What I would consider to be the four most famous minimalist bloggers are men. The three most notable zero waste bloggers in my albeit limited experience are women. Why is that?
I’ve been wondering since my first minimalist meetup, where seven men showed up and no women, whether there is an obvious, gendered reason for this. Namely, that society expects women to have a lot of clothes and personal care care products and be homemakers and cooks and decorators, all of which requires a lot of stuff…which makes it’s hard for women to be minimalists. At the same time, a zero waste lifestyle involves rethinking the processes by which we acquire cleaning products, personal care products and food, realms the women have traditionally been relegated to. Is this why?
To be totally honest (spoilers!), I was planning on devoting a significant amount of this blog to recipes for facial scrubs and cleaning products (which is interesting/entertaining to me, admittedly), but why should I? Honestly, the point of all this is to have a lighter impact on the environment…and I think a better way to do that would be to write letters to companies, make a fuss and talk to people about the chemicals in their food systems and the health impacts of plastics, and work with organizations and institutions to change how and what they source for their businesses. I want to enable people to #makeagreaterimpact.
(But I think I might still going to post that honey-cinnamon facial scrub, too.)