Feminist Fare Friday: The Soy Yo Edition

Another Friday and another trip to the laundromat for me. 

Yes, our washing machine is still broken, but at least today my old friend Ryan, who just happens to own an appliance repair company, came over see what the problem is, and to let us know at least how much longer we have to wait to get parts!

What else is one to do while you wait for your laundry to be done?

READ all the great feminist stuff that the internet has provided this week.

Which is what I did and now here it is for you.


1. Brandon Stanton from Humans of New York photographed and interviewed Hillary Clinton this week. And I don't know ANY woman who can not relate to these words from the future President of the United States... 

But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that’s a hard path to walk. Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don’t want to seem ‘walled off.’

2. I was a tried and true fan of What Not to Wear for many seasons back in the day, and have always loved Stacy London. This piece she wrote for Refinery 29 for their F*ckTheFashionRules September run - and probably one of the best I have ever read there - cements that love and makes me think Stacy and I should totally hang out one day, or at least be Facebook friends.

It isn’t simply that I no longer play by the gender rulebook, it’s that the rules suddenly feel stacked against me. We still live in a culture where men grow more handsome, distinguished, and even trustworthy with age. Women are not afforded the same. Sociobiologically speaking, in caveman days, if we could no longer bear children our use-value dropped sharply and inevitably. And it was rather convenient that our lifespans were short enough that we would generally die soon after childbearing age anyway. So what’s a modern-day woman, who could live to be 120, going to do with all this extra time in the middle? In the middle of the middle?

3. I have recently learned about something called noncomplementary behaviour. It's really kind of fascinating and if you really want to have a super awesome AHA moment, listen to this INVISIBILIA podcast to learn more about it.

I bring this up, because I want to share the following comic created by a french illustrator on what to do if you are a bystander and witness islamaphobia. It's a technique I think would work in many situations, is based on the idea of noncomplementary behaviour, and really, it could save a life. 

4. This music video from Bomba Estéreo is everything this week. Soy Yo means It's Me, and the little girl in the video is ALL OF US. 


Have a great weekend everyone! 



P.S. If you haven't guessed already, I am writing a post a day for the month of September. Come back every day! I'll try to keep it interesting ;)