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Intersectionality at Pride Festivals + More
Intertwining Identities: Intersectionality at Slovenia’s Pride Parade Festival
Intersectionality reigns as this year’s focus at the Pride Parade Festival in Slovenia. After an intense social climate following the election campaigns, the festival aims to present a program that is reflective of the current society. By advocating for the intersectional struggle of varying minority groups such as women in conjunction with LGBTQIA+ rights, the Pride Parade Festival allows for a deeper understanding and awareness of intertwining identities.
Was the G7 Summit as Feminist as Justin Trudeau Intended?
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau directed focus to women and girls at the G7 Summit this year, bringing feminist government to the world stage. Rather than focusing on a single issue, Canada emphasized gender equality broadly, making it a significant talking point. While the summit was not entirely transformative, Canada succeeded in focusing the discussion on women to a greater degree than ever before.
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Black Women Demand “Can I Live?”
Living during a time when everyone is not treated as equally as promised by the Constitution, black women ask themselves: “Can I Live?” On Saturday, June 9th, hundreds of people marched through the streets of Sacramento, California as part of the second annual Black Women’s March to shed a light on the issues that black women face in society. This event, hosted by Sacramento’s Black Women United organization, discussed topics ranging from abuse to undervalue of Black women. To rectify the underrepresentation of women in government, a so-called concrete floor could help ensure women are appointed to positions of power. In addition to instituting quotas, personal pledges from leaders to appoint women to top positions have been shown to produce more balanced representation in government. Once one woman is appointed to a cabinet position, women's presence in top leadership increases sharply.
On Saturday, 22,000 women protested on the streets of Seoul, South Korea against spycam porn, calling for the government to crack down on these crimes. Spycam porn involves women being filmed secretly, without their consent, often on public transportation or in pools, supermarkets, and restrooms. The arrest of a 25-year-old Seoul woman, who uploaded a naked photo of a male model without his consent, catalyzed the protest. The woman was investigated immediately, demonstrating the unequal severity with which such crimes are prosecuted when committed by men.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced his new government, in which he appointed women to 11 out of 17 cabinet positions. Sánchez referred to his choices as “pro gender parity and cross-generational.” This marks the greatest number of women in Spanish government since it became a democracy in 1978.
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Centennial Celebration: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in the United Kingdom
On June 10th, 2018, more than 100,000 people took to the streets of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland to celebrate 100 years of female suffrage in the United Kingdom. The celebrations consisted of cheering, singing, marching, and chanting to commemorate women obtaining the right to vote in 1918 that recalled the mass marches and demonstrations of the suffragettes. Even though those at the events were celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage, they still admit: “the next step is recognising the equality and the decency of all human beings.”
It’s been over a year and six months since the Brexit vote, and the UK’s impending breakaway from the European Union is still causing uproar. Fashion companies based around the UK, in particular, are concerned about the deals’ impact on their ability to hire and travel internationally, as well as import high-quality textiles from around the globe. According to a report from the Creative Industries Federation, 74% of small luxury labels—many of whom are run by or provide employment to women-- fear that Brexit will significantly harm business prospects. Adam Mansell, the executive of the UK Fashion and Textile Association, warns that, although it seems unlikely, “it is vital that we get a trade deal with zero tariffs and very simple border controls.”
28-year-old Humza Mian isn’t just a veterinary technician—he’s also a drag queen and social media influencer whose feeds are both a celebration of his South Asian heritage and of his individuality. His drag name, MangHoe Lassi, pays homage to a popular drink in India. Growing up in a religious family, Mian was taught to hide any traces of femininity, and he still isn’t out to his parents. While he wishes he could be, the reality is that coming out still is not a safe option for many people across the world. Even though laws are changing and promoting acceptance of more and more people, the social implications of such a decision can be incredibly dangerous. Mian wishes that media represented those queer folk who are proud of their identity but still have to remain closeted, unlike the many out-loud-and-proud shows like Queer Eye and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Despite this, he is happy his drag, makeup tutorials, and social media presence as a beauty influencer can create a safe space for him to be fully himself, and he hopes he can create that space for others with similar experiences.
Jessamyn Stanley, yoga instructor and body-positive advocate took to Instagram this week to talk about an issue that isn’t discussed nearly enough: chafing and the discomfort—and scars—it can result in. Stanley posted an amazingly real photo of herself on her couch in her underwear, comfortably watching television with her inner thighs bearing the scars many plus-sized women have from chafing. Within her caption, she says “Yes, there are permanent marks on my thighs from chafing, Welcome to being #fat.” What people don’t realize is that this happens to women whose thighs happen to brush together when they walk—it’s not about being what society deems as “fat.” It’s simply friction and nothing to be ashamed of.
Coming out is an important moment for many in the queer community, but what if you never technically have to come out, or you’re not sure you even have anything to come out about? Growing up, Wilson knew she liked boys, but she was confused about the feelings that girls would sometimes provoke in her. She hated herself for being confused. As a supporter of queer rights, she felt that even discussing her confusion would take away from “real queer people,” and she saw her own identity as invalid. After all, she married a man and was incredibly happy with him, so what was the point of exploring her identity even further? But one day during Pride Month, Eleanor wondered why she didn’t think her identity mattered and why she had been unhappily hiding herself. She realized that to finally feel comfortable in her own skin, she had to be honest. After coming out via social media, Eleanor couldn’t stop telling everyone she talked to; it gave her such a rush of love for herself and her unique identity. If there’s one thing Eleanor’s story can teach us, it’s that accepting yourself and showing who you are to the world takes time, bravery, and a whole lot of self-love.