I’m taking a US history class right now and there are times when my professor looks at me and even though I’ve said maybe three words all quarter, I just KNOW he knows that I’m a Hamilton fan and I was probably reading founding father fanfiction five minutes before class
How to Minimalize clothing and make a Capsule wardrobe
Since my last post about minimalism got a lot of love I’m going to make more of them. For this you don’t have to have specific number of items in mind, it’s really up to you. If you want 8 pairs of shoes do it. If you want 5 pairs of shoes, also fine. You do you, boo.
Get rid of anything you don’t wear
I’m talking impulsive buys or those clothes that fit a personality you fantasize about being, but never realistically wear. Clothes that don’t fit anymore, clothes with holes in it, clothes you associate with the past or bad memories, ect. All of that is the first to go.
Pick out what colors you want
Most capsule wardrobes have neutrals - white, grey, black, beige, and navy are considered neutrals. You don’t have to use all of those if you don’t want to. I’ve heard of some people using just black and grey for neutrals.
For the rest you usually pick out a few other colors to wear that go with your neutrals. I’ve picked olive green and wine red, and light pink, for example. These colors actually mix and match well and of course since neutrals go with everything they match them too. The entire concept of a capsule wardrobe is to have fewer pieces that all go well together.
Keep and gather pieces that match.
Get the staples for your wardrobe. For me it’s v necks, long knitted shrug cardigans, jeggings, shorts, a little black dress, a blazer, and a jacket. For you it could be a number of other things. Get what works best for you, just make sure it can all go well together.
The accessories completely change the look by dressing it up or down. You could be wearing a black dress with completely casual jewelry and go on a date or wear the same dress to a wedding/family function if you just wear more formal accessories. This same rule can also apply to shoes.
Take care of your clothing
This will make your clothes last so much longer! Read clothing labels to figure out how to properly take care of your clothes. Maybe you need to wash it at a certain temperature or let it dry on a hanger instead of in the machine. The label will usually come with symbols but you can use a guide to figure out what they mean.
Avoid Fast Fashion
Shops that use Fast Fashion like Forever 21, Zara, ect. can seem nice with cheap prices and item that come in lots of colors, but these prices are usually made in sweat shops that don’t treat workers well and they don’t last long.
If you’re on a budget, try to thrift or save up for investment pieces that will last longer. Thrifting has saved my life and I’ve saved so much money to look better.
Shop with caution
An important part about being minimalist and having your capsule wardrobe means upkeep. and sometimes that includes shopping to replace something old. You want to make sure that you don’t throw your capsule wardrobe off by going on a spree.
Just keep a few things in mind. First, ask yourself if this is a staple, if it goes with your color scheme, if it goes with at least 4 other things in your wardrobe, including a pair of shoes, and if you can actually wear it on actual basis/need it. I highly recommend thrift shopping for this. If it survived so long in someone else’s closet, chances are it will survive longer than something from Forever 21 or H&M
Now that you’re done playing keep or chunk, don’t throw your clothes in the trash. Donate them to goodwill or sell them to a thrift store. Getting clutter out of your life is important, but clothes are also a major pollutant. Be thoughtful and give it to someone that could make better use of it than a landfill.
I guess we should start with the Bible. It only makes sense to begin with the source of your religious beliefs and consult what it says about women. I’ve read many articles that try to claim Christianity is pro-woman and they mainly cite the actions of Jesus. They argue that because Jesus talked with women in public and treated them kindly that he was revolutionary or a feminist of sorts. It may be true that speaking to a woman in a crowd or caring to listen to their problems was more generous than the average man of antiquity, but did Jesus ever outright declare the equality of men and women? No. This is something that needs to be pointed out a millions times over. If Jesus were an eternal being sent to teach Human’s how to live and spread his godly wisdom, then why did he not outright profess equality, anti-slavery, etc. To say Jesus spoke kindly to women in public is a weak argument for respecting them considering the place of servitude they lived in during Jesus’ time.
In addition to the fact that the Jesus, the supposed savior, does not advocate for women’s freedom and equality, the Bible has a great deal to say about women’s place in society. In the very beginning, God tells Eve that because she was the one who took the fruit from the forbidden tree that he will inflict her with the pain of child birth (Genesis 3:16). The view that Eve took the apple and therefore cursed mankind is pervasive through the Bible and Christian culture. It has long been an excuse to hate and scorn women. In Ecclesiasticus 25: 19 it says
“All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman: let the portion of a sinner fall upon her.”
Then in Ecc. 25: 24 it states “Of the woman came the beginning of sin, and through her we all die.” These are seriously hate inspiring versus. They plainly lay blame for all our suffering at the feet of women. (Note: This is from the Ecclesiasticus 2 that is omitted from the Canon)
These views that women are to blame for temptation and evil were profound in the witch trials. Thousands of women were murdered by angry mobs. While some men were killed too, the deaths were almost exclusively women. It’s not hard to see why, when you consider versus such as these and the fact that all the judges were men and women held virtually not important roles in society. I could go in length about witch trials, but this is going to be a long post already.
Let’s get back to the Bible. In Exodus 20:17 women are listed along with possessions of another man’s that you should not covet. It is a subtle statement that is consistent with the rest of the Bible and culture. For it says quite directly, “
8 For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; 9 neither was man created for woman, but woman for man” (
1 Corinthians 11:8-9
). There’s no ambiguity here. It says women were created for men, period. This is not the type of view anyone in the modern era would consider respectful. This is joined by a direct order for women to serve their husbands as they do Jesus, “22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything” (
). There subservience to their husbands and in the pubic sphere was absolute and a very serious cultural belief until the modern era. For a long time women were literally not allowed to speak in some churches, as it says, “34 Let
your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto
them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also
saith the law.35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church” (
1 Corinthians 14:34-35
). As much as we think of women being active in church today, it was not always that way. Also, as much as we think of women as typically being school teachers, the Bible doesn’t agree, “
11 A woman[a] should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;[b] she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner
“ (1 Timothy 2:11-14). Notice here again the reference back to women being sinners because of the fruit. All these passages practically tell you to be angry at women.
The Bible doesn’t stop there though. The word of God is very clear that women are chattel for men to be used and controlled. Today women have the right to have sex with who they please. When the Bible was written, and as is mentioned, women were given by their fathers to their husbands. Their bodies were not under their own control. What would happen to a girl who has sex outside of marriage? In Deuteronomy 22:13-21 it spells out the rules and says that the young girl is to be stoned to death! Seriously, go read it. Even worse, just a little further in that chapter, it says that if a man rapes a girl and he is caught he only need marry her and pay the father. There is no punishment. (Deuteronomy 22:28-29)
Are these passages relevant? Well, if you want to claim that the Bible carries the word of God, then they have to be taken seriously against the institution of Christianity. You can’t say the Bible is the word of God and say these passages, from the old AND new testament don’t apply. Furthermore, the original source of religion will always be a valid object for judgement despite how much cultural practices have changed, because the Bible is the foundation of your beliefs.
Whether you want to admit it or not, religious people and institutions have been the strongest opponents to women’s rights movements. People still strongly push the dynamic of the man ruling over his wife and family by authority of god. What changes have occurred cannot be accredited to religion because it is secular forces that pave the way for moral advancement and religion is dragged along kicking and screaming. Christianity today is still anti-feminism, anti-reproductive rights, anti-birth control, anti-working woman, anti-homosexuality. Only in some sects can women hold leadership roles in church. Opposing equality is hidden under the softer call for “traditional values,” simply meaning stopping progress.
If Christianity respected women then it would have from the beginning. The idea that an infinite god did not have better morals than ancient men is a joke. Religion did not change as much as it was forced into line by monumental shifts in societal culture.
So I’m afraid you’re quite wrong about Christianity and women.
This project ‘Can I Just Be?’ is a project I’ve been working hard on for the past few weeks. It’s 2015 and African-American youth are still being stereotyped and grouped together. So I went out, got out different reflections of African-American youth and asked them to describe their experience as a young African-American in an “I am” and “I am not” statement.