This is an observation piece based on things that have happened during the last few days.
A Chick Named Hermia is strongly opposed to cruelty towards bras….there will be no burning here.
Hermia is also grossed out by hairy legs.
She’s also short on time so this post is a MESS…do try and get the general gist though…
As you know, I went CRAZY yesterday and added pink to my blog’s layout.
You guys showed your support for this bold move and so it was decreed that the pink was here to stay.
I’m a slave to you guys *sigh*
But then I started thinking…
…will those pink sidebars lessen the credibility of the blog?
I felt safe and un-judged in my bland white world of old, but now I feel vulnerable.
Beaut.ie has been given a hard time since they won Best Blog at the Irish Blog Awards.
The main reason?
Because they’re a ‘beauty’ site and therefore, they shouldn’t have been considered for the award as their content is shallow.
Ignore the fact that they have a huge readership, great layout and a team of dedicated writers: they ‘only’ write about make-up.
(Oh and I know there were a couple of other criticisms and I can see the reasoning behind these, but the blog’s content was the main issue pursued by bloggers…I’m also not getting into this ‘begrudger’ labelling because it’s a bloody stupid! )
Among other things, it was written that the content of Beaut.ie plays on women’s insecurities and is pretty much a backwards step for feminism.
News Flash: I don’t wear a bra and foundation because I want to impress guys and I don’t wear them because guys expect me to.
I wear them because they make me look, you know, not hideous and that makes me feel happy.
The Boy thinks I look lovely with no make-up and an old shirt on, but I know he’s just blinded by adoration and my sparkling personality *sniggers* so it’s not like I have anyone putting me down.
I just feel better when I feel I look good!
Nobody, no matter HOW enlightened they are, wants to look in the mirror and see they look like spewed-out crap.
I spend hours shopping and love adding new clothes to my wardrobe because I like pretty things.
There, I said it.
Hi I’m Hermia and I am a girl who likes pretty things.
I also love how a full bookshelf looks, and so I’ve built up a huge collection of books on a variety of different subjects from a variety of authors….hell, there’s even some Tolstoy in there (no chick lit though!).
If a person becomes an architect, it’s becaue they want to create beautiful buildings, but no one is going to call them shallow or label what they do as ‘superficial’.
Does this mean that it’s only acceptable to make approved items pretty and that list doesn’t include humans?
…since pink is traditionally a ‘girly’ colour and my blog is now pink…
…and since fashion and celebrity gossip are traditionally ‘girly’ subjects and I like to write about them sometimes…
…and since I use so many pretty pictures…
….does that mean I’m shallow and that my blog is ‘fluffy’?
I’ll tell you now, A Chick Named Hermia is much more than that.
Hell, I am much more than that.
Why should the fact I’m interested in fashion lessen the legitimacy of what I say and think?
Does the fact that I rave about the new slips in Topshop (amazingly pretty btw) mean that my blog is less important than a blog that discusses the government?
This blog deals with a variety of topics, from music to abortion to photography to racism. There are amusing anecdotes and opinonated rants and while I mightn’t spend hours turning out prose on clerical child abuse and the health system, this blog is entertaining and the ability entertain is something to admire.
This blog is about my world and girls can think about lace tights AND our banking system …and can even write about both of them.
There are plenty of stereotypical ‘male’ subjects that can be seen shallow, but if a guy posts about sports or cars, no one is going to write him off straight away: he’s probably going to have something clever to say cos he’s ‘one of the guys’, so it’s all ‘cool’.
Do the boobs in Head Rambles’ header lessen his credibility as a blogger? Hell no!
Does the pint of Guinness grasped in Twenty Major’s hand lessen the respect his readers have for his opinions? Not a chance….sure, it’s applauded!
But now that A Chick Named Hermia has gone pink, will I be seeing a drop off in views from ‘respected’ and ‘legitimate’ bloggers…?