Mrs Maisel causes a staff stir, Netflix brings us yet another teen movie success, and Brexit negotiations were too damn much this week! Find out what the team have been loving and hating in another instalment of Toots & Boots. Continue reading
Michelle Obama discusses her memoir with Oprah, Vanessa Hudgens does a Lindsey Lohan (not the messy version), and Boshemia reflects on the morality of American holidays – all in this week’s Toots & Boots.
This instagram account is described as a ‘safe space for Non POC to ask questions to a community of POC.’ It is a brilliant resource for learning about the many dimensions of racism with people asking questions you may have yourself or about issues you hadn’t even thought of. Constant food for thought and amazing work from the POC who answer questions. A @Askalgbt account has also just been created by the same folk!
The Princess Switch
Vanessa Hudgens stars in this remodelled Parent Trap where she plays a princess-to-be and a Chicago baker who meet by chance only to discover they look identical. The pair decide to switch lives a week before Christmas, inevitably having impersonation slip-ups and falling in love with the main man in each other’s lives (you can’t even call that a spoiler, this is a Christmas rom-com). Now on Netflix, The Princess Switch is perfect for switching off.
The book Know Your Place
A collection of essays by 24 working class writers discussing how their class has shaped their lives and what it means to them. Beginning life on Twitter after the Brexit vote, the soulful and varied collection offers a much needed challenge to the UK rhetoric that demonises those at the bottom of the class hierarchy.
The End of the World with Josh Clark
The 10-episode podcast series explores all the different ways that humanity could die in the next 200 years. Sounds cheery right? The show actually manages to keep the ‘looming apocalypse’ vibes under control, asking questions about intelligent life in the universe and how (if possible) we can survive the next couple of centuries.
Michelle Obama on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast
When two of America’s most influential women sit down to have a conversation, you listen. Prompted by her new memoir Becoming, Michelle Obama talks candidly about her childhood in Chicago, her years as an attorney and the trials of being ‘the first black family’ in the White House. Both women are as wonderful as ever.
The colonial origins of the Thanksgiving holiday
As much as it is an opportunity to come together with chosen family and loved ones, it would be remiss not to acknowledge those who will be mourning for the genocide of their ancestors this Thanksgiving and every one to come.
Though tempting to partake in, Black Friday and Cyber Monday encourage insidiously capitalist ideals and a chaos of unnecessary consumerism. Offering an alternative is the ‘Green Friday’ movement that promotes giving, spending time with family and getting into nature instead of participating in the unsustainable free-for-alls.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
It only gets worse for the latest film in the Harry Potter franchise. After facing backlash for casting Johnny Depp as the lead villain (despite being accused of domestic abuse) and a stingingly poor opening weekend, the film’s crew are now facing accusations of queerphobia. Non-binary model, Jamie Windust (shown in featured photo. Credit Matt Joy) spoke out this week about anti-lgbtq and misogynistic slurs being used on set by other extras and going unchallenged by crew members.
Fabulous elections, depressing budgets, generally lovely music… Boshemia are here again to take you through their pop culture peaks and troughs with Toots & Boots!
The Rainbow Wave
So much emotion followed the American Midterm elections this week, but as well as democratic gains and an amazing voter turnout, we have to give a HUGE TOOT to every new representative contributing to a more diverse and progressive American government. Check out E’s lowdown of some sad losses (Beto <3) but also the astounding ‘firsts’ that these people represent.
Ezra Miller’s divine GQ shoot
The actor’s (Perks of Being a Wallflower, We Need To Talk About Kevin) most recent cover shoot for the men’s magazine sees him dressed queer head to toe in lipstick, hot-pink velvet gloves and printed blazers. Not to mention his love sickness-inducing eye contact. Less happy about his involvement in the latest Fantastic Beasts film which stars Johnny Depp.
Noname’s album Room 25
This album is HOT, as is everything Fatimah Nyeema Warner (A.K.A Noname) produces. It’s bold, black, poetic perfection. If you’re new to her music, start with Telefone and you’ll soon be addicted.
Believed – a podcast from NPR
This cutting series explores how Larry Nassar, the Olympic Doctor for the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team, got away with sexual abuse for so long and how he was brought to justice.
Paris Against Trump
The protests are planned against the president’s visit to France’s Capital this weekend. Recently rattled by the midterm results, hopefully our folk on the Parisian ground can shake him up some more. Follow @parisagainsttrump for details.
Some live music toots
Parcels: a funkin’ pop band who synthed their way into V’s heart this week with their glittering performance in Leeds. Andy Shauf: a ‘dreamy long-haired, folksy, crooning Canadian’ one of our beloved designers is seeing live as I write.
Pamela Anderson on modern Feminism: ‘it paralyzes men’
Stopping perpetrators of sexual assault and violence in their tracks and undermining their power is something we should be aspiring to. The idea that making men pause, think about consent and be held accountable for their actions is going ‘too far’ is completely bananas.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg being hospitalised
After a fall at the office, RBG has been hospitalised with three fractured ribs. With Brett Kavanaugh newly sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court where the pair serve, we need this fierce woman on top form now more than ever. We’re sure she’ll still be cutting some serious side eye from the bedside though. Get well soon RBG!
The UK budget’s latest claim that ‘austerity is coming to an end’
This week Phillip ‘fiscal Phil’ Hammond made the happy announcement whilst piling yet more money into a fragile and regressive Universal Credit system. We call BS.
Guest writer Anna has recently finished her undergrad in Edinburgh and is now pursuing female empowerment, advocacy, and human rights projects. She loves Marvin Gaye and glitter.
Just when I thought Monáe the Bae couldn’t get any cooler after her incredible speech at Grammys earlier this year – she did. Back in January, Monáe took to the stage to address the industry and the world at large on issues regarding the #MeToo phenomenon and Time’s Up:
“To those who would dare silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up…. We have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well,” Monáe warned. “Let’s work together, women and men, committed to creating safer work environments and equal pay.”
I shared her powerful warning that ‘we are human beings … We come in peace, but we mean business’ on every social media platform at my disposal and fell in love with her forever.
I believe that to some degree, I was a feminist from a very young age. I grew up in Zimbabwe and something that I remember clearly is that me and many other young girls resisted the ideals that the culture restlessly encoded within us. The idea that boys had more value than girls. Older women had succumbed to this idea, but we still refused to believe that we had to answer to our husbands, that boys were smarter than girls or that we had to stay faithful in marriages with unfaithful men. We questioned this, our young and unconditioned minds rebelled against these ideologies. I believe that to some extent every woman is born a feminist. Meaning that when we are young girls we regard ourselves as equal to boys. It should be common sense to a young mind that there is no superiority between the two sexes. At some point, through the conditioning of a patriarchal society, me and so many other Zimbabwean girls found ourselves inducted into this state of mind. I had become complicit and I had taken societies misogynistic values as truth, as many girls do. But when did this change? What was I exposed to that brought back the young girl in me who demanded equality?
Happy New Year, 2017 was terrible! Donald Trump just swung his dick everywhere and the world suffered for it. Remember the Alt-Right March and how it seemed so long ago? That was in August. This year has had about five years worth of stuff shoved in and as a result, I’m very tired and in dire need of a nap for the next millennia. Please wake me up when we’ve formed a more civilised society on Mars. (Oh what a neat concept, I wish there was a magazine that wrote about that kinda stuff).
But 2017 wasn’t all bad
P returns to Boshemia with her feminist parenting column, Raising a Feminist.
It’s a frosty winter’s day, and I’ve just finished class. When I arrive at my daughter’s preschool, Rye comes bustling up to me to tell me about how their class talked about Santa Claus that day. (Her preschool is in full holiday mode.) She cannot wait to tell me that she has a list of things that she wants for Christmas. At the top of her list is a Ninja Turtle Toy and a Doc McStuffins doll. Now this may seem insignificant to nonparents, but my Feminist heart is smiling, because the little ways that I ease Feminism into every day play and learning are taking root. This sweet little girl, not only has already figured out that gendered toys are bogus, and that ambitious women of colour rock. It didn’t take much to get her to this point, just consistency, and a relaxed at home curriculum that encourages Feminist values, ambition and education.
So what does it take to instill these things in your kids? It honestly is very simple. The principal elements are being committed to a set of values that dismantle patriarchal enforcements, dispel gender constructs, and encourage learning in all forms. You may be thinking that those goals don’t sound so simple to introduce. They are such large concepts; how could it be simple to incorporate them into the daily life and playtime of young children? It is, I promise! It starts with simple verbiage and attitudes toward gendered activities. Much in the same way that our dear departed, Carrie Fisher, raised her daughter Billie without gender, I am doing the same with Ryenne. This doesn’t mean that I discourage her from being feminine, but it does mean that I encourage her to be herself. I put very little focus on gender when it comes to the activities in which she chooses to partake. I praise her girlhood, and I laud other strong women, but I do not ever place any expectation on her to be girly in a specific way. I explain to her, in simple terms, the idea that there is no singular way to be a woman, that she can be whoever she wants to be as long as she is kind, respectful, and empathetic. I provide and example for her by encapsulating this idea myself in the way that I make an honest effort to be the truest version of myself at all times. When our children our able to see all of the many facets which make us who we are as women, they learn to develop personalities and dreams of their own which follow this model.