This started out in familiar territory, but after minute 2:00, my eyebrows just went up and up.
Meet Gerda Lerner, one of the founders of the field of women’s history. Think she’s got some things to say about women’s history then? Um, yes. She’s *actually* got some things to yell.
Listening to her say “Excuse me?” with such rage and knowledge made me smile. I love how she’s just having none of it!
1. This is the “Excuse me?” part. And I love it. Look at her face! She’s so mad. I am comforted that she is so mad.
2. I did not know women’s suffrage lasted 72 years! A women’s history fact from one of the founders OF women’s history.
3. *boggle* 113 years. Also, I’m now seeing child labor as a women’s history thing, and it makes so much sense. Why did I never think of it that way?!?!
4. A moment of encouragement from Ms. Lerner.
5. Rule #1: Nobody gave us anything. The idea that the movement for women’s rights (or any movement!) *always* faces constant resistance was strangely comforting.
People from where I’m from would call Gerda Lerner a *firecracker.* Highest compliment.
This is a video of feminist Gerda Lerner, the best feminist grandma ever who was also one of the founders of the field of women’s history, interviewed by Elizabeth Debold. Lerner died in 2013. I’m so glad this interview happened.
World, meet Taylor Swift, feminist. If you’re not already her fan, you will be. I know I am!
And this moment is such a great example of Celebrity Role Modeling 101, it makes me glad that so many young people are her fan, too.
She is taking us all to school. Let’s try to get an A.
Lesson #1: Even 12-year-olds *could be feminist.*
Time travel as a way to begin the process of defining a word that people have problems defining (mostly because they haven’t learned how to define it)! Are you confused? Keep reading. Taylor’s got ya.
Lesson #2: Feminism is something to be proud of.
Lesson #3: Many girls don’t *get* feminism, so they don’t say they are one.
Feminism is not exclusively angry and disgruntled picket riots of complaints.
Lesson 4: Once you get feminism, it sounds pretty rad. Believing in rights and opportunities for EVERYONE! Ladies, dudes, and everyone? I’m in.
*”The More You Know” rainbow star shoots across my screen.*
Lesson 5: Being a feminist frees you from that feeling you should judge other women based on how they express their sexuality.
Spit out the haterade! Feminism makes it taste really bad!
Lesson 6: Feminism is about cheering on others and clearing the way for *everyone* to live life on their terms.
This is a great GIF-ed segment of Taylor’s appearance on the Canadian talk show “Tout le monde en parle,” which means “Everybody’s talking.”
This made my jaw drop. It’s just the billionth reason not to buy bottled water. (I’ll never abandon you, Klean Kanteen!)
Used with permission from Mother Jones. Follow ’em on Facebook for a nonstop party of jaw-dropping information and legit reporting, if you’re into that kind of thing. If you’ve been meaning to figure out that whole reusable bottle thing for a while, here are a few links I found on the Internet that could help you pick one! Compare at Care2, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping.
Ai Weiwei is an artist important enough today that even I’ve heard of him. But the Chinese government detained him for almost three months and then kept his passport — maybe he’s criticized them one time too many? Since that’s what great artists should be free to do, people around the world are mourning his stolen freedom by taking pictures of the places he can’t be.
The “Ai Can’t Be Here” project website is the creation of “zhao from Singapore,” who gave us permission to share these images. Check out even more pictures on Instagram, too. Even though the artist himself is imprisoned in his country, his art is traveling far. His project about his detainment in 2011 is powerful and chilling. A new exhibit on Alcatraz (yep, the prison island) about political prisoners promises to be the same. Ai Wei Wei’s video was made by Artnet.
Sometimes, I go out for a walk to get some fresh air, to buy groceries, or just because I feel like it. Sometimes, when I’m walking back home, my walk becomes something else entirely. It kind of becomes a battlefield.
That’s why I love this video. I can’t think of a more poetic way to describe an experience that I’ve been through, that nearly every woman in the world goes through. If you’re still not sure that this happens too much, please listen to the women in the video give us their names and speak out.
And that camera angle that first shows up at 0:40? Perfect. When you get there, make sure you remember to actually step into their shoes.
Video via YouTube user Inkwell MV and originally written, directed, and edited by Nuala Cabral, a very rad filmmaker/activist who I follow on Twitter, so that’s a good sign you should probably be following her, too.
The term “privilege” is loaded for some people. I get it — it can cause feelings of guilt over something that isn’t a favor you asked for. But what I LOVE about this series of posters from the University of San Francisco is showing that what’s necessary isn’t guilt, but simply awareness. We didn’t make the world this way, but we don’t have to sit back and just be passive beneficiaries of inherent inequities, either. Just by being aware, you can start to make the world a tiny bit more just. Here are six types of privilege to be aware of and a little primer on what that means.
First, let’s all agree that feelings of guilt aren’t productive.
When we get to the root of the privilege concept, here’s what it is.
There’s the privilege of never having to think twice about doing something requiring unfettered physical mobility.
(Lone Mountain is a USF building atop a large hill with lots and lots of stairs.)
There are the built-in perks of being part of a religious cultural norm.
If you’re pretty sure that you’ll get a chance to explain yourself to an officer and clear up any misunderstanding, you probably have white male privilege (remember, no guilt — we’re just discussing concepts here).
Feeling like you were born in the right body comes with some benefits that others don’t get to enjoy.
If your honey smooches you before putting you in a cab and you get to ride home basking in good feelings instead of feeling frustrated at dirty looks people gave you:
If you worried about how high your SAT score would be — as opposed to whether you should even take it because college seemed like it’s for other people:
Here is what Dr. Walker of the University of San Francisco wants you to know about talking about “privilege.”
Some people view discussions around privilege as a bad thing. As if discussing privilege oppresses people or is an attempt to call people out as racist, homophobic, misogynistic, etc. However, that is not the case. Discussions around privilege provide us with a platform to discuss the ways in which society has structurally favored certain groups of people over others and the ways in which we can use the privileges we have to advocate for those who may not be supported by structural systems (i.e., education system, judicial system, health care system). What we often see is that discussions around privilege are met with resistance because people have not had opportunities to discuss their identities and the ways in which they can use their identities to engage in social justice activities or advocate for others.