Malala’s Birthday, meditation with profanity and yoga unlike any other, hidden pregnancy and an innovative pregnancy test, oh, and boobies. It’s the Monday Menagerie.
Malala Yousafzai’s 18th birthday was yesterday, and this post is dedicated to her.
She is a young woman who stands up for the rights of others, speaks out loud what she believes, and might be the single bravest girl alive today. If you want to learn about her go here, her story is absolutely inspiring.
An excerpt from her story:
Her assassination attempt received worldwide condemnation and protests across Pakistan. Over 2 million people signed the Right to Education campaign. The petition helped lead to the ratification of Pakistan’s first right to education bill.
Her shooting, and her refusal to stand down from what she believed was right, brought to light the plight of millions of children around the world who are denied an education today.
She celebrated her birthday by opening a school for Syrian Refugees, and made this powerful statement:
“I am honored to mark my 18th birthday with the brave and inspiring girls of Syria,” Malala said in a statement. “On this day, I have a message for the leaders of this country, this region and the world–you are failing the Syrian people, especially Syria’s children. This is a heartbreaking tragedy–the world’s worst refugee crisis in decades.”
Do you want to stand up alongside Malala? Take the #booksnotbullets challenge, below:
Post a photo of yourself holding up your favorite book and share why YOU choose #BooksNotBullets – and tell world leaders to fund the real weapon for change, education. We’ll use them on Malala Day to show world leaders that the public wants global education to be a top priority.
note: this challenge ended July 12th, but you can still participate!
Malina Suliman, an Afghan graffiti artist, speaks with fierce and moving honesty about women, the burqa, and how art changed her life.
“There are two ways. One is to be a puppet, follow the culture, and do whatever they want. That was mentally disturbing to me, and still is. And the other way is to go out. I knew there would be problems from my family, and also from my environment. But I thought that physical pain would be better than the mental pain. And I started working as an artist.”
(shared by Jamie Bullock)
(adult content) Rashida Jones interviewed by Vice about her new documentary, Hot Girls Wanted. This is a great interview and definitely worth taking 13 minutes out of your day for, Rashida speaks with clarity and intelligence about a very difficult topic– young girls in the porn industry.
(Shared by Kristin Tona)
This story from Talia Goldstein illuminates a strong and very present bias against pregnant women in the workplace; it is a very under discussed sub-issue within the broader struggle for working mothers in the world today.
“Once my pregnancy became common knowledge, I was shocked by colleagues’ reactions. Instead of congratulating me, as they would for a woman in a different career, they expressed confusion about why I wanted to continue to work hard and grow the company. It was as if I had immediately transformed from a capable leader into an incapable vessel, just by being pregnant.”
Jessamyn Stanley brings forth the true beauty of yoga, and it ain’t about a skinny body.
‘I was intrigued by how self-satisfying the practice could be,’ she wrote on her blog. ‘Unlike other physical activities, yoga awakened my spiritual curiosity even when I was pressed against the boundary of physical exhaustion.’
(shared by Kristin Tona)
Ok, this is hilarious and I don’t know how you’re supposed to focus on meditation while laughing out loud, but somehow this actually relaxed me a LOT. (there is cursing, you’ve been warned!)
“Breathe in strength, breathe out bullish*t…”
(shared by Tess Gamboa)
Another awesome list of kick-ass women from history, but this one is full of funniness, with a healthy dose of curse words. I have to say, I’m not a potty-mouth but I LOVED this!
(shared by Kristin Tona)
I have very mixed feelings towards this whole scenario. Is it ok to publicly share someone else’s private correspondence with you, without letting them know beforehand? Regardless of what the content says (unless it is explicitly threatening or in some way dangerous). I think it’s wonderful that women stand up for themselves, for their bodies, yet I really find this to be going over the limit of respectability. What are your thoughts?
(shared by Brittany Wilkerson)
The True Cost – documentary (trailer)
This trailer is tough to watch. It’s intense, but I think this film brings to light an issue that is SO important to us as a population today: Disposable, fast-food fashion.
An enlightening article by Camille Lapierre which delves into the subject of the film– the world of “fast fashion”.
“The documentary is a searing investigation into the disastrous consequences of unbridled Western consumerism. The film candidly portrays our unabashed consumption with chaotic scenes of Black Friday shoppers in America, intersected with the lying bodies of the 1,000 plus workers killed at the factory collapse in Rana Plaza two years ago. It is not for the faint of heart, but is is for anyone who’s ever bought a piece of clothing from the likes of Zara, Forever 21 or H&M. Sadly, probably about 90% of all consumers.”
Four young women set out to redesign the pregnancy test, and they came up with something pretty damn awesome. The video above is like a trailer for the product, and it’s surprisingly adorable for such a serious, non-funny item!
“When we looked at the pregnancy test, we found that here had been very little innovation in 30 years,” says Bethany Edwards, CEO of Lia Diagnostics and one of four of the company’s cofounders. “The product design was basically exactly the same.”
So Edwards and her team set out to reimagine the pregnancy test with privacy, sustainability, and usability in mind.
57 New York women get polled on the street about their feelings on their own boobs– and then they drew them. This is heart-warming, funny, intimate, and one of those things you never thought about but are so glad someone else did. Cheers to boobies!
“To find out how women see their own breasts, the Cut polled 57 New York women, ages 17 to 72 (plus one 4-year-old who grabbed the marker from her mom) and asked them to draw their boobs and write one sentence explaining how they feel about them. In cafés and bars, on playground benches and on the way to work, women laughed when they heard the question, disparaged their drawing abilities, and gave it a shot.”
Featured image (at top), art by: Eduardo Kobra via graffitiworld.tv
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