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I have been going thru it, these last two weeks. We all have, haven’t we? I mean, being a Black American has always been living life on hard mode (understatement understood here), but that was before some absurd percentage of my fellow humans went to their ballot boxes and voted for someone who’s been openly supported by the Klan and the (infinitely punchable) Nazis. Something’s changed on this side of the inauguration for me, something permanent. But that’s a different post. The Women’s Marches on the Saturday after the inauguration were a bright spot, even interwoven as they are with so many problems. To combat the rising tide of bad news, I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit flipping through pictures of marchers all over the world, admiring their tenacity and their humor. Here’s a thing I noticed:
This picture has LEVELS. Captain Picard’s facepalm has become the definitive image for “whoa, I need a minute to handle this bullshit foolishness”, and here it is held by his friend (co-mutant and co-Sir of the Realm) Ian McKellen. This is like looking into the nerd mirror and seeing that the mirrors just keep reflecting each other.
Down with white feminism. #Atlanta #March #bitchplanet #noncompliant pic.twitter.com/vly52VSeyg
— bonke_le_vieux (@bonkehodec) January 22, 2017
You knew Bitch Planet was going to make this list, the Non-Compliant logo is ready-made for feminist organizing. Here it is combined with an explicit theme from the comic (and one that more of the marchers probably could have learned from).
Supers were of course everywhere, with Captain America showing up frequently in my timeline.
But Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel is becoming just as prevalent in the patriotic but defiant superhero category.
The Hispanic Federation featured La Borinqueña on their signs, and she looks ready to save us all, whether we deserve it or not.
This one gives me a giggle in that,
“If this is Game of Thrones, we’re all gonna die” kind of way.
#Truth Indeed, Octavia did. A photo posted by Nnedi (@nnediokorafor) on
If nothing else is true, this is true.
This isn’t one poster but two, with all props going to the photographer who composed this shot so perfectly. However, it is worth noting that while Princess Leia has been a minor feminist celebrity for years, since Carrie Fisher’s death at the end of last year, she’s been used in an array of anti-imperialist/fascist statements. More than the men in those movies, she’s becoming synonymous with principled, serious — and successful — resistance.
Last one, neither nerdy nor funny, but it needs to be said:
feminism is intersectional or it is nothing.
This is the point I was making earlier. #BlackLivesMatter #WomensMarch pic.twitter.com/2bcAYKOD5C
— PrestonMitchum (@PrestonMitchum) January 22, 2017
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