Rather than spend another weekend disappointed in the state of the world, let’s just be aware of the garbage humans thriving in misogyny and racism, and look to something more positive. Here’s a list of the folks who are letting us down and some uplifting alternatives.
Disappointing Human: Nev Schulman
I’m BEYOND disappointed. I effing love watching Catfish. But it’s hard to watch a show when you’ve lost all respect for its host. Apparently he also has a history of assaulting a woman…so, that’s more than enough strikes in my book.
Proud to Support: Liz Plank
I’m a huge fan of fellow Canadian Liz Plank who has jumped into the US critical media scene bringing with her an amazing sense of humour. You can follow her on Twitter or Vox but if you’re looking for a new fix that covers relevant issues in a fun and captivating format, I highly recommend the Divided States of Women.
Disappointing Human: Kaitlin Bennett
This woman is a) promoting gun violence and b) refusing to acknowledge her white privilege. I’ll admit that, as a Canadian from a non-hunting family, I had zero exposure to gun culture. Still, surely, SURELY, there is no reason to carry that huge-ass gun around your college campus.
As for privilege, we as white women MUST listen to what our POC sisters are telling us. When we’re called out on our privilege and we ignore them, then we’re choosing the side of our oppressors. Remember, intersectionality is key.
Proud to Support: Michelle Wolf
If you can scroll past the ridiculous GOP criticisms of Michelle Wolf’s comedy from White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and listen to her jokes, you’ll hear a biting and hilarious comedian, worthy of our attention (in all her other works as well). This bit on how women can “have it all” was so on-point it actually choked me up. Definitely listen. (Bit starts at 2:00)
Disappointing Human: Kim Kardashian
The vanity promoted by this family is abhorrent. But, because they are rich and conventionally attractive (after a lot of plastic surgery and ongoing maintenance, I might add), we give them our attention and, much worse, our reverence. Rather than using that power for positive change or to influence their young, female fans for the better, they promote products like this appetite suppressant.
Beautiful, precious young women, hear my words: if you are hungry, PLEASE EAT.
This is not okay.
Proud to Support: Megan Crabbe aka bodyposipanda
This incredible woman is one of my favourite folks to follow on Instagram. She posts about body positivity in the most fun ways, including using her platform to highlight other women spreading the “love yourself” message. She’s truly a magical unicorn of a human being. Go follow her. Do it now.
Stay hopeful, my feminist friends.