This Week In Feminist News: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (As Usual)

·      Surprise, surprise. Trump makes another news headline for an anti-women, anti-human rights issue. It’s been reported that Trump prefers women in the White House to wear dresses, or to “dress like women”, while men must always be wearing ties – preferably designer brand. (The Guardian)

·      For Eating Disorders Awareness week, in collaboration with the National Initiative for Eating Disorders, the heroic Sophie Gregoire Trudeau hit instagram to share an imperative message:

Eating disorders are not a choice. They are not capricious episodes. They are so real, and they take away lives. ” (Instagram)

·      As you probably ALL already know, the Queen herself announced to the world on Wednesday that she will be adding TWO more to her dynasty. For more on Beyonce and her fam, The Read released a reaction episode titled Destiny’s Grandchild that is well worth the listen. (YouTube)

·      The brilliant ImeIme Umana becomes the 131st President of the Harvard Law Review, a title once owned by Barack Obama. Umana previously interned at the Bronx Defenders and will soon be part of the Public Defender service for D.C. (Harvard Law School News)

·      Hidden Figures wins the SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The 2017 drama commemorates the lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, three NASA mathematicians who played an integral role in the U.S. space program in the 1960’s, but went unrecognized for their invaluable contribution. The cast’s lead Tarahi P Henson concluded her emotional speech with “They are hidden no more!” (People)

Additionally, it is certainly worth noting (and applauding) that Denzel Washington took the award home for SAG’s Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor – not Shitty Casey Affleck. (Indiewire)

·      Jessica Williams, as she has done many times before, taught us all another important lesson this week after Salma Hayek cautioned others ‘to be careful not to fall into victimization’. Williams questioned the privilege and white point of view on the current political conflict in the U.S. She asked what those already living in conflict should do, a crucial reminder that simply feeling liberated is not a cure all for oppression. (Global Grind)

·      This weeks entertainment news included J.K. Rowling being hilarious on twitter, offering a match to those who threatened to burn her books after she took a political stance against Trump. (BBC)

·      Ontario plans to offer surgeries to young children affected by the travel ban. Many children had life-saving surgeries planned are now unable to return to the U.S. due to Trump’s 90-day ban against seven Muslim countries. (The Star) 

·      In the rural community of Bountiful, B.C., Gail and Brandon Blackmore have been found guilty for taking young girls across the border for arranged marriages in polygamous churches. Over the past year in the trial, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ battled the judge on their beliefs of plural marriages, often with girls as young as 13. Trigger warning for sexual assault. (CTV News)

·      Sweden’s government posted an all-female photo to throw direct shade at Donald Trump’s oval office pic from January, priding their politics as “all feminist”. Politician Isabelle Lovin is pictured signing a new climate law that binds future governments to a net zero emissions by 2045.  (Huffington Post)


Thank you for another week of smashing the patriarchy with us ~