The Newturn Conference: Women in the 21st Century
On Tuesday 18th February, I attended the feminist Newturn Conference: Women in the 21st Century and here are the main points taken from each debate.
Is fashion a feminist issue?
- fashion is one of the industries easiest for women to rise in
- clothes in the business world are essential to 'get right' and look professional as a women, so as to be taken seriously
- lots of ways women can get it wrong because of so many options, men only have 1 option and so the only thing people see is their contribution, women stand out so are listened to less
- some designersh to research for using bigger models are; Mark Fast, Rick Owens, Anna Shoz CSM BA
- why should women have to blend into men, wearing a suit, so as to be listened to, we have different bodies, therefore different clothes are appropriate and shouldnt dictate as to whether our points are valid, clothes are a form of expression
Can Generation Y take women's rights forward?
- feminism is the recognition that there is an oppression of women, and a commitment to change
- every indidual to realise their potential
- trouble with identifying with feminisim cause seen as vulnerable, also talks of "opression' which seems a bit of an exaggeration as there are many worlds situations in the world than 21st century western women
- censorship (specifically blurred lines) perhaps holding feminism back, making people think they take everything too seriously, puts more focus on the matter
- there is formal equality atm, but not womens liberation which is what the movement set out to achieve initially
- it is important to remember feminism is not a political party, thats the good thing, we all have different opinions within feminism, freedom of speech
- interet allows more people to access feminism and investigate
- feminism needs to try perhaps different approaches not just shouting, being loud, makes people stereotype,there are women who would like to contribute where that is not their style
- "just because you can't piss standing up, doesn't mean you can't be part of it"
- girls schools
- feminism alienates young people by using long political words, make you seem like you're a rubbish excuse for a woman if you arent already an active feminist
- Madeleine Albright " there's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women"
- start gender dividing at a young age, blue/pink in toystores
- not about just now allowing girls to do boy acivities, that encourages that the male activities are better