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.

Beyonce Voters.

So sometimes, when the stars align and Venus is in the third house, Beyonce Monday and Feminist Friday collide to create the most empowering, uplifting, exciting thing in the universe. And today is one of those days.

Long story short, some boring white dude (aka Fox News host Jesse Watters) was discussing the Hobby Lobby decision and Hillary Clinton’s reaction.

“This is how she’s going to try to win the White House. She is going to go to — she needs the single ladies vote — I call them the Beyoncé voters, the single ladies. Obama won single ladies by 76 percent last time and they made up about a quarter of the electorate.”

Okay. While this is not exactly how I would describe young single female voters, whatever. BUT THEN.

“They depend on government because they’re not depending on their husbands. They need things like contraception, health care, and they love to talk about equal pay.”

Excuse me?

This guy has no idea what it means to be a “single lady” in today’s society, but he also clearly has never heard a Beyonce song. Beyonce voters are smart enough to make these millions, strong enough to bear the children, and then get back to business. By implying that single women don’t rely on a man so they have to rely on the government for their needs takes away any agency and progress women have fought for over the last 50 (100?) years.

So while this is incredibly offensive, leave it to the internet to turn it into the greatest thing ever. Sarah Coughlon, self-proclaimed Beyonce voter and current Harvard student, created this genius Tumblr. Here are my favorites:

 

RBG throwing supreme shade.

So this week I have been mad/angry/confused/upset/furious/full of rage regarding the Hobby Lobby decision. For those of you who don’t know about this incredibly offensive court ruling that restricts access to contraception, read about it here and here.
A shining moment in all of this is the SCATHING dissent, written by a personal hero of mine, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. You can read the full dissent here, but I chose a few choice quotes and paired them with my all-time fave photos of RBG throwing spectacular shade at old dudes. She does not suffer fools.

“The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”

“The exemption sought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would…deny legions of women who do not hold their employers’ beliefs access to contraceptive coverage”

“It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month’s full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage.”

“Would the exemption…extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to blood transfusions (Jehovah’s Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs, including anesthesia, intravenous fluids, and pills coated with gelatin (certain Muslims, Jews, and Hindus); and vaccinations[?]…Not much help there for the lower courts bound by today’s decision.”

“Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be ‘perceived as favoring one religion over another,’ the very ‘risk the [Constitution’s] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude.”

All hail our HBIC of the highest court in the land.

New Feature!

So now that I have officially established Beyonce Mondays, I would like to announce yet ANOTHER regular segment here, called Feminist Fridays. I know, I know, the big bad F-word. Feminists get such a bad rap, but really, if you believe in equal rights for all humans, then you are a feminist. We are not a group of unwashed, unshaven, angry women who want to turn men into useless crying babies. We are housewives and construction workers, teachers and CEOs, mothers and sisters, who believe in equal rights. Some of us are lesbians, some of us are not. Some of us are men! yes, you can be a man and be a feminist! Look at Sir Patrick Stewart:

If Professor X and Captain Picard are feminists, why aren’t you?

But Sir Patrick isn’t our feminist of the day. In light of the Supreme Court cases that are being tried this week, here is Justice Ginsberg doing her thing with Diane Sawyer:

Ginsberg

Damn right, Ruth. Nine men for such a long time. There was a really interesting New Yorker profile of Justice Ginsberg in the March 11 issue. Check it out! And keep an eye out on Fridays for more fun things. All posts will be tagged with Feminist Friday so they will be pretty easy to find!