Kickstarter page for The Feminist Photos.
The above image is one of my favorites from the series so far. Not only is the slogan one I can really get behind, but I think the pose shows how women can be strong AND beautiful. A month or so ago, a comics artist that I follow on Twitter posted a sketch of one of his female characters working out. She was a little more buff than the model is this photo, but nothing ridiculous. Someone actually told him that men didn't find muscular women attractive. REALLY? I mean, I'm not a man, but I think there are few things more beautiful than a woman with muscle definition.
Anyway, until recently, I never realized I was a feminist. I thought of feminists as activists. I figured if you weren't part of some specific group that was lobbying congress or protesting in the streets, you weren't a feminist. But it turns out that the very fact that I think that women should have equal pay, and control of our reproduction, and the right to marry other women, means that I am a feminist. I wish that I didn't have to be, though. I spend a lot of time getting sad and angry that I live in a world where any of that is still an issue. Most of the time I feel like I live in the future. Not only am I sitting here typing out something that can be read by people all over the world, but I also own a little phone that allows me to look up things on the internet, process credit cards, take pictures and video, and listen to music. Unfortunately I don't think our social mores are progressing as quickly as our technology is.
I hope you'll forgive me for getting a little political on my blog. I also hope that if you feel the same way that I do, that you'll consider supporting an artist who is raising awareness of feminist issues, and throw a few dollars into the Kickstarter.
Regular jewelry pushing resumes tomorrow. Thank you!