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To think you can be female and minimalist

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Ieatcake Sat 13-Jan-18 08:46:05

I've got a family member that just thinks it's impossible as "women like their things". She's ridiculous right? I can ditch my possessions that I don't use or like

manicinsomniac Sat 13-Jan-18 08:47:19

I'm sure you can, yes.

I can't. But that's because I'm me. Not because I'm female.

YANBU

TheEmojiFormerlyKnownAsPrince Sat 13-Jan-18 08:54:30

Well I’m female and minimalist. Hate random ornaments etc. Hate fussy clothes. Like lots of space. But l don’t think it’s because I’m female🤨. It’s more to do with liking space and order. I have a degree in design so maybe it’s something to do with that!

AmberTopaz Sat 13-Jan-18 08:55:05

My mum is the most minimalist person I know.

Ieatcake Sat 13-Jan-18 08:55:07

Yep agreed nothing to do with gender.

She just said I can't be minamilist as I like hair straighteners, I'm not sure she understands what it even is..

TheEmojiFormerlyKnownAsPrince Sat 13-Jan-18 08:55:32

I find it soothes my ocd tendsnciee😔

TheEmojiFormerlyKnownAsPrince Sat 13-Jan-18 08:56:27

I would think hair straighteners were perfect for minimalism. No unruly curls or waves, just straight ordered hair!!!

TheEmojiFormerlyKnownAsPrince Sat 13-Jan-18 08:57:17

I feel traumatised if my hair goes wavy!

Llangollen Sat 13-Jan-18 08:57:59

She is ridiculous, she should look at some interior photos looking like show rooms because there's nothing in the house.

Being female has nothing to do with being minimalist or not. It's like saying that all men are messy (bordeline dirty) unless they are gay and then live in pristine homes. hmm That one is going strong too.

Ieatcake Sat 13-Jan-18 08:59:20

Exactly! I think she thinks it's giving up every single possession, but even if it was don't think gender is even reliant. I think she's trying to justify why she keeps buying stuff even though most of her stuff is in storage

Shadow666 Sat 13-Jan-18 09:01:02

Marie Kondo is a woman

There are plenty of male hoarders out there too. I dont think its gender specific.

Windowgazer123 Sat 13-Jan-18 09:03:16

There's an interesting doc on Netflix called 'the minimalists'.
Now I think about it there weren't that many women on it. But I think the idea women like 'things' is ridiculous.
I love my physical books so could never have an empty-ish living room but minimalism - in the sense of this new-ish movement- isn't about sacrificing everything you love, and abandoning anything that is just aesthetic it's about moving away from needless, compulsive consumption.
The women featured were followers of the 333 Project (https://bemorewithless.com/project-333/).
A few of my friends were inspired by the project where you take 33 items of clothing - including shoes, jewellery, hats, etc - and rotate them for 3 months.
In theory it teaches you how little you need.

I was inspired to have a clear out but not sure about trying project 333.

KC225 Sat 13-Jan-18 09:05:41

In my head I am minimalist. I have a euro millions win fantasy loft apartment with barely any furniture, a few Rick Owens garments hanging on matching hangers.

My reality with 2 kids, 3 cats, 2 Guinea pigs and DH who's mantra 'No don't throw, that'll come in handy for something else'

BrandNewHouse Sat 13-Jan-18 09:09:59

Actually the straightners is a perfect example of how women will always be “wrong”. Straightners=stuff = not minimalist; No straightners = unruly hair = not minimalist; Shorn hair = dramatic =hysterical woman = not minimalist. Ergo “Woman cannot be minimalist”

It is actually very sexist of her
male minimalism is Cooler than you/ designer minimalism. Female minimalism is suspect.

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