Social media can be an amazing place to connect with people on any topic you want. It’s how I find my favorite vegan recipes, feel like a fitness expert with YouTube workouts and most importantly connect with a beautiful group of online badass feminists that give me hope for tomorrow. But of course, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns. It seems that for every post celebrating, respecting, appreciating, and listening to women there are twice as many body-shaming, victim-blaming, and trolling just to make their presence known.
This post was originally posted on The Good Men Project, check it out here!
North Carolina has been making headlines lately as the newest example of blatant and legal discrimination, this time against transgender people. A new law, detailed here, will ban, “transgender people from using public bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, and bans cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people”. This can only be added to the long list of ways in which transgender people have been, and continue to be, treated as less than.
There has been a story circulating the Internet about an amazing twelve-year-old girl who penned an open letter to Dick’s Sporting Goods about their latest magazine. As she was flipping through the magazine she noticed that there were NO girl models. A young basketball player herself she felt that this was not fair. She wanted to see herself reflected in their catalogue. Who can blame her?
PDA – otherwise known as a public display of affection. Generally these are quite frowned upon in our modest United States society. I want to talk about a different type of PDA, a PDA for social justice: no not making out for a social cause but publicly declaring support for something you believe in. Continue reading
On March 1st, The Representation Project published “An Open Letter to Hollywood”, as an advertisement, in the Los Angeles Times. I wanted to take this opportunity to write my own letter to Hollywood.
In case you haven’t flipped your desk calendar in oh I don’t know, decades, you might have missed that it is now 2014. Yup I am not lying, 2014. Now keep this fact in mind.
What does it mean to be a feminist?
The beauty of feminism is that it means different things for different people.
In her Ted Talk (now also made popular in Beyonce’s “Flawless”) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie defines a feminist as, “the person who believes in the social political, and economic equality of the sexes”. It can be as simple and beautiful as that.
I am a feminist. I am a FEMINIST. I AM A FEMINIST.