A Holiday Gift Guide for the Feminists in Your Life
Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for the feminists in your life? You’re in luck! I’ve gathered some ideas from across the internet, and some of my favorite items from my own collection (note, all prices are in USD):
For $2.00, this inexpensive accessory says a lot. Whether it ends up on a lapel or a messenger bag, the message is clear: let’s tackle our internalized misogyny and stop hating the women in our lives. Stop competing, start listening. Stop judging, start empathizing. For two bucks you can give everybody in your life a reminder that “jealousy is a tool of the patriarchy.”
Individually unique and available on in any kind of thread/fabric combination you can dream of, these little vagina pins are both adorable and inclusive. ($7.00)
And, if your loved ones still don’t have enough buttons to advertise their interests, this black-and-white illustration of a lady reading is another wonderful option. Tell your friends you love their smarts for $1.25.
For another $2.00, you can have 40 stickers that simply read “clitoris.” These black-and-white stickers are a little reminiscent of Magnetic Poetry (http://magneticpoetry.com/), and I can imagine the kind of conversations sparked by adding these stickers to a friend’s fridge poetry. And what’s better than giving your friends 40 excuses to start talking about genitalia and pleasure?
What makes coloring with your friends an even more adorable experience? Coloring 18 fat babes having adventures in space! Gift your friends the kind of body-positive coloring book we all should have had as a kid. ($6.99)
The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures by Dossie Easton
Whether or not your friends, lovers, or partner(s) are in open relationships, The Ethical Slut is a valuable resource for those of us who want healthy, meaningful, and happy relationships. The Ethical Slut is a guide to discovering your personal boundaries, understanding what you want in a relationship, and learning how to effectively communicate those boundaries and wants with the people in your life. ($11.55)
First launched in the Fall of 2003, the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) is an effort to preserve and digitize zines made for and by queer folks. The archive is free to browse zines from all over the world, making these publications available to a wider audience of queer individuals, researchers, historians, and others interested in DIY publishing efforts. Why not donate $5 in your loved one’s honor in order to keep this resource online and available?
A collection of 101 images of vulvas belonging to women aged 18 to 65, designed to highlight the diversity in bodies. The book also includes the thoughts and feelings of the women involved in the project, and it is available in hardcover ($39.95) or eBook ($19.95) format.
This short documentary, directed Margitte of Riots Not Diets, is a film about women and their experiences with fatness. Women Make Movies, the organization that distributes the film, describes the film as full of “the intricacies of identity and the intersection of race and gender with fatness.” This gift would not only open a conversation for you and your loved one, but supports female filmmakers and an organization that works to make female voices heard in the industry.
Sometimes, we all need the simple reminder that our physical looks are not the defining characteristic of our worth. This hand-lettered typography poster is both attractive art and an important message of self-worth.
Cordelia Fine’s book debunks the long-held notion that “male” and “female” brains are inherently different. She points out the sexist roots of many studies meant to “prove” difference in supposedly hardwired behavior, and highlights the flaws in cultural assumptions about gender that many still treat as fact. Who wouldn’t want to receive this book as a holiday gift?
If you consider yourself a feminist, what kind of gifts are on your list this year? Any of these? Share more ideas in the comments below!
Written by Allison Smith