From a recent trip to Portland, OR. We decided this park was like Fern Gully. From my Instagram.
During the Tidal launch.
So I am a firm believer of the phrase “Your feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit.” You can search for it in my tags, I’ve used it quite a bit (including yesterday). Learning more about not only feminism but intersectional feminism has been a really important process for me personally and I hope it is for you too. BUT MAYBE you’re not entirely sure what intersectionality means? OR MAYBE you don’t really see why it’s necessary? Akilah, Obviously is here to teach us all about intersectionality. (In case you’re super lost, burgers=men, pizza=women, cheese pizza=white women, deluxe pizza=black women.) She also does a lovely Bey shoutout, so obviously I love it. I just discovered the genius that is Akilah, Obviously and you guys should all go to her blog and YouTube channel and get to know her. I want to be her best friend.
Supreme Queen Ruth Bader Ginsburg was named to Time magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People and this is the photo they posted. It is amazing. The write up that goes with it, by Justice Scalia is boring but nice. But this photo. I love it.
Laverne Cox, transgender activist and icon, actress, all around badass and babe, was also named to the TIME 100 list, which is amazing. She was snubbed last year which the trans community and EVERYONE was upset about. I lovelovelove that the blurb about Laverne was written by Jazz Jennings, who is an amazing young trans woman who is also a LGBTQ activist and YouTube star. The photo used in Time for Ms. Cox is beautiful, but today Allure released photos for their annual Nude issue, and Laverne’s is SO AMAZING.
How beautiful is this? And so powerful. Here’s what she had to say about this:
“I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again,” she says. “But I’m a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent. Black women are not often told that we’re beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we’re beautiful. Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about herself might be inspiring to some other folks. There’s beauty in the things we think are imperfect. That sounds very cliché, but it’s true.” Cox wanted these pictures for herself, too: “I honestly just want to make myself happy most, and if other people like it, then that’s great. If they don’t, then I’m still happy.”
YAAAASSS queen. I’m in love with everything today. Tagging this in Feminist Friday because I want to.
Preach it, Amy.
Olivia Cole is a writer based in Chicago. On her way to work this morning, she witnessed a group of women handling street harassment like bosses.
So ladies, next time some pushy dude is bothering you for your digits, just bust out a little TLC.
Everyone knows that the NFL has a problem with domestic violence (as in, the players are violent and then they get caught). Ray Rice, Ray McDonald, Jonathan Dwyer, Quincy Enunwa, Junior Galette, and Josh McNary have all been arrested for domestic violence in the past year (for a complete list of NFL arrests dating back to 2000, see here). The league came under fire for their lenient punishments for these crimes over the past several months, and is in desperate need of some good PR. Apparently it’s here. The NFL donated airtime during the Super Bowl to a group called No More (which may or may not be associated with the NFL, I can’t really tell) and they’re airing a commercial promoting domestic violence awareness.
The spot is inspired by a Reddit post from last year written by a 911 dispatcher. Redditer /u/Crux1836 tells a story about a woman who called 911 pretending to order a pizza. He thought it was a prank until he realized that she was in danger and her attacker was in the room with her. This commercial has this phone conversation as a voiceover while showing scenes of a house that looks like its been through a fight. NFL commissioner Roger Gooddell promised to impose stricter guidelines regarding domestic violence among players, so maybe this is the step in the right direction. This is the first time an ad about domestic violence will be aired during the Super Bowl.
When there’s something strange
in your neighborhood
who ya gonna call?
Thaaaaaaaaaaaaat’s right. Officially confirmed Ghostbusters remake starring an all-female cast, directed by Paul Feig. Negotiations are on-going, but half the world is really excited and the other half is full of whiny babies. Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Melissa McCarthy? Dreamiest dream team. Jumpsuits never looked so good.
Now let’s turn to Twitter, also known as the cesspool of human ignorance, to see the reactions. Let’s start with the good!
And now for those tweets that make you lose faith in humanity:
You get the idea. In b4 the NOT ALL MEN WAHHHHHHHHH.