There are lots of things that have changed my perception of blogging and bloggers over the past few weeks and to be perfectly honest I am not entirely sure how to feel about it. I feel like I am currently standing at a
The Three Factors
There are three main factors influencing the choices I have to make about blogging. Feminism, Climate Change and Other Bloggers. Three things that are a hot topic of conversation at the moment. [I am just waiting for the endless comments about ‘oh you are only talking about this because it is a current hot topic’].
I am a feminist. There are no two ways about it. But, I have learnt that I am not a very good feminist. This morning, I was listening to the Scarlett Curtis, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink podcast with Jameela Jamil. I could listen to the two of them speaking about feminism ALL DAY LONG. But Jameela highlighted a very interesting point which I hope I can give it the justice it deserves in my explanation.
She noted, that, just because you identify as female, it doesn’t mean you are a feminist. In fact, some females, through their actions on social media [and in real life] can actually become a double agent for patriarchy. I really liked this, and it has resonated with me. What she was trying to explain is that on social media, lots of blogger, influencers or ‘celebrities’ [in the loosest of terms] actually go against feminism by acting as an agent of patriarchy. Whether that be through selling ‘popping pills’ or ‘slimming lollies’ [as she so elegantly put it] at the most extreme end or more loosely by talking about weight-loss, how you should look with make-up etc. I am conscious to not be like this, and I am conscious to not be this kind of blogger.
2. Climate Change
If you haven’t watches the Stacey Dooley fashion documentary by now, you should. I had no idea how much of an impact the fashion industry had on the climate. I was shocked, or horrified – I am not sure I can even find words to describe how it has made me feel.
Now I know I am not a ‘fashion blogger’ per se, but I do like to write the odd post about capsule wardrobes and my favourite products. In fact, it is because of blogging and other bloggers that I own SO many beauty products. I don’t want to do that anymore, I want to find a way to reduce, reuse and recycle all of the things I own. I just want to rethink how I consume, watch and create content for the internet. Because, of course, I am as guilty as the next, for thinking that my actions alone would not affect the planet ‘that much’.
I love the internet. I really do. It saved me.
But, I feel like I am at a point where I HATE IT [except Instagram – I
When I first created my Twitter account, I felt, in real life, that I was a horrible person. I create a positive space, I built my following by sharing, RT-ing, and commenting on every tweet, blog post share or image I saw.
Now, this is where I am at that crossroad again, I want to carry that on, I want to create a nice space on the internet. BUT, I also want to be able to challenge things I see, without being seen as a bitch or ‘witch hunting’ someone. Opinions and prejudices MUST be challenged, but how do we do this whilst up-keeping the balance?