“Dressember uses fashion to advocate for women who’ve been exploited for their femininity. As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women.”
That’s what I’m doing this month.
My team at work, adDRESSing the issue, can be found here. We’re going to collectively raise $1000 for IJM, which does subversive, disruptive, cool-cop stuff like breaking into brothels and exposing government corruption. SHIVERS. So cool. They need money to set captives free. So we’re doing what we can to leverage our creativity (and privilege, I’d add) to support those whose creativity and femininity has been silenced.
Personally, doing this because womanhood is a concept that should mean power and freedom, instead of fear and slavery. I’m doing this because I have a voice that other women have had silenced in their poverty, culture, financial or political situation. I’m doing this because fathers should not be blackmailed into selling their daughters so they aren’t killed.
It’s really, really easy to donate $5 by just clicking right here. My goal is $250, but it’d be so amazing to exceed that, too! Please consider joining me in this restorative freedom work, dear ones!
Feminism sidebar: My thoughts on gender should not be a secret to anyone by now, but just to keep things fluid, here are some amusing/thought-provoking/awesome links on the intersection between gender, the economy, and identity. They are unrelated and also extremely related:
Quartz: Masculinity and the threat of having your identity questioned
Stanford study: Manning Up: Threatened Men Compensate by Disavowing Feminine Preferences and Embracing Masculine Attributes
G.L.O.S.S.: a rad punk band made up of trans/queer women
The Cut: Fashions’s moving too fast, and it’s killing creativity
Me: GCC Courtship and Marriage with Prof Jo
Co.Exist: Why the buy-one-give-one model fails
Free2Work: learn about your favorite brands and how they rate on trafficking abuses
Bethel Music: No Longer Slaves
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. (Isaiah 61)