Pizza Rights PLEASEEEE.

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.

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RBG and Laverne are giving me life today.

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.

Happy Birthday Laverne!

This week, Laverne Cox (an actress in Orange is the New Black, a trans activist, and all around badass) is gracing the cover of TIME magazine anddd today is her birthday so that’s pretty sweet. Tagging this under Feminist Friday even though it isn’t Friday because Laverne is a role model for all women.

Solidarity is For Miley Cyrus

“It is reductive and racist to present one subset of black culture as indicative as the whole,especially when there is a purposeful choice to choose the specific subset of culture that plays into existing white supremacist narratives about the stereotype of what it means to be black. Notice for instance, that Miley did not say “I want a black sound” and then head for the Duke Ellington or Louis Armstrong, or remake herself in the image of Janelle Monae and dabble in Afrofuturism. Nope. Instead she headed straight for the “urban” music, because that is, apparently, the entirety of black culture, and it represents all black people everywhere, regardless of individual experience.”

From an article on Jezebel (of all places!) by NINJACATE. You should read the whole thing because it perfectly expresses how white women devalue black women’s sexuality and cultural identity. As I say, your feminism is intersectional or it is bullshit.

Being a threat / Being threatened

“When I was perceived as a black man I became a threat to public safety. When I was dressed as myself, it was my safety that was threatened.”

-Laverne Cox, in The Advocate

I am seriously obsessed with Orange is the New Black, not only because of the great writing and the fact that I binge-watched it in three days. The kind of women they portray on this show are like no other on mainstream television: lesbians, drug addicts, black and Hispanic women, and Laverne cox as the first trans woman of color actually playing a trans woman of color. She is smart and sassy and  love her. Highly recommend this show to everyone.

Male/Female//White/Black

While i have not yet seen “The Sapphires” it is on my list because I love musicals and all the music from this film. It tells the story of four young indigenous Australian women who travel to Vietnam to entertain the troops, starring Deborah Mailman Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell as the fabulous girl-group The Sapphires, and Chris O’Dowd as their manager.

Here is the movie poster:

Aaaand here is the American version of the DVD cover:

What. is. this. bullshit.

So, someone asked Chris O’Dowd what he thought about it on Twitter:

Way to go Chris.

From MamaMia:

The negative implications of making a film about black women look like it’s about a white man should outweigh any marketing concerns. This film is not only about women, it’s about Indigenous women. That fact deserves to be celebrated.

Hiding those women and the colour of their skin under a veil of blue in a ridiculously photoshopped background – behind a man – is absurd.

The actresses’ names are Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Sharri Sebens and Miranda Tapsell. They are women. They are indigenous. And they are the stars of this movie.

That should be a selling point, not something pushed into the background.

Lots of movie stuf today it seems.