Geneviéve: Feminist Hero

This month’s theme of “hero” was surprisingly challenging for me!  Trying to come up with something that was honest to my own values and not too frivolous was harder than I expected. I almost went with a firefighter theme, but the truth is there aren’t many female firefighters. Most women don’t have the upper body strength to do the job. And that’s okay. I didn’t want my Geneviéve to look like some Barbie fake firefighter because that doesn’t work for me at all.

Given current discussions in the media, I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship with “feminism”. Yes, I deliberately put quotes here because too often I feel like it’s been co-opted by people with whom I disagree. But in its purest spirit, I’m a feminist. And even if it still sometimes feel like there’s so much work to do, I’m very appreciative to all the women who paved the way. So this offering is a tribute to them. Women who would not be told how to dress or live their lives encumbered by societal expectations.

Bloomers had been around since the 1860s, but the bicycle craze of the end of the century normalized them. I still wear skirts most of the time to work, but hats off to you ladies that I slip into my jeans whenever I feel like it.

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  • Julie Matthews

    I love the direction you & Rachel went! I struggle with the term “feminism”, too, and that’s either because of or in spite of attending a women’s college…which has sadly gone co-ed. I see this lady as maybe an early adopter driving a first generation car!

    • yes! oh, i should have given her driving goggles ~ ha! : D

  • RLC

    Love the idea of this paper doll. I agree that the term “feminism” is challenging, but I am a feminist. I love the spats!

    • spats totally need to make a comeback! : D

  • I have the same struggle with how the term is often used now. It’s a loaded word with lots of extra meaning into it. I like the outfit and idea you came up with.

    • thank you! this was a fun challenge ~ and it’s always interesting to see others’ perspectives. : D