Femininity

You hear Megyn Kelly say we’re at a watershed moment:

and Dylan Beers tweets:

Then you type “amazing women” into google and this surfaces as the first result (below).

We’re making progress but sexual harassment is endemic in our society and our culture. For centuries, men have coerced less powerful women into accommodating their sexual wants. That won’t change overnight.  Attitudes have to change. That starts with educating boys and girls about what behaviors are unacceptable or unacceptable.

Look at the transformation made here thanks to No Means No Worldwide simply by teaching a few classes on mutual respect, positive masculinity and standing up for women:

Fashion

Fall is here and we’re so excited about our reversible totes, on trend with colors for the season and designed to simplify your hectic lifestyle!

Fitness 

As we close out breast cancer awareness month, we’d like to  remind our #GirlsWithGuts of the importance of exercise.  Many people exercise to prevent heart disease, but exercise can also play a key role in preventing cancer.

More than two dozen studies have shown that women who exercise have a 30 percent to 40 percent lower risk of breast cancer than their sedentary peers. The female hormone estrogen seems to play a key role. Women with high estrogen levels in their blood have increased risk for breast cancer. Since exercise lowers blood estrogen, it helps lower a woman’s breast-cancer risk. Exercise also reduces other cancer-growth factors such as insulin.

Even older women need to be concerned about estrogen, because after menopause the hormone is produced by fat cells. Women who exercise have less fat and therefore produce less estrogen. With more than 150,000 new breast-cancer cases reported in the United States each year, preventing cancer through exercise is one of the best ways a woman can take charge of her health.

Grab your mom, grandmother, aunt, friend, and/or colleague and get out and exercise . . . you’ll do more than just have fun, you’ll take a great step toward preventing cancer!

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Trolls in real life and on the internet struck a chord with us this past week on the heels of Heather Hardy’s fight.  We knew bullying and cyberbullying was a problem, but it became personal suddenly.  A woman gives her all to put on a good fight, walks away with a viciously bloody face and the comments start flying about the fight itself but also what she wore and one troll went so far as to make a menstrual cycle reference.

We’re conditioned to reading about athletes and celebrities being targeted but likely brush it off as a price to pay for being famous.  It’s no longer isolated just to the famous, however.  Harassment is now a “feature” of life online for many Americans according to the Pew Research Center, estimating 40% of Americans have been harassed online.

As freelance sports writer Julie DiCaro said in an open letter to Jack Dorsey: Let me tell you what too many of us DO have: a ridiculously-dedicated group of serial harassers who spend many hours of every day trying to make our lives miserable. Of course, I blocked mine long ago. Yet they remain in my life, creating burner account after burner account, from which they monitor my every move, every word (I work in sports radio), and continually comment on my appearance, my weight, my face, my voice, my parenting skills, what I eat, how much I eat.

So many women wade through a tunnel of shit to do their jobs, interact with their friends, and engage with the world every day. It’s not fair. It’s not right. It’s time, Jack, Twitter, that you do something about it.  No one should have to wade through 50 metric tons of “cunt” “slut” “whore” and “rape” to do their jobs. But many, many women in this country do it every day.

We won’t dignify the trolls by posting their comments on our site, but you can click through her letter to see for yourself.  From afar it seems easy to brush these off as losers who have nothing better going for themselves, but when the attacks are personal it just isn’t that easy.

This #MoreThanMean video sums it up perfectly . . . if you wouldn’t feel comfortable saying something to someone face to face, then don’t write it!