If you’re reading this and you’re saying to yourself, “well I’m not a feminist,” and you’re about to click away. Just wait a second and read a few more sentences.
Do you think men and women should be equal socially, economically, and politically? Basically, do you think that men and women are equal? If yes, then I hate (love) to say it, you’re a feminist. Yeah, even if you’re a dude. Welcome to the club.
If you looked at that definition and thought “yeah, still no on the whole feminist thing,” then by all means, click away and continue “making America great again.”
2016 is ending and with 2017 is coming something I wish was still a joke: a Trump presidency. With most of the country (she won the popular vote, y’all) appalled and scared of what may come of the new administration, many people turn to positive voices that give them hope and empower them. For me, that’s feminist and inclusive voices. Whether it’s some of my ass-kicking aunts or an actress standing up for herself, I am applauding and storing those memories away for a time when I’m not feeling my best.
Over the next four years, feminists are going to have some tough times, but with some of these entertainment outlets, maybe we can all relax for a few hours, laugh, and enjoy our fellow feminists.
This is an amazing podcast hosted by the one and only Jessica Williams and the one and only Phoebe Robinson. You might remember Jessica Williams from The Daily Show and Phoebe Robinson just came out with a book called You Can’t Touch My Hair. It’s a live comedy podcast with a wide variety guests up to and including, Danielle Brooks, Zasheer Zamata, and John Mulaney and Nick Kroll as their characters in their Broadway show, Oh Hello.
Every episode is hilarious and has a 100% guarantee of making you laugh on your morning commute. 10/10 must listen.
Want to see a kickass woman of color literally kick ass? Answer: WHO DOESN’T? Priyanka Chopra is the main character in this show about FBI agents learning the tricks of the trade at Quantico, but it also jumps to the future when her character, Alex, is accused of bombing Grand Central Station. It’s exciting, it’s awesome, and totally binge-worthy (I hate that phrase, but it fits here).
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy was written by Joss to turn the trope of the damsel in distress on its head. And it worked. Buffy is the one girl in the entire world that can save it. She’s physically strong but she also wants to be a cheerleader, befriends a couple of nerds who help her fight demons, and falls in love with a hunky vampire (a better love story than Twilight could ever be). She’s also witty as hell and if you think she’s a myth, then you’re “myth-taken.”
Plus! If you like to listen to two awesome women talk about Buffy and the Slayettes and the PATRIARCHY (they limit themselves to only once per episode), then you’re going to love Buffering the Vampire Slayer! They also have the Sexual Tension Award every week – my favorite so far being between Giles and Angel: Angiles. Also, if you’re watching for the first time – no worries – they avoid spoilers for future episodes.
4. Stuff Mom Never Told You
I LIKE PODCASTS, OKAY? SMNTY is actually ending their run this week, but have no fear. They have over 800 episodes on topics like menstrual cups, mansplaining, and Oprah Winfrey. There’s literally something for everyone to enjoy in their episode list.
5. Lenny Letter
If you’d rather read than listen or watch, then subscribe to the Lenny Letter. Founded by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, there are interviews with artists, activists, writers, etc. every Friday. They also have articles, stories, comics, and poems written by women. It’s like a feminist gift right in your inbox.
It’s something you should do, but it’s also yet another podcast that I love. It’s a podcast “for long distance besties everywhere.” All of my besties are long distance and none of them listen to this podcast yet, but soon I shall make them. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman call each other every week and talk. It’s like an hour of girl talk, especially when Aminatou fills in Ann about what’s going on with the Kardashians. I don’t keep up with the K’s, but I found that whole exchange riveting.
You might be thinking “you want me to listen to a podcast about someone talking about the Kardashians?” No. Well, I want you to listen to this podcast where they once talked about the Kardashians, but they also discuss “this week in period news” and the election (they call POETUS “Ivanka’s Dad”) and other feminist news. It’s delightful and if you’re not listening to it, what are you even doing with your life.
P.S. Ann Friedman has a newsletter that you should subscribe to. It only comes on Fridays and if you give her $5 you get hilarious pie charts as well as interesting articles.
As someone who basically just started her career, this book by Sophia Amoruso was so empowering. #Girlboss is about Sophia starting her business, trusting her instincts, and not taking any shit. She built something from the ground up and it’s successful.
My favorite quote from the book and possibly ever: “Good things come to those who get shit done.”
P.S. She also has a podcast called Girlboss Radio where she talks with other female businesswomen and creatives.
8. Feminist Fight Club
It’s something you should join but it’s also a book you should buy. It’s the perfect gift for college grads heading out into “the real world,” and by that, I mean sexist work places. It’s an unfortunate reality that many women will find themselves in male-dominated fields. I was lucky enough to land myself in a female-dominated office, but most aren’t.
To prepare, join the feminist fight club!
9. Books by Feminists for Feminists
- Gloria Steinem: Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions
- Amy Schumer: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
- Mindy Kaling: Why Not Me?
- Malala Yousafzai: I Am Malala
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We Should All Be Feminists
- Amy Poehler: Yes Please
- Caitlin Moran: How to Be a Woman
- Roxane Gay: Bad Feminist
- Rebecca Solnit: Men Explain Things to Me
This obviously isn’t an exhaustive list of everything in feminist entertainment and media. What are your suggestions? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments below!