Lessons From Beyonce and Nicki Minaj’s Feminist Friendship

“Through her friendship with Nicki Minaj, it’s clear that when Beyoncé breaks through doors, she doesn’t close them behind her, but instead opens them for others to succeed. Beyoncé supports and encourages Nicki, and Nicki has been vocal about the influence Mrs. Carter has had on her, both personally and professionally”

Read the list in full HERE

‘Girl Gone Wild’ – The Rust Of The Lone She-Wolf

” It lasts only a moment, but that first shot contains everything you need to know about why Wild is so important. It’s a story of a woman who hikes the Pacific Crest Trail for 94 days in the wake of her mother’s death, but more than that, it’s a story of a woman who is no longer anything to anybody. We’re so used to seeing women entangled with other people (with parents, with men, with children, in neurotic friendships with other women), that it’s surprising, almost shocking, to see a woman who is gloriously, intentionally, radically alone.”

Can’t wait to see this! Check out the full piece in TIME, HERE

Update From Today’s ‘Safe Space Now’ Action; 5 Women Arrested

This is happening RIGHT NOW in Toronto. OCAP is working tirelessly for the basic human rights of shelter and safety for some of the most marginalized groups of the homeless population – Women and trans folk in our city. WE ARE LITERALLY DYING! It is long past time for the city of Toronto to live up to it’s promises

“Indeed, earlier this year, OCAP and its allies pressed the City to open a
24 hour safe space drop-in. After a campaign of community mobilization, the
City relented and acknowledged the obvious need that such a space would
meet, promising that a women and trans folk’s space would open before the
start of the winter. But after endless committee meetings and other
stalling tactics, it seems that the City has forgotten its promise. OCAP
staged an action today, November 25, which is also the UN Day for the
Elimination of Violence Against Women, to highlight the City’s lack of
movement on this crucial issue.”

Read the full update on OCAP’s website HERE

Social Experiment Reveals How People React When Domestic Violence Happens in Public

Only one person says or does ANYTHING. Not surprising. Still ever disturbing.

TW for the video for scenes of physical violence, verbal abuse and bistander inaction.

“Ydhage and the group say they spoke with most of the people who rode the elevator. “Most of them said they felt ashamed of themselves for not reacting and said they were glad it was an experiment,” he told The Independent. “Some people claimed they were going to call the police, but we think that that is lie. We filmed it over two days and the police never showed up once.” ”

The video and full story can be found HERE

The Myth of Skinny-Shaming

This article talks about Nicki Minaj and Anaconda specifically, and does a good job of articulating a feeling that I’ve been having about this song, and others, as well as different forms of expression I’ve seen circulating in the name of body positivity.
“To be clear, by no means am I approving of or endorsing skinny-prejudice; insulting someone for their body-type—regardless of privileged status—is unproductive and hurtful. What I am saying is that comments like “fuck you if you skinny bitch” have a context in which they must be considered.”

In the same way reverse racism or sexism is not a thing because of the systemic and institutionalized power behind the dominant group, skinny-shaming is NOT the same as fat-shaming because of the privileges afforded to those with thinner bodies, regardless of how or why those bodies look the way they do. To me, it just seems unnecessary to fight against oppression by trying to oppress the dominant group in the same way.

Thank you to Rachel Baker for this thoughtful piece, read it in full HERE

Our Bodies Are Of This Land; Decolonization and Indigenous Women’s Radical Self-Love

“I struggle everyday to love myself. I know we all do. But, when it gets are hard and the days happen where I can barely even look at myself, I remember that we exist because of the love of our ancestors. Our bodies are compromised of stories older than time, our blood and bones are of this land. Even if I have a day where I can’t see the beauty in myself, I still know that as imperfect as I am, I am here and supported by those who loved me into existence. Within this insurmountable accumulation of love, for land and people, I find enough left for me to begin to love myself again.”

HERE

On The Fixed State Ally Model vs. Process Model Ally Work

I feel that this piece by Melissa McEwan does a great job of articulating what I’ve been feeling in this regard for sometime. Often using ‘ally’ as part of one’s identity clouds your own ability to actually leverage your privilege productively and creates passivity in your work. The process model allows for a lot more accountability and real change.

“There are two ways that people with privilege tend to view ally work.

In the Fixed State Ally Model, the privileged person views hirself as an ally and claims the mantle for hirself. Zie may also acknowledge that zie is always learning and trying to do better, but states that zie is an ally to one or more marginalized populations.

In the Process Model, the privileged person views hirself as someone engaged in ally work, but does not identify as an ally, rather viewing ally work as an ongoing process. Zie views being an ally as a fluid state, externally defined by individual members of the one or more marginalized populations on behalf zie leverages hir privilege.

For various reasons, embracing the Fixed State Ally Model is actually antithetical to effective ally work.”

Full piece and listing HERE

Guante: Action

Spoken Word piece on rape culture and men’s responsibility, phenomenal. Imagine the difference these conversations could make? So powerful
..”you tell me that she never said no, that you’re sorry, that you’re not a bad guy…
Rape culture is silence, is being able to see the future and not doing anything about it, it is believing the fairy tale platitude that there are good people and bad people and that as long as you’re not one of the bad people your job is done, your conscience is clear, it is all of us swimming through the same polluted waters of beer commercials, policing masculinity, and stand up comedians making rape jokes to sound edgy, and media talking heads blaming the victim and music portraying women as disposable sex objects, it is language encouraging us to think of sex as violence, FUCK, HIT, BANG, SMASH, it is telling our daughters to dress sensibly and not walk alone at night and telling our sons…it is a conversation that never happened.”