Women+’s Weekly Thread

Hello, and welcome to the weekly women+’s issues/health thread!

Each Wednesday, someone will post a discussion with a few relevant news items from the last week, as well as a topic for further conversation. The prompt will serve as a starting point for those who may want to participate but don’t have a topic of their own they’d like to discuss – as long as it’s relevant to the discussion as a whole, anything goes.

Some guidelines to help this space be a positive experience for everyone:

☮ As always with the AVCAD, don’t feel compelled to share beyond your comfort level.

☮ Anyone who identifies as female, or who was socialized female/AFAB/otherwise has firsthand experience with the issues being discussed, is welcome to post. If you identify as cis-male, we ask that you please set your participation to “lurk” mode, unless otherwise explicitly invited to participate further (i.e. if we did an AMA kind of thread). I’m sure there’s plenty to be gleaned just by reading!

☮ Please do your best to be mindful of others’ experiences when commenting or posing questions for the group. The female identity is Legion and contains multitudes, and not everyone who has experience with being treated as female by society identifies as female. Furthermore, racial and ethnic identities, sexual orientation, and many other factors can color how one experiences their gender identity on a day-to-day basis. Simply put,


Updates from the world of womanity:

WOMEN DO SOME CRAZY SHIT AND NO ONE BELIEVES THEM; WATER ALSO WET

Look, I’m sure there’s a level of “Big Fish” hyperbole injected in every survival story, but literally every aspect of their story is being questioned at this point. What would their motivation for that be? Seems more like the media having a hard time believing that two women could survive without assistance for 5 months and also be pigheaded enough to think they didn’t need help – which makes me wonder how much scrutiny they’d face if they were men.

MISS PERU PAGEANT SWAPS VIOLENCE STATISTICS FOR FIGURE MEASUREMENTS

This was all organized and orchestrated by the pageant director, but it’s still pretty powerful to see live and brings a level of meaning to pageants not usually seen. Violence against women in Peru is at one of the highest rates in the world.

FORBES 100 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN THE WORLD LIST IS OUT

And is mostly filled with the usual suspects. Ivanka Trump makes her debut. Angela Merkel’s at the top again. Make of it what you will.

BONUS PRIVILEGE CHECK POST: THE ROOT CALLS OUT WHITE WOMEN WHO USE THEIR INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS/CHILDREN AS, AHEM, “CARTE BLANCHE” FOR RACISM

If you’re not already reading The Root, get on that. It’s a great and provocative outlet for Black voices and if, like me and so many others, you’re a white person with a paucity of Black voices present in your life, this forum presents a great listening opportunity.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“A violinist had a violin, a painter his palette. All I had was myself. I was the instrument that I must care for.” Josephine Baker

DISCUSSION TOPIC OF THE WEEK:
What do you want in your guacamole?

That is to say – we’ve survived the Kinjapocalypse. We’re steadily migrating over to this, our own site. As a woman+ of The Avocado, what do you want to see from the site going forward? What kind of content would you like to see more of? How can this community better foster new female and AFAB members, and continue to support veterans and regulars? What would you like to see from this Weekly Thread in the future? What have we done well, both in this thread and as a community in general, and what can we improve upon?

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