TGIFeminism: Bad Feminism, Good Feminism

Calling All Girls, Parents' Magazine Publication Office, January 1948, digital comics museum

Welcome back to our weekly installment of feminist news, updates, and resources! Did you know that the reason why Jennifer Lawrence is paid less than her male co-stars is not because of sexism or the social construct that women need to seem “nice” and avoid creating conflict? According to this article by Elisaveta Dolghih, the wage gap may be a thing, but it’s only a thing because women just plain aren’t assertive enough: that is, J. Law. makes less than her male co-stars because she just doesn’t ask for better pay.

“IF YOU DO NOT ASK FOR IT,” Ms. Dolghih types in assertive all-caps, “YOU WILL NOT GET IT.”

I don’t know about you all, but I’m pretty relieved to have that cleared up. So start asking for it, ladies! After all, the worst thing that can happen is that you’ll be labeled an aggressive bitch and then fired.

She even has advice for those of us who don’t want to make waves:

“If your personality is like Jennifer Lawrence’s (by her own admission) and does not allow you to ask, find a person who will ask and negotiate for you, i.e. a lawyer or an agent.”

I could be wrong, here, but I’m pretty sure J. Law. already has teams of both. So maybe — maybe, Elisaveta — the problem doesn’t lie with the asking. Just a hunch.

Sometimes the best — and most amusing — way to shine a light on inequality is to flip the language. Enter the Twitter account @manwhohasitall, parodying the reams of ridiculous advice given to working mothers by shifting the terms: now, it’s working dads who are expected to have, do, and be it all:

#blessed #inspiration #handsomeinsideandout

Here’s something cool: the Vanastree collective of women farmers, a grassroots women’s organization of home gardeners and farmers is fighting back against climate change. The article points out that women are affected differently than men by climate change: women are more likely to die in a climate-related disaster, scare resources create tense situations which in turn spike violent acts against women, and women are by and large responsible for their household’s food and water supply. “Women like the Vanastree collective,” the article continues, “currently account for 45-80 percent of all food production in developing countries.” Because women are so connected to these challenges, they are also “uniquely positioned to identify the most effective solutions.”

The Vanastree farmers meet every year to join in the Malnad Mela, where they

“…share traditional ecological knowledge about saving flood-resistant indigenous seeds, promote tuber cultivation as a solution to climate-induced food insecurity, engage a larger market to sell produce, and take part in leadership skills-building with other local women leaders.”

They’re using agriculture to combat climate change, and that is freaking awesome.

Here is an interview with Dr. Brucie Ogletree Richardson, the first woman chief of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian tribe.

And, finally, I’ll end with an article I found both interesting and useful: 5 Reasons People Label You a Bad Feminist (and why they’re total bullshit). While I don’t agree that these reasons are bullshit, exactly (many of them are completely reasonable critiques), I do agree with the basic argument of the article, which is that being a good feminist requires the ability to keep an open mind and change previously cemented opinions. That intersectionality is key. That one of the basic tenets is that people can change their minds, ways, and behavior, and grow.

So have a great weekend, everyone, and I’ll see you again next week. TGIF!

Laura Harcourt

Laura Harcourt

Part of WWAC's editorial team, Laura has loved comics ever since her very first copy of Betty and Veronica Double Digest. Until her own superhero training is complete, she spends most of her time writing about others. She is most usually found in Western New England and is easily startled by loud noises.