Hello 2011.

Hi folks! We’re back from our long holiday weekend. Hope everyone had a nice time ringing in the New Year.

2010 was a rough one, to say the least.  A lot happened politically, environmentally, economically, socially. Remember the BP Oil Spill? The Haiti Earthquake? The rash of queer teen suicides? How about reproductive rights, especially abortion, getting totally screwed in health care reform? And the DREAM Act dying.

There were also a lot of good things about the year–even if I’m having trouble conjuring all of them up right now.

BUT thankfully it is a new year, and possibly a fresh start. Hopefully most folks at least got their fair share of a break from work/school and a chance to start 2011 renewed.

New year’s resolutions tend toward the anti-feminist. Weight-loss promises are at the top of this list. Our girl Chloe had a few feminist body-positive resolutions she posted on twitter last week. Here’s one:

Tweet from Chloe Angyal: Positive resolution suggestions: Resolve to speak nicely about your own body in 2011. #endfattalk

Anti-feminist resolutions aside, I do think the New Year is a good time to reflect on the past and think about what you might want to be different in the coming year.

I’m hoping to focus on embracing life with joy, a bit more distance and a few more deep breaths.

What are your hopes for 2011?

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  • http://feministing.com/members/deafbrowntrash/ deafbrowntrash

    I’d like to have more compassion and understanding for others, and not get angry so quickly. so I will try to work on my anger and patience issues, because it doesn’t do me much good when I get angry at others and push them away. We already live in a society of extreme alienation and I don’t like it.

    Happy New Year, Feministing

  • http://feministing.com/members/torirodriguez/ Tori Rodriguez

    On this topic, see my blog post about resolutions – link below. While there, check out “Ditch the Dieting: Here’s a Kinder, Gentler Approach to Health”. Happy New Year!


  • http://cabaretic.blogspot.com nazza

    Though it is already a well-worn cliche, I again resolve to discern the things I can change from the things I can’t, and the wisdom to know the difference between the two.

  • http://feministing.com/members/tigerrose13/ Kimberly

    Stay healthy. Not lose weight, but just stay healthy. Oh, and also to treat others with more respect.

    Happy (belated) New Year to everyone @ Feministing!