If you’re a white girl who stands for feminism and yet you won’t embrace the black lives matter movement, what are you doing…? If you aren’t excited as hell to see your sisters of color empowering themselves, you aren’t truly a feminist. The black lives matter movement is raising up women of color, and as a fellow WOMAN, that should make you fucking ecstatic

“Feminism killed chivalry” like…no it didn’t? If anything, feminism encourages chivalry.

Out in public with the guys and one of your friends makes a sexist comment about a female friend/stranger? Rise to her defense. She’s a human being and she doesn’t exist for you. She exists only for herself. You won’t tolerate this kind of talk.

At a bar or club, and you see a man slip something in to a drink/relentlessly pursuing a woman despite her many protests? Tell him to knock it the hell off. Get her out of this situation safely. He’s an enemy of women, which means he’s an enemy of yours if this code of chivalry means so much to you.

If you insist on being a warrior for women, then be a warrior for women. Listen to the things that we say and need and ask for. 

Raichō Hiratsuka (1886-1971) was a pioneering Japanese feminist, in addition to being a writer, journalist, and political activist. Her first endeavor in this sense was the creation of an all-female magazine called Seitō which promoted a women’s spiritual revolution, and discussed sensitive issues such as sexuality and abortion with frankness.

In 1920 she founded the New Women’s Association, and it was thanks to the efforts of this group that Japan overturned a law that banned women from politics. She rejected the conventional idea of women as wives and mothers, and strived to obtain greater freedom for them to pursue their desired careers.

U.S. State Legislators: Stop Taxing Our Periods! Period.
Aunt Flo is one helluva house guest. She can be painful, messy, and just keeps coming back each month. And, oh yeah, expensive ! As anyone who menstruates knows, dealing with a period is a monthly necessity—and a costly one at that. Women spend upwards of $70 a year on sanitary products like tampons and pads. What’s worse, across the U.S., a whopping forty states increase the financial burden of menstruation by charging sales tax on these essential items. Not taxed : a bag of chips. Taxed : a box of tampons. WHAT?! Check out the above map to see if your state is one of the forty that taxes your purchase of tampons, pads, and menstrual cups. For anyone who has a period, these items are a necessity—not an option, not a luxury item—and should be treated as such. Eliminating the Tampon Tax is simply the FAIR and EQUAL thing to do. Change is possible! This summer, Canada made history when its Parliament voted unanimously to eliminate a national tax on menstrual products. Across the pond and down under, women in the U.K. and Australia are insisting their governments do the same. A global movement is underway! Sign this petition, share it with your friends—and let the forty state legislatures that profit from your period know that you won’t stand for it. Join Cosmopolitan in the national movement to Axe the Tampon Tax! #TamponsForAll

This is ridiculous. Think of the single moms out there trying to put food on the table and they get taxed for this??!?!! And you thought the British taxing tea was bad?!?!

Get ready for a rant, guys.
An open letter to older people belittling younger voters this election season because we support Bernie Sanders:

One thing I hear all the time is that young people don’t really understand the “real world” and we just want “free stuff”. You know what sounds like free stuff to us? The millions of dollars in tax breaks for the rich and corporations. That’s free stuff. We are not asking for iPhones and new cars. We are asking for education and healthcare; something that many other countries already provide for their citizens. We are aware that Bernie’s plans go way further than most politicians’ in America and that they will be hard to accomplish because congress also has large influence. We know this and we want Bernie anyway because he will at least TRY to change the system, especially with the issue of campaign finance reform. You may be used to and comfortable with corruption in government, but we are not. His change won’t be quick, it won’t be easy, it won’t be magical. But it will be a step in the right direction to address the issues that other candidates don’t want to address. We want someone who will give it all they have to create change, not someone who says that real change is too hard.

To older women who support Hillary Clinton- We get it, you want a woman president. We also want a woman president. If it’s not Hillary, you may not get to have a woman president in your lifetime, and we feel for you. However, you can not claim to be champions for women and then imply that young female voters only want Bernie because “that’s where the boys are at”, to quote Gloria Steinem. You can not pretend to empower women and then be dismissive and condescending of young women who are active in the political process just because they disagree with you. Madeleine Albright recently said “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t support each other”, as if a vote for Bernie Sanders is anti women. As if we should support anyone who is a woman regardless of their actions, character, or policy positions. Could we also say that you don’t support women because you’re not voting for Carly Fiorina? We will not be guilted or bullied into voting for Hillary Clinton.

Please feel free to disagree with us on policy ideas. We are happy to have a real debate. But young voters are not stupid and we are not unrealistic. We are informed, we are educated, and we vote with our hearts AND with our heads. We will continue to be on the right side of history as young people have almost always been, and we will not tolerate being treated as if our opinions and our votes don’t matter.

Young women are feminists – but that doesn't mean they'll vote Hillary Clinton
American female millennials were criticized by Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem for not caring enough about feminism or Clinton. But surveys show just how unrelated those two concerns are
By Mona Chalabi

Having a vagina isn’t the only criteria for a feminist to vote for you… in fact it’s not criteria at all. What generation do you think has reclaimed the F word?!? I’m really disappointed to hear this from women that I look up to.

Here is my full piece, ‘Femerai’, for the upcoming 1001 Knights Anthology. I’m very happy to announce it was selected to be part of an exclusive Buzzfeed article about 1001 Knights!

Check it out here for an exclusive look at some of the knights included in the anthology: http://www.buzzfeed.com/maritsapatrinos/1001-knights

And here is the Kickstarter if you still want to contribute to make the anthology as amazing as possible!