Yesterday, March 8th, was International Women’s Day as well as the “Day without a Woman” protest arranged by the organizers of the Women’s March. March as a whole is also Women’s History Month. In honor of these events, I thought I would share with you lovely readers some of my favorite female activist authors. Some were authors first, some activists first, but all deserve to be celebrated. Continue reading Daily Geekette’s Favorite Activist Authors
So you love Harry Potter but now, years after the seventh book has come out, the Wizarding World is not as big a part of your life as it once was. (Though the impending Fantastic Beasts movie and Cursed Child musical certainly give you something new to chew on.) But what to do with all that energy that was once devoted to trying to figure out where all the horcruxes were, predict if Snape was good or bad, and pin hopes on who would survive the final battle? Why not take that energy and use it to give back, to do good, to use the power of Harry Potter to bring joy to more people across the world? Here are 6 suggestions of ways you can use your HP love for good by supporting Harry-Potter-related charities and activists: Continue reading Use Your HP Love for Good–Activism and Charity in the Harry Potter Fandom
Yesterday the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to two heroic advocates for children: Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, and Kailash Satyarthi of India. Yousafzai is the youngest recipient of the award at a mere 17 years old. But there is nothing “mere” about Malala: almost exactly two years ago she was shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting education of girls in Pakistan. The then-fifteen year old survived and continued her activism undeterred. Now internationally famous, she even gave a speech at the U.N. on her sixteenth birthday.
Yousafzai’s efforts complement those of Satyarthi, who has been at the forefront of the global movement to end the exploitation of children since 1980. He established that child labor was the result of poverty, illiteracy, and many other social evils. Like Malala he promotes education as a method to combat those evils, and has been similarly attacked for his efforts several times. But that hasn’t stopped him from leading peaceful demonstrations, rescuing children from sweatshops in Delhi, or founding organizations like the Global Campaign for Education.
After the shooting in Santa Barbara, California, hit the news, the internet exploded with new discussions about misogyny, male entitlement, and the way our culture deals with gender and sexuality. Out of these discussions, emerged a highly successful Twitter trend directed towards dismissive responses that cropped up every time someone posted a feminist opinion about the shooting. The trend was called #YesAllWomen, a direct response to the comment “but not all men are violent/entitled/misogynist/whatever.” YesAllWomen means that, while it is true that not every man has the potential to end up like Elliot Roger, killing women to punish them for withholding sexual pleasure from him, every single woman in this culture today has dealt with a man who felt entitled to her body or the pleasure and entertainment it could provide.
The Girl Code Movement was founded last November by Syracuse University students Caroline Heres, Julie Gelb, and Jackie Reilly, inspired by Heres and Reilly’s own experiences with sexual assault, and a desire to make a change. On its facebook page they state that their mission is “To unite college women across the country to become active operatives to stop a rape from happening.” They encourage college women to watch out for at-risk peers and step up to help prevent rape. With the catchy name “cock block crew” (CBC), the facebook page even provides two “Cock Block tips” about trusting your instincts if you feel unsafe, and sticking together with friends while out. In the recent Buzzfeed article about the group (which is in the process of registering as an official organization on Syracuse’ campus), Heres is quoted saying “We wanted to do something for women and by women, so that we can create a better relationship among women on campus.”