"THIS PICTURE WILL NOT CHANGE THE WORLD, BUT I STILL NEED FEMINISM AND I’M GOING TO REALLY, REALLY TELL YOU WHY":
-Because I got called a whore for wearing a short plaid skirt when I was 10
-and because when Nujood Ali from Yemen was 10 she got divorced
-Because black girls’ names became my classmates’ favorite “joke” when I was 11
-and because when an 11-year-old girl in Texas was raped by 18 men the New York Times wrote of how the girl “dressed older than her age”
-Because I started counting calories when I was 14
-and because when Malala Yousafzai was 14 she was shot in the head for trying to go to school
-Because I heard a boy greet a girl with “hey slut” today at age 16 -and because when a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio was filmed being raped by two boys at a party while unconscious the CNN reporters talked about how tragic it was because the rapists had such bright futures as athletes
-Because I will have to watch my drink at all bars and parties when I am 22
-and because when CeCe McDonald was 22 she was sentenced to 41 months in prison for defending herself against a man who screamed transphobic, racist insults at her and then slashed her face with a bottle
-Because no matter what age I am the biggest threat to men will still be heart disease, and the biggest threat to women will still be men.
-Because it is not just about me, because it is not just about anger, because it is not just a JOKE, because it is not just about “hating men,” because it is not just about girls with vaginas, because it is not just about ending “slut”, because it is not just about white straight girls in Rookie magazine, because it is not just about writing on backs, because it is not just about the fact that gay men are “fags” but lesbians are “hot,” because it is not just about pictures of thin white girls being the only google image results for the search phrase “beautiful women”, because it is not just about writing signs, because it is not just about what she was wearing or how many times she said yes before she changed her answer to no, because misogyny is not just about one thing and feminism is not just about one thing and it is not just “a trend” and it will not “happen” in just one way.
-And because yes. It is about equality for EVERYONE, but first and foremost it needs to be about equality for girls, because they are not treated equally to men, in every single sense, and you are not going to take feminism away from me and call me bossy/hostile/aggressive and make this about yourself or make it into a joke, because truth be told, I’m not joking and I’m tired of explaining. If you want to call yourself a feminist, you work hard to spread feminism, you do not turn this into a contest of whose struggle is greater and constantly demand to know what you can get out of feminism personally. Feminism is not just about you, or me, it is about everyone. If you’re male and you’re tired of men being stereotyped as hyper-masculine, soulless, sexist, inherent leader-tyrant creatures, then go out and prove the patriarchy wrong and fight for girls, like someone with a soul who believes in equality would. Then, yes, feminism will be about everyone.
Artists have placed a giant poster depicting a child’s face in an area of Pakistan where US drone attacks occur.The project is called #NotABugSplat. This is in response to drone operators who refer to casualities as bug splats, cause from afar, viewed on monitors, that’s all the victims look like. The artists are hoping to have more artworks placed across Pakistan where drone strikes are frequent to help humanise victims to the strikers and the world.
As Noam Chomsky once pointed out for Z Magazine, old media types from the institutional bodies like American Enterprise Institute tend to regurgitate the same ideas with a reliability that is equally impressive and infuriating. While assuring the public that rape is a terrible crime, writers like Caroline Kitchens and Heather McDonald of right-wing think tank The Manhattan Institute try to claim that feminists have blown this whole rape culture thing way out of proportion.
Apparently, many women disagree. On Tuesday there were more than 1 million responses on the #RapeCultureIsWhen hashtag started by a frustrated Zerlina Maxwell in response to these right-wing narratives.
Meet the women quietly crafting their own revolution
by Katie Harris for @TeleWonderWomen
"Sarah Corbett is the reason that MPs across the UK are currently receiving something rather more exciting in their in-trays than neatly typed letters from angry constituents.
Twenty-nine year-old Sarah is a ‘craftivist’ (that’s crafts, plus activism) and the founder of the Craftivist Collective, a global movement of likeminded individuals united by their belief that crafts can bring positive social change.
This belief is motivating members of the collective to stitch challenging quotes about world hunger onto colourful, jigsaw-shaped pieces of fabric – and then to hand-deliver them to their local MPs. The quotes say things like: “Evil triumphs when good people do nothing”, “blessed are the peacemakers” and “live simply so that others can simply live”.
“I think it makes so much sense to engage MPs in a respectful, encouraging way rather than telling them what to do and think,” says Sarah, who came up with the idea herself. “And the Jigsaw Project stops them from having the excuse of just cutting and pasting general answers.”
The project involves individual craftivists stitching three separate jigsaw pieces – one for their MP, one to send in to the collective and one to keep for themselves. The collective has already received over 1,000 jigsaw pieces, the first 600 of which were displayed at a showcase exhibition in The People’s History Museum, Manchester, on 1 March.
And this is not the first large-scale project to be spearheaded by the Craftivist Collective. Previous initiatives include petitioning against the rising public transport prices by making bunting in the shape of train carriages, creating cross-stitch masks to leave on shop mannequins in unethical stores and stitching challenging messages to local MPs on handkerchiefs.
Sarah has her hands full on a daily basis, from supporting the collective at large to running exhibitions, workshops and stitch-ins. And yet the red-haired Liverpudlian remains passionate about her unusual vocation. “Our manifesto is to expose the scandal of global poverty and human rights injustices through the power of craft and public art – through non-violent, creative actions,” she explains….
…Can you change the world through cross-stitch?
But can stitching messages onto pieces of pretty fabric really bring meaningful changes to the world? Sarah is adamant that it can. “Craftivism isn’t instead of activism – it’s part of the toolkit,” she insists. “And you don’t know whether one whisper in someone’s ear is going to make more of a difference than ten thousand people shouting on the street.”
Some activists are openly critical about the “fuzzy” nature of craftivism, shrugging it off as being too soft and sentimental. Other people have questioned the viability of the socialist sentiments expressed in the hand-stitched messages.
“You can have heated discussions with people but as long as we’re not telling them what to do and we listen to them respectfully, normally it’s fine,” says Sarah. “We try to go into dialogue with people and get them thinking.”
Lucy Aitken Read, a 30-year-old mother from London, thinks that the sense of intrigue generated by pretty craftivism products has the power to generate compassion and empathy.
“We can have all the policy and problem-solving in the world but without art and creativity we remain apathetic,” she says. “Beautifully stitched words that surprise us as we walk past spur us on to change things.””
Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, a truly extraordinary woman.
Mary Pelc ”is an illustrator based in Gdansk, Poland. She Graduated in 2012 from the Faculty of Graphic Arts, Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland with a Master of Arts degree. She also earned a diploma at Editorial Design Studio where she took part in many exhibitions.
Mary has since become an experienced graphic designer where she tries to juxtapose strong content with subtle imaging. Main subject of her works is human body and emotions which it express.”