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Need a quick break? Relax with one of these youtube clips (compiled by one of the wonderful Well-Women, Lizandra!). If you have other favorites, share them in the comments!

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Body Love Wellness & SMNTY

Hey there! Since I know you’re going to be surfing the web during the holiday weekend, please check out these two podcasts/blogs:

Body Love Wellness

Stuff Mom Never Told You

These two are the absolute gold standard in loving your body and knowing about all things related to females and gender, respectively. I listen to them religiously and feel much more informed because of it.

Right now, since the holidays are beginning, the Body Love Wellness podcast is featuring tips on how to be thankful for your body and escape body consciousness as you enjoy your holiday. I love it!

And, although Stuff Mom Never Told You is always awesome, right now they are having a particularly fabulous 2-part series on women superheroes! Check it out.

Transgender Day of Remembrance


Hedwig, Trans Heroine Extraordinaire

Last Saturday was the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which was established by Gwendolyn Ann Smith in 1999 in honor of the murder of Rita Heister. At the LGBTQ retreat that I attended this weekend, a few wonderful students gave a presentation on why this day is so important and the violence and hatred that the transgender community faces every day. They read us statistics that floored me, such as that one third of transgender youth attempt suicide, half report being physically attacked at least once, three fourths have been sexually harassed in school. Among transgender adults, 78% have been verbally harassed and 48% report physical assault, including assault with a weapon and rape.

As you can see, this is a very serious issue. So, what do we do about it? Well, at the retreat, we made promises to ourselves and each other about ameliorating our gender situation or that of others. Although the day has passed, I urge all of you to think about something that you could do to help our trans selves, friends, parents, siblings, classmates, and co-inhabitors of the world. Maybe it’s just being more accepting of other people’s gender, standing up to gender-policing, or maybe it’s getting involved in one of our campus’s LGBTQ groups, specifically GendeRevolution. I, personally, was re-inspired to work on expanding the transgender resources at Barnard, like has happened at Smith.

Maybe one thing you could do, if you think it would be safe, would be to educate some of your family about this issues during thanksgiving. Happy holidays, everyone!

Please support budding ladynerds!

Over the past week, there’s been an explosion in the nerdy blogosphere, and I wanted to share it with everyone. Carrie Goldman, a blogger at Chicago Now, wrote an article about her six year old daughter, who got teased at school because she had a Star Wars water bottle and said it was “only for boys.” Now, this has resulted in a huge show of support for Katie from hundreds of internet folks who wanted to show solidarity with their fellow nerdy girl. This is a matter near and dear to my heart, because I keenly feel the sexism that often pops up in nerd communities. And it does begin at childhood–when I was six or seven, I asked some of my friends (boys) on the playground if I could hang out with them, and they said no, because they were playing X-Men, which was not for girls. And I still remember! Even among adults, people are often weird about nerdy women. I once got into a fight with some of my friends because I was beating him at a video game and he was shocked. DC Comics tried to get young women into comic books with a teenage girl focused imprint called Minx, but by that time, girls were already indoctrinated into the non-comic book reading world–it folded after a year. And I can’t help feeling that this is because of how hard it is for young girls to find supportive nerd communities. So let’s talk about nerdy girls–who are some of your nerdy girl idols? One of mine is Kitty Pryde:

Kitty Pryde is so awesome. She has been one of the X-Men since 1980, and was the youngest character ever invited to join. She has powers, is a badass fighter and a professional level dancer, sasses people constantly (especially Wolverine), speaks more than four languages, and is a computer science expert on the side. YES KITTY PRYDE!