The Future is Female

Over the past year, I’ve noticed something growing online, and it’s amazing: Women are talking directly to women about everything that goes on in our lives. With the internet, young women can have a voice now without having to go through a traditionally male hierarchy (movie producers, magazine publishers, etc). They’re having a conversation with each other and owning it. It’s real and important and, at times, so so so funny. So, today — as Hillary Clinton sets out as the likely first female presidential nominee of a major party — we wanted to share some of the great things people are doing online…

Ugly Volvo's amazing open letter to the female dog in Go, Dog, Go!

A hilarious open letter to the female hat-wearing dog from Go, Dog, Go! (“I wanted to take a minute to tell you that what matters is that you like your own hat.”) I could not love this more.

Emily McDowell girl power mug

Emily McDowell mug, illustrated with Jen Pastiloff’s girl power manifesto.

Women having a terrible time at parties in Western Art History

Women Having A Terrible Time At Parties In Western Art History and Women Rejecting Marriage Proposals In Western Art History. The captions made me laugh x a million.

Sally Nixon artwork

Illustrations by Sally Nixon of what women do when no one’s watching.

Feminism print

Vive le Feminisme print.

Bad Housekeeping

Bad Housekeeping by cartoonist Roz Chast.

Broad City

“As Emily Rapp put it a few years ago: ‘Here’s the truth: Friendships between women are often the deepest and most profound love stories, but they are often discussed as if they are ancillary, “bonus” relationships to the truly important ones. Women’s friendships outlast jobs, parents, husbands, boyfriends, lovers, and sometimes children.’ ” — Broad City and the Triumph of the Platonic Rom-Com, The Atlantic

Jessica Williams on catcalling

Jessica Williams’s flawless response to a man who believed that female passersby enjoy it when he claps for them. (See the whole thing here.)

Shrill by Lindy West

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, a powerful and witty memoir by Lindy West. (I dog-earred a dozen pages.)

Lola Tampons

Lola cotton tampons, made without chemicals or dyes, designed by two female friends.

Ann Friedman

Can we just, like, get over the way women talk?” asks Ann Friedman.

Feminism documentary

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, a documentary film about the birth of the women’s liberation movement in the 1960s.

Feminist With a To-Do List pin

Feminist pin.

Aziz Ansari on feminism

Feminism, of course, isn’t just for those who identify as female: “If you believe that men and women have equal rights, if someone asks if you’re feminist, you have to say yes because that is how words work. You can’t be like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m a doctor that primarily does diseases of the skin.’ ‘Oh, so you’re a dermatologist?’ ‘Oh no, that’s way too aggressive of a word! No no not at all not at all.’ ” — Aziz Ansari

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(Top photo by Sophie Johnson; the Future is Female tee from Otherwild. Thank you to Stella Blackmon for scouting help.)