lunes, 10 de noviembre de 2008

(neighbour to neighbour)

Anyone who knows me in my day to day life (that is, outside of this blog) knows I never keep my mouth shut in the face of controversy. If I disagree with something I'll be the first one to say it aloud and to anyone's face...
However, this blog was like my own private and silent room. I told myself I would rant here about issues that frustrated me, annoyed me or made me angry. This blog was going to be the place where everything went just the way I wanted it to go.

Having said that.... there are two things I can't be quiet about.

1). Congratulations America on choosing your new president. Be proud of yourself, you've made a courageous and brave decision that the rest of the world applaudes. I was with friends that cried when Obama's victory was announced. Here, in Peru. That is how happy we all are - Things have been wrong for way too long. Nevertheless, such a great event took the attention away from a very important issue. 
Proposition 8 - How can it be that on the same day that people chose a president that represents equality, they take away basic rights from citizens that deserve them just as much as anyone? 
I cried that day too. I cried out of excitment for the changes to come and I cried out of rage. Intolerance and discrimination shouldn't win a battle the same day that equality does.
I don't want to tell anyone what to do or think - if you agreed with Proposition 8, then it is not my place to judge and I certainly don't want to stir up a fight here. But if you disagree with it, then don't stop fighting for what you think is right and fair. I am certain there will be one day when we'll look back on this moment with shame. 

2). I know others have already written about this post by Susie Bubble, but I'll do it too. I'm not a regular reader of her blog, although I do like to take a look and read her posts once in a while. 
Living on a country like Peru - where the day to day outfit are jeans, sneakers and a Roxy sweater, discovering the fashion blogging community was a big relief for me. I get strange stares everyday, if not pretty annoying remarks based on the way I dress and look.
And trust me - I don't dress half as risky as some of the girls I admire the most from the blogosphere. 
This should be a place where we can be comfortable in our own skin - I won't say more on this subject, but please, let's not turn this community into a new place where we have to protect ourselves. If you don't like someone's outfit or style, and are too insecure to recognize and appreciate someone else's individuality, please leave and go visit the Abercrombie and Fitch webpage. 

Well... Enough said. This is what I wore today. I'm sorry for the silly look on my face, photos were taken at 7 am.
The sweater belong to my great grandmother who recently passed away... (she was 100 years old!!) - It's one of my favourites. I swear she was one of the best dressed women I've seen in my entire life. 

8 comentarios:

pajarita dijo...

I think your blog is very beautiful, you must be a beautiful person. Do you live in Lima?

I too was sad about the ban in California. I am from the United States and I felt terribly conflicted on that day, happy about Obama, sad about California.
We must be responsible and not let Obama's win turn into another excuse to be passive.

Hearts are Hearts.

un beso

Mimi dijo...

Loved the blue skirt.

M* dijo...

You are a cutie!

la mode est dans le ciel dijo...

i went to your old blog just now, and am so excited by your list of life-changing fiction. i was just thinking about how it's been a while since a book had really struck something in me. i've read most of those books you listed, but have been thinking about picking up "savage detectives", and now you've sealed the deal for me. so thanks. :)


Hippiegirl dijo...

cute outfit!

Anónimo dijo...

that was a really well written post, jimena! I understand what you mean when you say that people sometimes give you strange looks just because you dress differently from majority of the people... it happens over where I live too. and I'm sure a lot of people would second your thoughts about online criticism... the internet has always been wraught with inherent risks and uncertainties, but it's good to be optimistic about the blogging community, especially this one that we're in.

Marina dijo...

Nice blog... Are you interesting in a link exchange with my blog :
Bottes pas cher
Marina (from France)

Romeika dijo...

I don't think I need to click the link to know what susie's post you're talking about, I applaude her for that, and you too for speaking it up. It's indeed awful when people starting criticizing eachother's style on the blogsphere itself. Love the vintage sweater, I wish I had pieces that belonged to my grandmother as well.