From 19th century author Anna Julia Cooper, who saw the agency of black women as central to gaining equality in America, to actress and singer Zendaya, who urges all women to let their voices be heard, take a look at how a handful of black women have defined feminism for the past several centuries. Read more
“May the angry women return home the day after the march to lead us toward a women-led hybrid movement-party in every state that is disciplined enough to govern, militantly local and single-mindedly devoted to actualizing a force capable of seizing control of city councils and mayorships during midterm elections across America in preparation for an electoral coup against the presidency in 2020.” — Micah White, Without a path from protest to power, the Women’s March will end up like Occupy
So, if I want to be the change in the world I wish to see, I have to see myself more clearly, wipe the entitlement from my rose colored glasses. A glass ceiling won’t shatter if my vibrations are silent.
This triumvirate of ladies is notable in Japan, where women are expected to be the ones running homes and not businesses or the country. But biases persist. For the opposition party leader, her bra size was listed on her Wikipedia page. For the Tokyo mayor, the amount of makeup she wore was a campaign criticism.
Okay so among many other aspects of Moana, I just really appreciate and love the fact that Moana, a 16-year old girl, is voiced by Auli’i Cravalho, a 16-year old girl. So many “Disney Princess” characters are voiced by women who are much older than the character herself, and Auli’i’s performance in Moana has so much authenticity in it from the mere fact that SHE IS 16 YEARS OLD AND SHE SOUNDS LIKE SHE’S 16 YEARS OLD. I LOVE IT.
It’s understandable that the world didn’t much care about Gamergate. The 2014 hashtag campaign, ostensibly founded to protest about perceived ethical failures in games journalism, clearly thrived on hate – even though many of those who aligned themselves with the movement either denied there was a problem with harassment, or wrote it off as an unfortunate side effect. Sure, women, minorities and progressive voices within the industry were suddenly living in fear. Sure, those who spoke out in their defence were quickly silenced through exhausting bursts of online abuse. But that wasn’t why people supported it, right? They were disenfranchised, felt ignored, and wanted to see a systematic change.
Is this all sounding rather familiar now? Does it remind you of something? If you’re just discovering the world of angry, anonymous online dudes masquerading as victims – hi, come in. Some of us have been here for a while.
The similarities between Gamergate and the far-right online movement, the “alt-right”, are huge, startling and in no way a coincidence. After all, the culture war that began in games now has a senior representative in The White House. As a founder member and former executive chair of Brietbart News, Steve Bannon had a hand in creating media monster Milo Yiannopoulos, who built his fame and Twitter following by supporting and cheerleading Gamergate. This hashtag was the canary in the coalmine, and we ignored it.
Gillian Anderson - her continued fight to end sex trafficking and human slavery across the world was the inspiration behind The Subject Woman Project and my desire to learn as much as I can to help in that endevour. It’s in our backyards, and there is so much that still needs to be done.
Hillary Clinton - She deserved better, but her legacy continues in us and our renewed desire to resist and fight back against the injustice that we see. We won’t stop fighting because we KNOW it’s worth it.
Women’s March Marchers - I was there. I marched. I will continue to march, and our voices will be heard.
I love Solange. I love what she brings to music, I love how she honors the history of rock, funk and R&B. She brings like all context ever to her performances, she’s got some Jame’s Brown, she’s got some Parliament, some Tina, some Sharon Jones (who’s dragging all of that with her too), and she’s got her own clearly defined style that is completely independent of her sister while being in conversation with her, they are definitely sitting at the same table. I love love love love what each of them are bringing to music today. Yes they are the voices of black women, and they are voices of women covering topics that we can all (women) relate to. They are today’s voices of feminism.
Any woman who doesn’t call herself a feminist is confused about what the word means. A feminist is for the cause of liberating women all over the world. And a woman who says she’s not a feminist is only saying that because she thinks it’s unappealing to men.
But any man worth his salt loves a feminist. Only men who are afraid of the feminine in themselves are afraid of women
Born on unceded Sto:lo First Nations territory, Jasmin Kaur is a writer, graphic designer and spoken word artist. Her writing, which explores otherness, decolonization and the beauty of resistance, acts as a means of healing and reclaiming identity. As a youth facilitator, Jasmin has been leading writing and personal development workshops for young people since 2013. Aside from community organizing, Jasmin is working towards becoming a middle school teacher. You can find her on Instagram at @jusmun.