feminism

MARCH SUPERWOMAN: KRISTA SUH, CREATOR OF THE PUSSYHAT PROJECT

The image is hard to forget: women standing shoulder to shoulder in solidarity as they marched through the streets of Washington, D.C., an army donning bright pink knit hats with cat ears. Pussyhats. The Pussyhat immediately became a symbol of the Women’s March and the women’s movement as a whole, and it’s hard to imagine that the creator of The Pussyhat Project had trouble finding the confidence to use her voice for change. But Krista Suh, now the author of “DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change the World,” admits that it was something that she struggled with. “Honestly, it was perfection,” said Krista on what was silencing her voice. She had ambition, but she harbored a fear of messing up. Krista felt that the Women’s March was time to speak up after self-p...

WOMEN THAT ROCK + HARNESS: MARCH FEMALE ARTISTS

This month’s recommended artists are brought to you by Women That Rock, a platform created by women, for women. Dedicated to supporting and promoting up-and-coming female musicians and female-fronted bands, Women That Rock is cultivating a community of badass ladies who are creating amazing music and connecting with one another through their art. Follow Women That Rock on Instagram at @womenthatrock and stay in the loop on amazing lady artists, news & upcoming events. If you know an amazing female musician or girl-fronted band that needs to be heard, email their information to thewomenthatrock@gmail.com!   Sharkmuffin Sharkmuffin is a duo of Brooklynite sirens Tarra Thiessen and Natalie Kirch, both bred from the waves of the Jersey shore. Their music has been dubbed “opti-mystic g...

BIRDCAGE

Birdcage is a continuation of my on-going work exploring the complex way in which our society views women and its relation to beauty. These mixed media pieces—employing wax pastel, chalk pastel, and acrylic— place idealized women in isolated, domestic environments, the bright colors and alluring surroundings helping to mask their confinement. With the renaissance of mid-century home décor, the furniture and plant life depicted challenge the viewer to question whether this is a scene from the 1950s or of modern times, further illuminating the recurring nature of a woman’s plight. While creating these works and incorporating furniture and plants from my home, I came to the realization that my own daily routine—hours spent in solitude working in my home studio—in some ways mirrored the isolat...

WHY KATHARINE GRAHAM FROM “THE POST” IS YOUR NEW FEMINIST ICON

If you’ve seen “The Post” already, you know how wonderful it is (and why I cried through most of it). While the movie centers around the publishing of the Pentagon Papers and freedom of the press, there is one character whose transformation we should all be in awe of: Katharine Graham, the publisher of The Washington Post (played by Meryl Streep). Here’s why she should be your new feminist icon. 1. She took over “The Post” in the midst of an unexpected tragedy Graham never anticipated being in the job that she ended up in; her father sold the family paper to her husband for a symbolic one dollar, and she was content raising their children. After her husband’s suicide, Graham took the position to keep the business in the family. 2. She was quite shy, but rocked her position anyway Despite b...

THE WOMEN’S MARCH: WHY IT MATTERS

A year ago this weekend, women across the nation gathered in their respective cities and many traveled to Washington D.C. to unite together in protest. A movement of more than two million women and their allies across the globe became known as the Women’s March of 2017. They stood for, and continue to stand for, women’s rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, human rights, disability rights, worker’s rights, and environmental rights.  It was the largest single-day protest in U.S. history and it’s returning this weekend across the nation. Many people believe that the March was organized to protest Donald Trump’s first full day in office. This is true, to an extent; the movement intended to send a message to the administration that their voices would not be silenced in the wake of threa...

A RESPONSE TO WOMEN AGAINST FEMINISM

I’m not a person for opinionated blog posts, but the more times I saw or heard female friends, co-workers, or strangers claim to be a woman against feminism the stronger I felt that it was necessary to share my opinions. So check my blog, A Response to Women Against Feminism.   In January, the largest single day protest in American history happened. This march made headlines for multiple reasons, not the least being that it was a grassroots organization for and by women, it was an unprecedented victory for girls everywhere. My heart was filled with hope that maybe people were finally getting this whole feminism thing. Less than 12 hours later, I logged onto Facebook to see that three more girls I followed had reposted the infamous “I am a Female and I am so Over Feminists” Odyssey article....

GAL GADOT PLAYS WONDER WOMAN IN REAL LIFE

Gal Gadot Plays Wonder Woman in Real Life If you pay any attention at all to Hollywood and the broader entertainment industry, you no doubt noticed that a new Wonder Woman film came out this past summer. It was part of DC’s expanding “cinematic universe,” meant to rival the films of Marvel Studios, and it was by almost all accounts the company’s best effort yet. With up-and-coming actress Gal Gadot playing the title role, the film earned accolades across the board. As one review put it, Wonder Woman was “alive and in command in a way the other DCEU films can only dream about,” the term “DCEU” referring to the DC Extended Universe. If you’ve been paying attention to these films, you likely agree. What makes this movie one of the stories of the year in entertainment and pop culture, however,...

THE VENDETTA AGAINST TAYLOR SWIFT

Female pop stars have always faced a lot of hate. This is a fact. I guess fame always comes with criticism but for some reason (we know the reason- it’s called sexism) girls, specifically young girls, always receive the most hate. From the media, society, journalists and critiques, it seems like sometimes they just can’t get a break. But it also seems to me Taylor Swift gets an unnecessary amount. I don’t know why I choose her to get so frustrated over, maybe it’s because I’ve always had a deep respect for Taylor and her music or maybe it is some other deep seeded insecurity I need to work through, but nevertheless I have never understood why people just can’t let their dislike for Taylor go. So, I’ve compiled a list of all the reasons people give when they complain about Taylor, and my re...

NOT YOUR GARDEN AND OTHER POEMS

Not Your Garden  You are not entitled to pick flowers from someone else’s garden, uninvited even if they are displayed for the world to see. ———————— Purity Purity; a dirty little word that keeps half the world in chains. ———————— Flowers and Silence That flower between your legs bares king and peasant, writer and artisan, healer and soothsayer, yet still they have the audacity to silence you.   Author: Emily Byrnes Email: e10rear@gmail.comAuthor Bio: Emily Byrnes is a mental health advocate/dog mom/feminist/writer from New York’s capital region. You can check out her Instagram page for more of her work. Link to social media or website: https://www.instagram.com/emilybyrnes_/ 

JUICY CAMPUS QUEEN

Freshman year of college, I was the subject of a contentious feminist debate on my college campus. Remember the website Juicy Campus? (I know…this is going somewhere though) “Who is the biggest ball-busting feminist on campus?” Only one answer, “Meryl Duff,” sat in the replies. Yes, I was browsing Juicy Campus, and yes I found my name in the anonymous reply. My first thought was “Oh my God, people here know me?” and my second thought was “…as a ball-busting feminist?!” Now, after some intense self-reflection as to why I was even looking at the Juicy Campus website, I moved on to how people knew me as a “ball-busting feminist.” Was it “Penis Registration Day” or was it my argument of sexist language in my First Year Seminar? I guess I’ll never know, but I was both proud and slightly incredu...

BREAKING FREE FROM THE PHRASE “BECAUSE I AM A WOMAN, AND I WAS BY MYSELF”

Have you ever been telling a story about an event in your life and used the sentence, “I didn’t do that thing because I was alone and I’m a woman”? Recently I went on a day trip by myself. My husband was working and I didn’t want to stay cooped up inside all day, so I went on a little adventure. While traveling alone that day, something happened that shook me up just a little. I was driving through the mountains and stopping at each lookout point to take pictures, when I came to one that had two cars with four young men standing nearby. They were taking pictures and posing with an American flag and a Trump flag. Here’s the point in the story where I use the phrase, “Because I was alone, and a woman, I chose to stay in my car until they were done.” However, after making eye contact with one...

AN ODE TO A GODDESS

Darling, You are more than the clothes you wear The way you paint your face Or style your hair You are strong With a brilliant mind And an enchanting soul Someone who can’t be contained Nor controlled A magnificent force Such a sight to see A wise woman, A Goddess, free   Author: V.M. Tori Email: medinavictoria14@gmail.com Link to social media or website: Instagram: v.m_tori  

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