Something happened recently — WAIT! — something happened over 100 years ago, and people who received the shaft for generations, even centuries, grew tired of accepting crumbs. Our country isn’t perfect. We don’t pretend to be morally superior to someone who’s a racist, misogynistic, homophobic, megalomaniac, with an inability to form sentences longer than six words, or those who support him. (Actually we are superior to this shit and far better than this people, so smarten up.) But our country (yours too, by the way) is incredible enough to let us have a voice. We can be heard, no matter the underdog status of a cause. There’s a lot of sisters are doing it for themselves happening around here, except the contributors aren’t reserving their voice and support for women alone – we want everyone’s voice to be heard.
Nicole MacPherson – When I was in grad school, I had three posters on the wall in my office: The Feminist Manifesto, a fish riding a bicycle, and Rosie the Riveter. I have two sons and I am raising them to be strong men who have a deep respect for women. To that end, I feel it’s important for me to model strength and resilience. I managed to take down the exterior Halloween decorations without crying about having to use the ladder on my own, for example. I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman, and I am crushing on these Rosie the Riveter pajamas. Who could be more inspiring than the symbol of women’s economic power? Plus, it brings me back to my grad school days. Ah, the fires of youth. Let’s keep them burning.
Candace Derickx – Male feminists make us weak in the knees in Pleasantville. Maybe it’s because they’ve taken the time to use critical thinking, or objectively look at the evidence but it’s probably because they empathize with just how damn hard it is to be a woman these days and support us. Enter Mike Reynolds, unapologetic feminist dad to two awesome ladies who is rewriting all your macho crap. Check out his inspiring line of t-shirts and give one to your favourite guy.
Anne Radcliffe – I want a Starbucks unity cup, because any work of art, drawn in one continuous line and meant to remind us we’re all connected, which draws this much rage and controversy is doing it right and should be on a pedestal. Read some of the reactions on Twitter to get a sense of what I’m talking about.
Jennifer Pitt – I love mugs; I love coffee, so it’s a natural progression. I also love myself, the sisterhood of women around me, and the men who support us. There is a lot of “rising up” of women these days, and I love it. As the mother of a daughter, I am keenly aware of the negative messages that get filtered down to my daughter, and I want to make sure none of those negative messages are from me. And even though I feel like it’s time to start calling feminists PEOPLE and label the people who are NOT feminists, I still really need this mug from Cafepress in my life.
Katja Wulfers – I just want what everyone else has already contributed, but my editor will say that’s cheating. So I want to wear this t-shirt, and its sentiment instead: To Raise, speak my voice, teach my kids to speak theirs, and then make sure they lend their voices to those whom no one listens to. Inside this body of a grown woman still beats the heart of the teenage girl who thought she and her fellow 80s, big haired, high school revolutionaries could change the world. We just have better taste in clothes now.