Friday, 29 November 2013

047 - Dreamstate

Wearing: Vintage jacket, tank & boots, Thrifted skirt & bag, Lovestrength concho belt, Assorted jewellery

So I mentioned in my last outfit post that I would like to post the essay that granted me my first HD. So here it is! Please don't leave abusive comments if you disagree with my personal opinion, we will just have to agree to disagree. Please feel free to leave constructive criticism, or just don't read it all!

Pro-choice and Pro-life are the most frequently used terms that recognise the moral issue of abortion, and the differentiating political debate that continues in Australia and many other western democracies. In westernised countries like Australia, Britain and the United States, 1 in 3 women will have an abortion at some point in their life. Abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy through a generally low-risk surgical or medical procedure. In Australia, abortion laws vary on a state-by-state basis, however there is one condition that all states have a mutual understanding of: Abortion is a necessary action to take if there is a risk to the physical and mental health of the mother. This argument develops and concerns itself with the moral status of the fetus, and debating the stage at which a pregnancy may be terminated. The other argument considers the autonomy of women, and the freedom of choice that they’re allowed to maintain. However, physical and mental health aside, do women (and doctors) truly have the right to determine the fate of another individual?
This statement reiterates the largest and strongest argument pro-life lobbyists make; that it is not morally permissible to end the life of an innocent. Moral permissibility in terms of abortion involves evaluating the nature and moral status of the fetus. But there is no clear moral status of the fetus.
Grounds of moral status can be recognized by their varying degrees and implications. Mary Warren states; “To have moral status is to be morally considerable, or to have moral standing. It is to be an entity towards which moral agents have, or can have, moral obligations. If an entity has moral status, then we may not treat it in just any way we please.” Warren goes on to list characteristics that further define an entity’s moral status, such as consciousness, reasoning, capacity to communicate, and possession of a concept of the self.
Personhood is, yet another account of the moral status of fetuses, generally defined in terms of the possession of characteristics, much like those entailed by Warren, in addition to a genetic code, which makes us a biological member of the human race. Warren’s view whilst giving a comprehensive understanding of an entity’s moral status, suggests that if it is morally acceptable to abort a fetus due its moral (or lack of) status then it is upon the same level to murder a newborn. It is widely accepted that the full capacities of a “person” are not evident in the fetal stages of human development, however once a person is born they are given the right to life through the law and tradition. In New South Wales, the definition of the beginning of human life is when a baby “is fully born in a living state. A baby is fully and completely born when it is completely delivered from the body of its mother and it has a separate and independent existence in the sense that it does not derive its power of living from its mother.” This definition whilst technical, grasps the necessity to have a comprehensive understanding of the broadness of the right to life. This definition also undermines the view of many anti-abortion Christians. These traditional perspectives hold that moral status and the right to life is acquired at conception, the point of when the soul manifests itself in a body. The most prevalent of views in western religions, is that abortion is a moral disgrace because God created human beings in His own image. To desecrate against his creation is blasphemous. However, religious arguments do not hold great legal or medical relevance in the abortion debate.
A relevant argument that arises from the concept of personhood and the moral status of fetuses in religion is that of potentiality. Mianna Lotz says; “This is the possession of potential rather than actual, full-fledged personhood, enabling the claim that fetuses are potential people.” This argument is faulty, as it does not have any limitations to where potentiality begins and ends, does potentiality begin as an egg? A sperm? What truly is potential? The argument of potentiality also fails to consider the interests and possible rights of potential persons against actual full-fledged persons.
Whilst we’re all busy contemplating the moral status of potential persons, who may or may not have the right to life, we have failed to address the people who are impacted the most by abortion; women. Women, as autonomous beings with interests, rights and preferences, must be given the freedom of choice to determine whether abortion is ethically justified. If a woman who is pregnant wishes to stop being pregnant, should we prevent her? Attitudes to pregnancy are immersed with how society views sex, women and the fertile woman in particular. An enormous amount of stigma still surrounds the issue of abortion; this stigma inhibits access to and awareness of abortion, allowing for the perpetuation of ill-informed myths and judgment from families and communities to continue to arise.
When a person, or a group of people are opposed to abortion, then it is seen that they are committing themselves to a set of values, which requires that women who become pregnant (intentionally or unintentionally) must endure the process of pregnancy and birth – no matter how stressful, painful and unsafe it is for them. This justification observes the idea of the moral status of the fetus alongside God’s will, and refuses to acknowledge the moral status of a suffering woman. That apparently, a woman’s suffering is a lesser evil than terminating the fetus, regardless of the circumstances in which she came to be pregnant and despite the opportunities for ending the pregnancy. However, due to the illegality (in some states of Australia) of abortion and its costliness women often take drastic and dangerous methods to have unsafe abortions, possibly resulting in injury, infection, infertility and in very rare cases, death.
So how can restricting women’s rights, to mental and physical health, be morally acceptable? That preventing abortion, and giving a potential person priority to life, is the lesser of “two evils’, and clearly a more viable option? The answer is, it is not acceptable. One of the most basic of political and human rights is the right to control fertility, and by denying women these intrinsic rights, that are offered so clearly by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we are not addressing the palpable need for social change.
What we need to consider is why women want abortions. The obvious answer is to prevent or postpone childbearing. There are also many socio-economic factors that play into the desire for an abortion such as; disruption of education, unemployment or poverty, relationship issues with the father of the child, and age related factors. It can be seen that society, and other individuals have no right to impose conflicting decisions upon women. If people are to be free, that freedom must be extended to include the freedom to exercise these personal choices.
The abortion debate will continue to be a controversial, no matter which side of the fence you are arguing from, albeit pro-choice or pro-life. If abortion, being interconnected with the right of self-governance for women, freedom of their bodies and decisions, continues to remain illegal or to be viewed as an unethical action or inaction, like mentioned above, then it sends a negative message that women are not allowed to make autonomous choices about themselves.
Here are the references I used whilst writing my essay.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

046 - Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board

Wearing: Mink Pink velvet bustier top, Thrifted skirt, belt & bag, Windsor Smith clogs, Assorted jewellery

This last week or so has just flown by in a blur. Leaving me slightly disorientated, a little lost and very relieved. I've finally finished my first year of university, I got my first High Distinction mark of the year, and I'm still just as confused as to where I am heading in life. And to be honest, I couldn't give less of a fuck. Just as the wise Daria once said, "My goal is to not wake up at forty with the bitter realisation that I've wasted my life in a job I hate, because I was forced to decide on a career in my teens."

(Also would any of you be interested in reading the essay that got my first HD? I'm thinking about posting it along with my next outfit. Comment and let me know.)

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Outtake: 'The Rise of the Hieroglyph' Lookbook by El Hieroglyph

(Photos from the El Hieroglyph Facebook)

El Hieroglyph is a London based, Ancient Egyptian inspired jewellery brand. Nur el Hoda, designer of this amazing brand, pays homage to her heritage and inspiration by 'drawing upon the pantheon of sacred and sectarian motives she fins through the inspiration for the modern interpretations of Ancient Egypt.' 
I've always been fascinated with Ancient Egypt since I was a little girl, especially the history behind the deciphering of hieroglyph, religious beliefs and their funerary practices. And I think that Feather of Maat ring (triangular armor style one) would be a perfect addition to my already too large ring collection. 

Thursday, 14 November 2013

045 - The Lights Won't Change

Wearing: Bad Vibes Howl Grommet Shorts, Mesh bodysuit c/o American Deadstock, Vintage denim vest, Wittner boots, Assorted jewellery from markets/thrift stores/Inspired Tribe

I have been waiting since August to wear these boots. God knows why I waited so long. Mainly it was because it was too rainy and I didn't want to ruin the pony hair/cowhide exterior, and also because I couldn't get them to work with ANYTHING and I mean it. Every outfit looked silly with them, so they sat patiently in a box till Tuesday morning, when Caitlan and I had a little lunch date down by the water. And so ensued the awkward question, "Caitlan, do you mind taking photos for me?" and in turn, her replying with, "I'll do yours, if you do mine?" Gotta love having a fashion blogger wife. 
But this outfit has a lot of newness, the boots, my necklace/earrings and more importantly my bodysuit. I received it a couple of weeks ago (along with a halter top and cat eye sunglasses that I'll be featuring on my blog soon) from American Deadstock and, seriously, I love it. I will always love my mesh skivvys, but my black one was just not cutting it anymore and I thought that khaki would make a nice addition to my wardrobe. It kind of feels like a body stocking, and the arms are a little baggy on me (which is a first!!) but it makes it all the more comfortable. I definitely suggest go checking out American Deadstock, I'm completely obsessed with thisthis, and this

Outtake: 'Black Magic Woman' Lookbook by White Buffalo Vintage

(Photos taken from White Buffalo Vintage Facebook)

Yet another little lookbook to feast your eyes upon, this time coming from White Buffalo Vintage. White Buffalo Vintage offers cool vintage pieces with the perfect fusion of bohemian heaven and dirty rock 'n' roll. This lookbook has a lot of witchy vibes, which I'm totally digging as of right now due to AHS: Coven and my recent discovery of Vali Myers, but it also has just enough 70s psychedelic influence to balance it all out. I hope you guys are having a good week, and I'll be back to a regular blogging schedule once all my uni exams are done and dusted.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

044 - Aerie

Wearing: Miracle Eye bellbottoms, Mink Pink velvet bustier top, Oh My Love duster c/o, Lovestrength concho belt, Lipstik clogs, Assorted jewellery 

Did I not say I had an outfit inspired by the Gypsy Stardust lookbook, I blogged about a few days ago? Well here it is! And surprisingly almost none of the items I'm wearing are thrifted or secondhand. To be honest I don't know how I feel about that. Is it strange to say that I feel the most me, in other peoples clothes? Probably, but there is something thrilling about wearing a bargain that is entirely unique. Nonetheless, this outfit is still very me! 
This outfit is also a first, as I did something that I swore I'd never do... Velvet on velvet. But what the hell, the textures are different and not to toot my own horn but I think it looks pretty cool together. And yes, I am wearing the same necklace as my last outfit post but I just love it so much. It makes everything look 10x better and just adds enough sass and gypsy-ness to every outfit (Caitlan, can I pretty please adopt this necklace off you for a little while longer?!) I also layered it with the coin necklace I always wear, just because why not? 

Monday, 4 November 2013

Outtake: 'She Was The Primeval Ocean' Lookbook by Gypsy Stardust

(All photos taken from Gypsy Stardust)

I've always loved (obsessed over) Gypsy Stardust. An Etsy store, now real deal online store/website, that sells amazing cosmic vintage clothing and otherworldly designs, with heavy soul for the free spirited rock and roll set. And with that love, has come an appreciation for Jenea and Sarah, the incredible masterminds behind Gypsy Stardust. Like, seriously, can their about me get any better?

"Vintage sorceresses with inspired design for dreamers. Wild hearts. Witchy women. Songbirds. Glittering groupies. Cosmic friends. Free thinkers. Sisters of the moon."

But this lookbook has just made my obsession even worse (or better I'm not too sure). Firstly, the set is just perfect! A mixture of dark woods, rich hues on the mandala tapestry, leather, cowhides, macrame and plants. Hello, my dream home! And secondly, the styling is just too good to be true. The girls creativity, innovativeness and clear nostalgia for eras gone by, is just captured and translated beautifully in every single photo. Like the lace up neck detail on the dresses, the subtle jewels, the bellbottoms and the velvet - you should all know how I feel about velvet by now - is killing me. And just like all the stock photos for their online store, Sarah and Jenea are modelling in this lookbook too!
Honestly, I cannot stress how much I love this lookbook. I have all these photos saved on my phone ready for easy inspiration access and I've already got a couple outfits up my sleeve that are reminiscent of these lovely photos! 

What do you guys think of this lookbook? Are you as obsessed as I am with the beauties behind the brand? Have you bought anything from Gypsy Stardust? Comment and let me know!