feminist prince

Beatrice Borromeo out and about, March 2017

Beatrice Borromeo- wife of Monaco royal Pierre Casiraghi- is a big style icon for me so I’m always happy to feature her on this site. I’m particularly happy about this post as it’s personally something I would wear with pride!

Beatrice was spotted out and about in Monaco for the first time since giving birth to her son Stefano (named after his late paternal grandfather). She was with her husband Pierre and the couple were spotted hugging and kissing in their typically adorable way. 

But the best part for me was Beatrice’s outfit. In the above images you can only see a white t-shirt but when she turns around you realise she’s wearing the already iconic Dior We Should All Be Feminist t-shirt from 2016. 

The t-shirt references an essay by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and tapped in to the girl power vibe fashion has embraced over the last year. The Dior piece is really expensive (there are currently black ones selling for over $700) but luckily there are plenty available for a more affordable price. 

The copycat I’ve gone with today is from that wonderful catalogue of affordable pieces, Etsy. There are quite a lot of these feminism inspired tops on Etsy but the one I’ve gone with is from Fosters Tees. They print straight on to the top and you can pick a different colour if you want to. It’s selling for a bargain price of £12.44 ($15.50) so pick it up now. 

I’d be so proud to hear some of you have bought this top after seeing this post as I love to see strong feminists who aren’t ashamed to fly the flag for women!

I don’t want in my life ever,some prince dude to come and save me.I don’t need to be saved.I’m my own person.I’m strong.
—  Miley Cyrus

“The song ‘Prince Johnny’ is unpacking some of what it means to be a ‘real girl’ and a ‘real boy’. We get handed down these ideas of gender and sexuality: You’re supposed to be this or that. What happens if you float around the cracks and don’t fit into these narrowly prescribed things? I believe in gender fluidity and sexual fluidity. I don’t really identify as anything.“ - St. Vincent / Annie Clark

How Meryl Streep Is Using Her Own Money to Combat Ageism and Sexism in Hollywood

Plenty of women in Hollywood express frustration over lack of representation in their field. Meryl Streep is actually doing something about it. 

“The lack of film roles for women over 40 was the topic of much discussion earlier this year when actor Russell Crowe brushed aside the notion that roles dry up for actresses of a certain age. He pinned the problem on women being unwilling to act their age on film and used Meryl Streep as a vaulted example for actresses everywhere. When asked about Crowe’s comments, Streep seemed on board, saying, “I agree with him. It’s good to live within the place that you are.”

But, apparently Streep acknowledges that more could be done for older women in Hollywood because the actress has used her own money to help fund a screenwriting lab for women writers over 40, to be run by New York Women in Film and Television and IRIS, a collective of women filmmakers. This support for her fellow women should come as no surprise given recent Streep events like that enthusiastic response to Patricia Arquette’s Oscar speech or her role as women’s-voting-rights activist Emmeline Pankhurst in the upcoming film Suffragette.

So how will a Streep-funded screenwriting lab for women over 40 combat ageism and sexism in Hollywood? Well, the prevailing school of thought is that improvements for underrepresented groups on camera (women over 40 being just one of many such groups) will only truly change when Hollywood shifts away from the straight, white-male-dominated scene behind the camera. According to a recent study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, the percentage of women behind the camera is actually declining. Women only represent 7 percent of directors, 11 percent of the writers, and 18 percent of the editors on the biggest moneymaking films over the past 17 years.

This new Streep-funded Writers Lab aims to give that 11 percent writing number a healthy bump and the program has drafted a few established talents in mentorship roles including writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights), producer Caroline Kaplan (Boyhood), and writers Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde) and Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On).

Presumably, the Writers Lab participants won’t be restricted to writing female-focused scripts. But it is worth noting how a female perspective can not only potentially offer up more roles for women over 40, but also change the established rules for what a woman-over-40 role looks like on film. Streep may have agreed with Crowe that “it’s good to live within the place that you are,” but at 65 years old, she’s constantly pushing the boundaries of what that “place” is.

This year the Streep-funded Writers Lab will accept submissions May 1–June 1, with eight winning writers named August 1. That’s just in time for winners to celebrate with a screening of Ricki and the Flash which opens on August 7. Get your writing and shredding fingers ready.”

Read the full piece here

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She’s Wonder Woman today! :)
I love my little Dango.
Yesterday she told me “Bia, you gotta hear this… We’re… Best… Sisters… EVER!” I died.
I’m also so proud of her. She’s growing up so fast and she’s so intelligent.

but can we have a moment of appreciation for jake’s desire to give amy a choice? to jake’s reluctance to crash her date? to jake’s sincere desire to let amy be happy? 

like we could so easily have had him yell at the bouncer or try way, way harder to get in the way of her and majors, and yet he backs off every time she communicates disinterest, he doesn’t try to persuade her into dating him, he takes her words at face value…