All posts tagged: Clothing

Fast Fashion & “The True Cost”

The True Cost is one of those documentaries that everyone should watch, and then tell their friends and family to see too. I discovered the film after a friend told me it was necessary viewing, and I’m so grateful for her insistence. In order to be conscientious consumers, it’s imperative that we know where our clothes come from, who’s making it, and how they’re being treated. The True Cost examines the human rights, labor rights, and environmental impact of the garment industry, focusing on the horrific practices of fast fashion in particular. It’s also important to note that with women making up the majority of garment workers across the globe, this topic is a feminist issue as well. Before watching The True Cost I admittedly shopped at places like Zara and H&M because they offered affordable, cute clothing. But such low prices are the first sign that something is not ethically produced. Now I not only shop less (why do we need so much stuff?) but I buy second-hand and search for brands that are known to treat their employees well and embrace sustainable practices. Compared …

Who Says It Has to Be Modest? A Feminist Perspective on the Bikini

The following is a response to Jessica Rey’s speech regarding bikinis. Please watch the video here prior to reading: In her speech, Rey basically argues that when going to the beach/pool, women should wear one piece bathing suits because bikinis promote men to perceive women as objects. As evidence, Rey cites a Princeton study which found that when men viewed pictures of women in bikinis, the area of their brains associated with objects (e.g. screwdriver) lit up, as well as the areas of their brains associated with first-person action verbs (e.g. “I push” verses “she pushes”). Now, I want to make it clear that I do not disagree with the notion that men may be inclined to objectify women in certain environments (e.g. at the beach where women tend to wear less clothing in general). I do have a modest background in evolutionary psychology, and I understand that we all have instincts that may seem controversial in today’s society, but that we have little to no control over (and that we may not even be …