18 Feminist Voices to help you unlearn. The patriarchal crap that’s been spoon-fed to us for years takes time, effort, and exposure to overcome. Let these people help guide you.
I’ve compiled a list here of my favorite feminist resources that can help along the journey to understanding What is Feminism?
The Guilty Feminist Podcast
This show really makes me laugh and there are no ads! Deborah Francis-White is the host and she’s a comedian and about as clued in as you can get to the realities and stunning hypocrisies of being a feminist in the 21st century. She uses humor to delve into topics I am certain you need to know more about. I suggest listening to every episode she’s ever published.
I really do not know from whence she comes, but I will say she has the best comebacks I’ve seen on the Internet to all the misogynist trolls that come after her for daring to be a proud feminist online. She is fun, thoughtful, and brave. Follow her, sit back, and learn.
Follow r.h.sin. He’s a feminist poet that uses instagram as his medium. Worth checking out. Equality for all!
Vote Blue/Elect Women
Invariably it is team blue’s policies that protect and defend women. Whether it be the right to an abortion, access to birth control, healthcare, public schools, the wage gap, or equality for all, it is politicians who vote blue that most closely align with feminist values.
Beware of women in wolves clothing. All women do not support all women. Know the difference. Just because someone is a woman doesn’t mean you have to support them. Use your math loving brain and figure out who is best. (and who supports the Equal Rights Amendment!)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
The Emmy award-winning show airs Wednesday nights at 10:30 pm on TBS. Bee is the ONLY female late night talk show host, and she’s dialed in to the patriarchy. Each week she exposes anything from sexual harassment to child marriage laws (which did you know only 3 states do not allow marriage under 18? Only 3!)
Watch her. Enjoy the snark and get great talking points for the week.
There are truly so many. See The Feminist Bookshelf suggestions here.
For this list, in this moment, I’m going to go with Rage Becomes Her, by Soraya Chemaly
It explains and beautifies the anger many of us are feeling today. Read it and understand yourself and society more clearly.
Current Day Activists and Icons to keep an eye out for and follow on Twitter.
- Gloria Steinem. Although these days she’s more quiet, Gloria is one of the great women’s rights activists of our time.
- Alyssa Milano – follow her on Twitter, see her on C-Span, listen to her new podcast Sorry, Not Sorry. Alyssa is living the strong activist life right now and is clued in and vocal on the issues.
- Patricia Arquette – Remember when she started yelling about the gender pay gap during an Oscars speech in 2015? When Meryl Streep clapped? Patricia has a no holds barred approach to patriarchal games. Follow her on Twitter, she’ll fill you in on what’s going on.
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – This House of Representatives member from the Bronx exemplifies the fiery spirit and smarts that we need more of in our government today.
- Ruth Bader-Ginsburg is a Supreme Court Justice. Fondly referred to as The Notorious RBG she has championed women’s rights for years. I wish her much health and stamina.
- Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist. She is plugged in to today and writes with a raw honesty that vibrates truth.
- Hillary – because duh!
- Beyonce – in her words, her music, and her actions Beyonce has set her own table and rules it. Long Live the Queen! Do you think she believes in equality for women? I think Jay-Z knows she does.
- Malala Yousafzai, author and Nobel Peace Prize winner. All she wanted was to be educated. It got her shot in the face. Malala now advocates for education and equality for all. Such strength in the face of adversity is to be revered and adored.
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Speaker, author, Ted Talker. You’ll see her if you hang out in Feminist circles for very long. She’s a funny firecracker that helps clear the smoke you feel hanging in the world around you.
- Tarana Burke started the #MeToo Movement back in 2006. Took about 10 years for the rest of the world to catch on. She continues to fight for women and to protect their bodies.
There’s so many, but for newbies, I think the documentary Equal Means Equal is a must see. If you haven’t quite grasped that women are not constitutionally equal in the United States, this doc will change that. Your world will not be the same. It floats around on streaming networks – google it to find out where it’s playing right now.
This is just a starter list of feminist voices. What feminist activists do you watch and listen to in order to get your Feminist Fix? Please share your favorites here.
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