Welcome to the first installment of Herstories and How-to’s (I also toyed with the title, ‘Corpses and Crafts, but was advised that this was not quite as catchy). Each month I’ll bring you a different woman, no longer living, who rocked in some way, along with practical(ish) how-tos.
Disclaimer: I am not an expert in anything other than making truly excellent pancakes and irreverence. Take all snark, sarcasm and advice with big grains of salt.
To really kick things off, let’s talk about Claude Cahun:
(via: the red list)
- Know your shit. Talk to people, read what you can, question everything- fill your brainy bits with both sides of whatever issue you care most about, so should you happen to meet ‘The Man’ you can talk intelligently and confidently. Knowledge is power! (double plus bonus tip: while be sure to check your sources as you go, it will save you embarrassment later on)
- Vote. ‘What? Vote? First you tell me to read and now…voting?I thought this list would be filled with Action! Excitement! Near Anarchy!’ Seriously, though, all of the former are great, but the best way to get your voice heard in a meaningful and impactful way is to get involved and cast a ballot. And I’m not just talking about big, sexy, presidential elections, either. Local and regional advocacy directly impacts your schools, your neighbors, and YOU. (It’s all about taking back power, ladyfriends.)
- Plant a seed. Words can be forces for good in the world, but actions speak louder, and positive actions speak kinder. Is your version of ‘The Man’ the industrial meat complex? Host a delicious vegetarian dinner for your friends. Feel strongly about disposable fashion? Learn to sew, teach a friend, have ‘mending parties.’ Don’t just decry the actions of others- create opposite responses that make the world less crappy.
And then, after making the world more awesome, be sure to take seriously cool photos of yourself dressed as tap-dancing tinfoil angels and post about it on social media so all of your friends know how bad-ass activism, and you, can be.