This week, the internet exploded with stories, videos and graphics all about empowering and inspiring women and girls to reach for thier dreams.
From toys designed to encourage girls to consider STEM careers to incredible stories of young girls who are currently pursuing STEM careers, you can't help but be inspired.
Feministing took an interesting spin on a recent UN Women ad campaign; an unusual take on speaking out against sexual violence and the launch of a magazine that is highlighting real, un-retouched women!
Last week, I stuck a highly subversive poster on the bulletin board over my desk.
At first glance, you might think the poster is a joke. It includes three photos of a man wearing a lovely blue dress and carrying a handbag (Lady Dior, as it turns out). In the centre photo, he stands tall and deadpan, facing the camera head-on as though daring us to laugh. In the others, his stringy blond hair swings as he skips and leaps with abandon.
The man is Iggy Pop, former front-man for a band called the Stooges. At 66, Iggy is considered the grandfather of punk. He still performs—in fact, I saw him a while ago on the Colbert Report. He burst onto the stage wearing jeans and a fluorescent yellow construction vest, which he tore off halfway through the first verse. The audience went crazy for his lean naked torso, the way he twisted and jerked, his raspy voice, his I’ve-done-way-too-much-partying face, and his characteristically rude lyrics. The chorus got stuck in my head for hours afterwards: “I got a job and it don't pay shit/ I got a job and I'm sick of it.”
In yet more examples of victim blaming, a company makes Anti-Rape Underwear and India’s head of intelligence makes the comment that “If You Can’t Prevent Rape, You Enjoy It”.
See for yourself how google searches can be sexist and youth use new words like THOT (can you guess what it means?) to describe women.
A catholic academy tells young women “don’t wait for a prince” while DC and Marvel Comics announce two new women superheroes.
Every day, our daughters are bombarded with lies.
They see these lies everywhere; they are never free of them. They see them on billboards, in TV ads, in movies, in magazines, in video games, and online. Especially online.
Every day, our daughters are presented with one acceptable definition of female beauty: white, tall, thin, large breasts.