Introducing myself and my journal: I.F.

Posted July 24, 2011 from United States

About Me: Finishing up my masters degree at the University of California Davis, I find my thirst for learning and gaining insight about the world only getting stronger. I crave a community of like-minded individuals who believe in the importance of equality in all aspects of life from gender to race to sexual orientation and beyond. I believe that inequalities and other social phenomena can be studied through clothing and fashion, which often discredits me in the eyes of many feminists as they believe fashion and feminism (the two most loaded f-words of today) to be in complete opposition. My goals are to expose the importance of clothing and fashions in understanding otherwise uncommunicable inequalities and social beliefs about ways of being in the world. My thesis looked at the use of the fashion and style in the gay male community. I discovered how fashioning appearances causes a rift within the community members and anxieties about "representation". "Masculinity", it seems, gets redefined and appropriated into a trend (termed 'straight-acting'), which exposes the importance larger society puts on masculinity over femininity and the oppression of those who chose to fashion their appearances outside of prescribed gender norms.

It is in this realm that I would like to continue doing work. I am so excited to be a part of this community to share my thoughts and ideas!

My Passions: Human Equality, Fashion, Feminism, Learning, Sustainability

My Challenges: An overactive mind

My Vision for the Future: Progress

My Areas of Expertise: Textiles, Clothing, and Fashion, Cultural Studies, Queer History

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  • Fatima Waziri - Azi
    Jul 25, 2011
    Jul 25, 2011

    Hey there! Kelly, Welcome to PulseWire!

    It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

    Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

  • Sarvina Kang
    Jul 26, 2011
    Jul 26, 2011


    I’m so glad and excited to see you on Pulsewire! Thanks so much for joining us, you are always free to post to your journal and add comments to other posts too, this is where we can freely contribute for the betterment of women and children all over that world. Please feel free to browse through our group section and post to the groups you decided to join

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    Welcome once again to our PulseWire Community and I look forward to learning from you here!!!

    Warm Regards,