Hey y’all, my name is Kristin, one of the four authors of this blog for WGS 201 at the University of Alberta. I’m in my final semester of my Bachelor’s Degree in English, with a Creative Writing minor. I’m almost feeling 22 (Taylor Swift is my fave), and I want to go to grad school to learn how to help run student life administration and activities at universities.
In my spare time (and in most aspects of my daily life), I’m a riot grrl through and through — and although you would never find me burning bras (they’re expensive, man!) you can count on me being one of those people who will call you out on sexist/racist/ableist comments and jokes. I’m in WGS 201 because I am deeply interested in feminism, its history, and its continuous movement forward in the world to reach gender equality and acceptance for everyone.
Why do I want to #BoycottBrandy? Because I am sick of going into clothing stores expecting to find clothing that will fit me the way it fits the model in the photo, and not clothes that are literally what the model in the photo (who is inevitably smaller than me) is wearing. I am tired of being pressured to look a certain way or forced to shop in “special” stores catered to me as an XL at a “normal” store and a “1X” at the plus-size stores. And I think it’s complete bullshit to think that “one size fits most” is the solution to anyone’s clothing-related problems.
I kind of want to give Brandy Melville the benefit of the doubt: I like that they might be reaching towards some kind of equality between body types — you know, “you don’t need to be restricted by size tags on your clothing: everyone can just wear the same one!” — but that, unfortunately, is not the way the world works. Give me clothes cut to fit MY shape! Give me classifications that make it easier to shop! GIVE ME MY SIZE, OR GIVE ME- well, not death. Just my money back, so I can take it elsewhere.
Catch you on the flipside; I’ll do my best not to change my hair colour too often on you.