We hope your holidays were awesome, and that you're refreshed and ready to fight the bullshit of the world, because we are!
- Madeline Davis over at Jezebel has an amazing and introspective piece on choosing to become ugly, to fight back against patriarchal expectations of how women should be. One of the most powerful feminist pieces I've read in recent years. Take a look! (Ivonne)
- No doubt about it, a Trump presidency is bad for women. On inauguration day, 30,000 copies of the fiercely feminist Resist! comic book anthology will be distributed for free. It is comprised of work by women, LGBQT, and people of color, all communities in danger during a Trump presidency. So, instead of giving the Orange One ratings (seriously, whatever you do, please don't watch the inauguration. It's a form of protest), read this instead. (Critical Writ staff)
- Patty Jenkins, director of DC's upcoming Wonder Woman movie, talks about her approach to making this film, including appropriating make superhero tropes for Diana. Yes! (Critical Writ staff).
For today's musical hit, let's start 2017 dancing to Shakira and Maluma's "Chantaje."
Today's critical rolls:
Have you ever thought about your beauty rituals and why you do them? Who are you making yourself look good for? If you could do any crazy and nontraditional physical change (colored hair, tattoo, etc) for yourself, what would you do and why?
— Critical Writ has a super-duper strict comment policy that specifies a single rule above all others: don't start off 2017 being an asshole to your fellow humans.