Five things I encountered today that were interesting, educational, beautiful, edifying or that I otherwise found to be…well, good. None of these are promotions and I do not receive any benefit from sharing them. I just like them.
I’m still struggling to find my footing this week, what with having to completely change up my habits to factor in the fact that I don’t have a car right now, the cost of getting said car fixed, some crazy work hours, and, oh yeah, apparently when I was working said crazy hours on Sunday my dog took a giant dump in my supervisor’s office which she found this morning. Guys, I’m not loving this week. I hope you are though! I’ll try to do better, myself. Starting with a very feminist Five Good Things.
1) Okay, this is a heavy one, but I think it’s important. Comedian and actor Margaret Cho is telling her stories of sexual abuse and encouraging others to share theirs through her #12DaysofRage hashtag and videos. It’s leading up to the release of her music video “I Wanna Kill My Rapist”. She’s getting some really ugly responses, but also a lot of great ones from women who never told their stories or felt like it they were allowed be furious at what was done to them. Her story, and all their stories, deserve our attention. Don’t judge, just listen.
2) Thrilled to see this list of 10 YA heroines for a post-Hermione world, even if most of them pre-date our favorite smarty pants witch. I’ve read a lot of these, but not all and I certainly want to check out Anna to the Infinite Power. My favorite is definitely the Alanna series by Tamora Pierce, which I haven’t read in years but now have to go back and reread immediately. Little Women is a close runner up though!
3) I love this New York Times essay about not trying to convince children that everyone is (physically) beautiful. It’s so important to tell kids the truth. And while we will always be judged to some degree on how we look, the real problem is that when we tell ourselves and others that everyone is pretty, it just reinforces the cultural idea that pretty is the most important thing to be.
4) While I’m not crazy that Spider-Gwen, like so many Marvel titles coming out of the Secret Wars event, was rebooted after a very short run, I still love my Gwennie and all the awesome thing this book is doing with their alt-universe freedom. HitFix has a great preview of #2, which features our first look at that universe’s Cap, who is a woman and an African American. It looks awesome – I can’t wait to grab it from my box when it comes out tomorrow!
5) In case you missed it, here’s Google’s doodle from yesterday, celebrating Hedy Lamarr’s 101st birthday. She was an actress, ingenue, and inventor. Without her we wouldn’t have many classic films like Ecstasy, I Take This Woman, or Comrade X. We also wouldn’t have the WiFi to stream them over. A Mighty Girl has a great summary of her accomplishments.