We Need Feminism More Than Ever in 2017

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It’s still a mystery why after all the strides we’ve managed to make through the decades, how a privileged rich old white man with practically zero presidential or political experience who advocates to “grab her by the pussy” became the 45th President of the United States. It’s really devastating to read articles about bright, ambitious individuals who were interested to coming to America change their minds after seeing the current state of US affairs. It’s no doubt that we still had a long way to go in terms of political, economic and social rights before, but now the government is pretty much the butt of every joke. Seriously, it’s kind of difficult to go a day without getting a notification about some deplorable executive order or proposed law.

In case you know someone who lives in a cave or plugs their ears with their fingers and violently screams, “LA LA LA” when addressing the deteriorating equal rights of genders, here are some sources to site when arguing why we need feminism more than ever.

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Image Source: Huffington Post

  1. Brock Turner and Rape Culture

Yeah, I’m pretty sure we were all tired of seeing his ugly frazzled mug every five seconds when scrolling through any social or news feed for a time. Brock Turner the rapist Standford swimmer who escaped his crime with a slap of the wrist, maybe less than a slap—like a tap or a pinch, of raping an unconscious girl behind a dumpster. Classy, right? His father penned a letter to the judge asking leniency for his crime, defending that his life will never be the same and that jail time would be “a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action…” Maybe sir you should have simply taught your son not to abuse women but if you see your son’s heinous crime as “action” maybe someone should have taught you. It’s 2017 and sadly rape culture is still a thing.

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  1. Abortions and Planned Parenthood

The Trump administration’s mission statement, besides ruining America, is to take reproductive rights away from women. If it were the other way around, pregnant men would be able to find abortion clinics every other block like a Starbucks. Sadly that’s not the case and Trump is seeking to defund Planned Parenthood and ban abortion. The fight for the rights to control our own bodies is still very much real.

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  1. Wage Gap

Women are often paid less than their male counterparts for the same work. Not because they are less qualified, but because they are women. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, in 2015, females only made 80 cents or every dollar that a man made, meaning men are paid 20% more. The gap gets worse when you’re a woman of color, ranging from 50-60 cents instead of 80.

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  1. Gender Identity and Bathrooms

On February 22, Trump rescinded laws that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms of their gender identity. Seriously? You can’t even let people use the bathroom safely? The truth is, trans students risk harassment when forced to use restrooms assigned to their birth gender. It should be a basic human right to be able to use the bathroom safely and comfortably.

 

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US president or high school bully?

  1. Trump

Just, everything about Trump and his misogyny is deplorable. He treats women as objects, even his daughter in a pretty disgusting ambiguously incestial fashion. From calling Alicia Machado names such as “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” to his infamous “grab her by the pussy” video, his sexist attacks leave me dumbfounded to say the least. Donald Trump has feuds with countless strong women personalities, one of them being Meryl Streep, who called him out on making fun of someone with disabilities.

So, if you know someone who thinks feminist issues are a thing of the past, here’s a small list of the many things that are going wrong at the moment.

America Hates Me

It’s November 9, 2016 and when I woke up this morning, I realized America hated me. I am an American. I was born in San Francisco on a crisp fall day. My parents are both immigrants who came to this country looking for opportunity, hope, and a better future. The way that we read about foreigners coming to America in books and movies, it sounds like a country with open arms and ample work and cash and prosperity.

Years before I was born, my mother was walking through the Tenderloin back to her apartment. When she walked by a man, he spat at her and said, “Go back to China, bitch.”

I realized now nothing has changed.

I am so utterly disgusted that a majority of America has chosen a sexist, racist, pompous, ignorant, disrespectful old rich white man to be our leader. To represent us. I thought it would be impossible, but I guess I’ve been hiding in my safe, accepting, and loving bubble of California, completely unaware to what was happening in other parts of America.

Presidential Election Results by State- Source: NY Times

It hurts to know that most of my country, especially Middle America, believes what he believes — that people of color should be shunned. That there should be a wall separating us. That we should be sent away. That we are unequal. That it is okay to grab women. To abuse them. To objectify them. To be denied rights of our own bodies.

America hates me, and I didn’t realize how much it did until now.

I feel so betrayed by my home, my country.

I always knew we lived in a society with hatred institutionalized in our core, but I thought we had progressed so much over time. The worst part of it is, it’s not all Trump’s fault. He does not create the hate, the fear, and bigotry, but it existed within America and he brought it out. I see now the face of America, which was not the America I knew yesterday. Not “my America”.

America hates me.

Marginalized groups, it is more important now more than ever that we band together in solidarity and support one another.

Originally published on my Medium page.

Another Song About California

Midsummer 2016… new hair, more self-love, and big ol’ mom jeans.

I wanted to do a typical self-encouraging, motivational “new year, new you” post during New Years but in all honestly I didn’t actually feel that way at the time. I was actually feeling really low and I couldn’t bring myself to lie about feeling great, even though I did really want to convey the message of self-love.

But where, has the time gone? It’s the midsummer, and the living is somewhat easy. A lot has changed, and I’ve definitely made some hard choices to improve my life for the better. But I think I’ll elaborate on that in a later post. ❤️

I’ve wanted to do my hair ombre for years now, but was always afraid of looking unprofessional and possibly damaging my hair by bleaching it. But you know what? I did it! And I couldn’t be happier. You should be judged by your skills, ability, and hard work– not looks. I’m glad to be somewhere that does so. I got my hair done at my usual salon, and it turns out they only had to bleach the tip of my hair, so if it is damaged, it’ll grow back!

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Yup, repping more pussy power with my statement feminist clothes. I’m a huge fan of Valfre and get really excited when they have sales. The highest discount I’ve ever seen from them was 40% for Black Friday, but I am more than happy to support feminist indie designers instead of fast fashion chains!

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MMM I LOVE HAIR YUM YUM

 

I don’t know why, but I became infatuated with high-waisted mom jeans and decided to buy a pair. I’m about 5″3 so I thought they might make me look even stumpier than I am, but you know what? YOLO! I don’t have that seamless hourglass look that I see all over Instagram, in fact I got more rolls like La Boulangerie, but I only have one life to live, so why be afraid of fashion?

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Here’s a close-up of my locks! I call it sunset hair! Where do I get it done? Chinatown, San Francisco.

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Outfit:

Tee- Valfre

Jeans- American Apparel

Yes, It is Wrong to Assume I like K-pop

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Minzy – Source: YouTube

“So you like K-pop.”

“Uh… no? Why?”

“You look like you like K-pop.”

“I do?”

“Yeah. Your hair. And your makeup. You have the K-pop look.”

Yes, it is wrong to assume I like K-pop. Do I actually like K-pop? Sure, why the hell not? I mean, I’m not really a fan but I don’t hate it. I can name about eight songs off the top of my head, and in that limited eight-song-knowledge there are artists I prefer more than others, but that’s beside the point. Saying I like K-pop because of the way I look, is like assuming any person with blonde hair and blue eyes likes country music.

Read the rest on Medium.

2015: Pussy Power & Commodity Feminism

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This past year, we saw a substantial rise in the support of gender equality. From students defying to have their bodies dehumanized from archaic dress codes, to defying gender roles in the tech industry, to Target’s daring move to eliminate gender-based signage in stores, there were countless feminist moments in 2015.

In my outfit pictured above, I found a cute vintage-looking scoop neck tee that reads, “Raise Boys and Girls The Same Way.” It has a nostalgic feel to it, reminiscent to the graphic tees that were popular when I was in middle school that read things such as, ”Girls Rule, Boys Drool.”

The slew of clothing and other products centered around positive female messaging has left me both ecstatic and confused. I’m elated that we can unite and support each other’s ideology through fashion and pop culture. But, it also leads me to wonder, why did all this clothing come out recently?

Feminist issues have taken unprecedented popularity in our younger people more recently. It would seem that somewhere in 2014-2015, feminism has become more commodified than ever.

A play on Karl Marx’s commodity fetishism, commodity feminism is the appropriation of feminist ideals in the market place. In this sense, feminism is reduced to products which are packaged and sold. This reaches beyond tee-shirts and cropped tops with feminist messaging, but campaigns such as Dove’s Real Beauty and American Eagle’s Aerie Real. As with any exposure, there is good and bad. It is good that women’s equality has gained so much attention, sparking about change. My personal criticism for most of these campaigns is that the women advertised still very much retain an ideal hourglass shape for the male gaze, large breasts with a small pinched waistline. A little contradictory when we are trying to say that all bodies are good bodies.

As for cropped tops that scream “Pussy Power!” and “Ain’t No Wifey”, I hope that the consumers whom purchase them understand the meaning behind them instead of slapping on things that sound “cool.” 

I own a bomber jacket that reads, “Fight Like A Girl.” An man once asked me, “Shouldn’t that read ‘You Fight Like a Girl?'” 

“Nope!” I answered, “Girls can fight just as good.”

I suppose with any attention there will always be some negative, but exposure brings about awareness, and from awareness there can be change

Outfit:

Top- Brandy Melville

Bottoms- American Apparel