A feminists guide to feminism

opinion

I was watching University Challenge the other night. I occasionally watch it because 1) I genuinely find it fascinating how clever the contestants are and 2) Once in a blue moon I might know one of the answers and that makes me feel pretty good. The subject of famous feminists came up for one of the teams and non of them seemed to have a clue about any of it apart from the question about Germaine Greer. I don’t expect everyone to have extensive knowledge of feminism but I do think this pointed out that maybe it’s not a subject a lot of people (even academics) seem to have much knowledge of. Feminism is a really important movement in history, without it the world would be completely different right now. Sometimes it seems like we’ve even taken a step back.

David Cameron doesn’t seem to have a clue what the word feminism even means. Last year he was asked by Red magazine if he himself was a feminist. Cameron replied “I don’t know what I’d call myself … it’s up to others to attach labels. But I believe men and women should be treated equally.” Right. Even Wikipedia seems to have a better understanding of what feminism means. The opening line reads-

Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women.[1][2] This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. A feminist advocates or supports the rights and equality of women.”

It’s not ideal to quote Wikipedia but I’m just trying to point out it should have been a pretty straight forward answer. He later back tracked and told Channel 4 news what he should have actually said was “…if that means equal rights for women, then yes. If that is what you mean by feminist, then yes, I am a feminist.” What else would it mean? Did he think we meant something else?

“David Cameron, do you believe women are better than men?”

“David Cameron, have you ever burnt a bra before?”

Oh and by the way the Oxford Dictionary simply states feminism is – “the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.”

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David Cameron

It’s obvious Cameron was worried what the public would think of him. Because most people believe that feminism means something else entirely. Everyone seems to have their own weird definition of the word feminism, all you have to do is read the truely bizarre comments that come underneath every article ever written about feminism on the internet. The definition should not be up for debate, and if our own prime minister is having trouble calling himself a feminist I think that’s a problem that needs to be addressed.

Nobody wants to be defined as a feminist, it’s not cool and it’s been made into a negative term instead of a positive term. Can I just address this interesting comment I’ve found on here http://www.varsity.co.uk/comment/6836

“Feminism is ridiculous. Feminism is not about ‘equality’ anymore than Beatles fanaticism is about peace. Feminism is the belief that women are and have been throughout history, systematically oppressed by men. Men do not largely subscribe to this belief because, in case you haven’t noticed or just don’t care, men endure more violence than women. Just because you want to make the world happy doesn’t mean any old lie will do for the greater good.”

Okay…. but don’t men endure more violence than women because they are violent towards each other most of the time? If you’re talking about war, women weren’t allowed to fight in the same positions as men and still aren’t. I read an article in Glamour written by Dawn O’Porter recently, and she used this statistic-

” Violence against women is responsible for more deaths and disability in women aged 15-44 globally than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined”

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Dawn O’Porter

The same statistic is also quoted in http://www.unicef.org/emerg/files/women_insecure_world.pdf

I actually cannot believe how much we are still battling with this. We are a 1st world country and barely any of us even know what the word feminism means let alone think it’s important anymore. There is always something more important than feminism right?

Topshop bargains and being on a beach when its cold

Fashion, My photography

Well, the weather is pretty horrific at the moment. Flooding, 80 mph winds and it’s pretty cold to top it off. My room is an absolute ice cavern because the window is a poor excuse for a window and my bed is cleverly placed right in front of the radiator, therefore blocking much of the heat that would otherwise be heating the entire room. I should probably do something about that.

Me and my boyfriend braved the weather for a day out at Weston Super Mare on Sunday, a seaside town near Bristol. I hadn’t been to Weston since I was very young, so this was a nice trip down memory lane. I really do enjoy beaches when its cold and windy, there’s something really moody and emotional about it.

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We went to this AMAZING chip shop called Papas http://www.papasukltd.com/ and it was seriously amazing. I’m a veggie so I didn’t have the cod but they did these insane Battered garlic mushrooms.

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I definitely recommend it.

At the moment things are a bit tight with money, so I have less and less cash to spend on clothes etc. However, I went to Taunton yesterday to visit my Nana and we ended up in Topshop. I found these silver shoes for £7! Absolute bargain, I couldn’t say no. Along with that I bought a pack of silver and gold rings that were in the sale, and it all came to £10.50 which I didn’t feel too guilty about.

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Nail varnish from the Guy Bourdin collection for Nars

 

 

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Thanks for reading!

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Catching up

Fashion photography, Music, My photography

Oh dear, I’ve very much neglected this blog over the past couple of months. A lot’s been happening!

I’m really looking forward to getting back into blogging regularly and I’ve got lots to update the blog with. Recently I’ve been settling into my new job and adjusting to lots of small changes around me. I think now that uni’s over, things are changing for the better, slowly but surely…

Here’s a quick photo diary of what’s been going on during the last few months…

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Meerkats at Bristol Zoo! This was on a really cold day.

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Sneaking one in there of my cat…

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Photographed The Vigil at Bristol’s Bierkeller. Great gig!

https://www.facebook.com/thevigilmusic?fref=ts

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Here’s a shot for a new label we do at 71 Queens called Believe. 

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Another shot for a promotional shoot for Believe

http://www.71queens.com/collections/believe

Next month I’m going to see The Wytches, Drenge, Eagulls and Parquet Courts! I might even get to photograph some of them. Here’s some good ones from some of these guys…

There is an official video for The Eagulls but it doesn’t seem to be working.

I’ll be writing more in my next post, just thought I would do a quick round up seeing as I haven’t posted in a while! More fashion based posts to come 🙂

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Autumnal

Fashion, Music, My photography

It’s been a while since I’ve updated, due to the fact I did manage to land myself a full time job! I work for 71 Queens, a clothes shop based in Bath and Bristol, and I do the marketing/social media/website maintenance for them at the moment. I’m so happy to be employed and doing something I really enjoy! Check out the website at www.71queens.com

I love Autumn, I love the colours, the fashion and I do like the weather unless its rainy and grey. But lets face it you can get that all year round, we live in the UK! It’s the crispy, sunny days when all the leaves are yellow and red that I like. Today I went up to Leigh Woods in Bristol for a walk around. I’m afraid I’ve got to the age where if I go out for a few drinks on Friday, I’ll probably still be feeling a bit rough on the Sunday as well as the Saturday, so fresh air seemed a good idea. That makes me sound really old…

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Autumn pics from Leigh Woods 

I am on the look out for the perfect Winter coat at the moment, and I keep changing my mind on the kind of thing I want. Do I want a suede coat with sheepskin, or a smart boxy one… or a soft fluffy one? For now I’ve got a pleather jacket, but it’s getting colder and colder, and that won’t keep me warm when I’m on my way to work for long.

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At the moment I’m listening to King Tuff, Drenge and Disclosure. I’m really late getting on the Disclosure bandwagon, I didn’t like that Latch song at first but they’ve grown on me so much. Here’s some tunes.

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Giant Drag at the Fleece

Music, My photography

On Wednesday I went to see Giant Drag on their farewell tour at The Fleece in Bristol. I have loved this band since their first album came out when I was just 16 years old, about eight years ago. The album ‘Hearts and Unicorns’ is still something I play regularly, I love it. I’m not going to describe it to you because I’m not a music reviewer and I’ll just sound like a dick. Here’s one of my faves.

The gig was awesome, and I can’t believe it was so long ago that the album came out! It’s really sad that they’re not going to be making music anymore, but maybe Annie will have a solo career or something? Here are some pictures I took of Annie Hardy.

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I should be uploading more to my photography page soon which is –

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Photography-by-Hannah-L-B/101414153310956

Hope you like them, and please let me know what you think. I’m always open to shooting any bands live so if you need a photographer and you play in a band or solo, hit me up! I’m based in Bristol and my email is-

Hannahlouise_photography@hotmail.co.uk

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I love leather!

Fashion, Fashion photography

… or pleather! As a veggie I try to go for pleather, but I cannot say for sure I don’t own anything that is actually leather.

Way back when I used to work at House of Fraser, I wore pleather shorts and trousers to work, and that was about five years ago now. I think it’s always going to come back into fashion, but you have to be careful not to over do it and look tacky. I don’t know why I love it so much, probably stems from the 90’s in some way. The new issue of Elle UK has a free Style for less magazine, and they have some great leather pieces in there. Here are some of my favourites.

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Whistles leather shirt £295

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Leather mini skirt £69.99 Mango

If your vegetarian like me and prefer the fake stuff, there are some great alternatives. It’s also a tad cheaper, so that’s a bonus.

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Jacket £56.42 Nasty Gal

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Black shorts £34 Topshop

I’ve seen some amazing editorials recently. I do love it when they bring in all the Autumn/Winter collections. I just feel like there is more to wear and be creative with. Here are some leather themed pictures from my favourite editorials recently.

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Photography by Kai Z Feng, styling Anne-Marie Curtis for Elle UK

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Photographer Paola Kudackiin for Vogue Espana

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Photographer Hedi Slimane for Vogue China

So there’s my little update on the leather trend, it’s not a trend loved by everyone but I think it’s become a lot broader recently. You can now to the tailored look with leather, as there are so many straight cut leather shirts out there, it doesn’t have to be biker chick!

Until next time!

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Nick Oliveri at The Fleece, Bristol

Music, My photography, opinion

So I’ve been wondering recently whether or not to use a watermark for my photographs. You often come across pictures on the net with a photographers logo on them, whether they’re in a corner somewhere or smack bang in the middle, and a lot of them time they look really ugly. I don’t want to use one because I am paranoid everyone wants to steal my work, but that is always a possibility when you put your work online. As somebody that is currently unemployed I especially don’t want anyone using my images for things that I could be getting paid for without me knowing. Watermarking is also great for promotional reasons, if you put your name on an image people can easily trace who the photographer is if they like the photo. After some helpful advice on Facebook I’ve decided to use a small watermark. It’s only very tiny compared to a lot of these marks, because I really don’t want it to detract from the actually photograph.

These are the images I took at Nick Oliveri’s acoustic set at The Fleece in Bristol. What an amazing gig!

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Thanks for reading! I hope to be doing much more live music photography now 🙂

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