Sorry for the lull in posting. It's been a stressful couple of weeks for some of us Ninjas. But in the meantime we've been talking A LOT about what direction we want to take this, so keep reading, keep raging, and we'll keep you posted.
Anyway, sometimes it's really nice to just pause and appreciate some rad, pro woman, smile inducing things when you can. Here are mine (SOME of mine. By all means not all inclusive). Submit yours!
1) Bitch Magazine.
I mean, obviously. The most recent issue had an interview with a female prison abolitionist, an article on the EU studies on the impact of gender normativity in advertising, a shout out to Summer Heights High, and of course a cameo by the Ninjas' First Lady, Tyra Banks.
2) Girls who dance.
Actually, people who dance. But I do feel like there's something pretty excellent and almost radical about hanging out with a bunch of chicks who love to fucking move. And in a similar vein...
3) America's Best Dance Crew.
MTV is like a festering parasite of problematic gender and racial media representations. But I really dug this show. And Beat Freaks were just too fucking cool.
4) My roommates.
It has to be said, there are so many lovely and empowering things about living with these two ladies. Ninjas, of course, being one of them.
5) Baking, cleaning, and knitting.
As well as: smoking, rioting, writing, pretty often not cleaning even when I should, driving fast, kick ball, poker, getting dressed up, beer, sitting around in my underwear for a few days, eating “too much.”
Let's stop gendering this shit and I think we'll be on the right track.
"One day I'll give birth to a tiny baby girl
and when she's born she'll scream
and I'll tell her to never stop
I will kiss her before I lay her down at night
and will tell her a story so she knows
how it is and how it must be for her to survive
I'll tell her to set things on fire
and keep them burning
I'll teach her that fire will not consume her
that she must use it"
-Nicole Blackman, "Daughter"