Awkward Black Girl Season 2

We’re so excited to announce that Awkward Black Girl is coming back for a second season starting June 14th!

If you haven’t seen the show yet, the short episodes are all available to watch free at awkwardblackgirl.com. (You might want to watch them before you watch this trailer– there are spoilers!!).

We can’t wait!!

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Unpacking Straight Privilege

Nice post about heterosexual privilege! Please take some time to think about this.

Strong in the Broken Places

My friend Alex sent this list to me about the differences gay folk have to deal with on a daily basis. While you’re reading through this list, think about how these things would feel to a teen struggling to understand his or her alternative sexuality.

 

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack II – Sexual Orientation :

Daily effects of straight privilege
This is an opportunity to consider the automatic and often invisible tools, resources, conditions, experiences, and preference you enjoy based on identifying as straight or heterosexual. While reading, consider what it might be like if your journey did not include this invisible knapsack of necessities.

On a daily basis as a straight person…

  • I can be pretty sure that my roommate, hallmates and classmates will be comfortable with my sexual orientation.
  • If I pick up a magazine, watch TV, or play music, I can be certain my sexual orientation will be…

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Why Catcalls are NOT a “Compliment”

A few months ago we posted about a popular anti-street harassment blog post that went viral (you can read it here). Since then the topic hasn’t left our minds.

Street harassment doesn’t always have to be malicious to be harassment (as it was in Allison’s case). I was talking with a friend yesterday who was complaining about her neighborhood. She says she can’t walk down the street without being whistled at or sometimes even followed by men. Here in Denver I can vouch for a similar sentiment. Being a young female walking down the street I usually feel more like a piece of meat than a human being. The problem when I try to explain this to men, however, is the huge disconnect between their intention and how women perceive it.

The usual conversation goes something along the lines of “but I mean it as a compliment.” In their minds women are supposed to want to be noticed on the street on a day-to-day basis. It means they look good; who wouldn’t want a stranger telling them that? Well, actually… when I’m alone walking down the street (day or night) I feel threatened by strange men who shout at me even when it’s “nice” things!

What it boils down to, in my opinion, is the patriarchal notion that women constantly want to please men through their looks. The idea is communicated to men that women should enjoy their attention, including in the form of whistles or cat-calls. The experience for women, however, is vastly different. When a woman is walking down the street she generally going somewhere. Her journey has a purpose and that purpose is not men’s appreciation of her physical appearance. In other words, when I’m walking down the street I want to get to where I’m going without being reduced to my body parts by a stranger. I think this is what cat-callers don’t understand about why cat-calling is harassment: it’s dehumanizing. And that’s never a compliment.

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What do you think? Have you been cat-called on the street? If so, how did it make you feel?

Sponsor a Uterus

“Women today have a lot to think about. In fact, they’re faced with so many choices that it’s natural to assume that most of the decisions they make will be wrong.”

So begins this tongue-in-cheek video promoting Sponsor a Uterus, a (fake) organization that allows men to ‘sponsor’ a woman’s uterus for only $24 a month. Check out the full video below, then join us in lamenting the loss of control of our own bodies.

Trans Rights in Argentina

If you haven’t heard the good news yet, this just in: Argentinians now have the legal right to sex and gender reassignment.

Any Argentinian adult may easily change their gender identity and name on official documents without any questions asked. No physical changes are required for one to change his or her gender identity. (Anyone under the age of 18 must get permission from their parents.) Furthermore, both sex-change operations and hormone therapy will be covered by insurance plans at no additional charge. 

“There are many people in our country who also deserve the power to exist,” Senator Osvaldo Lopez said.

Argentina now stands as the most progressive country in the world in terms of gender identity issues, but many hope that other countries (such as our own) will not be too far behind. Most likely the issue of same-sex marriage will need to be resolved before legislators will be ready to move on to issues of trans rights. Argentina legalized gay marriage two years ago; currently only six states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage in the United States. 

Do you think other countries will follow Argentina’s example?

DIY Feminist Mirror

We are totally digging this new craft project– a “feminist” mirror.

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If you’ve already got a framed mirror you’re most of the way there! Just grab some paint, a stencil and some friends. Click here to view instructions.