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Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, 1972 and 2014

Both by Dan Bagan

Wanna see my cry like a baby? Ask me who these women were.

Hughes’ father was beaten nearly to death by the KKK when she was a kid, and what does she do? Become an activist to try and stop that from happening to other people. She raised money to bail civil rights protesters out of jail. She helped women get out of abusive situations by providing shelter for them until they got on their feet. She founded an agency that helped women get to work without having to leave their children alone, because childcare in the 1970s? Not really a thing. In fact, a famous feminist line in the 70s was “every housewife is one man away from welfare.”

Then she teamed up with Steinman to found the Women’s Action Alliance, which created the first battered women’s shelters in history. They attacked women’s rights issues through boots on the ground activism, problem solving, and communication. They stomped over barriers of race and class to meet women where they were: mostly mothers who wanted better for themselves and their children.

These are women are who I always wanted to be.


"The hyper-sexualization of little girls and their bodies, as a mother, really bothers me. It plays into the sexualization of their bodies into their teenager years and adult life. It makes them grow up faster than they need to. Let them be little girls, have fun, be able to play in the playground and not worry about going on the monkey bars because someone’s going to see their underwear. Something like this constricts their movements, which affects the way they play."

Jenny Reid, a volunteer firefighter with Langford Fire Rescue, says the costume is not only offensive to women in her field, it’s also damaging to the self-esteem of little girls.

"That costume is awful and it sends the wrong message," she says. "It reinforces that there are still jobs that are off-limits to women. It’s not a representation of the real job. Little girls can do whatever they want. They shouldn’t be restricted. Those types of costumes put so many limitations on them. They don’t build the self-esteem and confidence you need to be a firefighter or police officer." " [x]


Elsa, the Queen of Sass and Snow

Elsa is known for being poised, proper, reserved and regal like a queen should be. Although she has always been somewhat more mature than Anna, she was quite playful as a child. Though her accident to and separation from Anna caused her to grow up to be much more serious, she occasionally had her moments of being ungraceful, unladylike, and even slightly mischievous and sarcastic. Some of the most notable examples include:

  • After she and Anna simultaneously smell the nearby chocolate and say it out loud, they both let out a giggle, and Elsa brings her hand up near her mouth.
  • Right afterwards, the Duke bows to Elsa and Anna, and both girls stifle a laugh when the Duke’s toupee falls forward. Elsa maintains a soft giggle which she hides behind her hand.
  • After she watches the Duke drag Anna out of her sight (having tricked him about Anna being a dancer), Elsa waves slightly as she somewhat slyly whispers, “Sorry.”
  • Watching the Duke make a fool out of himself is enough to make Elsa giggle, which we see her do again (and hides it behind her hand) when Anna looks back at her.
  • When Anna returns, Elsa giggles once more before she clears her throat.
  • After Anna refuses to have a private conversation with Elsa regarding her engagement, Elsa curtly says, “Fine” before she adds, “You can’t marry a man you just met.”
  • Having just had her feelings hurt, Elsa excuses herself from Anna and Hans, the latter of whom starts to speak before Elsa snaps, “No, you may not!”
  • Elsa has quite a few moments like these as she sings “Let It Go,” especially because she wears a sassy smile. These include when she releases her cape from its clasp, when she tosses her tiara away, when she pulls her down from its bun and into a braid, when she walks out onto the balcony with her arms raised, and when she sings the final line before waving her hand to close the doors after she walks inside.
  • Like I said here, Elsa rolls her eyes when Anna tries to tell her what has happened to Arendelle.
  • After she has made a pair of skates for Anna, as Anna tries to say that she doesn’t skate, Elsa smiles mischievously before she playfully pulls Anna out into the rink.

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