Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Top: Banana Republic
Belt: Banana Republic
Bracelet: gift from my uncle
So, some weeks ago, there was an announcement about feminist fashion bloggers getting together to combine these two passions. I joined the Feminist Fashion Bloggers group, a decision that I though long and hard about, but ultimately took. Why would I think long and hard about something like this? Simple. It's because as a woman of color growing up the way I have (between continents and in a variety of socioeconomic settings), I feel that feminism is most often associated with a type of woman that I am not: the White, middle-class, well-educated woman from the US, Canada, or Western Europe.
But I do identify as a feminist - what I like to call a "Third World Feminist", so I joined. Because I figured the group needed a few more voices, yes? So, as part of this group, we're taking sartorial cues from a feminist fashion icon. So this is me liberally interpreting Julia de Burgos.
"Ay, ay, ay de la grifa negra", comes to mind. It's about embracing who you are, your ancestors, and at the same time, recognizing the justice issues that play into ancestry, especially when you're Caribbean and racially mixed.
And then there's my personal favorite: A Julia de Burgos. This is the kind of thing that I so GET as a woman, as a Puerto Rican woman. We're from a culture where appearances matter for everyone (male or female), and there are certain ways of acting in public. But underneath it, there's more to us, a real us. Anyway, I took a stab at a translation here, so feel free to check it out.