This week, folks are in formation y’all! (Except Pepsi.) We’re celebrating trans visibility, watching stereotype-busting hijabi rap videos, and reading about a big win for sexual assault survivors in Georgia.
What we’re checking out…
Ziad Ahmed put all of his cards on the table when he answered the Stanford University application question “What matters to you?” with #BlackLivesMatter 100 times. And he was accepted.
Equal pay is widely understood to be a feminist issue–so why isn’t The Fight for $15? Read more here.
Mona Haydar stays challenging stereotypes. Fortunately for us, she’s at it again with this feminist af rap video. #SheStillWrapsHerHijab
In case you need another reason to get in formation, Number 45’s administration just cut all funding for the UN’s Family Planning Agency.
Did you miss that tragic Pepsi ft. Kendall Jenner commercial? Don’t you panic, you can watch it here. But do yourself a favor and read Awesomely Luvvie dragging the entire thing. (And be prepared for a wealth of laughter.)
And for the reFRESHing talk of the week: Sisonke Msimang is calling us all to action with If A Story Moves You, Act On It. The time to be bold is now.
The latest from our speakers.
Speaking of, Jackson has a mission to amplify the voices of trans people, and is doing it with a new podcast taking flight this month. Check out a sneak peak preview here.
Julie Zeilinger reports on how sexual assault survivors finally defeated a GOP attack on their rights.
“This self-care helps more women to become leaders to further women’s rights, which — next turn — deepens our marriages.” Read the fantastic New York Times book review of Tiffany Dufu’s Drop The Ball. (If you still haven’t grabbed a copy, get on it!)
Tiq Milan is not here for Dave Chappelle’s transphobic and homophobic jokes, and beautifully schools us on the difference between allyhood and indifference.
Of course Samhita Mukhopadhyay was behind creating Slay, the newest feminist vertical at Mic. And of course, it’s amazing.
Jamil Smith makes a case for the walls we actually may need on MTV News.
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