Hi all! You may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything this week. It’s been a crazy busy one – I’m trying to find somewhere to live, so I’ve been emailing landlords like crazy and running around looking at rooms. On a more positive note, I’ve been offered (and accepted) three part-time jobs this week – when it rains, it pours! Or, really, passive-aggressively drizzles – this is England, after all. Add that to trying to plan for the holiday season (so far I’ve got three Thanksgiving dinners lined up) and my trip home to the US, and I’m mentally exhausted!
However, speaking of holidays, it’s only one week until one of my favorite holidays of the year – Halloween!
I’ve always loved getting dressed up for Halloween. One of the highlights of my high school career was the Halloween that my friends and I dressed up as characters from the Wizard of Oz (complete with lollipop kids and Toto!) and won the group costume award, beating out the senior girls who had dressed as the Spice Girls and performed a choreographed dance.
Can you guess which one I dressed up as?
But of course I’ve also noticed how Halloween costume choices for women have, over the years, become more limited and more sexualized, prompting a flurry of articles every October that range from thoughtful to slut-shaming. And don’t even get me started on cultural appropriation!
While I’m not going to actually contribute to that flurry, I will round up a bunch of links that will be super-helpful in helping you talk about gender binaries and sexualization in Halloween costumes, and also give you some great ideas for alternative, feminist costumes.
It’s been a crazy busy week here! Since returning from Munich, I’ve attended my very first high table, participated in a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, acted as a body double for my pole dance instructor in some intro sessions for interested freshers, and been interviewed for a job at the Bodleian Library.
Since October is LGBT history month, today’s listicles will focus on that theme!
1. Here are some nifty graphics on why LGBT history is important!
2. Check out The Advocate’s list of the 50 most influential LGBT people in media.
3. Intersectionality is important: here’s a list of 23 prominent black LGBT icons.
4. This one’s not a listicle, but find out which TV networks are the most LGBT-inclusive.
5. Also not a listicle, but this study comprehensively looks at LGBT YA literature from 2003-2013. Incredibly interesting and informative!
Bonus Link: If you’re interested in LGBT YA literature, I’ve just updated my feminist reading list and gift guide with some great resources on that topic!
Have a great weekend!
Okay, so among other things, today is “love your body” day.
I’ve written before about some of the activism I’ve done relating to body image, and I know from my experience running the women’s issues club in a high school that body image is a huge issue for many girls, and from some of my everyday interactions that it’s still a huge issue for many women.
(Click the image to go to one of the official “Love Your Body” Day websites)
It feels uncomfortable to say this after all of the work I’ve done on body image – I mean, I even have a t-shirt that says “I <3 my body” – but I don’t love my body.
Okay. Let’s talk about this week’s episode of Doctor Who, “Kill the Moon”.
This season has been slowly but surely restoring my faith in the series. We have a feisty and decidedly non-adorable Doctor, we’ve gotten some character development on Clara (which I personally find even more interesting since she’s a high school teacher and I can totally relate to making decisions through that lens), and we’ve even gotten some genuine creepiness.
We open with Clara telling the people of earth that “we have a terrible decision to make” – “An innocent life versus the future of all mankind”.
Now, personally I don’t think that’s a terribly difficult decision, but maybe that’s just me. I was a bit worried, from the way that Clara was looking at Courtney, that the “innocent life” that was at stake was Courtney’s herself; as a teacher, I understand how that would be a painful dilemma.
I thought that was a pretty standard setup, and I expected a pretty standard solution; the doctor would figure out a way for everybody to live, or the “innocent life” would sacrifice itself, or they would decide to sacrifice the “innocent life” and it would somehow end up not dying, or the “innocent life” would end up being not so innocent, and it wouldn’t be hard to decide to destroy it.
But oh, was I wrong.
Spoilers ahead. Also some stronger language than I tend to use. Also, rants. Lots of rants. Continue reading
Running a little late today – I’m in Munich! Soaking up the sun and beer, marveling at the way that people obey the “don’t walk” signs, and getting asked for directions so often that I’m realizing I must look more than 1/8 German!
Anyway, obviously a huuuuuuge congratulations to Malala Yousafzai for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
I didn’t write anything up for today’s day of action in the 11 Days of Action sponsored by the International Day of the Girl (check out my posts for Day 3, Day 7, and Day 8)- partly because I’m traveling, and partly because I don’t think I could come up with any better way to complete the sentence “#IamaGirl and I deserve…” than with “a Nobel Peace Prize”.
So we’ll start today’s round-up with Malala’s seven best moments. Continue reading
Today’s partner in the International Day of the Girl is the Girl Scouts of America! This is an organization that is near and dear to my heart, as I was a girl scout for ten years.
I am very surprised that Peanut Butter Patties are not higher on this list. Also, I don’t like Thin Mints. Never have. Probably never will.
It’s always bothered me that Girl Scouting doesn’t get the same kind of respect that Boy Scouting does. For instance, boys in high school who earn their Eagle Award are celebrated, while girls in high school who are still involved in scouting try to keep it a secret.
Today’s action in the International Day of the Girl‘s 11 Days of Action is brought to you by Plan International‘s Because I am a Girl campaign (so many links in one sentence!).
You can see my contribution to Day 3 of the campaign here. Yes, I skipped a few days.
Head over to Plan International’s site for the campaign to watch the “It’s a Girl Thing” video and to get involved in supporting girls’ rights to a quality education.
For today’s action, I’ve put together yet ANOTHER infographic (don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll get bored of them soon) featuring some sobering information about girls’ health and education worldwide. But the situation isn’t hopeless; the research shows that access to quality, consistent education can make a world of difference for girls!
The infographic appears below: click it in order to access the interactive version that lets you click on the images to see their sources. Alternatively, you can check out the links to the sources below the image on this page.
I’m really excited to be doing some (unofficial) blogging to support the International Day of the Girl! Every day in October leading up to the International Day of the Girl on October 11, the organization is highlighting a different way that girls can get involved in educating and empowering themselves and others.
I’m a little late to the game, but in honor of day three, which was Friday, I’ve made an infographic (because they’re really fun to make) that presents some of the information that was presented in conjunction with the Girls’ Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
I love hashtags. I really do. I love the way they let me connect with people on Twitter that I might not otherwise reach, the way they let me make snarky asides, and most of all, the way they provide a platform for activists to connect and organize both locally and globally.
So when, a few weeks ago, the #HeForShe hashtag began showing up in my Twitter feed, I was immediately curious.
Even before her speech at the UN, Emma Watson was all about empowering women and girls.
Unless you’ve been completely avoiding the internet, you know that Emma Watson gave a speech to the UN two weeks ago to launch the #HeForShe campaign, calling upon men to take up the flag of feminism and become active participants in a feminist movement. You can read a full transcript of her speech here.
At first, it seemed kinda cool. But as the speech went on, the more I found myself falling (as I do) into the role of feminist killjoy.
So here are some of my thoughts. Keep in mind, if you liked the speech, if you think the campaign is a great idea, I’m not criticizing you personally. And I still love Emma Watson (#sorrynotsorry). But I do think there are some pretty serious issues surrounding her speech that we need to consider.
This weekend marks my one-year anniversary blogging! In honor of this momentous event, I’ve made a nifty infographic about the most important person involved in this blog – YOU. Seriously, if it wasn’t for the fact that I know people read this and occasionally get something out of it, I wouldn’t do it.
It’s my first attempt at an infographic – be kind!
The full infographic is available after the “continue reading,” but you have to click it and view it on the external website for the full interactive experience. I don’t have embedding privileges!
Thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, thanks for caring about feminism, thanks for being a feminist.