feminism & equality

Letters of Note: One of the Doomed

I love Letters of Note, and this recent one is a new favorite. In March of 1812, “Almroth Wright wrote a lengthy, pompous letter to The Times in which he argued that women should not be allowed to vote, and in fact should be kept away from politics altogether, due to their supposed psychological and physiological deficiencies.”

“One of the Doomed” wrote in to reply a few days later:

After reading Sir Almroth Wright’s able and weighty exposition of women as he knows them the question seems no longer to be ‘Should women have votes?’ but ‘Ought women not to be abolished altogether?’…

We learn from him that in their youth they are unbalanced, that from time to time they suffer from unreasonableness and hypersensitiveness, and that their presence is distracting and irritating to men in their daily lives and pursuits.

Read the whole brilliant letter (or watch a video of it being read) here

And excuse me while I roll my eyes forever. Women have been “distracting” to men forever apparently, and always at fault for simply existing. 2016 means it’s past time for everyone to manage their own eyeballs and reactions though. Women: They’re everywhere. Get used to it.

feminism & equality, shopping

I love the Feminist Sticker Club.

Some favorite stickers from Feminist Sticker Club
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I joined the Feminist Sticker Club a while back and I’m loving the stickers that surprise me in the mail every few weeks. For $2.50/month, it’s fun & the stickers are great quality.

This month’s two stickers on equal pay are especially well-timed, since we hit the day of the year earlier this week that means women are essentially working for free for the remainder of the year due to the wage gap.

feminism & equality

Society & Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell

“If society will not admit woman’s free development, then society must be remodeled.” –Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell

She was the first woman in America to earn a medical degree (in 1849) and she’s also totally right.

feminism & equality, reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Books By and/or Featuring Feminists 101

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. There’s a new topic every week inviting everyone to share their lists.

This Week’s Topic: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught (?) 101 — And my 101 course would be: Books by and/or featuring feminists.

1. Persuasion by Jane Austen – I would teach this annotated version of Persuasion, because it’s perfect for anyone who thinks Austen wrote boring books and is missing the wit and brilliance built in to every page.

2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart – This book is feminist YA, plain and simple, and it’s my all-time favorite.

3. Any contemporary romance by Victoria Dahl – She writes romance for the modern woman in the modern world, and it’s brilliant. She’s great in her books and fun on Twitter too. In my course, everyone would choose one to read and we’d compare/contrast, and study them all.

4. Any historical romance by Sarah MacLean – Another romance writer I love through her books and her Twitter account. She writes smart, forward-thinking historical romance characters. Just like with the previous selection, everyone would choose one and we’d work through them all.

5. The Essential Feminist Reader by Estelle Freedman – An anthology featuring writing by Susan B. Anthony, Betty Friedan, Emma Goldman, Sojourner Truth, and more.

6. Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained by Maya Rodale – Romance novels are a billion dollar industry. We’d take a look at why, what kind of reputation they have an treatment they receive, and what it means when a book genre is largely read and written by women.

7. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf – This book changed me, plain and simple (I’ll write about it sometime), and I know it can change others too.

8. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit – An essay examining “what goes wrong in conversations between men and women,… about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works.”

9. What Will It Take to Make A Woman President? by Marianne Schnall – A non-fiction work featuring “interviews with politicians, public officials, thought leaders, writers, artists, and activists in an attempt to discover the obstacles that have held women back and what needs to change in order to elect a woman into the White House.”

10. All The Rage by Courtney Summers – This book looks at rape culture in YA fiction form and it’s brilliant.

I basically want to take this course now. Maybe I’ll teach it to myself. 😉

feminism & equality, politics

Senator Elizabeth Warren Stands with Planned Parenthood

Elizabeth Warren continues to be a badass who stands up for what she believes in and fights for Americans every day. She should be in charge of more things, like maybe the whole country.

Here’s a quick overview of the video in gifs:

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(Thanks for the gifs, Salon.)

feminism & equality, pop culture, quote

Rose Byrne and Sexism in Hollywood

The statistics are still so dreadful for women in film… it’s not just good ol’ fashioned misogyny that everyone’s quietly tolerated for years. It’s legitimate discrimination based on gender, which is illegal.

Q&A: Rose Byrne Speaks Out On Hollywood Sexism (‘It’s Discrimination’), Talks Drag Inspirations & Playing Gay (pridesource.com)

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YouTube Favorite: Healthcare Triage

Have you seen the Healthcare Triage channel on YouTube? It’s great! If there’s a healthcare issue you’re wondering about, there’s a good chance they’ve covered it (or will soon).