This Week In Feminist News: We Can Break These Chains

·      On Wednesday evening, Trump and his administration withdrew protections for transgender students in public schools that allow students to use bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity. In an intensely difficult time in the U.S., Gavin Grimm is one of the many individuals that inspire us all with his fight for basic human rights in these dark times. With the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Gavin and his mother filed a discrimination complaint against the Department of Justice and Education for unconstitutional rulings in his high school that disallowed him to use the boy’s washrooms. This week, Gavin interviewed with Teen Vogue on his upcoming case in March of this year. (Teen Vogue)

·      The Feminist Voice in China account on China’s social media forum Sina Weibo has been put on a 30-day suspension after posting an article responding to Trump’s racist, sexist and homophobic policies. The article was translated from US-based feminist academics in The Guardian, which urged an international strike to protest male violence and reproductive rights on March 8th. The Feminist Voice in China started in 2010 and has over 80,000 followers and includes several influential feminist voices such as Xiong Jing and Li Maizi. (The Guardian)

·       The award winning film Lipstick Under My Burkha has been denied a release certificate from India’s censorship board for its use of “contaminating sexual scenes” and “audio pornography”. Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, Lipstick Under My Burkha is centered on the lives of four Indian women that assert their personal and sexual rights. After the letter went viral, Shrivastava tweeted, "Ironic. Film wins gender equality award, gets NO certificate." It is believed that the imagery of lipstick alone alludes to the sexual desires and fantasies of women and has no place in India’s film entertainment. (Hollywood Reporter)

·      A Spanish nightclub is under extreme (and deserving) fire for offering women free admission, drinks and money if they go commando. Posters were found in various places in Barcelona, which prompted local women’s rights group Dones Juristes to file a formal complaint to authorities. The unnamed club promoter has since spoken out saying that it was a direct ploy to attract media attention, though stories of female participants have already been publicized. (Express)

·      Somali-American model Halima Aden, who recently made headlines for wearing a hijab on the runway, graced the cover of CR Fashion Book this week. The issue also included a conversation with Somali supermodel Iman where Aden reveals what wearing a hijab means to her, the many misconceptions she has faced in her career, and the pride they both feel for being Muslim women. (Huffington Post)

·      The world’s biggest annual street party in Brazil began with an unexpectedly political pre-carnival parade. This year, organizers and protesters sought to fight against sexism, homophobia, and the workings of Donald Trump in what became an anti-government, Occupy Carnival event. Several symbolic messages were made through the use of costumes, such as sombreros with mock-ups of the proposed border wall, and female groups dressed up as the pampered wives of corrupt politicians. (The Guardian)

·      Marriam-Webster hit twitter on Friday to remind the world of its definition of the word Feminist. After Kellyanne Conway stated that it is difficult to call herself a feminist because she is “pro-man” and “anti-abortion”, searches for the definition of the word ‘feminism’ drastically spiked online. It is certainly no question that this brand of rhetoric contradicts what Feminism truly represents, such as equal rights, equal opportunity, equal choice, equal say, equal access, etc. etc. etc. (Marriam Webster)

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. 

Love, ToFemCo ~