After reading an article in the most recent issue of Shameless magazine, I've begun thinking about why I like DIY.
Diandre Jurkic-Walls says
DIY and crafts have always been a part of feminism and social action. Revolutionary movements aren't borne out of a "revolutions-for-dummies" manual and the tools aren't provided to us by the powers we want to revolt against.
Are making my own jewellery, or altering second hand clothes, really a revolutionary act? Maybe... but either way I think it is said best with
By doing so, we support an economy that resists consumer "culture."
I think my love of DIY is where my self-identity, and how I express said identity through my appearance, and politics cross over. I do not identify as femme, but I certainly am feminine. My clothing choices reflect that. But through DIY I am able to have the things I want in order to present the way I want, without buying into the beauty industry, an industry that I disagree with.
Why show love to an industry that shows no love to me?