When it comes to Christmas, I love all of the traditions that come along with the holiday. It’s a little ridiculous, actually. For instance, after I was so upset last year that my mother had decorated the tree before I got home from England, this year she left the tree undecorated until after I got home on the 17th (waaaay later than the tree’s ever been left undecorated!) so I could do it. Just this morning I finished going through all of our old ornaments, each one with a name and date painstakingly written on the back in Sharpie, commemorating the person who gave it to us and the year that they did.
One of my favorite ornaments on our tree. Yes, it is a sequined brontosaurus.
I also love Christmas music. LOVE. In fact, my mom has me curate the Christmas playlist every year because I’m guaranteed to find versions of Christmas classics as done by her favorite bands. Killers? Got ‘em. Death Cab? Of course.
But as I listened to my playlist this year, I was struck by how few female artists I have on it. So I decided to put together a list of my favorite Christmas songs by female artists to remind myself of all the great woman-fronted Christmas music there is out there! (Obviously I did not include “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” since we already know how I feel about that one…).
So here we go – my top twelve Christmas songs by women! (Click the title for each to go to the song on YouTube).
Hey kids! I was going to make this week’s round-up another super-fun gift-focused one, but I didn’t have enough links saved. So instead, you’re getting one with lots of disheartening information about sex in America! Yay!
I will have to look up where the phrase “the birds and the bees” came from…
I’m a big proponent of comprehensive, accurate education around sex, sexual health, and relationships. So obviously I’m concerned with:
The eight most absurd lessons Americans teach kids about sex.
Seventeen lies we need to stop teaching girls about sex.
Just in case you’re wondering how that kind of information can affect our treatment of girls and women, here are nine female book characters punished for having sex.
And lest you think that that kind of punishment only happens in fiction, here are five ways our society unfairly punishes women for their sexuality.
And… it’s December! Time to start thinking about your holiday shopping, if you haven’t already. Here to help is today’s listicle round-up!
Thanks, stock photography!
Happy Black Friday to all my American readers! In light of the events in Ferguson this week, I’ve focused this week’s links round-up on activism surrounding Ferguson and Black Friday.
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Another week, another listicle round-up that doesn’t fall on a Friday. Sigh.
Happy Thanksgiving, all!
This week’s round-up features some things I was thinking bout with Thanksgiving coming up (for my American readers, at least). While I personally love family holiday get-togethers, they can be really stressful in a lot of ways, especially with older relatives grilling you about your life choices and plans for the future (or, in many of our cases, feminism).
So these first two links are about confidence and overcoming insecurities.
1. These quotes from celebs on overcoming insecurities remind us that even the most beautiful and successful people have a hard time with confidence.
2. Here are eight handy tips for overcoming imposter syndrome.
Thanksgiving can also be a time when you see friends you haven’t seen in a long time, as everyone is home for the holidays. This can also be both fun and stressful.
3. Here are four myths about female friendships.
4. And as stressful as it can be, female friendship can be so powerful that people are often scared of it. (I mean, think of the ways that the media tries to fuel “feuds” between successful female actors, musicians, and authors).
5. Finally, whether you’re the teen being grilled about feminism by relatives or you have a teen relative that you think could benefit from it, here are four reasons that teens should be exposed to feminism.
Have a great week!
Today’s listicle round-up is centered around girls; I’m working on a post about working with toddlers, so today’s round-up is following that theme.