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resistance: STOP celebrating women by selling us products!

Because it is also consumerism that ails us, that impales us, that renders us a part of a contest that we did not sign up for. Here’s to a Woman’s Month that is just about us, not about products that are supposed to make us feel womanhood.

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resistance: FADER throws GQ some shade

So GQ celebrates Roger Federer on its cover AND on twitter:


And then FADER, well, gave ’em shade.


resistance: Emma Watson, a braless photo, and the woman’s male gaze

So Emma Watson posed bra-less for Vogue and got this backlash, and more, and more:


This was the photo:


This was Emma’s response:

“It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is. Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it.”

She is of course correct. At the heart of feminism is the woman’s right to choose, and ultimately this was a choice she made and this does not diminish in any way where she stands on the fight for women’s rights. In fact, to insist that going bra-less stands against feminist ideology makes absolutely no sense — unless of course we’re talking about the fact of the male gaze dictating how going bra-less means nothing but the sexualization of a woman?

Emma also says:

“I’m confused. Most people are confused. No, I’m just always just quietly stunned.”

Yeah, we all are.


resistance: Siera Bearchell on pageants and loving one’s self


sierabearchell: Before MISS UNIVERSE, I had countless people telling me to lose weight and to work on my “fitness.” I almost felt like an outsider while I listened to people telling me to eat lean protein, only green vegetables and no fruit besides green apples. I was told to work on my legs because they were “too big”, narrow my waist, and get liposuction to make the entire process “easier.” I didn’t find any of this shocking because I heard similar things for years and it was ingrained in my mind to be accepted. BUT for the first time, I was able to hear and see how utterly ridiculous it all was. What was wrong with my body? Why should I change it when I like the way it is? Why am I trying to fit this image of what others have told me is beautiful? Why can’t my body be celebrated just the way it is? I am strong, healthy, fit and I like who I am. Why should I change who I am for the acceptance of what others believe to be beautiful? I was finally able to love myself for who I was and I was not going to go down the dark path of self deprivation and depreciation that I had been down so many times before. •Beauty, happiness and acceptance begins within and that is often the most difficult place to find it. Once we love ourselves for who we are, we can totally transform what it means to be happy. #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverse#beautybeyondsize #everybodyisbeatiful

resistance: real women in H&M video

More info here, and here.

resistance: do not miss the power that is in Jessy Mendiola’s statements

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resistance: Queens On Screen by Shivani Gorle

Indian illustrator Shivani Gorle is reminding us all of these powerful female characters, that just are, no matter conventions, no matter expectations. One wishes for someone to do it for good ol’ Pinas, too, but then again, given Hollywood, well, we got ourselves the same icons, too!

“I started making these illustrations last month, with the aim of driving the perception that the heroine is just as bad-ass as the hero. That she doesn’t need to talk, dress or behave in a particular way to win hearts. Or not win hearts. Because she can do whatever she wants.”



resistance: Julia Roberts says no to heels!

While the Philippines was all agog about the Cannes win, on the red carpet and off, of the Ma’Rosa team, Julia Roberts was  going about her own seemingly tiny rebellion, but which can only be part of the continued revolt of the hollywood celebrity from superficiality and fakery, and well, the insistence that for women to be considered “red carpet worthy” they must suffer in heels. ‘Yup at the Cannes no less. How embarrassing, really.

But also, one hopes, that some of our local celebrities also begin to do these small things, that make them more real as women, instead of being impossible examples of perfection to the Pinay audience.

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resistance: power. grace. wisdom. wonder.

Context: Growing up, all female superheroes, including Wonder Woman was just that token woman in the sea of male superheroes, and she was painted as nothing but sex object. I have no memories of the old Wonder Woman’s power, or wisdom, not even her grace.

One can only be glad that in 2017, a new generation of girls will find that super heroism — fictional as this is — can be about real strong womanhood as well.


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