A feminist thanksgiving

Feministing will be taking tomorrow through the weekend off for the holidays. As we all head off to our (chosen and biological) family gatherings, I thought I’d do a lil’ random gratitude shout out to some of the wonderful people and projects in our own little Feministing family and beyond that have been doing such good work this fall…

Thank you to the gods and the erfs, the goddess, and/or the doctors who delivered Jess and Andrew’s little Layla to us safe, sound, and destined for a lot of hilarious holidays with the Valentis.

Thank you to Hollaback, for doing such amazing work to make girls and women feel safer on their streets.

Thank you to Gloria Steinem, for constantly demonstrating that she’s willing to learn, committed to grassroots activism, and really, truly sees young women doing their thang all over this country.

Thank you to the organizers of the SPARK Summit, who created a new model of seizing on the momentum of lots of amazing activists, teachers, and writers to attack a single issue (with lots of intersections, of course).

Thank you to all the feminist men and male allies who are trying to re-imagine a world without violence against women and, even more, where traditional notions of masculinity aren’t so determinative of their lives.

Thank you to Samhita Mukhopadhyay for being my National Women’s Studies Association partner-in-crime and reassuring me I wasn’t totally stupid when almost everything that M. Jacqui Alexander and Chandra Talpade Mohanty said went way over my head. And while I’m at it, thanks to the NWSA folks for wrangling so many smart women in one hotel.

Thank you to the Service Women’s Action Network for standing up for what is right.

Thank you to all of Feministing’s amazing editors, contributors, and columnists, for making it such a force in the world. I’m honored to “be the change” alongside you all.

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  1. Posted November 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    i like the statements of gratitude here.

    …is there going to be any mention of the cover-up that is thanksgiving? you know…stealing native land, genocide, etc? (not to mention animal cruelty when it comes to who’s on your plate).

  2. Posted November 23, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to you, everyone at Feministing, and all the people who are the strong and brave forces behind the feminist movement, for opening eyes and changing the world, day by day, every day.

  3. Posted November 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the riches of the earth; the sun that powers our diverse ecosystem; the rain, air, and soil that nourish our crops; and the people who grow, deliver, and prepare the feast of Thanksgiving.

  4. Posted November 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I think Thanksgiving is a load of…turkey poo, honestly. I’m surprised that feminists would celebrate it, given the circumstances of how it came about. (I also don’t celebrate it because I’m from the UK.) Having said this, I’m still grateful for the statements made by Courtney (and many others, obviously).

  5. Posted November 27, 2010 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    thanks to all who contribute to feministing, a truly great blog!
    and something i foung worth to be thinking about:

  6. Posted November 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Permalink


    Hope you all had a fun Thanksgiving! Oh, and by the way, what’s an erf?

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