As the non-indictment for Mike Brown’s death rolled downhill into the non-indictment for Eric Garner’s death this week, and the big white snowball of racist America continued to grow too big to bear, we took to the streets, bore witness to the pain of Garner’s widow, wrote and read responses to the events, interrogated our roles as allies, and thought about the relationship between self-care and social resistance.
Elsewhere, we’ve been following Delirious Hem‘s December features, including this one on feminism and fitness curated by Amanda Montei and Elizabeth Hall, and the annual Advent calendar, this year edited by Susan Gardner and Jessica Smith and featuring poetry about rape culture.
Best of 2014 music lists have been rolling out, and many feature our fave women musicians like Jenny Lewis, Lykke Li, FKA twigs, St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, and Hurray for the Riff Raff, whose music video for their song “The Body Electric” features the Marissa Alexander story:
In other music news, we can’t wait for the Lana del Rey / Courtney Love tour planned for 2015 and the new Sleater-Kinney album, No Cities to Love, out January 20 (S-K also appeared on the Chris Gethard show this week).
Also, we just discovered Autostraddle’s Saturday morning cartoons: this one’s for anyone with a case of the winter- and current events-induced SADs.
Finally, even though–
(substitute Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice)
–we thought we’d point you toward some feminist gift guides. Bitch is running a series of them, and Feministing introduces us to The Guardian Princess Alliance, a series of books about culturally and racially diverse princesses fighting for social justice, for the princess-loving little feminist in your life. You might want to give Amy Poehler’s Yes, Please or Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist to the not-so-little feminists in your life, or the think-they’re-not-feminists in your life who will soon see the light. xoJane has a #FeministShelfie article that will spark more gift ideas. We wish these novels by Toni Morrison and Miranda July and this book of poems by PJ Harvey were out already, but then again, we need something to look forward to about now. Also, look out for WEIRD SISTER’s own series on feminist books we love, coming soon!
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