‘Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world’, but which shoes are the right shoes? Sure it’s sexier and definitely more beautiful-spy-on-the-side-of-justice-esque to pull on some killer high heels for your boost of shoe-based confidence but is it practical? I mean, how many real women do you know who actually sprint around the urban jungle in stilettos like it ain’t no big deal without breaking an ankle? What real police detective/FBI Agent actually comes to work in high heels that will probably reduce her feet to a painful throbbing mess 6 mins into the first chase-the-bad-guy-halfway-through-the-city-on-foot event of the day (there’s several of these in a normal detective/agent’s day right? Those crime dramas I watch so much of aren’t lying to me, right?).
It’s true that beautiful shoes, which, let’s face it, more often than not are high heels, make you feel beautiful and confident. Hell I’ve done more than my fair share of drooling over painfully beautifully but impossibly overpriced heels in my life, and I do wear heels every chance I get. If I’m going to conquer the world though, especially as a mother, I’ll need something a bit more comfortable and long lasting. Perhaps I’ll even throw in an in-sole if the world is going to take longer then a few hours to ‘conquer’. After all, I want to be able to walk without wincing after I’m Queen of Everything, right?
So yes, it’s true enough that give her the right shoes and a girl can conquer the world, but the ‘right shoes’ may not be the ones that you’d expect.
In the coming year, I have ambitious plans to expand AROOO, including a full professional blog redesign to increase accessibility and optimise sharing of individual bloggers’ writing across multiple social media platforms, as well as publishing feminist reviews of books, radio, television, and film. I also want to expand outside of traditional blogging platforms and start a chat forum. In order to do this, I need to raise £ 3000 so that I can pay the women web designers for their work. The work I do for AROOO is out of love for women and their writing, art, photography and lives. My tech skills simply aren’t adequate to develop AROOO to its full potential. The women involved with AROOO deserve to have their work shared to a larger audience and this requires financial support. This platform will remain non-profit, and advertising free, but the amount of work to redesign the site is substantial. Even one pound makes a huge difference to my ability to support feminist writing by creating a professional platform for feminists by feminists.