Ask a Raging Feminist: Do your clothes pass the 'feminism test'?

Nov 11, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET
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The Guardian recently published a piece suggesting that there are actually ways to "dress like a feminist." Needless to say, the article got people talking about whether or not feminism extends to the way you dress. It got us wondering whether our favorite Raging Feminists feel that their clothes speak for their ideals.

Do your clothes pass the "feminism test"?

"I wear the blood of my enemies, so I'm assuming I'm good?" — Nina Bargiel

"My favorite sweatshirt has a crown and says 'BLACK THIGHS MATTER.' I also have a bright pink 'Black girls are magic' sweatshirt. My other clothing is stuff I got because I liked or needed it. And I'm feminist as f***. So, yeah, of course my clothes pass the feminist test. I own them, and they have the honor of being on my body." — Wagatwe Wanjuki

Wagatwe Wanjuki - Black Thighs Matter
Image: Wagatwe Wanjuki

"Of course they do, because pretty much all of my clothes are frumpy, dumpy, shapeless and black. Isn't that what feminists wear? Oh yeah: I also own several pairs of Doc Martens boots. Uniform complete." — Mayim Bialik

"I clothe myself exclusively in organic, fair-trade cotton rags, soaked in the blood of my enemies, all of whom are men. No garments could be more feminist nor more convenient during my 'time of the month.'" — Jen Selk

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"Mine are very feminist, because I handwash them in male tears. Actually, that's a lie. My husband does the laundry." — Amber Garrett

"Yeah, but most cotton blends hate the patriarchy. It says it on the label, but the writing is very small." — Lane Moore

"Every day when I get dressed, I ask myself, 'Am I wearing clothes? Am I a feminist?' If the answer to both of these questions is 'yes,' then I'm dressing like a feminist. If not, I guess I'm nuding as a feminist?" — Shaindel Beers

Shaindel Beers
Image: Shaindel Beers

"Not quite yet, but I'm working on it. I'm pretty good at keeping my wrist cuffs in position to shoot the poison darts with precision, and my office wear is made with conductive thread that provides a corrective shock whenever my Bluetooth-enabled smart necklace detects a man's gaze on my chest. I really subscribe to the reverse of Coco Chanel's advice to look in the mirror before leaving the house and remove one accessory — after all, precious gems and metals really set off the clean, sophisticated lines of my exosuit. The main issue I'm having is finding a hat that works with my horns, but I'll get there." — Jane Ruffino

"I do love me some feminist clothing, but I don't believe my entire wardrobe passes the feminist test. I buy a lot of my clothing from ModCloth, which has the best selection of beautiful plus-size clothing and regularly uses models of all sizes, genders and races, so I give myself some feminist points for that. But I do have more clothing than I would like from H&M, knowing they make their clothing in sweatshops that mistreat and underpay their workers. It's something I am working on, but until recently I didn't give much thought to who was making my clothes and the labor that goes into it. Lately I've been making a conscious decision to buy clothing from shops owned by people of color and made without slave labor, particularly if it's clothing with a feminist message. Currently three of my favorite items of clothing are the 'Native Americans Discovered Columbus' T-shirt from OXDX Clothing, the feminist authors tank from Philadelphia Printworks and this 'Grrrls' T-shirt from Third Woman Press. I don't buy any feminist clothing from shops owned by white men, so Feminist Apparel and Look Human are totally out!" — Patricia Valoy

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"How to tell if your clothes are feminist in three easy steps:

"Step 1: Ask yourself if you are a feminist.

"Step 2: If answer is 'yes,' then your clothes are feminist.

"Step 3: Strut." — Seraphina Ferraro

Seraphina Ferraro
Image: Seraphina Ferraro

"My clothes generally do not pass the feminist test. I accentuate my hips and breasts thanks to a lifetime of instruction that an hourglass figure is most pleasing. I wear low-cut necklines and squeeze into high heels. The only way they do pass the test is because I generally refuse to wear things that aren't comfortable for me physically.* I feel better in jeans that hug my body and shirts that skim my torso rather than feeling like a tent. So I'm really just jumping back and forth from one side of the line to the other in terms of passing the test.

"*High heels are obviously the exception to this, and the man who invented them should be cursed for eternity." — Rachael Berkey

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