Listen Girlfriends!

23 Aug 2014

Q: I read that you consider yourself a “male feminist,” and you credit your parents who are educators and really taught you about the history of feminism. But nowadays, you have a lot of young stars coming out against being labeled a feminist.” A: “Coming out against the label? Wow. I guess I’m not aware of that. What that means to me is that you don’t let your gender define who you are—you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever. However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique. That, to me, is what “feminism” means. So yes, I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. And if you look at history, women are an oppressed category of people. There’s a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice, and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole. I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole.” Joseph Gordon-Levitt  Full interview: http://thehairpin.com/2014/08/our-boyfriend-joseph-gordon-levitt-on-feminism

Q: I read that you consider yourself a “male feminist,” and you credit your parents who are educators and really taught you about the history of feminism. But nowadays, you have a lot of young stars coming out against being labeled a feminist.”

A: “Coming out against the label? Wow. I guess I’m not aware of that. What that means to me is that you don’t let your gender define who you are—you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever. However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique. That, to me, is what “feminism” means. So yes, I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. And if you look at history, women are an oppressed category of people. There’s a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice, and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole. I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole.” Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Full interview: http://thehairpin.com/2014/08/our-boyfriend-joseph-gordon-levitt-on-feminism

23 Aug 2014

Shout out to 16 year old Egyptian teen scientist Azza Abdel Hamid Faled! She’s discovered a new catalyst that will turn plastic waste into $78 million of biofuel annually!!  Article: http://tinyurl.com/ccw2yqc

Shout out to 16 year old Egyptian teen scientist Azza Abdel Hamid Faled! She’s discovered a new catalyst that will turn plastic waste into $78 million of biofuel annually!!

Article: http://tinyurl.com/ccw2yqc

23 Aug 2014

Thanks to Mo’Ne Davis, “throwing like a girl” is a GOOD thing!
Why Mo’Ne Davis’ Play Matters to Girls: http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/11367099/why-mone-davis-play-matters-girls

Thanks to Mo’Ne Davis, “throwing like a girl” is a GOOD thing!

Why Mo’Ne Davis’ Play Matters to Girls: http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/11367099/why-mone-davis-play-matters-girls

23 Aug 2014

Since we’re on the topic of Ferguson, thought I would bring up this media  image from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Black looters vs. White ‘Finders.’

Since we’re on the topic of Ferguson, thought I would bring up this media  image from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Black looters vs. White ‘Finders.’

23 Aug 2014

“"I have yet to hear anything about Ferguson from Miley or Bieber. Katy? Iggy? Everyone wants to be black until it’s time to be black." -twitter user R.I.P Mike Brown”
— Black culture is popular, black people are not :(

13 Aug 2014

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown

Every once in a while, social media shows why it can be a uniquely positioned platform for effective social and political commentary (and not just a repository of selfies and angsty teen nonsense).

Police shot and killed unarmed teenager ‪#‎MikeBrown‬ this weekend. The story got little national media attention until today, when the anger, despair, and frustration of Brown’s community erupted into a riot. Mainstream media has finally picked up the story, being highly critical of the community’s response (though minimizing the fact that violence broke out after police showed up in SWAT gear with dogs to peaceful candlelight vigil).

Adding insult to injury, mainstream media have largely used images of #MikeBrown that portray the young man in the most stereotypically “thuggish” way possible, though they have access to a number of more neutral images. This questionable media framing has captured the attention of frustrated social media users, and they are speaking out.

A rapidly growing number of Twitter and Instagram users are posting pairs of images with the hashtag ‪#‎IfTheyGunnedMeDown‬. Social media users are asking, “If they gunned me down, which picture would they use?” No matter what your opinion of the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Brown, this is a really interesting look at how strongly media framing can shape public perceptions of reality.”

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13 Aug 2014

Misee Harris reveals the racism of Target’s “Our Generation Dolls.”

10 Aug 2014

-Anonymous

-Anonymous

9 Aug 2014

A Palestinian girl searches for her books after her school has been bombed. I am just so inspired by how badly girls demand for an education, despite the men around them who are waging wars that make it almost impossible to do so.

A Palestinian girl searches for her books after her school has been bombed. I am just so inspired by how badly girls demand for an education, despite the men around them who are waging wars that make it almost impossible to do so.

9 Aug 2014

Sigh. Brilliant for boys, Beautiful for Girls….
http://bit.ly/UaZ8JX

Sigh. Brilliant for boys, Beautiful for Girls….

http://bit.ly/UaZ8JX