Femme Friday – G from boneandsilver.com

As more or less a luddite femme, I continue to be dragged kicking and screaming into the technological maelstrom that is our current reality. I tend to think about my blog as a column in a queer newspaper, perhaps on the same page as the latest “Dykes to Watch Out For” comic strip – ah, we had it so good back in the day! However, I am so happy to have made G’s online acquaintance as I am always thrilled to meet a sister femme blogger. Here, G speaks about two topics near and dear to many a femme’s heart: the environment and looking fabulous.

Deep gratitude to G for her in-depth, intersectional thinking about what it means to care about true health and beauty, for her sweet blog and for her caring, feisty, strong femme energy!

Being femme and saving the planet: but can I still wear a dress?

On my blog bone&silver, I write about being over 50, queer, Mum to my almost-18 year old son, and general life in Australia. My posts often have an environmental slant, as I’m acutely aware of how we’re not taking care of our planet- as most of us are of course. Is this a femme thing? Maybe. I think we femmes are definitely more tuned in to caring, whether it’s about our lovers, our family and friends, or the big Mama Earth herself. And there’s always room for a tiny bit of care about our latest vintage dress find too *winks.

According to the U.S. EPA, more than 15 million tons of used textile waste is generated each year in the United States, doubling over the last 20 years. In 2014, Americans generated over 16 million tons of textile waste, with over 10.46 million tons sent to landfill.

I know we love to look good, but we gotta shop second hand. We consumers have SO MUCH power, and we need to exert it. According to Greenpeace, cheap clothing production has doubled since 2000, exploiting the poorest women and children who work in the garment making industry.

There are literally thousands of women on Instagram blogging about fashion styles and trends; join your femme sisters in supporting ethically-produced clothing, or second-hand recycling fashions!

For when we all rise together, taking the wider community of women with us, we are using our caring, feisty, strong femme energy for global good.

Every Friday, I showcase a queer femme goddess. I want to feature you! Write to me at thetotalfemme@gmail.com and let me shine a spotlight on your beautiful, unique, femme story!

At the Total Femme, my intention is to post three times a week: Meditations for Queer Femmes on Monday, Pingy-Dingy Wednesday on Wednesday and Femme Friday on Friday. Rather than play catch-up in a stressful fashion on those weeks when life prevents posting, I have decided to just move gaily forward: if I miss a Monday, the next post will be on Wednesday, and so on. Thank you, little bottle of antibiotics for inspiring me in this! (“…if it’s almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Don’t take a double dose to make up for a missed one.”)