Another Opinion About Macklemore and Equality

Today I read an article on feministing.com, that led to another that led to another. All of these articles had one thing in common: their message gave me anger chest pains (Which I have not experienced in quite a while). I consider myself a feminist, and a believer in equality for EVERYONE. My personal belief is that we are not far from a world where people are treated with love and respect regardless of our: race, gender, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic we humans choose to hate on each other about. I DO NOT believe that the way to get there is by policing everyone's every move, ESPECIALLY when their intentions are for equality. 
There are many people that are upset about Macklemore performing the song Same Love with Mary Lambert at the Grammys. They feel that they have been disrespected because Macklemore is a straight white man, acting as a voice for equality. There is a human... on stage... rapping about how EVERYONE deserves the right to get married... and how no one should be discriminated against. In response, he is discriminated against by the very people he is attempting to help. 
Additionally, another struggle for equality in this country is in regards to race. In a different article I read today, the writer was upset that a white man and woman would use hip hop as a tool to speak out for equality, since hip hop originated within the African American culture. A website... that claims to be against racism... is calling them out... based on their race. 

Equality is attainable, and activists are necessary to achieve that equality. I just wish that those fighting the good fight could be embraced by everyone rather than criticized. Let's not stand up against those that share our message, especially because we feel they are not qualified to speak the message. When fighting for equality, everyone is equally qualified.


New Collection: Instinctively Charming

The new Peerless Charm collection is here, and I am very excited about.  Since this summer I have been learning and experimenting with new ways to cut metal.  While I included the Swarovski jade beads, I've also incorporated more natural materials, such as wood, onyx, and lepidolite.  I'm really excited with the results, and relieved that I was able to conquer this project in time for the Holiday's.  


Navigating Target as an Ethical Sourcer

Hello All!  It's been a while since I've blogged.  I don't really have much to share right now, so I thought I would share a couple posts that I have done over at Peerless Charm.  This one I shared in September, about navigating Target in a positive way.

I love shopping at Target! There was a time that I worked next door to our local Target, and found myself traipsing over there up to three times a day (before work for Starbucks, on break for lunch, and after work for anything else I may need.) Since then, I've switched jobs, and opened my mind to more conscious consumerism. So, I don't find myself over there quite as much, but still...I'm the mayor on foursquare. (I've been ousted.)
While I'd always suggest buying local, and fair trade, sometimes a Target run is necessary. Target adapts an ethical sourcing policy, and has been named World's Most Ethical Company in the General Retailer category several times. So, if you're hitting up a big box store, they are the ones to choose. I've come up with some tips for navigating this "super chain" with a little piece of mind.
When I decided to strive towards a more ethical lifestyle, Target clothing shopping was something I really struggled with.  I would walk past the clothing drooling slightly (I'm not ashamed.) I would decide to just peruse really quickly, and from time to time allow myself to make a purchase...and feel like a total hypocrite. Even with their ethical sourcing policy, I felt weary.  But after reaching out to Target's team, I learned that they are making serious efforts towards safety for their factory workers and sustainability (I knew I loved them for a reason.)  Last year, they banned sandblasting in order to insure safety in the production of their apparel products.They have also partnered with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Sustainable Textile Coalition which are made up of retailers that are working to reduce environmental and social impacts. Here's a blog post that Jessica from Target sent me regarding sandblasting. The post quotes Jey John, the lead fabric engineer for denim and wash:
"The factory worker's safety should not be compromised for the sake of fashion" 
Target is not perfect, in terms of Fair Trade. Still, I am thrilled to see such a large company that makes decisions, not just with dollar signs in their eyes, but with the well being of others in mind. Also...I need new jeans. :-)

Next stop after the clothing is electronics (if you take my usual route.) Electronics are items that will be sourced the same whether you buy them from Target, Best Buy...or anywhere.  So unless you're giving up electronics completely, go ahead and choose Target, if you wish.  They often have sales where you receive a Target gift card when you purchase an iPad (for example), plus you get 5% off with a Target Red Card!
Ok, so you've got your electronics in the cart, now it's time to head to grocery {optional trip up and down the home aisle for a quick (or not so quick) swoon. I've styled my home in my head with Target's home goods many times, but you may want to skip it for local, handmade, thrift or DIY options. On the other hand, with the information I mentioned in the clothing section, you could probably throw a couple cute pillows in your cart, and feel good.} Onto grocery...Target is really growing their grocery department, but it's still not quite ready for your full blown shopping trip (well, the one by me at least.) I have still found that I can put together a healthy lunch quickly with a Target stop. I like to grab a bag of their organic blue corn chips, delicious Newman's salsa, and move on to cosmetics.
When I speak of ethical, I am usually referring to human rights, but discussing cosmetics brings up another brand of ethical: animal rights. Ethical and organic cosmetics is something that I am just getting familiar with.  Target carries cruelty-free brands such has E.L.F. and Physicians Formula.  I just stocked up on E.L.F, and so far I really like it.
Cleaning Products:
At this point, I usually head to the check out.  I only buy contact solution in the pharmacy section, and I'm not usually the one buying cleaning products.  When I do, I've noticed they have great brands for "crunchy types" like Method and Mrs. Meyers. Onto the checkout.
And now we've navigated Target, in the most low impact way possible. Now, treat yourself with a fair trade coffee at Starbucks.

Have a lovely day!


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