Monday Inspiration: Tavi Gevinson

by tatiana on July 30, 2012

Have you heard of Tavi Gevinson? I heard about this fashion-blogging wunderkind a few years ago, but never took the time to check out her blog (or new online magazine!) until today. She started a fashion blog at the ripe age of 11 and has done great great things to make the internet a cooler place for girls, in my opinion.

Photo credit: thestylerookie.com

Anyway, on this Monday, the beginning of the work week, here’s a pretty video featuring the fierce Tavi.

For a glimpse of Tavi eloquently expressing her views on women and girls in the media and just “figuring things out,” check out this TED Talk.


Kickstarter Spotlight: Help Fund The Punk Singer

by tatiana on October 3, 2011

All the cool kids are doing it. (Does that statement still motivate people?) Kathleen Hanna (artist, musician, cultural activist, feminist, the list goes on and on) is one of my heroes and I really can’t get enough of her awesomeness, and I feel like this documentary will help her awesomeness reach a shit-ton more women in this country & beyond to not only learn more about her story and what she accomplished, but to be inspired to do great things.

Whatever you decide to do (donate or not donate), that’s completely up to you. But, really, we all know this is going to be a kick ass documentary. Just do it. <–


Last fall I BARTed over to the Fox Theater in Oakland to see the oh-so-talented and amazing The xx. My friend Meg and I were fortunate to catch the opening band – Warpaint, a mellow all-girl band with really pretty harmonious voices and expert guitar riffs  – with surprise screaming rock out moments here and there. We were instantly in love. Fast forward to around 6 months later, and we’re watching them headline a sold out show at The Independent in San Francisco. I don’t know them personally, but I felt so fucking proud of them. [click to continue…]


Links of the Week – March 4, 2011

by tatiana on March 3, 2011

Poster by Barbara Kruger, 1989 (scanned from Suffragettes to She Devils by Liz McQuiston)

Hey, all. So I’ve decided that Tweeting my favorite links is just not enough. I want to document them here in my blog as well. Why? Why not! [click to continue…]


Wednesday Inspiration: Margaret Mead

by tatiana on October 27, 2010

“All social change comes from the passion of individuals.” – Margaret Mead (1901-1978), Cultural Anthropologist, Revolutionary Lady


A Movement Begins in a Million Pink Bedrooms

by tatiana on December 17, 2009


A few weekends ago I ventured out to one of my favorite streets in San Francisco (Valencia St) to visit this amazing zine show that I read about in SF Weekly at Goteblud, You Are Her: Riot Grrrl and Underground Female Zines of the 1990s. I was way too excited about this show. I know I say that a lot, but this time I mean it times 20. To be able to be surrounded by the zines and writings and manifestos that created a small yet extremely significant movement in the world and in my life… I was beside myself. Seriously out of body HOLY SHIT I CAN MAKE COPIES! AND TOUCH EVERYTHING?! experience. [click to continue…]


Sunday Inspiration: “Spread yo wings, girl!”

by tatiana on November 9, 2009


Miss Chicago and the California Girls, 1971
Poster produced by the Feminist Art Program, Fresno State College, Calif.
(Scanned from The Power of Feminist Art: The American Movement of the 1970s, History and Impact)

The above poster is from the beginning of the Feminist Art Program which was established by Judy Chicago when she accepted a teaching position at Fresno State. Chicago chose Fresno State because it was so isolated from the art world. She also decided that the program should operate off campus so her students could function in a space free from patriarchy. Chicago’s motivation was to help her students find a sense of self in their work, feel comfortable to create art, be open to formulate their own ideas and feel understood; all things that she felt she did not receive from her own arts education.  As the story goes, finding a studio was incredibly difficult for the women, as landlords were ambivalent to rent space to them because they couldn’t understand why a group of women needed a space to do “work.” Chicago’s program at Fresno only lasted one year, since she was hired to co direct the Feminist Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts.

In related news, the Health Care Reform Bill was passed yesterday. Unfortunately the House included an amendment which would ban federal funding of abortion in the public option. This is lame and incredibly upsetting. If you are also upset by this decision, voice your opinion by sending a message to the President here: http://www.ppaction.org/campaign/hcr09bse_af?rk=g7z2JR1q7qDyE

In other maybe sort of not really related news, Miss Marissa (aka my fabulous roommate) has established a new blog that focuses on the San Francisco art scene, her favorite films, and photos that she takes around the city. I love it so far, you should check it out: http://artinthefog.wordpress.com/


Wednesday Inspiration

by tatiana on June 17, 2009



‘History I’ and ‘History II’ posters by Tony Robertson (Earthworks Poster Collective),
Sydney, Australia 1977

**Scanned from Suffragettes to She-Devils: Women’s Liberation and Beyond by Liz McQuiston**


“Boo, you whore.”

by tatiana on October 24, 2008

So, yesterday, Feministing asked the following question:

“I wonder what your personal take is. Why do you think adolescent girls, in particular, but women, in general, resort to competition, body snark, and passive aggressive manipulation? And most importantly, how can we stop it?”

This is something I have ALWAYS questioned, particularly recently.  Why is it that girls who already, more often than we would like, find themselves in oppressive situations, feel the need to oppress and degrade other girls? My 17-year-old self contemplated this a lot my last year in high school. It was that year that I decided that drama with other girls for the sake of being dramatic was never ever worth it. I was never really competitive in that way in the first place. Who would think it was worth it anyway? Perhaps girls who don’t have enough self confidence to not care? I have no clue. I think those types of behaviors really reveal the core of one’s character, to go out of one’s way to intentionally afflict mental harm on another person for means of personal gain or gratification. But, I guess this is how the world works? Ay ay ay.

mean girls

But I was really happy to see this brought up on the Feministing blog yesterday. It makes me feel like my attitude regarding these catty and often immature behaviors has been validated. :o) That makes me happy. I totally want to pick up the book they talk about in their post, Rachel Simmon’s Odd Girl Out.

I’ll end this post with a great excerpt from Kathleen Hanna’s Riot Grrl Manifesto:

BECAUSE we are unwilling to let our real and valid anger be diffused and/or turned against us via the internalization of sexism as witnessed in girl/girl jealousism and self defeating girltype behaviors.”


You are an obsession, You’re my obsession

by tatiana on August 13, 2008

Recently, the Fair was in Orange County, and of course I had to go and eat my share of things that are bad for me. Apart from that indulgence, I was treated to a visual array of eye candy. No, I’m not talking about boys. Well maybe I am, as I was accompanied by a rather cute one. But no. I am referring to, naturally, the arts and crafts contests. And more specifically… the table settings contest. It was neat. Some of them were beyond bad, but this contest in junction with my daily dose of DesignSponge have been brainwashing me into caring more about what my living space looks like. This being said, I have been constantly brainstorming ideas for place mats. I know, it sounds lame, but I’m excited to make some. Kinda like these I found on etsy.com…
In case you don’t know what a placemat is.
except mine will be different/cuter and I’m thinking of incorporating some rick rack, because I’m old school like that.

Of course, I cannot talk about the OC Fair without mentioning that my roommate, the amazing KENDRA, won 1st place in the memorabilia contest! You go girl! I’m such a proud roomie. As the description says (photo to be added later), she has collected over 100 Vivien Leigh items. That’s a lot of old stuff… and a lot of hard earned cash spent on that old stuff. Homegirl is going to be able to fill a museum soon. We should start charging when people come over to visit.

In other news, in addition to my ongoing attempts to finish reading the legendary Harry Potter series (I’m still on book 5), I am reading Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants by Jill Soloway
the book i am reading.
At first, when reading through her 3 introductions, I got kind of annoyed with her cocky tone. A friend of mine got me this book for my birthday via my amazon wish list. I think I added it to my wish list because at the time I was really into reading as much feminist-y stuff as possible. I think the beginning of the book frustrated me because I felt like Jill was one of those feminists who give feminists a bad name, in my opinion. They think they know everything, and they think everyone who disagrees with them are inferior. Which, you know, is kind of lame. BUT. I continued reading and soon realized that I am actually really liking this book. It reminds me of Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. So if you liked that book, you’d most likely enjoy this one. Anyway, I have about 50 pages to go. Oh, I’m on Goodreads, and highly recommend it if you like to keep track of what you’ve read, and/or like to see what your friends are reading.


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