Street Wise: Some Pre-Protest Feministing

Before hitting the pavement for The Women’s March Part 2, we’re gleaning words of wisdom from our favorite L.A. feminists.

By Remy Ramirez

The second go-around of The Women’s March is coming to downtown L.A. on January 20th, and we’re fucking psyched. To get prepped, we’ve asked some of our favorite L.A. feminists (and our very own staff) to tell us what moved them about last year’s march, why they’re stoked for this year’s, and what feminism is really all about.

WHITNEY BELL

Artist, writer, entrepreneur, and genius behind the art installation I Didn’t Ask for This: A Lifetime of Dick Pics. She also makes some sick lighters.

I was lucky enough to be able to make it to D.C. for last year’s Women’s March, and I brought my three teenage nieces with me. Witnessing them really learn first hand what it is we are fighting for from icons like Angela Davis, Cecile Richards, and Gloria Steinem was thrilling. The most impactful part was actually afterwards, sitting in a Cheesecake Factory with these girls, answering question after question about gender inequality, privilege, race, and the importance of intersectionality. Younger generations have been raised with the internet, with connections to people of all kinds, and this unique exposure has made them far more compassionate and aware of inequality. There is hope for the future yet.

SHAN BOODRAM

Sexologist, author, and YouTube star. She made a vibrator necklace, so… you probably need that.

To me, feminism is the celebration of our differences, while we fight not to be minimized by them. Feminism is inclusive, it’s for anyone who stands by–and hopefully up–for women. I also believe feminism is the validation and allegiance with other special interest groups. I’d like to think that we relate, not compete, with anyone, regardless of gender or race, who has found that their escalator is broken.

ANNA BULBROOK

Musician and founder of Girlschool, L.A.’s v tite all-lady music festival.

Last year, the L.A. march was spectacularly well-attended, safe, and honestly—fun. People dressed up as vajazzled pussies, carried humorously poignant signs, and raised their voices with urgency, but also graciousness and humor. There were small children everywhere. It was spectacular to feel so safe in a crowd that big. And I loved that friends who might not otherwise attend a protest mobilized to be there. People I’d never seen take action before stepped up. But I, for one, am totally unsurprised that this is the kind of magic that happens when women get together to support one another.

ASHLEE MARIE PRESTON

Podcast host, activist, and first ever transgender editor-in-chief of a major publication, Wear Your Voice. She’s running for CA state assembly district 54, so y’all know what to do when the polls open.

As women, our voices are changing the world, but they aren’t our only tool. Let us use the bond we create on January 20th to remind us of our power at the polls! Voting transforms our ultimate vision into victory–now is our time to connect and be COUNTED!

JARINA DE MARCO

Singer, songwriter, and activist. We can’t decide which we love more–her contribution to the Broad City Soundtrack or her Standing Rock protest anthem

I didn’t hear the word “feminism” much growing up in the Caribbean. It was a word of the past, a foreign word with a bitter and aggressive aftertaste, a battle that had been half-won somewhere far away. I didn’t realize it then, but in my formative years I’d witnessed feminism unfold and thrive in the women in my family. I saw it in the stoic strength of my grandmother and great-aunts—all matriarchal powerhouses. They, in turn, raised fierce, independent children who stepped out of the gender roles so ingrained in Latin culture. These women, our mothers, encouraged us to leave behind the constraints that had held them back and fight new battles, so that the generation following us could continue to soar to new heights. Feminism is about leaving things better than you found them.

CAROLINE SILL

Nasty Gal’s Director of Marketing

I’m marching with three very important men in my life, one of whom is one year old. I’m excited to create this memory with him, so that he may look back upon it as a historical time, one that holds no barring on his life, as he will live in a world where equality, respect and love are the norm. The other two are men that I love dearly, who champion and cheer on the women in their lives. We are together responsible for changing this world for my one-year-old friend, and so many others. We’ve got work to do

TIYANA GRULOVIC

Nasty Gal’s Editorial Director 

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