Try is Colbie Caillat’s Message of Self-Love

We interrupt out Feminism 101 series to bring you a new song/video from Colbie Caillat. The song and video work together to deliver a message of body acceptance and self-love, and rejects the notion that we need to spend hundreds of dollars and hours of valuable time attempting to look a certain way for someone else’s pleasure.

Check out this perfectly feminist video with beautiful women for an amazing, uplifting song. This song will probably be stuck in your head, but you’ll appreciate it.

If you love wearing makeup and having hair extensions makes you feel amazing, awesome! We, in no way, are saying you should never get dolled up. We just want you to know you’re beautiful, and we hope you like you, because we do.

Please share this video widely. There are lots of women and girls who need to hear this song, and see the beauty that exists in joy, freedom, self-acceptance, and self-love.

To learn more about the inspiration behind Try and the making of the video, check out this article.

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The F-Word: Laci Green Talks Feminism

In our last post, we defined feminism. It’s a word that causes confusion for some – mostly those who don’t bother to look it up – and that is quite detrimental to the largely misunderstood movement.

During the month of July, we’re committed to educating you on feminism – it’s definition, misconceptions, the history of the movement, and what you can do to move it forward.

Enter Laci Green. All kinds of awesome. Feminist superhero. Impeccable timing. This video, in which she addresses the F-Word confusion, has been widely shared, and we’ve watched it, nodding our feminist heads and pumping our feminist fists. Laci Green gets it, and she’s happy to help you get it too.

Check out the video.


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The F-Word: What is Feminism?

Where feminism is concerned, confusion abounds. People have strong, visceral reactions to the mere mention of the word. Its definition escapes the masses. It requires explaining.

Conversations concerning feminism must, eventually, address two questions:

1. What is feminism?

2. What is not feminism?

For now, let’s focus on what feminism is all about.

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By definition, in the simplest of terms, feminism is a(n)…

  • belief that men, women, and gender-nonconforming people should have equal rights
  • idea that rights should not be gender specific or discriminating
  • movement aimed at and advocating for the definition, establishment, and protection of equality in social, political, economic, legal, and cultural rights for people of all genders

The important word to remember whenever feminism is discussed is equality. Every false idea about feminism is due to the lack of understanding of its true definition and ignorance of this core principle. Equality.

To summarize:

  • Feminism is a belief in equality.
  • Feminism is the idea that all people – regardless of gender – should have access to the same opportunities through the equal rights principle.
  • Feminism is the movement which advocates for equal rights for people of all genders.

480px-TransGender_Equality-Symbol_black-and-white.svg (1)Equal playing field. Equal access to jobs. Equal opportunities to run for political office. Equal pay for equal work. Equal access to public spaces. Equal right to assembly. Equal access to contraception and sexual and reproductive health services. Equal representation in film, literature, music, and visual arts. Equal domestic responsibilities. Equal voice.

Equal, equal, equal, equal, equal, and then a lot more equal.

Feminism is about equality. It’s a belief. An idea. A doctrine. A principle. A cause. An agenda. A necessity. An answer. A movement. It’s inclusive. It’s for everyone. It’s for you. It needs you.

Get with it.


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The Other F-word

When this word is spoken, people run for cover. Many men seek shelter, or don every piece of armor imaginable in preparation for the battle of their lives. Many women try to go unnoticed, slipping away as inconspicuously as possible to avoid any chance of association with the term.

This particular F-word is fear-inducing, power-snatching, revolutionary, and altogether misunderstood. It’s meaning, for anyone who bothers to look it up, it clear, but its root sends people running. It seems the word itself and the ideas it evokes – not its actual meaning – is the fuel to the fire of fear, confusion, and resistance. Oh, language, the convolution you cause!

In this, the 21st century, we can’t continue to ignore the word, its meaning, or its implications. We have to address it, and it seems we have to do so repeatedly and more and more people hear it, but not its meaning. We have to combat the misconceptions in order to eradicate the fear and resistance. This, friends, is the beginning.

July is the month to discuss – DUN DUN DUNNNNN! – feminism!

There. It’s been said. Feminism.

We’re talking feminism all month long. We’ll start with the basics. We’ll define it, recall its history, cite examples of it in action, assess the progress of the movement, and highlight its leaders. This is going to be a great education for you, regardless of your age, gender, income, education level, political affiliations, religious beliefs, or any other identity marker.

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Why Girls Think Sexual Harassment is Normal

Here are 4 myths, according to Everyday Feminism, which lead to girls viewing sexual harassment as normal:

1. Males of our species have very poor self-control.

2. Female sexuality exists for the benefit of and belongs to men – and men alone.

3. Girls must take responsibility for male sexuality and protect themselves against it.

4. If any dispute arises about whether sexual contact was enthusiastically welcomed, err on the side of penis because women are manipulative liars.


We find it interesting that the same myths have led schools to impose ridiculous dress codes on female and female-presenting students.

Read the full article by Samantha Eyler for Everyday Feminism here.

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The B-word

Here’s a performance by Isabel Elliott and Maddie Cramer at a Brave New Voices poetry slam:

How do you feel about “the b-word”?

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Amy’s Story: “Hey, bald head!”

As I walked by with my friend, I could feel some guys staring at us. They didn’t say anything until we were several yards away. Then one of them yelled out, “Hey, bald head!” When I didn’t respond, he yelled again, “Bald head!” I didn’t feel like getting into it with him, so I just kept walking.

I've got your back!

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Why Melissa Fabello is a Body Image Activist

All great reasons, right?

Tell us one thing you love about your body.

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