ACTIVISM
Shop These 20 Badass Feminist Products to Support Planned Parenthood
Meg Cale
This weekend is the Women’s March on Washington. Some people are marchers – some people aren’t. I’m here to tell you that’s okay. Different people have different lives and different skillsets. Maybe you’re introverted and your skills are better served as a writer or a content curator? Maybe you have mobility issues and walking in a big crowd is something you can’t do. Or – maybe you don’t have a sitter for your kids. I get it – life happens. Which is why I put together this list of 20 products, books and merch you can buy to help you learn and visibly show up for the intersectional social justice causes you support. Many of the products listed here are from small businesses and companies donating to the cause in their own right, but I’ve also used affiliate links in this post so you will be donating twice, at no cost to you. The portion of the proceeds on my end will go to Planned Parenthood check the individual sellers for their contribution information. 

Girl Power T-shirt

When I was growing up, I was obsessed with the Spice Girls. I know – problematic fav – but still. I can’t see this shirt without getting some vintage 90s- SPICE UP MY LIFE- vibes. PS: I was always Ginger in our half-assed grade school choreography

Shop: Girl Power T-shirt  $19.95

We Should All Be Feminists Paperback

The highly acclaimed, provocative New York Times bestseller—a personal, eloquently-argued essay, adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah. Here she offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

Feminist Dad Hat

I’ve been super into hats lately. Mostly because I work wild hours and what are showers even?  hats are less work than doing my hair every day. Grab this quote dad hat and make a statement.

 

Shop: Feminist Dad Hat $14.99

 

Bad Feminist: Essays

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

Shop: Bad Feminist: Essays $9.19

Sass the Patriarchy Lapel Pin

Linds got me a denim jacket for the holidays. I also have a travel pack that I’ve been collecting patches for, these lapel pins are perfect for both. Who doesn’t love a lil sass?

Rad American Women A-Z

Like all A-Z books, this one illustrates the alphabet—but instead of “A is for Apple”, A is for Angela—as in Angela Davis, the iconic political activist. B is for Billie Jean King, who shattered the glass ceiling of sports; C is for Carol Burnett, who defied assumptions about women in comedy; D is for Dolores Huerta, who organized farmworkers; and E is for Ella Baker, who mentored Dr. Martin Luther King and helped shape the Civil Rights Movement. And the list of great women continues, spanning several centuries, multiple professions, and 26 diverse individuals. There are artists and abolitionists, scientists and suffragettes, rock stars and rabble-rousers, and agents of change of all kinds.

 

Shop: Rad American Women Book $11.65

 

Pro-Black is Not Anti-White Shirt

I love this shirt, I’m considering purchasing it myself to join my other social justice gear. I love the tie-dye but I love the message even more.

Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics

bell hooks is a feminist icon. This book is a must read for any budding social justice advocate. In this short, accessible primer, bell hooks explores the nature of feminism and its positive promise to eliminate sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. With her characteristic clarity and directness, hooks encourages readers to see how feminism can touch and change their lives―to see that feminism is for everybody.

The L Word Ships T-shirt

While the L Word is another problematic AF Fav of mine, the show really did have a major impact on lesbians coming of age at this point of time. Plus, this T-shirt made me laugh while I was researching for this article.

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

In her profound and courageous New York Times bestseller, Janet Mock establishes herself as a resounding and inspirational voice for the transgender community—and anyone fighting to define themselves on their own terms.

 

Shop: Redefining Realness Book $12.22

 

Fragile Masculinity Pin

Nothing says “fragile masculinity” like the trolls who will inevitably be offended that I included this pin. [eye roll]

 

I Am Jazz Children’s Book

From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.

Is This Against The Dress Code Sweatshirt

Has any sweatshirt ever said “Tumblr Aesthetic” more? I’ll leave that for you to decide.

Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles, and Indigenous Rights in the United States: A Sourcebook

This engaging collection surveys and clarifies the complex issue of federal and state recognition for Native American tribal nations in the United States. Den Ouden and O’Brien gather focused and teachable essays on key topics, debates, and case studies. Written by leading scholars in the field, including historians, anthropologists, legal scholars, and political scientists, the essays cover the history of recognition, focus on recent legal and cultural processes, and examine contemporary recognition struggles nationwide.

 

Melanin Mug

This cup speaks for itself. Whether your sipping white tears or sipping a bit of tea [pun intended] do it with this cute mug.

 

 

Shop: Melanin Mug $45

 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as “brave and bold,” this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a “call to action.”

Shop: The New Jim Crow Book $13.56

I Have No Patience For Your Ableism Shirt

The design, the quote, the feels. I love this shirt.

A is for Activist Children’s Book

This bestselling ABC book is written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. A continuous bestseller for Triangle Square, we heard from booksellers around the country who clamored for a large format edition that would appeal to children over the age of 5. This engaging book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children and parents to action.

Self Care Is A Radical Act: Feminist Poster

We do not have to be all things to all people. Remember to take care of yourself first and foremost.

Those Shoes Children’s Book

All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes, the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing. Though Jeremy’s grandma says they don’t have room for “want,” just “need,” when his old shoes fall apart at school, he is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy soon sees that the things he has — warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend — are worth more than the things he wants.

Slacktivist

My goal when I was writing Slacktivist was not to write another high-level book about social justice theory and change-maker rhetoric but to single out the most effective strategies to help activists and community educators create tangible digital action plans to impact real-world social challenges. While Slacktivist won’t be out until this spring, you can pre-order it today.

Shop: Slacktivist $12.00

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