All posts tagged: badass women

Support Feminist Frequency’s Ordinary Women

Have you seen the crowdfunding campaign for Ordinary Women: Daring to Defy History? It’s a new video series by Feminist Frequency “about challenging stereotypes, smashing the status quo, and being defiant.” And I really, really hope it gets funded. We’re overdue for telling history in a way that truly and completely includes women, beyond their roles on the sideline. (Speaking of history, I really hope the National Women’s History Museum becomes a reality soon, too.) Check Ordinary Women and donate!

Reminders & Tips for Life

One of the absolute best parts of being an adult for me has been knowing myself so well, fully accepting who I am, and being happy about it. It’s awesome. There’s no reason to worry about what someone else is thinking about me and I’ve got zero hours to dedicate to not doing exactly what I want to be doing. This has gotten even easier in my thirties. So, here’s my quick & simple advice for living a great life, being cool with who you are, and finding your slice of happiness: First, stop thinking and saying negative things about yourself. Guilty pleasures? You don’t have any! There’s no reason to have guilt over watching a long-running TV drama or reading regency romance or whatever you prefer. You like what you like & that’s awesome. (Hi, I still watch Grey’s Anatomy. Also, I’ve read dozens of romance novels this year and they’re fantastic.) Also, basically always do this: And say what you want: Bitch? Please, like you care if some jerk calls you that. Pfft. Never be silenced. And …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I never watched any of Star Wars as a kid, so I’m minimally invested in the movies, the overarching storylines, and the whole universe in general. (Honestly, I’m more of a Star Trek person, which probably isn’t surprising if you know about me & politics. We’re BFFs. I also really love Firefly and Battlestar Galactica) Still, I love big giant space-y action movies, so I knew I’d see The Force Awakens in the theater for sure. And WOW. Totally loved it. Because: It’s entertaining, from start to finish! And big, epic action movies miss that sometimes these days by adding about 45-minutes too much at the end for one giant fight scene that makes me zone out. There are entire scenes featuring a tough and caring woman, a heroic black man, (plus a cute droid) and that’s it? YES. And when Rey fires up that lightsaber for the first time? 😭🙌❤️ HERE FOR IT. This matters. I’m so happy for little girls and would’ve loved to see that when I was a little girl myself. I’m hearing …

Happy 240th Birthday, Jane Austen!

If anyone could’ve lived to be 240 years old, I’d love for it to have been Jane Austen. Imagine the witty, sharp-tongued observations on present day she’d craft for us! In honor of her birthday and her brilliance, let’s take a moment to recall this defense of novels, which are so often disparaged and read by women in considerable numbers: “I am no novel-reader — I seldom look into novels — Do not imagine that I often read novels — It is really very well for a novel.” Such is the common cant. “And what are you reading, Miss —?” “Oh! It is only a novel!” replies the young lady, while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. “It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda”; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen …