3 Awesomely Feminist Things for Yesterday

by - Monday, September 22, 2014

1. Gabrielle Union on the Latest Hacking Horribleness- I cannot imagine going through what all these women keep facing, and I feel disgusted there is such a market for it (if you believe in privacy, don't look. that simple), but I thought Gabrielle Union addressed it brilliantly:

"[I]t has come to our attention that our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband and myself, have been leaked by some vultures."
"I can't help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide."
"For anyone out there also being affected by these and other hacking and hate crimes - We send our love, support and prayers. We have done nothing wrong."
Don't let this become normalized. It continues to be outrageous and cruel. I am glad she addressed it in this way, and I hope other female celebrities feel empowered to stand up for their own dignity.

2. Emma Watson's speech at the UN (and how much press it got even in the first 12 hours)- Watching her address the crowd, it is clear she is pretty nervous (and rightfully so) but what she says is so powerful. She said, “Men — I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too.” Truth! Let's hear more:
"I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness unable to ask for help for fear it would make them look less “macho” — in fact in the U.K., suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20 to 24, eclipsing road accidents, cancer and coronary heart disease. I’ve seen men made fragile and insecure by a distorted sense of what constitutes male success. Men don’t have the benefits of equality either.
We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes, but I can see that they are — and that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence.
If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.
Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. … It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, not as two opposing sets of ideals. If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are — we can all be freer. And this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom."
Is Watson the first person to be making these points? No, but this is awesome to have said on a global platform where so many are paying attention. I am excited that this can become common knowledge, that these tired and sometimes ugly gender roles hurt everyone, and it doesn't matter whether you are a man or a woman, you should be supporting feminism (also, to push back against the creepers on the internet).

3. The awesome girls who handed off their homecoming queen crown- Have you read this story yet? A bunch of nasty senior girls convinced a less popular girl that she was on homecoming court when she wasn't. In response to this really awful incident, two of the girls who did make the court made a pact to give this girl their crown if they won, and one of them did. They did the whole thing in front of everyone, which I would have hated, but the whole thing is quite sweet.

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