We don’t often shed light onto who is actually behind Faces of Feminism. In fact, the ‘about’ page of our website is the only place we talk about ourselves, so we thought we would start a monthly practice of sharing our feminist favorites. These are items ranging from podcasts to movies to brands to Instagram accounts.
1.“The Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power” by Audre Lorde
It may seem ridiculous to choose this as a monthly favorite because it is a classic piece of feminist literature, but it is crucial nonetheless, and every feminist must read it. Audre Lorde was an author and feminist, and in this piece she explores the idea that women find power in sexuality and explains that exploiting women through pornography is different than allowing them to explore the erotic. She explains how the erotic is a source of knowledge and can be used for change.
2.Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
The native community of the United States is still facing oppression, and this book reminds readers the importance of indigenous knowledge. Kimmerer details how her grandparents were torn from their Potawatomi community and sent to boarding schools where their traditions and culture were erased. She also works to show how treating the Earth as a being can change how we see and solve climate change. Undoubtedly the most powerful and mind-altering book I have ever read.
3.Mona Chalabi’s Instagram
Mona Chalabi is a data editor at the Guardian. She takes data, facts, and statistics and creates inventive and compelling graphics with them. Her Instagram (@monachalabi) is home to many of her graphics, most of which have an activist minded approach or theme. For instance, she recently drew the exact number of children currently being detained by the U.S. government.
1.”We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Although this essay adapted from Adichie’s TedxTALK is basic knowledge on intersectional feminism and privilege, it is basic knowledge many people still do not have. Adichie writes eloquently, yet simply about why, in the modern world, it is crucial for everyone to be a feminist. Through personal stories from her youth in Nigeria to societal criticisms, Adichies “We Should All Be Feminists” is a rousing call-to-action that is a must-read for all genders.
2. Alok Vaid-Menon’s Instagram
Alok Vaid-Menon is a performance artist, a writer, and an all-around fashion-forward human. I’ve been following them for a couple years now and their vulnerability, kind-heart, and educating Instagram captions keeps me under their spell. Not to mention, their spoken word pieces and slam poetry never fails to make me emotional and grow as a human. Follow them for a better view of the world and for some dopea$$ editorial content!