Happy Femtastic Friday! We know you’re probably swamped with studying for finals and writing final papers. Why don’t you take a brief study break with our last Femtastic Friday post of the year?
There has been a lot of buzz about Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover and cisnormative beauty standards this week. Artist, cartoonist, and author Crystal Frazier spoke up about this and made her own cover, starting #MyVanityFairCover with her roommate Jenn Dolari.
[Image: Crystal Frazier’s (left) and Jenn Dolari’s (right) “Vanity Fair” covers.]
“the world only seems to embrace us if we’re wealthy enough or lucky enough to adhere to white, cisnormative beauty standards…Not all of us want to. Not all of us can… And we all deserve to feel beautiful, and be acknowledged by the world. Admiration and praise for trans women shouldn’t only come if we fit a narrow definition of beauty. As a good friend of mine said Monday “Where’s my Vanity Fair cover?” Crystal created a template and is encouraging all trans people to make their own covers. Head to Buzzfeed for the full story.
And in case you missed it, we posted Laverne Cox’s words of support for Caitlyn and comments on the Vanity Fair cover, beauty norms, and the health and wellness of all trans people to our Facebook page.
Meet Maya Harris. Maya is a graduate of Stanford Law School and she is Hillary Clinton’s recently-appointed senior policy adviser. Maya’s work has focused on criminal justice issues and the community effects of mass incarceration. She says “the best police reforms are those that “engage the community as partners and problem-solvers, not just people to be policed.” P.S. You may have heard of Maya’s older sister, Kamala Harris, California attorney general… Yeah power siblings!
York University graduate student Pamela Clark has come up with 35 practical tools for men to further feminist revolution. The list provides suggestions for how men (and women) can fight gender inequality in our daily lives. Number 6 offers the simple straightforward advice: #6. “When a woman tells you something is sexist, believe her.” Yep, good call. But what if you disagree? Ask her for more information and really listen to what she has to say.
Lastly, whatever your plans are this summer you’ll probably need a good book or two, right? You’re in luck. Melissa Harris-Perry has put together a summer reading list offering a much more diverse selection than the book list the NYT offered. Enjoy!