8 Female Israeli Soldiers Who Shattered Barriers in 2013: link.

8 Female Israeli Soldiers Who Shattered Barriers in 2013: link.

If you don’t know about The Li.st and their founders, Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol yet, then a) you haven’t been reading my blog!; and b) this interview is a good place to start.

They are the founders of TheLi.st, a membership network made up of “accomplished, connected, badass women committed to pulling each other up and pushing each other out.” Their main goal? To create opportunities for women across all industries to be more connected with one another through their membership network, newsletters, and events.”

YAY for the day that your bestie’s work is blowing up your feminist news feeds! Yay, yay, indeed.
My one and only Paula Kweskin has been working as a Producer on her first documentary, Honor Diaries. The film is an incredibly powerful statement on a particular type of misogyny and abuse of women - abuse in the name of “honor.”
"It’s very difficult to explain it to Western societies," says women’s rights activist and Producer Ayaan Hirsi Ali, about honor-related violence and abuse. And it is.
But Paula and the 7 female activists who tell this story do it well. They show what honor can mean, and how it can be a tool for oppression, control, suppression and a defense for practices like FGM (female genital mutilation), forced child marriages, stoning, enforced dress codes, and acid burning.
Watch the trailer, find a screening, and read this amazing interview of Paula from robertebert.com - http://www.rogerebert.com/balder-and-dash/writer-and-producer-paula-kweskin-discusses-the-documentary-honor-diaries
GET IT, PK!!! YAY for the day that your bestie’s work is blowing up your feminist news feeds! Yay, yay, indeed.
My one and only Paula Kweskin has been working as a Producer on her first documentary, Honor Diaries. The film is an incredibly powerful statement on a particular type of misogyny and abuse of women - abuse in the name of “honor.”
"It’s very difficult to explain it to Western societies," says women’s rights activist and Producer Ayaan Hirsi Ali, about honor-related violence and abuse. And it is.
But Paula and the 7 female activists who tell this story do it well. They show what honor can mean, and how it can be a tool for oppression, control, suppression and a defense for practices like FGM (female genital mutilation), forced child marriages, stoning, enforced dress codes, and acid burning.
Watch the trailer, find a screening, and read this amazing interview of Paula from robertebert.com - http://www.rogerebert.com/balder-and-dash/writer-and-producer-paula-kweskin-discusses-the-documentary-honor-diaries
GET IT, PK!!!

YAY for the day that your bestie’s work is blowing up your feminist news feeds! Yay, yay, indeed.

My one and only Paula Kweskin has been working as a Producer on her first documentary, Honor Diaries. The film is an incredibly powerful statement on a particular type of misogyny and abuse of women - abuse in the name of “honor.”

"It’s very difficult to explain it to Western societies," says women’s rights activist and Producer Ayaan Hirsi Ali, about honor-related violence and abuse. And it is.

But Paula and the 7 female activists who tell this story do it well. They show what honor can mean, and how it can be a tool for oppression, control, suppression and a defense for practices like FGM (female genital mutilation), forced child marriages, stoning, enforced dress codes, and acid burning.

Watch the trailer, find a screening, and read this amazing interview of Paula from robertebert.com - http://www.rogerebert.com/balder-and-dash/writer-and-producer-paula-kweskin-discusses-the-documentary-honor-diaries

GET IT, PK!!!

Four baronets have succeeded in adding an amendment to a Bill making its way through the House of Lords that would let them pass their titles to their daughters.

Its wording has been amended to include baronets and, despite initial Tory opposition, the Equality Titles Bill is gathering momentum and support in the Lords and the Commons, according to its supporters.”

Another of the four to have joined the campaign is Lord Monson. His son, Alexander, died in police custody in Kenya last year and his heir is his younger brother, Andrew Monson.

But he wants his 27-year-old daughter, Isabella, to succeed to the family title. He said: “It is, in fact, really straightforward — there is only one issue here which is the issue of gender equality, no other issues should really be taken into account.”

Nice! Go England, and “Yesss!” to the four baronets spearheading the change. This is how progress becomes institutionalized.

Get it, Baronetesses.

Ugh. I don’t think I’ll be able to buy Lululemon after watching this :( MHP calls out Chip Wilson, Lulu Founder, for comments about how women whose thighs touch will cause pilling on their pants, and that it’s not something they can fix by making better pants. He’s an Ayn Rand supporter, and has said that breast cancer can be caused by women working outside the home and taking birth control pills. 

Why, Chip, do you have to be so callous and unenlightened? It’s not good business, and it’s not in the spirit of yoga. Your products are good, but not worth the financial, and, now I see, social costs. #NotBuyingIt

Women aren’t micro—so why do they only get micro-loans? Reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues that women running all types of firms— from home businesses to major factories— are the overlooked key to economic development. 

We can’t be a special interest group, and half of the population, Gayle says. A TEDx talk and ideas well-worth the watch.

takealookatyourlife:

Men Need Clothes; Women Need to Look Sexy: Dr Lisa Wade

"Women are presented too often not as consumers of the product, but part of the product – a sexy body sexily getting ready to surf, or a sexy body sexily wearing American Apparel. We’re used to seeing women look sexy and undressed in ads, while men in ads tend to just wear the clothes properly while also looking handsome in the face area." Caitlin Welsh

(via feministsorgnow)

Too frumpy, too pretty (see, e.g., Wendy Davis and Marissa Mayer) - we can’t win this one. Amanda Marcotte on the way femaleness is a job, and how others are not so good at defining what that role looks like now.

Obvi I say, let’s dress however we’d like and wait for these confused critics to catch up.

This is probably just a problem that will work itself out over time, as people endure having to accept that one can both be female and be a person who has an important job unrelated to sexual functions. Until then, however, there will continue to be a strange fascination with the way powerful women look, as if succeeding or failing to clean up a certain way was their job.

An awesome article by an awesome father who is “tired of being told that he should point guns at his daughter’s boyfriends.” It’s such an important, fantastic point that can change fundamentally how a young girl views herself, her body, her sexuality, her position in the world, and the relationships she’ll enter into.

"Because consensual sex isn’t something that men take from you; it’s something you give. It doesn’t lessen you to give someone else pleasure. It doesn’t degrade you to have some of your own. And anyone who implies otherwise is a man who probably thinks very poorly of women underneath the surface."

 

via janetmock:
Janelle Monáe- ‘My Message Is To Rebel Against Sexism’

via janetmock:
Janelle Monáe- ‘My Message Is To Rebel Against Sexism’

via janetmock:
Janelle Monáe- ‘My Message Is To Rebel Against Sexism’

via janetmock:
Janelle Monáe- ‘My Message Is To Rebel Against Sexism’

via janetmock:
Janelle Monáe- ‘My Message Is To Rebel Against Sexism’

via janetmock:
Janelle Monáe- ‘My Message Is To Rebel Against Sexism’

ifuwerentafraid:

leanin:

On this day in 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. She completed the swim in 14 hours and 39 minutes. When Ederle returned home, she was greeted with a ticker-tape parade in New York City that was attended by more than 2 million people. 

File under: Fearless women.

Of course she did.

“And perhaps the sexes are more akin than people think, and the great renewal of the world will perhaps consist in one phenomenon: that man and woman, freed from all mistaken feelings and aversions, will seek each other not as opposites but as brother and sister, as neighbors, and will unite as human beings, in order to bear in common, simply, earnestly, and patiently, the heavy sex that has been laid upon them.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

Letters to a Young Poet