Sisterhood

I’ve been taking a Women Studies class over the Summer and I’ve been loving it!  My professor is inspiring and doesn’t take any shit.  I’m finding that the world of ethical fashion overlaps a great deal with the spirit of feminism.  Before taking this class, I’d scrunch my nose up in response to someone identifying as a feminist, but this reaction was based on misconceptions and probably something deeper; let’s just say that I remember inexplicably resenting the Spice Girls’ “Girl Power” as a pre-teen. I stopped shaving my armpits, which has alarmed my husband (I’m kidding).  As long as I don’t become a man hater (misconception) and start burning bras (no one ever actually did that), I think we’ll be ok.

Introducing My Sister

Also, over the Summer, I discovered MY SISTER, a registered B Corp company that ties together my new-found interest in feminism and my passion for ethical clothing.  MY SISTER is combatting sex trafficking through their clothing line by committing to ethically sourced and environmentally friendly pieces that share feminist views and support disadvantaged women.  Via the manufacture of their clothing, they help provide internships and employment for women who’ve been marginalized or caught in the trafficking industry.

My Outfit

I’m wearing the “WE RISE” embroidered top.  The fit is oversized and comfy.  The fabric is a combination of 95% Organic Cotton with 5% spandex to add a bit of stretch, making the top drape nicely.  The message behind “WE RISE” is one of unity.  Together we can speak out against the exploitation of women and girls that occurs all the time.  I love when people ask me what my shirt means.  Each clothing purchase from MY SISTER supports training opportunities and after-care for women who’ve been sexually exploited.

To check out My Sister’s current lines, click here.  I’m a big fan of the Sisterhood tunic and the message on the Not Your Body Cropped Hoodie makes me smile:

Sisterhood tunic
Not Your Body hoody

MY SISTER also make jewelry that I’m sure Gloria Steinem and bells hooks would be proud to wear!  I wish I’d learned more about feminism and discovered MY SISTER sooner but I’m happy to be able to share these discoveries with you now rather than later.

Special thanks to MY SISTER for sponsoring this post.  As always, all opinions are my own.

 

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10 Comments

  1. I love this 💗 The clothes look lovely and I too have definitely become more interested in the Feministf Movment, probably partly because of the feminist writing I studied in my English Lit course- interestingly written by male authors (Thomas Hardy and Khaled Hosseini). Despite alread being aware, these really emphasised to me how fortunate I am to live in the time and place I do. But I’ve always loved the Spice Girls! And the whole Girl Power movement even general, although it may be a misleading name. I’ve often thought that of the term Feminist too. ‘Equalist’ or a similar word seems a better and more general term to use to identity oneself. It seems there’s also been such a surgence of feminism in television shows recently (e.g. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’), and Netflix’s adaption of ‘Anne of Green Gables’ (‘Anne with an E’) has reinvented the old story to be much more contemporary tackling issues, like feminism, discrimination and prejudice. It’s equally important that these issues are fought by everyone, including clothing companies like ‘My Sister’- great name too. 👯‍♀️💗

    1. I like the idea of using the word “Equalist” instead. I wonder if we will ever do that! You’re right, I hadn’t realised that about TV. I’m watching the Marvelous Mrs Maisel at the moment and I think about things we’ve discussed whenever I’m watching it. Talking of TV and The Handmaids Tale, I’m actually reading that at the moment 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing all your thoughts, I really enjoyed reading them xxx

  2. This brand seems amazing. I love companies that too good for the community. Also, you’re observations about your women’s studies class make me so happy! They are so many misconceptions about feminism, so it’s nice to hear that your class helped clear up some of those for you. Xx

  3. Aww this is amazing! I have never heard of My Sister before stumbling across your Instagram post, but I love their mission of combatting sex trafficking and their commitment to offering pieces that are ethically sourced and environmentally friendly. The fact that their collection is super cute is a bonus! I think I need that “Not Your Body” crop hoodie! Too bad it’s too hot to wear anything like that in Palm Springs right now but I could totally see myself rocking it when it cools down. I love how you styled your “We Rise” embroidered top with floral denim pants – loving the vintage vibes! Thanks for introducing this new brand to me 🙂 xo, sharon

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