Feminism is the Future

Hello Friends

I would like to share with you a letter from a woman with some great reasons why everyone should be a feminist along with some important facts about women’s rights and how we are still fighting for them!

I hope you all enjoy this article and support my view that feminism is the future!

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To my Facebook friend who proudly declared that she was not a feminist,

When I saw your Facebook post celebrating the fact that you are “proudly not a feminist” I was irritated. I was mad that you’re so willing to dismiss feminism. I couldn’t understand why you would so eagerly broadcast your rejection of a movement that has given you so much. Do you think your anti-feminist post makes you more appealing to the men on your Facebook feed? Do you think that not being a feminist means you don’t mind cooking and you’d happily make a guy a sandwich? Whether or not you eagerly don the title “feminist”, you reap the benefits of feminism on a daily basis. You may not be fighting in the fight for equality, but you are lucky that others are.

Remember that political opinion you shared on Facebook last week? You know, the one where you told everyone who you would be voting for? You should be thanking feminism for your voice. Women did not have the right to vote until 1920 when the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution allowed it. The right to vote didn’t come overnight, and it wasn’t some simple oversight. Women actively fought for their right for nearly 70 years. When the issue of women’s suffrage first reached the U.S. Congress, committees were formed and the issue was debated on (by men, of course) and the amendment was eventually rejected. Keep in mind, dear Facebook friend, this was in the time after slavery had been abolished. This was a time after all men had been granted protection of their constitutional right to vote. Even after the U.S. Congress passed the amendment, it still took approximately 60 years for 12 states to ratify the amendment. Let me put that in perspective for you—Mississippi, the last state to ratify the amendment, did not do so until 1984, just 10 years before you were born.

Remember when you first began exploring your sexuality? Remember how you didn’t wait until your wedding night and when you started having sex, you certainly didn’t want a baby? In 1916, Margaret Sanger spent 30 days in jail after opening the first birth control clinic in the U.S. This was only the beginning of a string of arrests and prosecutions as she fought to keep the clinic open. Maybe 1916 seems too long ago to seem relevant to you, so how about the fact that as recently as 1965 unmarried women in 26 states were still denied access to birth control, while it was considered a part of a married couple’s right to privacy. Yes, that’s right, once a man was involved in the decision it was okay, but women could not make the decision for themselves.

I could go on and on citing notable women in history, and preaching about their fight for our rights, for your rights, but I shouldn’t have to. In fact, these examples only barely scratch the surface of the work of feminists and their positive contributions to society.

Feminism doesn’t mean you hate men. Feminism doesn’t mean you think women are better than men. Feminism doesn’t mean that you can’t like the color pink. Feminism doesn’t mean that you won’t want to be someone’s wife someday. Feminism is about giving you freedom and opportunity, not restricting you. Feminism is about giving you the opportunity to have freedom through education. Feminism is about giving you career options and dreams you can aspire towards, rather than leaving you with a predetermined list of “approved for women” careers. Feminism is about allowing you to embrace your sexuality and make decisions about your body. Feminism is about acknowledging that you are a person, a person with rights. Feminism is about equality. Feminism is about more than just you.

Sure, you can decide whether or not you want to identify yourself as a feminist. Posts like the one you made and articles like the one you shared are damaging to more than just you. It’s one thing to sit back and benefit from the work of others, but it’s another to actively try to undermine the efforts of the rest of us. You’re holding us back, and we really don’t need that.

Sincerely,

Your Proudly Feminist Facebook Friend

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Thank you all for your Love and Support!

I hope you enjoyed this letter and agree with my opinion that everyone should be a feminist!

The Future Is Female!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Sports Bras too Cute to Cover-Up

Since your such good sports, this is a roundup of the coolest, must-show-off Sports Bras that could just as easily double as Crop Tops. Plus, with temperatures starting to rise, we also need pretty options for hot yoga in the park! Here are the sweat-proof threads that are way more stylish than anything you ever saw in P.E. — and way too cute to confine to the gym. Game on.

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Hurley Beach Active Pivot Sports Bra, on sale $20, available at PacSun.

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Champion Sassy Cami, on sale $18, available at Champion.

SportsBra-NeshNYC

Nesh NYC Extreme Racer Bralette, $78, available at Urban Outfitters.

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JCPenney Flirtitude Microfiger Yoga Sports Bra, $17, available at JCPenney.

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Free People Tie Dye Sports Bra, on sale $30, available at Free People.

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Naked Sports Gear Red Naked Sports Bra, $42, available at Naked Sports Gear.

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Move By Alternative Stretch It Out Sports Bra, $38, available at Without Walls.

SportsBra-Zobha

Zobha Anya Bra, $58, available at Zobha.

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H&M Sports Bra Medium Support, $9.94, available at H&M.

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Roxy Sprint Bra, $40, available at Roxy.

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Forever 21 Low Impact Hidden Pocket Sports Bra, $13.80, available at Forever 21.

Stay Sporty!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Show Mom Some Love

Even if you’ve waited until the last minute, you can still get a thoughtful gift for your adoring mother. Whether she’s into jewelry or needs a great summer tote, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of fashionably fantastic gifts mom is sure to love!

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An everyday necklace

The simple, evocative shape of the Open Heart is a pure symbol of love that will be worn everyday. Elsa Perretti open heart pendant $200, Tiffany.com

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Retro Sunglasses

Warby Parker isn’t just about eyeglasses—the company makes great shades too, starting at $95. Browse a website for the option you think best suits Mom (if you live in NYC, L.A., or Boston, take her into a store to pick out a pair together). Sunglasses, $95, warbyparker.com

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Whimsical Notebooks

Sporting phrases like “Leave something to the imagination” and “Eat cake for breakfast,” Kate Spade’s notebooks make ideal gifts—you can easily find one that fits your mom’s personality. Kate Spade New York, $24, shopbop.com

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A lovely Tote Bag

This lovely lace tote is stylish and is big enough to hold all mom’s must-haves. The muted color and feminine pattern make it the perfect bag to be worn for errands, at the beach, to work, and everywhere. Blessing-Co lace tote, $24, Blessing-Co

showmomlove-lemlem-scarfA Lightweight Summer Scarf

Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean it’s the end of scarf weather. Give your mom a lightweight cotton or linen one in a great color or print. Scarves from Lemlem are not only bright and summery, they’re also a gift you can feel good about giving—you support the creation of handcrafted art in Ethiopia with each purchase. Lemlem Samara Scarf, $135, shoplesnouvelles.com

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Pretty Perfume Set
The New York-based line of fragrances are sure to get your mom’s seal of approval: they’re light, fresh, and sophisticated. This sampler includes mini bottles of the brand’s five best-selling scents. Nest $38, Eau de Parfum Coffret

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Chic Cosmetic Case

Whether your mother is a global traveler or just someone who keeps everything on her vanity, give her something to hold all her odds and ends in one place. This cute Tory Burch cosmetic case is coated in plastic, so you don’t have to worry about wear and tear. Brigette Cosmetic Case, $78, toryburch.com

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A Meaningful Bracelet

For the bravest woman you know, give her something that recognizes her courage. Each Figue Brave Bracelet says “brave” in Khmer script. Sales of the bracelets help support fair-trade jobs for Cambodian women, and 10 percent of the profits is also donated to fight human trafficking. Brass Brave Bracelet, $38, figue.com

showmomlove-jcrew-pjsElegant and Comfy Pajamas

If your mom is the type to curl up every night in sweatpants and an old T-shirt, help her up the chill-out fashion ante. She’ll love this classic cotton pajama set from J.Crew—and she can even have the pocket monogrammed with her initials.Vintage Pajama Set, $95, jcrew.com

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Sentimental Pillow Cover

Remind her how much you care every time she lays down. Love Pillow Cover $31.50; potterybarn.com

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A Bright Wallet

This bright red Clare Vivier zip-around wallet with a blue racing stripe will certainly be easy to find in a big handbag. Bonus: It can also be carried as a French purse, out to lunch or running errands. Zip Wallet, $230, clarevivier.com

Show your Mom some Love.

Have A Very Happy Mother’s Day!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Blog of the Year – Best Moment Award

A huge “Thank You” goes out to the Eye Dancers for Nominating me for the

Blog of the Year!

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I would also like to thank  Each and Every one of You for your Support, Nominations, and Best Moments!

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Without further delay, these are my nominations for the “Blog of the Year 2013” award!

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Reshu Malhotra

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Watt We Wear

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The Fashion Huntress

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Her Passion for Fashion

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And thank you to the fabulous Reshu Malhotra for nominating me for the Best Moment Award!

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The winners of the “Best Moment” award are…

 Eye Dancers

 Fashion Mayann

 longandluxe

 dedivahdeals

 rubyangel

Congratulations!

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Much Love to all my friends, fans and fellow bloggers for this Best Moment!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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