Feminism and Consumerism

If you consider yourself a feminist, like I do- meaning you believe in and actively support women being treated as equals (I would like to just say I am a humanist- meaning I believe all people, all genders should be treated as equals), then you simply cannot be a part of the consumerism problem. Here’s why… 

  1. FAST FASHION: big brands like H&M, TopShop, Urban Outfitters, Walmart, Target, etc. any brand that outsources the making of close to third world and developing countries for a fraction of the cost causing extreme, detrimental, horrific results to the environment, the largely women workers and the countries’ economies. The women who work in these sweat shops do not make a liveable wage, rarely see family, are exposed to harsh chemicals daily, are overworked, and often treated with oppression in various ways- one being violence and unsafe working conditions. The thousands of suffering women who make fast fashion clothes is my problem, it is your problem, it is the world’s problem. And a choice you can make is to not spend your money on fast fashion clothes. I would like to add- not only do the workers suffer, but the local communities surrounding these clothing shops suffer from the chemicals. Usually diseases and cancers, birth defects, bad drinking water, chemical ridden crops arise in these communities, poisoning the earth, and the people. 
  2. RESEARCH: the documentary, “The True Cost” on Netflix is phenomenal, heartbreaking, but eye-opening. Check it out. Also the documentary, “Minimalism” on Netflix. 
  3. WHAT YOU CAN DO: don’t buy new clothes. Be a conscience consumer- only buy clothes from thrift shops so that no new clothes at being created at your behalf when there are a plethora of already made clothes available. If you must buy new clothes buy from a company that you have well researched as fair trade, organic, and sustainable. Brands like Reformation! Think quality- clothes are made to last of they are made well- invest in something you love dearly, was made with love, and is contributing to compassion- not something you will wear once, throw away, and is made at the cost of someone else’s and the Earth’s suffering. Buy less in general. 
  4. EDUCATE YOURSELF: on brands, on their practices, on what you consider to be the most compassionate way to make a product, on what you require in a product. 

Closing: if you consider yourself a feminist you shouldn’t partake in fast fashion by any means. Do your research and choose compassion. 

Thank you for reading. 

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2 thoughts on “Feminism and Consumerism

  1. Erin says:

    The True Cost does a wonderful job of showing the issues, but it missed one. Since it has come out a lot of people have been looking into the link between the fast fashion industry and the sex industry in developing countries. VICE news did an article about this in Cambodia.

    I totally agree with you, minimalism isn’t just about a clean white aesthetic – it’s women’s rights, human rights, and environmental rights.

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