is male. It is never made the subject of conversation that he is the only male friend in the group – another thing that I love so much about the show. The women are physically, or magically, stronger than he is, and the reason he is unhappy about this is not because he feels emasculated or weak, but the fact that he feels useless and inadequate.  In fact, his character finally shows his strength in one of the later seasons; and that strength is the power of his love for his friends. He saves the world with that love and dedication and the words he uses to express that.  

All of the main characters in Buffy are strong in their own way, but they are also flawed and have vulnerabilities. This makes them real. It makes them identifiable. The fact that they make mistakes; that they decide to do the wrong thing; that they fall in love with the wrong people or lie to their family or betray their friends in a moment of impulsiveness, enables the audience to relate to their characters, and love them even more for it. We are so used to characters in movies or TV shows always making the right call in any and all situations, but to see them make the wrong choice is utterly refreshing. “To err is human” said Alexander Pope, and he was right – these characters are really made whole by their errors.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer also addresses very serious, real, adult topics, such as cancer, loss, the death of a parent, rape, torture, murder, and it blurs the line between good and evil.  In some cases, the divide between good and evil is black and white, but in others it is not so clear (think Faith and Spike). We get to understand the motives behind extremely wrong actions, and even empathise with a character we never thought we would understand.

Another thing I noticed whilst watching the show is that the women are always shown eating. Both Faith and Buffy talk a great deal about food and being hungry. There’s a lot of celebration of food in the show, and that is wonderful to see. It’s rare that we are shown women devouring doughnuts and pizza in movies or TV shows and so to see it so incredibly frequently in Buffy the Vampire Slayer is awesome. The only bone I have to pick with the show is that the women are all exceptionally thin. It is actually addressed within the show at some points but in the form of body-shaming comments towards thin body types, which isn’t ideal. The only variation on female body type is Tara, who is curvier, but still slim.

Buffy may have started in 1997 and finished in 2003, but it is more feminist than any movie or TV show that I have seen thus far. Unfortunately, that is slightly disheartening as it means that we have not gotten very far in making progress on the subject (in 2011 the statistics showed that only 16% of protagonists in films are female, that between 1937 and 2005 there were only 13 female protagonists in animated movies, and that all of those 13 except 1 had the aspiration of finding romance), but hopefully there will be an increase of directors following Joss Whedon’s lead in the near future.

As for me, I am definitely going to add the Buffy the Vampire Slayer box-set to my Christmas list.

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