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Anita Sarkeesian Vs. Stephen Colbert "Do you believe that women should have equal rights to men—and that we should fight for those rights? [Yes.] Great, then you’re a feminist."
The creator of Feminist Frequency
telling it like it is on The Colbert Report. Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Feminism "Yes, I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. And if you look at history, women are an oppressed category of people. There’s a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice, and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that’s been very detrimental to the human race as a whole. I’m a believer that if everyone has a fair chance to be what they want to be and do what they want to do, it’s better for everyone. It benefits society as a whole."
Gordon-Levitt spoke with The Daily Beast about the celebrities who've recently come out
against the label "feminist," and how that's not really a good thing. Lupita Nyong'o on Beauty Standards "And so I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. There is no shade to that beauty."
Lupita Nyong'o described her own experiences with colorism and how her presence in Hollywood might positively influence other black children
in her remarks at Essence’s Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon earlier this year. #YesAllWomen A sobering discussion—particularly when you remember what inspired it in the first place—but a necessary one nonetheless. Anna Kendrick on Feminism "It’s a very female-centric word. I understand that the implication is that “I’m a woman who supports women” and not “I’m a person who supports gender equality.” I feel like the word can be appropriated by the wrong people for that reason and misinterpreted by those people, but you just have to fight back and own that word."
Kendrick heard about that awful TIME poll and
had some delightful things to say to The Daily Beast on the subject. Beyoncé's VMA performance While we didn't do any coverage of it ourselves (though if you want to watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's full TED talk that's quoted in 'Flawless track', we've got that) we'd obviously be remiss if we didn't mention this iconic moment of television. Joss Whedon on #Gamergate and Male Feminists "Action is the best way to say anything. A guy who goes around saying “I’m a feminist” usually has an agenda that is not feminist. A guy who behaves like one, who actually becomes involved in the movement, generally speaking, you can trust that. And it doesn’t just apply to the action that is activist. It applies to the way they treat the women they work with and they live with and they see on the street."
Whedon's not perfect, of course, but every once in a while
he's capable of laying quite a social justice smackdown. Gabourey Sidibe on Confidence "If [other people] hadn’t made me cry, I wouldn’t be able to cry on cue now. If I hadn’t been told I was garbage, I wouldn’t have learned how to show people I’m talented. And if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn’t have figured out how to be so funny. If they hadn’t told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if they hadn’t tried to break me down, I wouldn’t know that I’m unbreakable."
Sidibe's speaking about her personal experiences with bullying
in a speech at the Gloria Awards and Gala, held annually by the Ms. Foundation for Women. The Womansplainer Want to learn about feminism but don't want to bother with things like seeking it out yourself? Elizabeth Simins has a service for you! Jessica Williams Calls out Catcallers Remember that Hollaback video that showed a woman getting harrassed all day? Long before it made waves across the Internet, Jessica Williams did the exact same thing for The Daily Show— except better. Women of Color Respond to the Hollaback Video Speaking of that Hollaback video, MSNBC's web producer Collier Meyerson directed her own response to the original campaign that actually gives women the opportunity to talk about their own harassment. Laverne Cox Takes Over TIME Magazine "I think there are more media representations that young trans people people can look to and say, that’s me, in an affirming way. There’s just so many resources out there now that it makes you feel like you’re less alone and gives some sort of sense of, okay, this is who I am and this is what I’m going through, as opposed to being ‘What the f*** is wrong with me?’ That was what I grew up with."
Cox might not have made TIME's list of 100 influential people, but
the cover story they later ran on her definitely helped to smooth things over in the best way possible. We still got mad beef with you, TIME, but this was a good interview. Emma Watson's He for She "Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong… It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals." In her impassioned speech at the United Nations this year, Emma Watson spoke the truth: feminism doesn't only benefit women, and men need to get behind the movement too. Feminist Princess Bride Good work. Sleep well. We'll defeat the patriarchy in the morning. Natalie Dormer on Female Characters "We don’t have enough young, female antiheroes. We don’t accept women as antiheroes the way we do the men. Unless there’s a family get-out clause. We accept women being complete c-nts if they’re doing it for a child.”
Natalie Dormer dropped a lot of truth bombs about feminism this year (more on that later this week), but this
bit about what we expect from female characters in our media is especially real. Terry Crews on Rape Culture "I’m living in the real world and you can drink the Kool-Aid all you want. A lot of guys love the Kool-Aid. The sports world is Kool-Aid world…You can do anything if [you win]…What happens is they win and they go, “You know that girl? She’s my trophy. I deserve that girl. In fact, she don’t even want to be with me, but I don’t care. I’m going to take it.” What kind of mindset is that? Never never never never never should that ever be accepted."
Terry Crews, speaking with an Ontario talk show
about rape culture and toxic masculinity. Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez Learns about Feminism This Twitter exchange between Rodriguez and two fans gives us hope others will see the light in 2015.
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2014 certainly had its ups and downs, didn’t it? But as this year comes to a close, let’s take some time to focus on some of the ups. Namely, some of the fantastic videos, Twitter hashtags, interviews, and quotes from human beings which actually made us feel good about the state of the world for once.
In no particular order, here are some of our favorites from this past year—and here’s to hoping that in 2015, we will take all this great dialogue and continue to change things for the better.
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