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A New Topshop Goodie + A Disappointment

Topshop Rainboy Fluffy Gilet and Feminists Don't Wear Pink
Topshop Rainboy Fluffy Gilet and Feminists Don't Wear Pink

This rainbow delight was my recent purchase from the Topshop sale, I'd seen it when it was full price so when it got reduced to £15 it was a bit of a no brainer really. It's one of those hideous yet beautiful things, like the elusive rainbow Primark Puffa jacket everyone is searching for. I appreciate the item isn't to everyone's taste but we can all appreciate a bargain at the very least.

One of the things about Topshop is that it caters to lots of different styles, arguably a rather cropped range of different styles but different style all the same. It caters to different ages (I'm not saying it's the most inclusive of brands) but it does cater to different ages. It is pretty popular for teens and young women. Lots of us reading this can probably remember adoring Topshop in our teen years and loving our new pair of jeans. Or going to try a bunch of stuff on with friends. Maybe looking there for an “out out” dress when we were old enough for clubs.

The age at which, I assume, a lot of Topshops customers begin shopping there is one of the reasons I was most disappointed at the recent news about Topshop.

Topshop Rainboy Fluffy Gilet and Feminists Don't Wear Pink

Topshop Rainboy Fluffy Gilet and Feminists Don't Wear Pink

If you haven't heard anything about #pinknotgreen then check out the hashtag or see this thread from Penguin books. A book curated by Scarlett Curtis had a pop up in store. It's a book on Feminism. An introduction to Feminism if you like, an insight into what feminism means to a variety of different women. The perfect book for Topshop's young (or even older) audience to read. And a great way to contribute to an amazing cause as all royalties from the book will be going to Girl Up, an initiative hosted by the United Nations Foundation. Yet the pop up was dismantled. 

The main issue for a lot of people is that Topshop seems fine to align their views to a place that will increase their profit, the slogan Feminist t-shirt being a prime example. However a book, on this very topic, is for some reason deemed not appropriate. Of course after the backlash against Philip Green, there was a very small statement on twitter about how they do in fact support the cause and will be donating £25,000 to Girl Up. There is literally no answer in there at all. Just a glossing over the problem with money.

What an awful message to send to their audience, replacing what would have been a useful and insightful message for their target audience.

I can only hope that the media attention has given the book an opportunity to reach readers that may not have otherwise shown interest in Feminists don't wear pink and other lies. I hope that another brand steps up and does this pop up event, that I’m sure a lot or planning, effort and money went into.

What are your thoughts on this issue?

Chelsea Jade

p.s) I haven’t titled this blog post in relation to my point, as I wanted those that show an interest in Topshop to find out more about this book. Rather than using the book to draw in readers.


My Struggle with Anxiety

Leopard print, red check and mesh top outfit

Some of you that follow me on social media platforms may have seen a few posts regarding my job over the last few months.
In November 2017 I was signed of work due to anxiety and stress. I was a primary school teacher and under the most pressure I've ever felt in a job, it wasn't my first job - I've worked since I was 16. My anxiety got worse over time but I tried to carry on for the children, I'd convinced myself that if I carried on and worked harder the job would get easier and my anxiety would reduce. I now know that that decision made my mental health decline even more rapidly.

I would get the train to work and have a panic attack on the train, I'd be in tears until I heard the name of my stop. In my mind at the time, I had to suck it up and stop crying in case any of the children or parents were around. I would often arrive at school at 7:15am (in the hope of getting some work done), I'd be rushing around trying to eat something while trying to photocopy 30 of everything in preparation for next week’s lessons then come back to class to get into the mind-set of that day. I'd stay after school to mark books and prep for the next day. I'd jump on my train home at about 5.30 and sit marking the homework or a few books on my journey. After I'd eaten my dinner, on many occasions, I'd start on the books I’d brought home to finish marking and have an anxiety attack before bed. It was about to begin all over again and I'd not finished writing comments in the maths books.

Leopard print, red check and mesh top outfit