Body/Slut/Women-Just-Being-Themselves Shaming

It's incredibly time consuming to scour the internet for those perfect articles that can educate the people in your lives and help them through the ongoing process of unlearning their misogyny, so we curated a list of resources for you that we highly recommend. This is by no means comprehensive. There is so much out there and these are just a few things we are sharing to get you and your loved ones started. 

White People Have No Culture

Burning Man. Oregon Country Fair. The John Muir Trail. “Because it’s there.” Buddhist retreats. Trekking in Nepal. Firefly gathering. Rainbow gathering...White people do have culture. Our culture is that of colonization. Of genocide. Of taking. Of envy and of fear. The majority of white people can name no more than two generations back in their families.

Believe Womxn: The Front Lines Are Not Blurred

We are not taught in our society to look at patterns, systems, and institutions. We are taught to see things as isolated events, but we need to resist this false narrative. The media often paints national tragedies as frenzied, unbiased, and isolated. This shows up in the ways mass shootings are portrayed, or how Black lives are murdered at the hands of the police. The media does not talk about toxic masculinity, and the correlation between domestic violence and large-scale massacres. The undeniable pattern of mass shootings is that they are executed almost always by white men. The undeniable pattern of innocent Black women, men, and children being unjustly murdered, is that officers are acting out of unchecked power charged by systemic racism – a product of toxic masculinity. These are not disparate threads and we have never been able to afford the gloss that mainstream media applies to these hate crimes.

What is White Feminism?

White feminism are the suffragettes of the modern day looking to push themselves and their agendas forward without fighting for poor women, Black women, Indigenous women, LGBTQIA women, trans women, alter-abled bodied women, etc. White feminism is an ugly beast to tame, so you better work, girl. 

When Money is the Bottom Line: The Inclusion Problem in the Outdoor Industry

As I continued to attend the panels that addressed the issue of women empowerment, it became more obvious that the efforts made by companies were mainly driven by the fact that they benefit financially from catering to the marginalized segment of the market; hence, the point being, don't fool yourself into thinking these efforts are being done out of morality or altruism alone. Ultimately, it's the shift in the makeup of consumers that created the motivation for companies to finally give in as doing so translates into yet again accruing more wealth for themselves.

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust Will Not End Police Violence

White people time and time again corrupt nonviolent direct action by turning it into a kind of passivity that believes “polite” behavior will be rewarded, and that in the face of injustice you can simply insert heart emojis and keep on keeping on. As Damon Young from Very Smart Brothers writes in his piece, “Polite White People Are Useless,” published on The Root, “Ultimately, this laser focus on niceness and decorum is just a way of policing behavior.” This mentality of “love will conquer all” feels really good. It thinks itself transcendent, and romanticizes a version of revolution that completely erases history.

Casual Racism: A Conversation with Prince Shakur

Prince Shakur is a pro-black, feminist, lover of locs, queer with restless feet, writer, activist, and filmmaker who grew up in Jamaica and moved to the U.S. when he was young. Shakur has traveled extensively and holds an impressive resume of published written works and he's only 23. His essay, "A Black Traveler Confronts Racism at a Montana Resort," published recently in Outside magazine, provides an insightful and raw account of Shakur's time working and living in Big Sky, Montana, a remote ski town in the Rockies. In this interview, Shakur opens up about the nuances of taking up space, how everything is political, and the important labor of being honest. On taking up space, Shakur reveals, "I know every time I write something, every time I put something out on the internet, every time I wear a piece of clothing that has a radical message, I’m putting myself at risk, but I’m also demanding space that is mine because I’m a human being and I deserve to live, and it’s necessary. If I don’t do that then I’m not owning what I have, which I think is really, really necessary.”

The Magical Feminist Land of Give No Fucks

The orange douchebag in office has made it easier to move to the magical feminist land of give no fucks. Thank you to all who have been, and those who still are, fighting the cloak of white supremacy, the demand of capitalism, the control of patriarchy, and the choke hold of imperialism. Thank you to those who don't just pay lip service to "diversity." Thank you to those who keep showing up, who tell your stories, who take up space when it's not easy, who spark conversations, who interrupt, who are generous with your love, and unyielding in your resolve.

Whiteness in the Outdoor Industry

Whiteness is upheld by all white people. White supremacy is ingrained in the founding of America. White people in America are settlers. White people wouldn't be in the positions they are in today had Indigenous peoples' not had their land stolen. We are existing on somebody else's stolen land. In terms of material goods, financial security, and ease of moving through the world, white people owe their claims to any of these things due to colonization. White people are the beneficiaries of the dispossession and continued elimination of Indigenous people. White people may be reluctant to this and they may not want to believe it. But it is true. So, how do we reconcile this? 

Sexual Assault and Violence Across Industries: The Inaction of "Good" Men and the Shade of White Women

#metoo inundated social media this last October to “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem,” as Alyssa Milano wrote on Twitter. However, as journalist Britni Danielle pointed out, activist Tarana Burke, a Black woman, began the crusade ten years ago, particularly for women of color. The viral phenomenon came as no surprise because the magnitude of the problem is not just known to those who speak out. It is a burden that all women carry. And while it is important and powerful for women to speak up about their experiences, this media frenzy has revealed yet again that our society only pays attention when abuse happens to cis, straight, white women. This outrage and backlash against Hollywood male elites, while necessary and important, is white outrage. The only reason why mainstream media put these stories in the spotlight is because abuse is only intolerable if the victim is white. We must acknowledge that violence against women is happening all of the time, across all industries, and that it affects women of color and Indigenous women the most.

Interview with Jolie Varela on Payahüünadü, "The Place of Flowing Water"

Entering her 30th thirtieth year, Jolie has now dedicated her life to the health of her people. Since going to Standing Rock to resist the North Dakota Pipeline, Jolie has sought ways to bring the momentum home to Payahüünadü. She has organized many events to spread awareness about the water war going on between Payahüünadü and Los Angeles. South of Lone Pine, California sits the dry Owens Lake, which once held significant water. In 1913, due to the water being diverted into the Los Angeles Aqueduct, as well as for the use of cattle ranching, the Owens Lake water levels dropped. Now, as of 2013, Owens Lake is the largest single source of dust pollution in the United States.[1] For NPR, Kirk Siegler reported, “…it’s a salt flat the size of San Francisco, and when the wind blows, it can churn up huge dust storms with high levels of particulates that are dangerous to breathe.”

Exploitation of Native Imagery For Profit

Walmart selling Native images on products is only one example of the continued exploitation of Native imagery and culture. As Native people, we see how Native imagery has been co-opted by non-Natives to secure their own agendas – whether it’s pushed by capitalism, being the white savior, cultural appropriation, or even furthering the acceptance of pan-indianism. The dehumanization of Native people runs deep through the veins of this country.

Why You Did Write About the Closure

"During the legal proceedings of Bear Lodge Multiple Use Association versus Babbitt (1998) - the lawsuit over the climbing management plan at Bear Lodge (aka Devils Tower National Monument) - the judge suggested to the Cheyenne River Sioux attorney that the tribes had bigger things to worry about than some people climbing some sacred rock. Such attitudes, unfortunately, continue to this day, and were evidenced in some of the discussions earlier this summer among climbers regarding the voluntary June closure. A few blog posts were particularly outrageous, and this essay is a response to some of the harmful rhetoric, assumptions, and erasure contained within those posts. Because when 'getting along' means continuing a status quo of white supremacy and the erasure of Native American beliefs, voices, and existence, we can't just all 'get along.'" - Anna Kramer