Being a babe isn’t about outward attractiveness. It isn’t about how many 14ers you’ve summited, the number of miles you’ve hiked, or how long your hair is. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, black or white, rich or poor, male, female, or somewhere in between.
Being a babe is about holding each other up, giving back, and apologizing when we’ve made mistakes. It’s about not taking life too seriously, but being mature enough to handle whatever gets thrown at us.
Sounds like you? Rejoice! And share the love – according to my calculations we’re severely understaffed in the babe department and the maximum capacity is infinite.
The New F-Word By Shannon Tierney
Recently in the media I have noticed the rise of news articles with titles similar to, ‘Why I Would Never Call Myself a Feminist.’
These articles include things about feminism that really wouldn’t be a problem if people were educated about what it means to be an advocate for women’s rights. Unfortunately in the 21st century, a lot of the time, a feminist is seen as a woman who doesn’t shave and hates men.
But truly a feminist is any person who supports the EQUALITY of all sexes. A lot of the time the term ‘feminist’ brings forth many negative thoughts.
Getting the rights we protest for and strive for wouldn’t make men less than us. It would make us more equal.
This is something that I understand but feel like plenty of other people just don’t. I understand that demonizing men is not going to solve any problems.
All in all it’s important for people to be educated before they go spitting ‘facts’ about feminism.
If there wasn’t so much controversy surrounding the topic we’d be able to make way more progress than what is happening.
I’d hate to say it but, in my opinion, feminism has made hardly any progress since we got the right to vote nearly 100 years ago.
We still have a low male to female ratio in congress, the pay gap between men and women is slowly widening, and more.
Women’s rights are a mess right now.
As long as people think that feminists are seen as crazy men haters nobody is going to take our points seriously.
The Women's March started as a Facebook event, but quickly gained momentum around the globe as a response to issues concerning women’s rights, environmental rights, racism, LGBT+ rights, and the election of Donald Trump. Every continent experienced at least one march, including Antarctica.
What did the Women’s Marches show us?
It showed us that there are millions of people around the world willing to take a stand against fascism, racism, discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, and misogyny.
It showed us more people are dedicated to marching against Trump and Pence than for them.
It showed us how much we value each other and the right to protest, as there were no official reports of violence or arrests during any of the U.S. marches.
The march is over, but the resistance is not. It is very important to maintain the momentum and motivation from the march by calling your elected officials (find your Representatives and Senators), signing petitions, demonstrating when you are able to, and showing Trump and his administration that we will not back down. We have the people, now we need the action.
Get involved in your community.
Volunteer at a homeless or women’s shelter.
Educate yourself on the issues.
Volunteer for your local political office.
Donate to groups like Planned Parenthood, the Environmental Defense Fund, the ACLU, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Fight to protect the environment.
Contact your elected officials if you are unhappy with how they’re representing you (the organization 5 calls helps you find phone numbers to contact your officials, and even provides you with an organized script for you to refer to).
Do something to show Trump we won't back down.
Be loud. Be aggressive. Be present.
We have a lot of work to do.
Follow the Women’s March official accounts here: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Read about the Denver march here, and see some incredible photographs taken by Conner.
Watch some footage from the D.C. march below, or here.
It’s never too late to let your voice be heard.