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5 Awesome Feminist Halloween Costumes for you, your kids, and your fur babies!

These are my top five favorite ideas for Halloween costumes this year! They can be for yourself, your kid, or your fur baby!

The Notorious RBG

Our wonderful Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a classic feminist costume. All you need is a black robe with white lace around the neck; plus bonus points for XL stud earrings, glasses, and hair in a low bun! (The crooked crown is a great add on, but not required.)

notorious rbg standing

Another image, and a cool book! You can check it out on Amazon

  

Wonder Woman

For some inspiration! The original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter

For some inspiration! The original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter

With the new movie out, Wonder Woman is definitely a hit for this year. Accessories are all that’s needed to make this pop! You can buy a pre-created full costume, or do a combo of your own clothes and some sweet accessories. This is a cool costume for adults, kids, and fur children. Wear red on top, and blue on bottom. The bottoms can be leggings, shorts, a bathing suit, skirt, or any number of other items out of your closet. Don’t forget these essential accessories!

lynda carter wonder woman close up gal gadot wonder-woman close up

      

Princess Leia

Pre-made or home-made, you can wear her classic white dress and get a set of head buns to complete the look! I’ve seen in person a ten month old Princess Leia and a six year old Princess Leia… I bet your dog might dig it too!

princess leia

 

Cat Ears and “Can’t Grab” t-shirt

Instead of a sexy cat, you can be a feminist cat– can’t grab this pussy! It’s super simple, and you can style it however you (or your group!) like.

 

Handmaid from “Handmaid’s Tale”

A long red dress and oversized white bonnet are all you need for this simple, statement-making costume. (Also great as a group costume!)

If you haven’t read the book:

handmaids tale dress

 

 

Enjoy your Halloween, and don’t forget to send me pictures of your cool feminist costumes (or your kiddos)! (you can always comment-post them in the comments here) Also, these are all affiliate links, which means that I may make a commission from your purchase (at NO additional cost to you). <3

Feminist Princess Picture Books for the Kids in Your Life

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These are some great princess books for kids– I’ve got six godchildren and would much rather give them books than compete with the grandparent toy-a-thon. Check these out and see if they’re what you’re looking for in your next kid gift!

The Paper Bag Princess
(read time 5 minutes, perfect for ages 2-92)

Check it out here! The Paper Bag Princess (Munsch for Kids)

paper bag princess

A childhood favorite of mine– I still have my book and doll! 🙂

Princesses can be more than just beautiful clothes in a beautiful castle– they can chase down powerful dragons that kidnap their lovers. Princess Elizabeth, in just her paper bag dress, confronts the terrifying dragon that burned down her kingdom and uses her smarts to trick him. She cons the dragon into showing off until he is so exhausted he has to sleep. She bravely rescues her future husband only to have him insult her appearance.  He says she doesn’t look like a princess. They don’t get married, and the smart, brave paper bag princess dances into the sunset.

The Princess and the Pizza
(read time 11 minutes, perfect for ages 6+)

Check it out here! The Princess and the Pizza

princess and the pizza

Former princess Paulina really misses the perks of being a princess now that she’s just a regular townsperson. She finds out that a nearby queen is looking for a “true princess” to marry her son. Paulina puts on her best ball gown, and tucks some lucky garlic and herbs into her bodice. Then she puts her tiara on her head and heads out to regain her old benefits.

There is lots of competition to marry the prince, and the grumpy queen has tests for the princesses! Paulina’s final test is to make a feast for the queen, but she didn’t get as many ingredients as the other princesses. Back in her room all of her attempts to cook fail, so she gives up and takes a nap. Paulina wakes up to the queen saying the losers will be beheaded! She quickly adds her lucky garlic and herbs to her flat-dough “mess” that she had covered in tomatoes and cheese and pushes it into her bedroom fireplace. When the feasts are presented, Paulina’s is the favorite! After it is named pizza, she runs away from the castle (and marriage) to go home and open a pizza shop that everyone in the town loves.

Part Time Princess “girl by day, princess by night”
(read time 4 minutes, picture viewing time 5 minutes, perfect for ages 4+)

Check it out here! Part-time Princess

part-time-princess

Written in our main character’s voice, we find out that she is “just a regular girl” who goes to school. Sometimes she is annoyed by her younger siblings and all of the things she isn’t allowed to do. But each night at midnight she turns into a princess!

She often must be very brave and fight dragon fires. “A real princess can slide down a fire pole in a frilly skirt. No one dreams of telling her it’s too dangerous.” After putting out the latest fire, she decides not to lock up the dragon, and to invite him to tea instead. This was very smart, because the dragon just needed some cheering up. She also attends very fun classes, eats pink cake, plays in the mud, and takes a bubble bath with a dolphin.

A visiting queen (her mother) helps her pick out the best ball gown, and then a bunch of trolls crash the ball! Thanks to her classes, she knows that trolls love to dance, and saves the day. She also meets a handsome prince: “maybe I’ll marry him when I grow up. But right now I’m too busy.” At the end of her long day as a princess she goes home to bed, to return to being a girl by day.

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I love that all of these stories feature brave, smart girls who walk (or dance!) away from the guys in their stories. He’s rude, he’s boring, or “it’s ME time!” A princess does NOT require a prince.
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Confidence is Beautiful Reminder Cards

Newest product! “Confidence is Beautiful” reminder cards and magnets!

I’ve got one stuck to the mirror right next to my toothbrush, and another on the fridge. It’s a reminder I need every day, and it’s a reminder I need especially bad when my depression is kicking my ass.

This is the card (one sided), perfect for thumb tacking to your bulletin board, or sticking in the corner of a mirror!


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This is the magnet– I’ve got one on my fridge right now!


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There is also special combo! 2 magnets and 1 set of 10 confidence cards for $5.




Need some more reminders that confidence is beautiful? Check out some great quotes like this one here!

the most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence
http://www.yourtango.com/experts/linda-perry/12-quotes-make-you-feel-amazingly-beautiful

Don’t forget to check out some other related posts–

my stretch marks, scars, hairiness

postcards celebrating self love!

Is there a mantra you use to feel good and get out the door into our crazy world? Let us know!

 

postcards celebrating self love!

Self-love postcards for mailing to friends, for pinning to the wall of your office or dorm room, or anywhere else you need a reminder.

What do you need to remember? These are two things I definitely need to remember, every day:

practice radical self love
your body is not wrong, society is

Postcards are 1 for $2, 3 for $5, or 12 for $20.
If you’d like a mix of cards, just let me know!

practice radical self love

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your body is not wrong, society is

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What other reminders do you leave for yourself?
What mantras get you through the day? Tell us!

couch activism for the ACA!

From a fellow activist: For those worried about ACA coverage for themselves and their families.

After hearing about the midnight repeal of the pre-exisiting conditions clause, I called Senator Warren’s office. The woman I spoke to said they are being flooded with calls, as are the offices of Speakers Ryan and McConnell.

Senator Warren’s staff member told me what would help the most would be to call the five Republican senators who have broken away from the GOP to demand a slow down of the repeal. Tell them how much you appreciate their efforts to stop the train wreck and share your story.

They are:
Senator Bob Corker – (202) 224-3344

Senator Lisa Murkowski – (202) 224-6665

Senator Rob Portman – (202) 224-3353

Senator Susan Collins – (202) 224-2523

Senator Bill Cassidy – (202) 224-5824

What has the ACA done for you? I was allowed to stay on my mother’s insurance for four extra years, giving me time to settle into post-college reality and look for work. While I still don’t have that job (the one with benefits), I am insured. I can see my GP for free, and get most of my medicine free. (depression, anxiety, asthma and allergies, hypothyroidism, congenital liver enzyme levels that are whack like crack, and I’ve been on the pill since I was 14 for suspected endometriosis as well as fast-growing rupturing ovarian cysts) Without these medications I would need my left ovary removed, any serious cough could send me to the ER, and I likely would be too depressed to leave home and too anxious to hold down a job. I am grateful for the ACA, and ready to bust-ass to keep these benefits that I PAY for. I want to know why you’re ready to fight for the ACA and any plans you have!

This is a list of pre-existing conditions disqualifying people in Colorado from coverage, pre-ACA. I also have state Blue Cross Blue Shield, and would likely be looking at a similar list.

On inauguration day…

Don’t watch the inauguration, on any channel! But, do have your tv on. Even if you aren’t watching, and you have it on mute (or are out of the house), have your tv on! Trump’s cold grinchy little heart will be devastated by low ratings. This only works by having your tv on, and tuned to anything but him.

From https://www.facebook.com/TrumpResistanceMovement/