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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.)

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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!

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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!

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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:

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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

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/

gift guide for cranky fat feminists!

Gift ideas for the holidays, for all of the cranky feminists in your life (fat or slim)! This is a gift guide in progress, so don’t forget to check back for more great finds!

books I recommend!

Fatropolis will take you away to an alternate world where big is beautiful. Hiding your body is unnecessary. Shopping for clothes is easy. Eating your fill isn’t embarrassing. If you’re a fat woman (or man!) this is a book you don’t want to miss! (age appropriate for high schoolers as well)

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a book to not read lightly. It’s important work, it’s an important read, but it comes with a giant trigger warning. Amazon says “…a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. One chapter at a time, this is an important read.

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is a graphic novel depicting Alison Bechdel’s childhood, adolescence, and discovery of her sexuality. She shows us her vulnerabilities, her family problems, and her journey to adulthood. I’ve read this several times, and highly recommend!

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is a graphic novel depicting Marjane Satrapi’s coming of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Don’t miss this! (also age appropriate for high schoolers)

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my wishlist!

On my personal wishlist is Sex Object: a Memoir, by Jessica Valenti. Amazon says “Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes on women’s lives, from the everyday to the existential. From subway gropings and imposter syndrome to sexual awakenings and motherhood, Sex Object reveals the painful, embarrassing, and sometimes illegal moments that shaped Valenti’s adolescence and young adulthood in New York City.”

Fresh off the press, Feminist Fight Club: an Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace, by Jessica Bennett is also on my wishlist. Here’s why: “Part manual, part manifesto, Feminist Fight Club is a hilarious yet incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work, providing real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women… Hard-hitting and entertaining, Feminist Fight Club blends personal stories with research, statistics, and no-bullsh*t expert advice. Bennett offers a new vocabulary for the sexist workplace archetypes women encounter everyday.”

Fight Like a Girl introduces readers to the history of feminist activism in the U.S. in an effort to celebrate those who paved the way and draw attention to those who are working hard to further the feminist cause today.” How could this not be on my list of books to read and give?!

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History features 40 women from 31 countries around the world. There’s also a list of 250 additional rad women to check out on your own. Get inspired, or inspire others with this awesome collection!

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coloring books on my wishlist!

The Yoni Coloring Book is an awesome gift for anyone you know that loves to color, or would enjoy creating crazy colored vulvas! The illustrator is part of our CFF community.

The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Coloring Book: A Tribute to the Always Colorful and Often Inspiring Life of the Supreme Court Justice Known as RBG. Need I say more than “notorious RBG coloring book!”? <3

 

 

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“why are you scared of a Trump Presidency?”

My parents both (separately) asked in a shocked tone of voice “why are you scared?!” of a Trump presidency. So, I’m making a list. I check email, write a bullet-list note or two, pour a fresh cup of coffee, write another. Check Facebook, and discover that numerous friend of friends have already seen/experienced racism, xenophobia, sexism, all in the name of Trump. #whitepower #whitesonly #whiteamerica Teachers are talking about their students’ fear, and their terrible acts of racism and sexism.

its not just about trump

I saw it on TV, so it must be okay. The man my parents elected president says/does these things without repercussion, so I can too.

I cringe repeating this, but a few hours ago I said “I’m so glad I’m white.” Because it means I’m not being targeted by racist douchebags who think its acceptable and funny to harass and threaten others. I am a straight white woman, so at least until January I am not “other.” Which means that I need to step up my game in being an ally. Let me walk with you to your car, sit next to you on the bus or metro. Let me stand with you while we both tell racist xenophobic sexist bigots to go fuck themselves. We must move beyond comfortable couch activism and into active ally-ship and activism.

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Trump’s “first 100 days”

I’ve read Trump’s “1st 100 days plan” three times. Once with my friend/coworker/sanity/feminist… we had a few “okay, I can get with that” moments, some “people care about this shit?!” moments, progressing to “uh, Congress won’t go for that” “the government doesn’t work like that” and finally “he knows there is only one planet, right?” (Yes, my written critique of his ideas in currently in the works.) You can read his plan here.

ruin a man's career

I despise Trump and his hate. His language and behavior and rhetoric have no place in DC. I’m not afraid of Trump’s policies– I’m afraid of Mike Pence and his friends in Congress picking the worst policies to make into law, and twisting them into irreversibly fucked plans that harm all but the 1%. We will have Supreme Court Justices that will uphold this bigoted shit, and overturn what we, our mothers, and grandmothers have fought so hard for.

Trump doesn’t understand how the government works.
do you?

If you voted for Trump in order to get Congressional term limits, lobbying reform, or overturn Citizens United, then you do not know how our government works. (Trump obviously doesn’t know either.)

trump war

Some say “oh, he’ll have an impeachable offense, then all will be well!” No, it won’t.  Congress would love to impeach Trump, Mike Pence is their good friend. Every good thing Obama and Bill Clinton did may be erased in the next four years. Everything the Supreme Court has afforded us in the last 50 years is up for debate and dismantling. Mike Pence and Paul Ryan both have a history of hate-filled policies against women, queer people, reproductive rights, and minorities. It will be their pleasure to destroy the rights of everyone that’s not a white hetero male within the top financial 10% of America.

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I so badly want someone to blame (3rd party voters, protest voters, purposeful non-voters, uninterested non-voters….) but it really doesn’t matter. We have to move forward with the hand we’ve been dealt. We must learn to become active allies, and we must be ready to march and protest peacefully at any time to defend our rights.

[vote] I’m #StillSanders, so #ImWithHer on Tuesday

My father and I are standing in line to early vote (we arrived at like 4:30 on Friday, classic procrastinator style…) when he says “I’m glad you asked if I wanted to come with– I actually wasn’t going to vote.”

The fuck?!

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Yes, we are in a red state. We reside within the big blue dot that is the capitol. Thanks to some crafty gerrymandering we have one blue seat in Congress, and he’s not going anywhere. We could easily pull off two or three blue seats. But when the lines are drawn between and around neighborhoods and right through a city, it’s very very easy to be discouraged. But voting is so much more than just that.

I voted for Bernie (quite proudly) in the primaries. I hate the way Hillary became the nominee. This process must be updated/altered in the next three years. But these first few days of November, that doesn’t matter.

from Liora K Photography
from Liora K Photography
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we must vote. all of us.

All of us. Each and every one of us. We have to vote. We have to vote in ALL elections. The people we choose (or allow to be chosen for us) at a city/local level often later represent us in state congresses. State congresses breed the politicians we send to DC. Don’t like your local officials? Vote them out! No one is running against the arrogant jerk incumbent? You could run. Your favorite local activist should be encouraged to run. Don’t let self-centered pricks win simply because no one runs against them. Give them a run for their money. Make them scared. Make them work for their elected position. (Remember Eric Cantor? Prominent DC Congressman who failed to give a shit about his primary and lost. This is how we make change.)

Once local politicians make it to state congress, the DNC and RNC have people watching them, looking for potential leaders in DC. Let’s not let these assholes into those seats, or vote them out after their first lousy term. Let’s not let national politics pick up these people, give them money, and turn them into puppets for their own games and private agendas.

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because change must come.

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Political change has to happen in two ways.
Us: from the local to the state to the nation.
The System: we must demand reform from our voting system. Times change, technology changes, we are not delivering vote tallies by horse anymore.

We must prove that as citizens, we want our voices to be heard. We want our opinions to be taken seriously. From school board to POTUS, our opinions matter and our elected officials are obligated to listen. And when they don’t want to listen, we literally have to call and write and email and harass until they have to choice but to hear us.

The antiquated electoral college is obviously in need of reform, or perhaps removal. If Democrats want to lead the way in those reforms, its time to nix super-delegates and allow all states to split their primary delegate votes by percentage. Likewise, the electoral college needs to disappear or have every state split electoral votes among candidates (like Maine and Nebraska already do). This not only allows third party voters to have a voice, it allows all of us to feel like our vote actually matters. Regardless of which state we live in. And that’s because our votes will actually matter.

We must continue voting until every vote counts, and every vote counts equally.

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