This morning I got to have breakfast with Merritt Tierce, a writer I admire immensely. She’s won some awards, been a 5 under 35 honoree, and is beloved by jamiatt, roxanegay, and many more of our favorites, so I’m not exactly breaking new ground here, but WOW, you guys. Just wow.
Her new novel Love Me Back is staggering, breathtaking, almost literally. Everyone’s going to say “unflinching” a lot. Unsentimental. Raw. Give Merritt the Nobel Prize in Smart Women Making Potentially Bad Decisions Without Apologizing to Anyone.
Merritt is also one of my feminist heroes for her work with the Texas Equal Access Fund, ensuring that women’s healthcare and reproductive freedom are for all women, not just those who can afford it. I was a fan of her writing and the TEAfund before I put it all together, and now I’m dazzled.
Congratulations to Merritt and Doubleday on the publication of this fantastic book! Don’t miss it, seriously.
I believe in equal opportunities for women and men. I believe in women having reproductive freedom and affordable and unfettered access to the health care they need. I believe women should be paid as much as men for doing the same work. Feminism is a choice, and if a woman does not want to be a feminist, that is her right, but it is still my responsibility to fight for her rights. I believe feminism is grounded in supporting the choices of women even if we wouldn’t make certain choices for ourselves. I believe women not just in the United States but throughout the world deserve equality and freedom but know I am in no position to tell women of other cultures what that equality and freedom should look like.
(via Why I Am A Bad Feminist)
Today we met Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood and cried at her grace and optimism.
Today is the day I stood up in front of my entire company and said I use Planned Parenthood and I think abortion rights are essential to my basic equality as a human being (I asked an actual question too, never fear) and afterwards Cecile Richards, Real American Hero, said to me “You have to be bold — and I can tell that you are.”
Dead. I am dead. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Planned Parenthood.
Happy Beyoncé Day! Wondering where that powerful sample in the middle of “Flawless” came from? That would be author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk, We Should All Be Feminists. Her beautiful, acclaimed novel AMERICANAH is out now and is Beyoncé-approved.
WOW! I did not know that and that is effing cool!
The first day I started Fairy Tales for Twenty-Somethings, sometime in late July 2012, thirty people liked or shared it almost immediately. I was ecstatic. Thirty! I was making myself a sandwich in the kitchen and ran into my bedroom halfway through to reload the page and see if the number had gone up. I remember thinking, This could be something. This is somewhat embarrassing, but those people had found the Tumblr because I’d tagged the very first post with “feminism.”
Aw, Tim is the best!
Please join us in congratulating our 5 UNDER 35 Honorees for 2013!
Personally selected by a previous National Book Award Winner or Finalists, these five authors are among the best of a new generation of writers.
Thrilled about honoring this slate of young writers. Can’t wait to hear them all read!