Reel Grrls isn’t Letting Misogyny Ruin our 15th Birthday – Let’s Bash Back Together!
Today I imagined waking up in an America where I could proudly say we put a qualified, compassionate, and experienced President in office – who also happened to be a woman. Instead, I have no feelings, or maybe I am in shock that an unqualified and tempermental unfit man, who was endorsed by the KKK and openly bragged about sexually assaulting women, is the leader of our country, a country he doesn’t believe is great. America we are in trouble and we are hurting. It is my belief that the only way through is creating, fighting, and advocating for a global vision of a Future that is Feminist.
Last night millions of Americans said yes to racism, misogyny, homophobia, bigotry and hate. This is unacceptable as we are a country of innovators, of warriors, of activists who have created freedoms and equal rights for all Americans. We need to fight hate. We need to activate love and inclusion. We need to fight for equity and opportunity of all people.
In 2005 I volunteered with a grassroots group of young women with the purpose of creating a space for women to skateboard. If you skate, you’ll know this is a male dominated culture that is frequently hostile, sexist and homophobic. We were determined to give girls and women a place to feel safe while doing a sport they loved. Out of this determination was born a non-profit called Skate Like a Girl.
Skate Like a Girl has made radical cultural change through our all ages, all abilities programming from contests, classes, community leadership, and employment skills. This framework has been replicated by other skate collectives worldwide. Through the lens of feminism, we created an inclusive community that exemplifies fun and skating regardless of gender, race, religion, ability, and socioeconomics.
My passion for Skate Like a Girl grew into a commitment to working in girl-centric / feminist spaces. In 2014 I was appointed as Executive Director of Reel Grrls. Our purpose is to support young people to explore, critique, and author media through a feminist lens.
The day after our country elected a man who is not representive of all people, we need programs like Reel Grrls more than ever. We need safe spaces for girls to discover their voice and feel empowered to tell their stories. We need youth on the frontlines to right the wrongs of institutionalized racism, misogyny and homophobia. We need youth voices giving us hope and championing a world where we value people, integrity and our Earth.
We must activate together to ensure our Future is Feminist. This, as we learned last night, will not be easy and yet, what other choice do we have? We are in it to win it! I am committing Reel Grrls and myself to ensuring that the voices and the values of young girls are manifested in safe, empowering spaces. We need you to make this a reality. Let’s roll up our sleeves together. Join us this Saturday November 12th, 2016 to ensure that the work of Reel Grrls is strong throughout these next four years. If you are unable to come please consider donating and do stay in touch as we have a lot of work to do together.