So many reasons to love Modcloth!

To everyone around me, it’s no secret at all that I adore Modcloth. It’s been about 3 years since I’ve started shopping at Modcloth, and I’m still going strong. Not only do they have adorable, quirky, unique clothes for reasonable prices, but they also are committed to celebrating women of all body shapes, sizes, and races. Above all, they really aim to empower their customers to be true to themselves.

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The Modcloth Style Gallery  allows users to submit their own outfit photos, showcasing a number of different personal styles, body sizes, races, and lifestyles. Every so often, a frequent Style Gallery poster will be highlighted in an interview for the blog, like this recent travel post of Sumeyye, and this #Fashiontruth post of Rye. What I love about the Style Gallery and the blog series is that they celebrate people being authentic to themselves, and how their personal style is a part of that.

Another really cool, empowering feature of Modcloth is their Hot Tub Round Table series, which features Modcloth founder Susan Koger having personal conversations with other women on topics such as body image and empowering young women. How cool is that?? Especially coming from a clothing company. What an important role model!

I spent 2 years volunteering for a San Francisco-based non-profit called About-Face, which does media literacy workshops to help young women and girls understand and resist harmful media messages that so often affect their self-esteem. Each year About-Face holds a fundraising event called the Embody Awards, which honors individuals or companies that are a positive role model for young women and girls in the media. This year, Susan Koger of Modcloth was an Embody Award recipient! How appropriate 🙂

I literally have dozens of items from Modcloth by now, so I’ll be posting more outfits soon 🙂

Favorite Quotes from “Men Explain Things to Me” by Rebecca Solnit

“Conservatives are now largely fighting rearguard actions. They are trying to reassemble a world that never really existed quite as they imagine it (and to the extent that it did, it existed at the expense of all the people–the vast majority of us–forced to disappear, into the closet, the kitchen, segregated space, invisibility and silence).”–2014, p. 119

“Then there are all the tabloids patrolling the bodies and private lives of celebrity women and finding constant fault with them for being too fat, too thin, too sexy, not sexy enough, too single, not yet breeding, missing the chance to breed, having bred by failing to nurture adequately–and always assuming that each one’s ambition is not to be a great actress or singer or voice for liberty or adventurer but a wife and mother. Get back in the box, famous ladies. (The fashion and women’s magazines devote a lot of their space to telling you how to pursue those goals yourself, or how to appreciate your shortcomings in relation to them.)”   –2014, p. 119

 

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Thoughts on the film “Wadjda,” directed by Haifa al-Mansour

Refreshing is the first word that comes to mind when I think of the film “Wadjda.

As someone who has an academic background in Gender and Women’s Studies and who has studied and written about how people in the West should discuss women’s issues abroad, I was pleasantly surprised to find a film about a young girl in modern-day Saudi Arabia that didn’t feature horrific and gruesome violence against women. Continue reading Thoughts on the film “Wadjda,” directed by Haifa al-Mansour

#AerieREAL Campaign

As a feminist and as someone who has a background in Women’s Studies, I’m always conscious of how women and girls are portrayed in the media–in advertisements, on TV, in magazines, etc. Recently I started volunteering with a non-profit in San Francisco called About-Face, which deals with these very issues. Thus, I’m even more conscious lately! Continue reading #AerieREAL Campaign

Archived: Representations of Afghan women in the US media today

**Note: I recently sorted through some old blog posts that I either never posted, or that were posted on an old blog. So I will be adding a few here just to have them all in one place. Enjoy!***

May 3, 2012: Yesterday I defended my Master’s thesis that dealt with a US feminist organization’s campaign for Afghan women and girls. Later that day, two people that were at my defense shared with me an NPR story on a young Afghan woman that came out yesterday, and wanted to know what I thought. So, this is what I think! Continue reading Archived: Representations of Afghan women in the US media today