Snapped at CLPP: Fashion at the 2012 conference

Maryam el Jaouhari, "Queer Fat Femme"

As you all know, Eesha and I were blogging from this year’s Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program Conference, “From Abortion Rights to Social Justice” at Hampshire College. So far, we’ve covered lots of Important Issues like colonization and colonialism. Follow the CLPP2012 tag to view all our posts.

But while I was struck by the high-quality dialogue that took place at the conference, I couldn’t help but notice another aspect of life in western Massachusetts besides the penchant for social justice and movement-building: fashion.

I’ve written before about my ambivalence towards fashion. But in this space, where so many people of all different backgrounds had come together to talk about the future of our reproductive justice movement, personal expression through fashion felt even more relevant. This was a conference to talk about the liberation of bodies, and I felt that the fashion at the conference reflected that. That’s why I chose to document some of the personal expression I witnessed at the conference through fashion. Check it out after the jump!


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  1. Posted April 16, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Lori for covering this! Fashion and intentional dress can be part of the liberation of our bodies.

    Can you make a quick correction? The jewelry you photographed (crocheted earrings) were done by me: Taja Lindley of Colored Girls Hustle (, @cgirlshustle)…I’m also the one doing the arms up pose… Thanks!

    • Posted April 17, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      Updated. Thanks Taja!

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