5 Things to Talk About During After Work Drinks- December
With so many great movies coming out recently, this month we had to mention two fantastic, strong heroines, who stand for everything feminist! Check out our top 5 subjects to bring up in conversation during happy hour, or when you find yourself going out with friends for after work drinks!
Have you seen the latest Star Wars movie, called ‘The Force Awakens’? We have, and we loved it, for multiple reasons! One of them, maybe the most important among them, is Rey. She is a fantastic role model for both boys and girls, and she’s managed to give the female audience of the franchise some much-needed confidence pertaining to their gender and their own potential for awesomeness!
We secretly hoped that by now, Princess Leia might have dabbled in the Force, but unfortunately she hasn’t, as far as we know. She is a General, but not a Jedi. However, Rey more than makes up for Princess Leia’s inability or indifference towards the Force, and seems to be a new, improved version of both good old Han Solo and Luke from the previous episodes – yes, she is that likeable!
And while feminism is not exclusively for the ‘badass’ females among us, we feel that Rey is not just your everyday badass. She is balancing out the male archetypical heroes of the franchise, bringing some much-needed balance to the Force! Speaking of which, Princess Leia may not have actually become a Jedi, but she has been allowed to age on screen, to look like a normal woman, and to inspire women to embrace and appreciate their bodies as they change through time.
In fact, there were quite a few haters who criticized Carrie Fisher’s looks and whether or not she has ‘aged well’, to which this real-life feminist hero replied via Twitter:
As for the female cast’s wages? Here‘s an article that might clue you in! I guess we still have a long way ahead of us in that respect, huh, girls?
And while we’re in a sci-fi mood, why not check this amazing new textile out? It apparently has the ability to expand its openings in order to cool the wearer down, as needed!
Apparently, some kind of bacteria living inside the textile can expand and contract certain cells automatically, depending on the wearer’s body temperature. How cool is that?
Jennifer Lawrence Says ‘Joy’ Is A Tribute To Female “Unsung Heroes” & It Sounds Like A Feminist Dream
Having played Katniss in the Hunger Games franchise, among other influential roles, Jennifer Lawrence has become one of the most popular actresses in the world. In her new movie, called ‘Joy’, she plays a character who was inspired by an actual person, inventor Joy Mangano. She was a super-smart woman, who created a very successful product and managed to build a million dollar company on her initial idea, creating various other sought-after products along the way.
‘Joy’ celebrates female inventors, and appreciates their hard work and dedication, as it recognizes the difficulties and struggles they face while climbing the professional ladder.
One of our favorites, Livia Firth, talks about modern slavery in garment factories all around the world, and presents her first-hand experience from when she managed to get smuggled inside a garment factory in Bangladesh, a few months before the tragic Rana Plaza disaster took place. She describes what she saw, and explains the thought process that led her to the realization that fast fashion is causing tragedies, disasters and sadness in poorer countries, where people are taken advantage of and exploited.
On a side note, a court in Bangladesh has recently confirmed that it will try 41 people for murder over the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory, which led to the deaths of 1135 workers and caused injury to another 2515.
Livia Firth also explains why fast fashion supporters’ arguments fall short, and doesn’t mince words while doing it, which we greatly appreciate. She certainly is one of the most outspoken slow fashion advocates, and we hope that more people will follow her example and promote ethical fashion, in an effort to change not only the injustices pertaining to the fashion industry, but -why not?- the world itself!
Due to the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, the government cancelled the scheduled Climate Change demonstrations. However, the protesters didn’t balk; they made their opinion known, using their shoes! The day before the Climate Change negotiations took place, more than 10000 pairs of shoes appeared in the Place de la Republique, in place of their owners. This silent protest sent a powerful message, that even terror and fear will not stop people from voicing their concerns regarding global warming.
Amongst the potesters, Pope Francis added his own pair of shoes, which featured his name, as well as the inscription ‘Laudato si’, which translates to ‘praised be’.