I crafted, and carry, my own inclusive representation of feminism #Do It Yourself#diy#feminism April 7 | Guest post by Sacha Raised as a Dutch woman in a mostly white family, I have always considered feminism a natural part of my life. A belief in which I was sure of, and on that didn't need much further analysis. After meeting lots of inspiring women of color — and especially some strong Muslim feminists — however, I realized my own image of feminism had been too narrow. A few years ago I started teaching in a Dutch high school, and this made me even more aware of the importance of inclusive daily representation. Looking online for images for my lessons, but also for things to wear and carry, just made me more frustrated. What do you do when you are not satisfied with images of women and general female representation? Being the crafty girl that I am, I decided I could make it myself! I crafted myself a better image, slung it around my shoulders, and stuck it on the web. I bought a bunch of erasers, and drew different female hairdos on them. Then I used a small linoleum-cutter to take away the excess eraser. And, tada! My very own fabric stamps! Related Post How to paint an animal skull To answer the question of "how to paint an animal skull," I turned to former Offbeat Home editor and, in my mind, the goddess of... Read more With some patience and a free Saturday afternoon, I made my first 'inclusive feminist' printed fabrics. Later I turned these into a number of bags. Now I can always carry a more inclusive representation over my shoulders wherever I go. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Sacha High school teacher, weekend seamstress, home cook/baker and feminist. I live in the beautiful city of Utrecht, the Netherlands, with my husband. http://etsy.com/shop/NieuweNaden PREVIOUS How I created a winning house offer, even though I was outbid by $32K! NEXT Anecdotal Aardvark: The cutest animal themed home goods you've ever seen Show/Hide comments [ 11 ] My initial thought was that you might stamp these on top of printed media where there is not enough diversity represented. *stamp* Now this fashion spread has a hijabi in it. *stamp* This medical advert now has a female surgeon. *stamp* Let's make this a lesbian wedding shoot. Obviously it wouldn't make the change, but might make someone think "Hang on – why DON'T we see more of this?" 24 agree Reply Great idea! People in my town have been putting stickers on big public adverts, when they think the pictures are sexist, but not to complain about the lack of diversity. 2 agree Reply love this… do you have an etsy shop? 3 agree Reply Guest post written by Sacha High school teacher, weekend seamstress, home cook/baker and feminist. I live in the beautiful city of Utrecht, the Netherlands, with my husband. http://etsy.com/shop/NieuweNaden Don't know if it's always been up there, but apparently yes! 3 agree Reply very cool.. thank you! Reply These are lovely! And such a great idea! Feminism is totally so much more than we first expect! Reply This is amazing! Reply Hello. Lovely bag. It would be really interesting to hear more about the Muslim feminists you speak of and your relationship with them. I'm from an arab background on my father's side and get very frustrated about how few Western feminist voices there focusing on problems faced by women in Muslim majority countries/communities. It would be very interesting to hear your thoughts. (Btw as a side note you'd be surprised how many arab women didn't cover their heads just a generation ago compared to today). Thank you xxx 3 agree Reply Hi Hana, during my MA in Religious Studies in Amsterdam I wrote my thesis on Muslim Feminists in the Netherlands and for that I interviewed very interesting women. One of my fellow students was muslim, and she was very helpful and open to me. Before that I spent half a year in Istanbul, which is an amazingly diverse city and it opened my eyes to all the different forms of Islam. 1 agrees Reply You might find this amazing project of interest to you:http://www.muslimahmediawatch.org/ . It's primarily Muslim feminist writers located in North America and Europe. Reply *high fives* Fellow Dutch homie! 😀 What a cool bag! And yay for inclusive feminism. 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.