feminism: a call for change

The internet saw Emma Watson, a UN Global Goodwill Ambassador, broadcast an important message from the United Nations this week (Saturday the 20th, to be exact). At her HeForShe speech, she called upon men, boys, and society at large to stand up for feminism, a basic human right. Watson’s approach was simple: equality for the sexes does not just benefit one demographic or one group; it benefits everyone. Why should women be demeaned for speaking their mind? Why should men be emasculated by showing their feelings? These Medieval social mores are long overdue for a renaissance, and Watson does a beautiful job at crafting an appeal that does not leave anyone out. If you haven’t yet seen Watson’s speech, take twelve minutes out of your day to watch this budding activist push for a new standard, and check out the HeForShe homepage.

monday mood / sept. 22nd

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Listening to…
The Soronprfbs’ “I Love You All”

Reading…
As You Like It
 by William Shakespeare

Check out…
how ISIS works / this ekphrastic poetry challenge for all my fellow writers / an article + little video about how Crayola crayons are made / Edward Gorey’s illustrations for vintage paperback covers / the article “Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, and a Case of the Anxiety of Influence”

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I’m incredibly sad I missed the last Monday Mood, but sometimes we all need a break, and I desperately needed that week for some serious work time. I still haven’t caught up though and am in serious need of a mug that dispenses endless coffee. Does anyone have one of those up their sleeve for me today?

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monday mood / sept. 8th

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Watching…
Orange is the New Black (Season 2), The Wonder Years (Season 6)

Listening to…
everything and anything by Gorillaz, Interpol, and Kaiser Chiefs

Check out…
“The Death of the Moth” by Virginia Woolf / artist Dita Pepe’s “Self-Portraits with Men & Women” / melted ceramic china by Livia Marin / the essay “Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gay / another new book by Haruki Murakami coming out in December / these interesting deep-sea mushroom creatures

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More surreal imagery this week, since I’ve been having incredibly strange dreams about ancient caves carved into rock faces and other oddities. Happy Monday!

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