I try to give gifts each year I know contribute to the world in some way. I know some people don’t really appreciate gifts like this, but many people in my family love them. Many of these are items you can donate in someone’s name, but others are actual gift items for which proceeds go to help people in need (cute tops, pjs, towels, household items, etc.). I know many of the gifts like this out there are exorbitantly priced and not much of the proceeds go to the actual people the charity is trying to help, but I’ve done my research, and here are some that are affordable AND wonderful:
Oxfam: $12 +
International Princess Project: $25 +
Half the Sky: $25 +
Global Girlfriend: $5 +
Systems of oppression are flexible enough to absorb some members of subordinated groups; indeed, they draw strength from the illusion of neutrality provided by these exceptions.
i prefer girls with the natural look. no makeup, never gotten a haircut, covered in dirt, feeding off of berries and raw fish in the wild, are actually bears.
apologize to your body.
that’s where the healing begins.
You telling me “the patriarchy doesn’t exist,” “sexism is no longer a problem,” “women are now equal to men,” etc. is like a white person telling a black person racism is no longer a problem. The bottom line is you don’t know. You haven’t lived in my skin. You haven’t been cat-called, harassed, made to feel like less of a woman for not aspiring to the traditional sense of beauty and not bending to the desires of men around me, being made to feel like a “crazy bitch” for standing up for myself. I’m not saying men don’t struggle, and I’m certainly not undermining your personal challenges that may or may not have stemmed from your gender. I am simply sharing mine and doing something to try and change it for myself AND other women.
And when you take it a step further and JOKE about my ideology that is like a slap in the face in exchange for all of my struggles. Would you joke about racism to a black man? Would you joke about religious intolerance to a refugee who has escaped religious persecution? No. So fuck off.