Femtastic Friday: Galentine’s Day and Your Feminist Valentine’s Day

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Another Friday the 13th. Triskaidekaphobic?

Don’t be scared! This Friday the 13th the WCC celebrated Galentine’s Day in the tradition of Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope on “Parks & Recreation.” It was a celebration of women friends with waffles, good cheer, and fun!

celebrating lady friends national holiday

On a more somber note, we’d like to take the time to acknowledge the three Muslim students who were fatally shot near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Tuesday. Authorities are hesitating to call it a hate crime; instead they’re citing a dispute over a parking space as the motive. Many people are dismayed by the lack of attention to the shooter’s publicly expressed anti-religious beliefs, as well as by the time it took the media to pick up on the story. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims and we stand in solidarity with the those calling for justice and a thorough investigation.

Students at UNC held a moving vigil for the victims. Stanford students also held a vigil on Wednesday gathering in White Plaza.

As we remember and honor the students’ lives we’re also prompted to remember the words of bell hooks: “There can be no love without justice.”

We found this article on The Feminist Wire that reflects on bell hooks’ writings on feminism and love. hooks insists that at the heart of feminism is the call to dismantle all systems of oppression–racism, patriarchy, classism, homophobia, ableism–for true justice. This Valentine’s Day, let’s think about ourselves and our communities. As hooks says in Feminism is for Everybody, “A genuine feminist politics always brings us from bondage to freedom, from lovelessness to loving….There can be no love without justice.”

While you’re reading bell hooks here are some other feminist ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day tomorrow:

We previously posted a list of top 10 Feminist Things to do on Valentine’s Day! Former WCC staffer Mona Thompson wrote, “Valentine’s Day can be confusing for us feminists.  On the one hand, it can be a big old celebration of commercialized, heteronormative, gender normative, and – dare we say fake? – displays of love.  BUT, on the other hand, love is a pretty nice thing.” What do you think?

And Everyday Feminism gives us four ways to bring a feminist Valentine’s Day to life.

Happy Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day everyone!

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[Image: Photo of bell hooks with hearts around her and the words: “I’m bell hooks-ed on you!” above. Credit: Everyday Feminism]

Have a great weekend!

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