Let’s be honest, it’s rough to be a feminist. The “F-word” is often treated like profanity, either spat out as an insult or whispered among friends for fear of being discovered and mocked. It’s especially difficult when you seem to be the only person you know who supports feminism.
Luckily for us, the Internet allows us to be inspired by feminists from around the world, so that we are never without support even when no one near us is an ally. In honor of that, here are some of my favorite feminist voices on YouTube!
(Keep in mind that I’m not into patting someone on the back for simply not making sexist jokes; these women are actively and consistently creating content that empowers women, and they provide feminist commentary on the sexism still rampant in society. These women are also hilarious.)
Lex, aka Tyrannasauruslexxx
Vlogging under the username tyrannasauruslexxx, Lex Croucher is both an animal and human rights activist. Her YouTube channel consists of information about animal testing and abuse, vegan recipes, and hilarious observations. Lex also speaks out consistently about sexual consent, abuse, and harassment of women.
My favorite videos from Lex:
“Blackfish vs Seaworld”
“Awkward conversations: sex”
“How to get a boyfriend”
“What is consent?”
Comedian, singer, and nerd: Bryarly Bishop has it all. I first encountered Bryarly when I stumbled on her analysis of the newest episodes of Doctor Who, which I suppose says more about me than it does about her. Bryarly often posts covers of songs, comedy skits, and her valuable opinion on various feminist issues.
My favorite videos from Bryarly:
“Becoming a feminist”
“We are edited”
“When Doctor Who Becomes Twilight”
Sabrina, aka NerdyAndQuirky
At just 16 years old, Sabrina is a self-described “nerdfighter, whovian, potterhead.” Her videos cover a sometimes strangely wide variety of subjects, from young adult fiction, to be young on YouTube, to fangirling. Sabrina is impressively mature and wise, and also one of the funniest YouTubers I’ve ever watched.
My favorite videos from Sabrina:
“How to take care of a FANGIRL”
Dating TV shows
Marina, aka Marinashutup
Marina is my newest favorite, and it didn’t take long to get addicted to her dry humor and great lipstick. Most videos contain at least one literary reference, which gets my English major heart beating fast. She most often addresses racism, sexism, and the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. Marina is fearless in her social commentary, and deals with a lot of harassment from Men’s Rights Activists.
Marina recently started a new project called Women of YouTube, with the intention of highlighting female voices on YouTube. Keep tabs on this project as it is sure to be powerful!
My favorite videos from Marina:
“I didn’t know I had depression”
“Don’t be shitty on the Internet”
“An open letter to Shailene Woodley about feminism”
Women of YouTube: womenofyoutube.tumblr.com
There are hundreds of powerful women on YouTube who are creating feminist content, and each one is worth your views. The women listed above have been instrumental in my personal growth, and many others would have made this list given more space. Check out a few additional favorites that you can look up on your own!
- The Geeky Blonde
- Hannah Witton
- Rosianna Halse Rojas
- The Dollhouse – a collaborative channel of five trans women
Who are your favorites on YouTube? Do you watch any of these inspiring ladies? Share with us!
Written by Becca Costello-Thomas
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