nottheshepardyourelookingfor:

leseanthomas:

With a booming economy in Nigeria and more black children than anywhere else in the world, Taofick Okoya was dismayed when he could not find a black doll for his niece.

The 43-year-old spotted a gap in the market and, with little competition from foreign firms such as Mattel Inc, the maker of Barbie, he set up his own business. He outsourced manufacturing of doll parts to low-cost China, assembled them onshore and added a twist – traditional Nigerian costumes.

The dolls represent Nigeria’s three largest Ethnic Groups; Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba so far.

Seven years on, Okoya sells between 6,000 and 9,000 of his Queens of Africa and Naija Princesses a month, and reckons he has 10-15% of a small but fast-growing market.

"I like it," says Ifunanya Odiah, five, struggling to contain her excitement as she inspects one of Okoya’s dolls in a Lagos shopping mall. "It’s black, like me.”

Like Barbies, Okoya’s dolls are slim, despite the fact that much of Africa abhors the western ideal of stick-thin models. Okoya says his early templates were larger bodied, and the kids did not like them.

But he hopes to change that. “For now, we have to hide behind the ‘normal’ doll. Once we’ve built the brand, we can make dolls with bigger bodies.”

SOURCE: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jan/15/barbie-nigeria-queen-africa-dolls-mattel-toymaker

yeah okay but how can I get one too cause they are fierce as fuck

Wonderful Feminist Friendly Comic Available for Young Readers!

preschoolfeminism:

I recently bought my daughter this at our local comic book store -

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Princeless is the story of "Princess Adrienne, her guardian dragon Sparky and a rough and tough sidekick named Bedelia, as they begin their own quest for adventure designed specifically for those who are tired…

We recently went back and purchased the collected first four volumes of Princeless. I thought you’d guys enjoy seeing how this amazing title continues to out-do itself!

We’re introduced to a new character who is a female blacksmith who at first possess a troubling idea of what women warriors should be and even of her own abilities as a woman herself. 

Good thing we’ve got Adrienne to show her the way!

PLUS WHAT A BADASS IS ADRIENNE IN THIS PANEL!

leekfish:

"Fight like a Girl"
I was asked if I’d be willing to participate in a content blitz for International Women’s Day (March 8th) and was inspired to make this print! I was torn between going with the upcoming Rainbow Power designs and the original Elements of Harmony- on the one hand, the former was certainly more colorful and more “girly” but at the same time I felt like I wanted to also make a nod to Lauren Faust, a lifelong feminist and the original source of everything we love about this show. Thus, Elements of Harmony it was. I have quite a bit to say on this matter, so kindly bear with me. I will not tolerate any comments that show aggression, ignorance, or what have you, so keep that in mind if you decide to comment on the above deviantART link or what have you. I am just as entitled to my opinion as you are all entitled to yours.The MLP fandom is certainly not without its issues- granted, I love most of the fandom anyway, and I acknowledge that most of us aren’t the problem. However, we can’t just dismiss issues by brushing them off as the “vocal minority.” As the “majority” (if we even are) it is our responsibility to step up, speak out, and set a positive example for others and fix any issues that arise. Well, I guess I’ll start with the issue that served as primary inspiration for this piece. I see it too often, really- even in the “Bronies” Documentary that was created with the intention of celebrating our community- too many fans of the show claim they enjoy it “in spite of” the girlyness/femininity. Male fans often claim that some of the harassment they receive is accusations that because they like MLP, it must mean they’re “feminine” or “homosexual” and talk about it as though those are negative traits… which, obviously, they’re not! (Yes, the harassment is negative- but the traits are not.) There’s also the, “It’s not just a girl’s show” or “it’s not that girly,” excuses. For goodness sake, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is feminine and girly and we should embrace it for what it is! Lauren Faust wanted to create entertainment for girls that was just as high-quality as anything created for boys. To dismiss the empowering, feminist message within MLP:FiM is rather insulting to all of her hard work and what she strives to do in the animation industry. Not only that, but it is insulting to girls and the concept of femininity. A friend of mine had a theory as to why there is such a high amount of R34 and “grimdark” in the fandom- some just don’t know how to accept that they like something that is seen as “girly” or that they admire strong female characters and may even feel threatened by them. Thus, they attempt to bring them down by objectifying them and thus making it “okay” to like them. It was a pretty fascinating and perfectly plausible theory- quite a shame that he had to delete the original post because of the intense backlash and harassment he received from it. Granted, it may not be the only reason, and it may apply to some and not to others, but given our society, it is a plausible theory- we should openly question why this seems to be the case, and why so many were vocally abusive to someone who tried to speak up about an opinion that clashes with their own. It’s not just with his opinion as well- PinkiePony also spoke up that she didn’t like rape jokes or the concept of the Princess Molestia ask blog or the fact that it’s frighteningly easy for children to find R34 of MLP, and she received brutal harassment that wasn’t even limited to internet bullying. Regardless of your opinion on DWM, surely we can all agree that such behavior is absolutely disgusting and intolerable. All that said, I wanted to use the phrase, “Fight like a Girl.” It’s often used as a derogatory phrase to indicate someone is “weaker” so I wanted to turn that around to something that felt much more empowering, inspired by some other prints I’ve seen floating around with a similar theme! I went back to the Elements of Harmony, as that is where the story began and where many of us began to enjoy the show. It’s perfectly “girly”- they finish Nightmare Moon with a rainbow blast for goodness sake! Just like they did with Discord as well! But hey, it’s awesome! Honestly, I wanted to incorporate more rainbows and sparkles, but I didn’t want to interfere with the composition or light pastel colors I used for the mane six. Thus, I opted for shades of purple, using rays of light such as the palate that was used in part of the scene where they use the Elements for the very first time.Thanks for reading my ramblings, and thank you all for the support you’ve given this design thus far. <3

leekfish:

"Fight like a Girl"

I was asked if I’d be willing to participate in a content blitz for International Women’s Day (March 8th) and was inspired to make this print! I was torn between going with the upcoming Rainbow Power designs and the original Elements of Harmony- on the one hand, the former was certainly more colorful and more “girly” but at the same time I felt like I wanted to also make a nod to Lauren Faust, a lifelong feminist and the original source of everything we love about this show. Thus, Elements of Harmony it was.

I have quite a bit to say on this matter, so kindly bear with me. I will not tolerate any comments that show aggression, ignorance, or what have you, so keep that in mind if you decide to comment on the above deviantART link or what have you. I am just as entitled to my opinion as you are all entitled to yours.

The MLP fandom is certainly not without its issues- granted, I love most of the fandom anyway, and I acknowledge that most of us aren’t the problem. However, we can’t just dismiss issues by brushing them off as the “vocal minority.” As the “majority” (if we even are) it is our responsibility to step up, speak out, and set a positive example for others and fix any issues that arise.

Well, I guess I’ll start with the issue that served as primary inspiration for this piece. I see it too often, really- even in the “Bronies” Documentary that was created with the intention of celebrating our community- too many fans of the show claim they enjoy it “in spite of” the girlyness/femininity. Male fans often claim that some of the harassment they receive is accusations that because they like MLP, it must mean they’re “feminine” or “homosexual” and talk about it as though those are negative traits… which, obviously, they’re not! (Yes, the harassment is negative- but the traits are not.) There’s also the, “It’s not just a girl’s show” or “it’s not that girly,” excuses. For goodness sake, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is feminine and girly and we should embrace it for what it is! Lauren Faust wanted to create entertainment for girls that was just as high-quality as anything created for boys. To dismiss the empowering, feminist message within MLP:FiM is rather insulting to all of her hard work and what she strives to do in the animation industry. Not only that, but it is insulting to girls and the concept of femininity.

A friend of mine had a theory as to why there is such a high amount of R34 and “grimdark” in the fandom- some just don’t know how to accept that they like something that is seen as “girly” or that they admire strong female characters and may even feel threatened by them. Thus, they attempt to bring them down by objectifying them and thus making it “okay” to like them. It was a pretty fascinating and perfectly plausible theory- quite a shame that he had to delete the original post because of the intense backlash and harassment he received from it. Granted, it may not be the only reason, and it may apply to some and not to others, but given our society, it is a plausible theory- we should openly question why this seems to be the case, and why so many were vocally abusive to someone who tried to speak up about an opinion that clashes with their own. It’s not just with his opinion as well- PinkiePony also spoke up that she didn’t like rape jokes or the concept of the Princess Molestia ask blog or the fact that it’s frighteningly easy for children to find R34 of MLP, and she received brutal harassment that wasn’t even limited to internet bullying. Regardless of your opinion on DWM, surely we can all agree that such behavior is absolutely disgusting and intolerable.

All that said, I wanted to use the phrase, “Fight like a Girl.” It’s often used as a derogatory phrase to indicate someone is “weaker” so I wanted to turn that around to something that felt much more empowering, inspired by some other prints I’ve seen floating around with a similar theme! I went back to the Elements of Harmony, as that is where the story began and where many of us began to enjoy the show. It’s perfectly “girly”- they finish Nightmare Moon with a rainbow blast for goodness sake! Just like they did with Discord as well! But hey, it’s awesome! Honestly, I wanted to incorporate more rainbows and sparkles, but I didn’t want to interfere with the composition or light pastel colors I used for the mane six. Thus, I opted for shades of purple, using rays of light such as the palate that was used in part of the scene where they use the Elements for the very first time.

Thanks for reading my ramblings, and thank you all for the support you’ve given this design thus far. <3

krisarchasm:

mistressofpie:

A super girly and peppy blonde girl who wears bright pink dresses and skirts everyday is best friends with a quiet goth girl who of course sports all black clothing and big lace up boots. Someone jokes and yells to them “Hey look, a fairy and a vampire!” The blonde turns around and flashes a fanged grin and says “She’s human actually.”

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This has been done before, I’m sure.

adrianbowen:

mostrandomfaves:

THEY’D BE SLAUGHTERED IMMEDIATELY

“Now go, unleash hell.” 

I love this Gif so much..

(Source: birdstump)

Gargoyles-Badass Women per epi: Elisa Maza-The Edge 2/3

"Look Matt, you need to know something about me. I don’t care about UFOs, Loch Ness, or secret societies. Believe me, the worlds strange enough as it is."

(Source: evilqueenapologist)

when the boys pull your hair and push you to the ground
during recess
I promise not to tell you that it’s because they like you.
when the teachers call home to tell me that
you pushed them to the ground after you
I’ll take you out of school early and buy
you your favorite ice cream.
when you get older and the boys
try to touch you when you don’t want to be touched
I’ll look at you like the sun when you come home
with anger in your fists.
they all tell you not to fight fire with fire
but that is only because they are afraid of your flames.
when the boys yell after you like hyenas
you yell back, baby.
I will not teach you to be afraid of your anger
so that you look for it in others.
I will not make you be the better person
because you already are.
you wanna fight ‘em? fight ‘em.
don’t you dare apologize for the fierce love
you have for yourself
and the lengths you go to preserve it.
when the boys try to tell you to soften up
I hope you make them bleed with your edges.
I hope you remember that you are not theirs
that their disappointment in you is not yours.
when the boys come to your door with pretty words and
angry eyes
I hope you show them the anger in yours.
I hope you show them just how strong your mommy
thinks you are.
I hope you show them the animal they can’t always
see in their own reflection.
when the boys come with the intention of hurting you
my advice will always stay the same, my darling:
give ‘em hell.

when the boys come | Caitlyn S. (via friendzonked)

HOW CARTOONS SAVED ME FROM MYSELF

squirrelevictor:

so i guess i’ll have to start this off with an awful, awful confession: i used to be one of ‘those’ girls:

'i only hang out with boys! girls are such bitches!'

'i'm a girl, and even I hate it when girls ______'

'i'm so glad i read books, i'll never wear makeup. i'm above that.'

AWFUL. i was…

chillworm asked
so is the actual character of honey lemon going to be latina? I'd be kind of upset if she is because she looks white. I feel like they just slapped on the latina title to avoid the backlash of having yet another white protagonist and honestly I've been waiting for a latina character from disney for a while and the last thing I want to hear is people saying "you already got a latina character stop complaining"

feministdisney:

every time I type “honey lemon” into Google I’m momentarily confused because a lot of tea recipes pop up

Comics Alliance seems to have some pretty good coverage of this. So far I haven’t seen it confirmed - anywhere  - that she’s Latina, right now it’s just an assumption based on her voice actor (which doesn’t necessarily mean anything).

All of the Big Hero 6 characters are Japanese in the comics, though Fred specifically comes from a small indigenous group called the Ainu. Potter is now the only actor of Japanese heritage in the core cast. Jamie Chung is second-generation Korean-American, and Daniel Henney is mixed race Korean and Irish-American. Wasabi is now black, and played by a black actor, and actor Génesis Rodríguez is Latina, which may mean that Honey Lemon is now Latina as well. White actors play Fred and the robot Baymax.

The San Fransokyo setting obviously makes such a diverse cast more plausible. On the one hand it’s frustrating to see Japanese representation sidelined given the team’s comic book origins and the Japanese food-inspired names of many of the characters. On the other hand it’s always great to see more black and Latina superheroes on the screen, and it’s a relief that the lead character is at least Asian American. Whether we chalk this one up as a victory or a defeat for diversity is kind of hard to say — though it seems a safe bet that fewer characters would have changed race if all six of them had started out white.

Read More: Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6’ Voice Cast, Character Posters Revealed 

that last line though.