I liked so many pictures in January, which made it fairly difficult to reduce the number of images for this post. So sorry for the picture overload! As always I was very inspired by flowers and pastel colours. In addition, this month I liked interesting female pictures with various shapes and positions, and a lot of empowering messages. These Instagram accounts are absolutely amazing and I encourage you to check them out!
What pictures did you like in January?
Why we have too few women leaders – While Sheryl Sandberg explains why she also empowers women to go for the leader positions and to fight for their rights.
The person you really need to marry – Witty and insightful explanation of self-love and how it can help you in life and in love life.
“Locker room talk” Says who? – Alexis Jones talks about why the locker room talk, where men objectify women, is not okay. She talks about how the whole society needs to provide men with the right example of how to treat women and think for themselves, rather than learn this from very disturbing media and porn.
Everyday Sexism – Explains how women and men are really equal now, but how deep the sexism still exists. This talk inspires and empowers you to act towards the equality and fight against people who keep being sexists.
We should all be feminists – Discussed from a point of view from Nigeria by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This is a well-rounded and at times funny discussion about the problems women and girls face in Nigeria, how we educate our children and what the word feminist means.
Sexism in Gaming – Just as the topic says this video is about sexism happening in gaming. Now you might not be into gaming, but there is a big misrepresentation of how many women and girls are. This talk is about why games should not be sexists as well as why they should be promoted and created equally for all genders.
The slut, the spinster and the perfect woman – Martha Mosse discusses how these words and depictions of women bound us and restrict us, as well as demean us.
Violence against women – it’s a men’s issue – Jackson Katz talks about the problem in leadership and how that affects the rest of us. He explains that when violence against women happens, how it is often concentrated on the victim rather than asking about the person who violated and why he did it.
Behind every Feminist, there is a Chauvinist – I thought this article was light hearted and on point. It is about a relationship between a man and a woman and how to recognise a chauvinist man. Funnily enough, I recognised several relationships in both categories.
Seeing My Body With Fresh Eyes – Empowering article showing how the people around you can make you see yourself differently. It makes you believe that people are not always attracted by the media impressed image of a perfect human body, that there is more to a person. It was so wonderful to read about this experience!
The Power of Language To Cage or Free Us – Accompanied by a video of Mayim Bialik where she explains with authority about the power of language this article does explain simply how we can empower each other with language. A must read and a must watch!
Female Confessions of a Recovering Apologist – Questioning why women should be apologetic about their existence and why we only take the space we feel is left for us in this world, accompanied by a poem.
Why we see Women as Weak – A man explaining from a man’s perspective why women are seen weak, but also explaining how those qualities are what make a woman strong and men weak instead.
Share with me any other feminist articles in the comment box below!
For this year I set myself a goal to read 24 books, 2 per month. Somehow, in February, I managed to read 5 most of which have made me really thankful for being me and being in the position and culture that I am living in. I don’t know about the rest of you but I often take for granted the life I have, and the privileges I have (eating what I want, walking out alone without being harassed, the internet and reading books) without understanding how it is that I got these privileges. It shocks me when I read that some people do not have these privileges or are not allowed to have them. And yes, I find them privileges to us if it is not available to every person on the planet.
I am so used to these things that when I finally found zucchinis after a month of craving them when they were unavailable in shops due to the ‘vegetable crisis’, I was so happy to have them and couldn’t believe that they had been unavailable for so long. I got surprised and ashamed at my thoughts. How did I dare to think that way when for some people this is a reality?
When we are used to getting something it becomes a norm for us, and we get mad/annoyed/frustrated when we don’t get it anymore rather than thankful that we do get it. So in light of this, I want to share what I am thankful for and hope that you share your thankfulness in the comment section.
- I am thankful to have a healthy enough body to be able to do sports, to be able to take care of myself and others, to be able to be independent in my daily life and to be able to do my crafts.
- I am thankful for all the feminists who fought for women’s and equal rights so that now I have the possibility to be educated, choose my career, be independent of men and earn my own living.
- I am thankful to live in a country where I can buy and make almost whatever food I like, whatever clothes and other items I like, where healthcare is important and free for all people, where education is free and where I am free to be of any religion I want.
- I am thankful for my friends and family who have supported me and brought joy and sanity into my life.
- I am thankful for this planet for providing us oxygen that we breathe, beauty in plants, animals and scenery and offering us resources for living.
I hope I will enjoy all of this, many years to come!
What are you thankful for?