August Love List

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Hello Lovely!

I hope you are having an absolutely smashing day!! Now is the time to share my favorite posts from the last month.

I’ve loved A Beautiful Mess for a while and I really enjoyed their post on cyberbullying and choosing kindness.

I CANNOT get enough of these tips by Dana to make your Instagram photos pop!

These six easy retro ways to style a a headscarf by Kristina are wonderful!

MJ Valentine’s post about periods is amazing.

I loved reading about my friend Diana’s experience at the Heineken Brewery. It looks like she had loads of fun!!

Since London is one of my favorite cities I couldn’t get enough of Becky’s suggestions for things to do in London for free!

I adore these tips for being more consistent by Nicole.

Have you read any super awesome posts you think others should read? Tell me about it!!

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My Inspiring Movie List

Hello Lovelies!

I’ve watched a lot of really great movies lately and wanted to tell you about them! I love watching movies about fighting for a cause. That could be a documentary or a big blockbuster so long as it has people fighting for something they believe in. They inspire me to do more with myself and get out there and fight for the cause.

Are you feeling like you need some movie inspiration? I have you covered! Grab some popcorn and a cozy blanket because it is time to get inspired! Let’s do this!

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Don’t let anyone drown out your voice

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I know it can be easy to allow our voices to go unheard. Maybe others speaker louder, are more vocal. We get shy or worry that  other’s won’t understand our thoughts and ideas. I want to encourage you to use your voice. When you see injustice in the world, speak up. When you see someone being bullied or ridiculed, use your voice. When you bear witness to inequality in the world, be it in media, news, work, or somewhere else, speak up.

We all possess power. We can use our voices to inspire change in our society.

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” -Malala Yousafzai

Be a force in the world. Inspire change.

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Showing support for Anita Sarkeesian

Anita Sarkeesian is a vlogger who discusses gender representation in the media. According to her Youtube channel, “Feminist Frequency is an ongoing series of video commentaries exploring gender representations, myths and messages in popular culture media.”

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I first started watching her videos about 2 years ago. I happened upon her video about Lego and was immediately hooked. I watched a ton of her videos that night. I thought she was an intelligent, outspoken, much needed, example of a strong feminist individual.  Because of her willingness to speak out against injustice she has been targeted by those that don’t agree with her. Her TED talk had to turn off commenting because of the hate campaign targeted at her. The video’s description states as follows, “WHY ARE COMMENTS TURNED OFF? This talk comes from a woman who was targeted by an online hate campaign. Predictably, the same campaign has targeted this talk, so comments have been shut down. If you’d like to comment constructively on this video, please share on your own social networks.”

How sad is it that people feel the need to physically threaten her because they don’t agree with her views? If anything they are are proving ALL of her points. There is a HUGE issue with the way that women are depicted in society. For example, most movies don’t pass the Bechdel Test, a test that asks three questions of a movie:
1. Are there two or more women in the movie that have names
2. Do they talk to each other
3. Do they talk to each other about something other than a man.

Shouldn’t be too difficult, right? Well, most movies don’t pass the test. It is actually really sad.

Anita made a great video about it.

What provoked this post? Well, Anita was scheduled to give a talk at Utah State this week. She was forced to cancel that talk because of a death threat. A death threat made against Anita and all that attended the event and also those at the women’s center on campus. The perpetrator wanted to make feminists pay for what they saw as their terrible influence on the world.

I read the threat email (yes email) and to be honest, I cried. I will admit that I am an emotional person, it is a gift and a curse, but this really struck a cord with me. The perpetrator threatened the use of a semi-automatic gun, a few pistols, and a collection of pipe bombs.

How dark is the light in this person’s world that they feel it necessary to threaten such violence?

It breaks my heart.

The thing that gets me is that this isn’t the first threat against Anita’s life. She is threatened on a daily basis and has had several threats made against her life because of speaking events. I admire her strength and determination. She continues to speak out because she knows it is what’s right. She knows what needs to be done.

So now I speak out (on my blog at least). I stand up in solidarity with Anita saying enough is enough. We cannot stand for this violence and hatred. The depiction of women in popular society needs to change and we need to encourage that movement.

Want to know more about the threat made on Anita? Read more here and here.

If you want to watch her TED talk you can see it below.

 

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Feminism is not a dirty word.

Kate Nash feminist quoteI was looking through Pinterest, as I often do, and found a link to 25 feminist quotes. I loved reading them and decided to share my favorite by Kate Nash and my thoughts on the subject.

I often feel like people misunderstand the terms “feminism” and “feminist”. As a feminist I do not hate men. I don’t hate feminine women, I am one! I believe that all people should be equal. That women should no longer be seen as objects solely put on this earth for male’s pleasure. Is that so radical? Watch 30minutes of television and you will see in shows and advertising the objectification of women. Turn on the radio and you will hear it in popular songs like, “Blurred Lines”.

You see it in how survivors of rape are treated. When someone asks a survivor what she was wearing they are placing the blame on the victim instead of the perpetrator and again downgrading women. We have thoughts. We have a voice to lend to society and when we are called bitch, slut, skank, whore; that is objectification. Those words say that we are worth less than the person saying it. The same is said when we as women say it about other women. We do it because we want to make ourselves feel better or as worth more. Why do we do it? Why do we lend a hand to the misogyny already ramped in our society? It is just ridiculous!

Why don’t we instead raise each other up? Lets encourage one another to do more. To be more. We should be telling each other that we are worthy of space instead of discouraging loud voices and opinions.

I am a feminist because I believe that I deserve to be treated as more than “just” a woman. I am a human being with opinions, thoughts, and I have a lot to offer the world.

We need to start at the source and make sure that all people understand the value of others.

The role of being a feminist isn’t something that solely belongs to women. Everyone needs to be a feminist. We all need to say enough is enough and speak up against the inequality in our society.

Not convinced? Maybe these videos will help.

I am not a country fan but I appreciate this song.

This lady is intelligent and hopefully will help explain feminism.

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