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4 Days Until the Inauguration

Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Last year I compiled a few great MLK quotes, and I found that re-reading them today helped rile me up for the week ahead, the next four years, and beyond. The fact that this guy, of all people, is going to be our next president is still difficult for me to digest. I plan on spending the next few days thinking about what I can do in the future – what we can all do – to fight for a more just and compassionate community, country, and world. For the next week or so all of my posts will be related to the presidential inauguration and incoming administration. Tomorrow I’m sharing more about why this president and his cronies and fans scare me, followed by a resistance inspired reading list, online resources for getting involved and making a difference, and quotes from great activists and leaders that will hopefully empower you to stand in opposition to those who wish to oppress and control. This Friday I will be attending an anti-Inauguration rally, and …

Post-Election Feelings & Taking a Break

I guess I’ll start by saying that I’m absolutely devastated by the election results. I went to bed Tuesday night with a feeling that I’ve never experienced before and can’t fully capture in words. I’m simultaneously enraged, saddened, terrified, disappointed, and disillusioned. How could this happen? What now? I fear for the safety of my friends and family and good people across this country and the world. I am shocked to see just how many millions of U.S. citizens are comfortable electing a xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic man who’s endorsed by the KKK, brags about sexually assaulting women, wants to ban Muslims, and has promised to build a wall dividing the U.S. and Mexico. His rhetoric has stoked the pride of hateful white nationalists across the country, and make no mistake, we are significantly less safe because of him. I’m confused and scared, yet empowered. I refuse, along with so many others, to let hate win. I will continue to fight for a more just world, where everyone is welcomed and safe. Along with the fear …

LUNAFEST: Supporting Women in Film

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend LUNAFEST in Los Angeles, an evening celebrating films made by, for, and about women. The traveling short film festival, which was started by LUNA in 2000, has been championing women filmmakers for 16 years while also raising money for the Breast Cancer Fund. Last night’s screening, which included four short films by Lara Everly, Dr. Patricia Beckmann-Wells, Joey Ally, and Eva Vives, was exciting, invigorating, and super fun. Not only was each short exceptionally well made, but more impressively, they were all bursting with distinct and captivating authorial voices. Following the screening was a Q&A with the filmmakers, moderated by Janelle Riley of Variety. The center of attention for most of the Q&A was the status of women in film, focusing in particular on how each filmmaker has dealt with issues of inequality and what hopes they have for the future. While it was an honest night that could have ended on a bleak note, the commitment that these women have to telling stories that matter and building strong communities of women in the …

The Best of Broadly

Today I wanted to post some of my favorite videos from Broadly’s YouTube channel. Broadly is a feminist offshoot of Vice, and it’s great source for interesting and informative women-centric content. From an interview with a trans porn star, to a piece on how women will suffer if Britain leaves the European Union – Broadly’s features are as diverse as those who contribute to the site and utilize it. Although I’ve only selected six videos to link below, all of Broadly’s short documentaries are worth watching, so be sure to check out their channel!  Radical Life of The First Lady of New York   This Cult Nail Artist Has the World at Her Fingertips   The Land Where Women Rule: Inside China’s Last Matriarchy   Inside the Weird World of an Islamic ‘Feminist’ Cult   The Land of No Men: Inside Kenya’s Women-Only Village   Virginie Despentes on Killing Rapists

My Favorite Quotes from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists”

“The person more qualified to lead is not the physically stronger person. It is the more intelligent, the more knowledgeable, the more creative, more innovative. And there are no hormones for those attributes.” “Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. I am angry. We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change. But I am also hopeful, because I believe deeply in the ability of human beings to remake themselves for the better.” “What struck me – with her and with many other female American friends I have – is how invested they are in being ‘liked’. How they have been raised to believe that their being likeable is very important and that this ‘likeable’ trait is a specific thing. And that specific thing does not include showing anger or being aggressive or disagreeing too loudly.” “We spend too much time teaching girls to worry about what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case. We don’t teach boys to care about being likeable.” “Gender matters …

“Thelma & Louise” Turns 25

Thelma & Louise (dir. Ridley Scott) premiered on May 24th, 1991, making today the 25th anniversary of the film. At the time of its release it was noted as being a fantastically feminist movie, and it remains completely relevant to this day. Thelma & Louise is a celebration of friendship and sisterhood, which encompasses some of the complexities and complications of being a woman. In honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, below are just a few stills, complete with a shirtless Brad Pitt. 🙂 Enjoy! And if you have a story about your first time seeing Thelma & Louise, please share it in the comment section below!

Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day! Historically, women have been erased or excluded from countless professional arenas. This occurrence of exclusion and erasure is particularly true of the sciences, but is also evident in tech, politics, and the arts. Luckily, numerous publications (such as Women in the World and MAKERS) will be celebrating the successes of so many women in honor of International Women’s Day, and I’m excited to read about some of the amazing trailblazers who have made the world a more vibrant, interesting, and accepting place. In addition to celebrating these successes, it’s imperative to know the facts about global women’s issues. Please read and share these statistics on women’s health and safety worldwide, which were gathered from UN Women and Be sure to check out these sites to learn more about what they are doing in the fight for women’s equality. Approximately 35% of women worldwide have experience physical and/or sexual intimate partner crime or sexual violence committed by a non-partner. In some countries, up to 70% of women have experienced physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner. Women who experience physical or sexual abuse committed …

Watch the Inspiring Trailer for ‘He Named Me Malala’

Emotional films often bring tears to my eyes, but only the most touching previews are capable of doing so. The trailer for He Named Me Malala is one of those rarities. Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist fighting for education rights for girls and young women, is both a survivor of an assassination attempt and the and youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate. Like millions of people across the globe, I look up to her strength and courage immensely, and am in awe of all she has accomplished thus far. Please share the trailer for He Named Me Malala and be sure to see it when it hits theaters in October. And if you’re interested, visit the Malala Fund to find out how you can make a difference.

Suggested Reading: ‘The Makeup Tax’

My latest Suggested Reading is The Makeup Tax, by Olga Khazan of The Atlantic. Did you know that women who wear makeup tend to earn more and are treated better? Once you understand just how much time, effort, and money women put into their appearance, you realize that it’s a fact that affects women’s lives on a much larger scale than often discussed. The politics of femininity are complicated, and Khazan’s article brings many of the logical implications of the “necessity of beauty” to light. Whether you are a man or woman, wear makeup or not, it’s an article worth reading for all.

A Response to Michael Eisner’s Comment That Beautiful, Funny Women Are Hard to Come By

Earlier this week, during a conversation with Goldie Hawn at the Aspen Ideas Festival, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner shared a bit of his insight into Hollywood, stating: “From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman, by far. They usually—boy am I going to get in trouble, I know this goes online—but usually, unbelievably beautiful women, you being an exception, are not funny.” First off, Eisner is absolutely, positively, dead wrong. Not only is Hollywood full of beautiful, funny, smart, and talented women, but it seems that beauty is a fundamental requirement for any woman working in Hollywood today. So in saying that it’s difficult to find a beautiful, funny woman, Eisner is essentially saying that it’s tough to find a funny woman. And once again, he’s wrong, wrong, wrong. Eisner’s statement frustrates me on so many levels, but what I’m most upset about is the fact that men of power (and might I say, often unattractive men) find it within their authority to express their opinions about the faces and bodies of other women. And what’s equally as troubling is the fact …