WARNING: This post contains feminist views

Fashion, opinion

Quite a few months ago I did a post on androgyny and feminism, as I was doing a project involving those subjects at university. I’d like to come back to feminism in this post.

It seems like every other day I read something online, without actively seeking it, that reinforces the idea that there are still many issues concerning the equality of men and women today. There are still so many absurd things written online about feminism and women constantly, it feels like we are taking one giant step backwards in time. As I’m writing this I’m thinking, how many people will be really irritated by what I’m saying? When I say that, I am talking about men and women, because it is not just some  men who have problems with feminism, it’s  some women as well. Feminism is not some hateful war against men, it’s not about shaming men so that women can feel superior, it’s a war against inequality.

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It makes me so angry when I read comments like this “At first feminism was about becoming equal, now it is about being superior.” No, what feminism is about never changed, the definition of feminism is always going to be the same. Sure, there are always people within organisations and beliefs, that take things to the extreme, but that doesn’t mean the fundamental definition of the word feminism has changed. Just like religion, you get extremist’s, but that doesn’t define the religion does it? The question I ask is, what has happened in the world of feminism that makes people think it’s about being superior? What have women ever asked for that men don’t already have or have more of?

Some people will say I’m just angry and need something to complain about. Women don’t want to be feminists, it’s a dirty word to most people. So I have the vote now, I should shut up and be happy with what I’m given, this is the kind of attitude I am met with all the time. Let me give you some examples as to why I think we are still not equal.

Robin Thicke. That really great song with the really great music video of all the topless women. Yes women can be topless if they want, but don’t you see that women are constantly sexualised by the media all the time? This being in a completely different and more pornographic way than men are? That video and song itself I am not particularly outraged by, it’s all of these videos and ideals of women. How many music videos have topless or scantily clad women in them? How many music videos have the same but with men instead? Some? You try telling me that it’s equal, that there are just as many music videos with men as the sexual objects, show me the evidence! In the media, women are constantly perceived as sex objects. It’s all about how women look, and they are constantly criticised for not looking the way we want them to, or behaving the way we want them to.

For example, look at all the talent show contests on TV. Ok, now look at the judges. X factor’s judges last year consisted of  Gary Barlow, Louie Walsh, Tulisa and Nicole. They rarely put a women on the judges panel who isn’t extremely attractive and under 40, with the exception of Sharon Osborne. Britain’s got Talent has David Walliams, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden? They always have to have their female ‘eye candy’ but the men can be as old and as plain looking as ever. What about the BBC ousting Arlene Phillips in favour of younger judge Alesha Dixon… and yet Bruce Forsyth will be allowed to present that show till he’s dead!

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” The celebrity machine lays so much pressure on their young starlets to be every mans ‘ideal women’ ” 

http://www.live-magazine.co.uk/2013/06/was-it-sexism-that-brought-tulisa-down/

One of the comments on that article has a very good point. Charlie Sheen is a notorious drug user and gets his own TV show. Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston take drugs and they are vilified by the media as their careers come crashing down very publicly.

Why are women vilified by society constantly? The media constantly puts women on pedestals, and if they don’t abide to the rules they will be publicly humiliated. You may feel like you have equal rights to men but the reality is in some cases you don’t.  Of course women want to feel sexy and attractive, it is empowering, but it’s not empowering if your trying to live up to an ideal that others want you to. That program ‘ Snog Marry avoid’ has a majority of female guests on there that are trying to do just that- live up to societies ideal. Feminism is not a hard concept, people just like to complicate it because it scares them.

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In with the new

Fashion, My photography

Hello again. I am so jealous of everyone going to Glastonbury! I could not stop setting myself up for disappointment this year where Glastonbury tickets were concerned. Firstly I tried to get one when they first went on sale, ignoring the fact our internet connection in Southampton was the slowest ever. I didn’t get a ticket. That was bad enough, but then I decided I was going to give it a shot at the resale. That might have been fine but I quickly realised I couldn’t afford it and sort of half tried to get one, knowing that if I did I would be EXTREMELY poor. I didn’t get one again… which I was sort of glad about. After that I entered a couple of competitions…. it didn’t happen.

Oh well!

I’ve just spent the last of those Topshop vouchers finally 🙂

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Earring’s from Topshop sale!

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Lipstick from Topshop in Rockabilly

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Nail varnish Hed Kandi Ibiza mix from Models Own.

I’ve just moved out properly from my house in Southampton. This means I have a ton of crap that I don’t know whether I want or not lying around my room. Still, it’s looking a lot better than it did after I had a little revamp.

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… and here’s my cat looking cute 

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Polka dot shirts make things better

Fashion, My photography

So the weather has actually been okay! It’s been pretty hot in Bristol today.

My Mum and Dad have left me and my sister for Portugal this week. Yes, I am jealous. At least it isn’t raining here though, although Portugal is meant to be about 30 degrees. English summer will always be average compared to the rest of Europe (and most of the world)…. but I really don’t mind, just as long as it doesn’t rain!

Anyway, enough weather talk. My parents also gave me some Topshop vouchers as a finishing university present. Yay! For me this is the perfect present because I actually won’t be able to afford to buy clothes for myself for a very long time. I have so many things I have to save up for and I haven’t even got a job yet! Okay, I say this but I usually just buy clothes anyway even though I shouldn’t, don’t we all? So, today I went in to town and spent almost all of it.

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Polka dot shirt and white lace T-shirt both Topshop, sandals from Office at Topshop

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I love this shirt!!! I’m so pleased with my purchases.

Until next time 🙂

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Tiger dresses and fashion lusting

Fashion, Fashion photography, My photography

As I write this I am hungry. What shall I eat? I’m trying to cut down on cheese, as I do tend to put it in everything, although I could do worse. Apparently dairy can make you more intelligent, because it has Iodine in it. So that’s good I suppose. I’ll hold on to that fact.

At the moment I’m looking for a full time job, and there doesn’t seem to be any that provide more than an 8 or 16 hour contract a week. Either that or they’re all temporary! Frustration.

Putting the dairy and job stuff aside, here’s some fashion for you! This is one of my favourite dresses from Romwe and my all time favourite shoes from Underground.

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The lip stick is from Topshop and the shade is called ‘Arcade’.

I have been lusting after some rings from www.emptycasket.com. Empty casket (if you don’t already know) is an online jewellery store, everything is hand made with a ‘grungey vibe’. Here are some of my favourites….

Rings £18

Necklace £10

Kitty ring £5

Thanks for reading!

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Religion magazine is finished!

Fashion, Music

This week was my final hand in for uni! Religion magazine is finally finished and handed in, and that’s me done… no more uni. I would love it if you had a look and let me know what you think. I’ve posted it as an online magazine, here’s the link –

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——> http://issuu.com/hannahlb/docs/religion_magazine <——

Now that university’s over it does feel slightly strange, it’s hard to know what to do next? I’ve only been finished for a couple of days, and at the moment I’m loving the freedom and not having deadlines but soon I’m going to want something to do. It would be a dream come true if I could get paid for doing something fashion or photography related.

I’m at a bit of a lose end at the moment, here’s some cool music.

Love Wolf Alice, love her voice!

Danceyy danceyyyy!

Don’t forget to check out the magazine 🙂

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Bristol style

Fashion, My photography

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Here are some pictures from yesterday! They are a follow up to the Bristol graffiti post I posted a few weeks back. Its all part of a feature for Religion magazine, focusing on Bristol’s style. The pictures above were taken at BS8 on park street, an independent clothes shop selling vintage clothing as well as small high street brands. It’s a great place to go if your after something original.

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Shoreditch fashion show

Fashion, Fashion photography, My photography

Hey everyone, this week I’ve been in London shooting Shoreditch fashion show ready for it to feature in Religion magazine. The event was a huge success and took place at the Golden Bee in London’s Shoreditch. All the designers that showcased their work were Crystal Mcfarlane, Radhinna, Staple for the cool kids, Lilla Ballazs, Imzy and Joanna Leigh Norton. The event was organised by Wynter Heayes. Sponsors include Electric London and Ten image, lead make up designer – Naomi Lake.

Here are some sneak previews of the photographs I took. If you want to see anymore Religion magazine will be published around the 7th of may 🙂

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Wynter Heayes giving a short speech before the designers come on

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One of Joanna Leigh Norton’s designs

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One of Crystal Mcfarlane’s designs

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Taken from part of Radhinna’s show

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Press/audience

Hope you all enjoyed this preview, more updates soon on features for the magazine. I have more photographs from this event, of the designers and the models.

Thanks for reading

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