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This Week in Feminism: Harambe, Invisible Illnesses and Ryan Gosling-centric Feminism


By now, you have likely heard about the killing of the gorilla Harambe earlier this week at the Cincinnati Zoo. Zookeepers shot him when a young boy found his way into the enclosure and was pushed around by the Great Ape. Now, everyone on social media is suddenly an expert on zoos, parenting and gorillas. The discourse surrounding this incident has transcended the event itself and is putting people in conversation about racism, sexism and animal rights.

This week also reopened the dialogue around invisible illness. British teen Aimee Rouski posted an image on her personal Facebook page showing herself with a cholecystectomy bag and surgery scars caused by Crohn’s disease. Earlier this year, Ste Walker, another young Brit, shared his story of life with Crohn’s on Facebook. It’s so important that these conversations are circulating the media because invisible illness and its effects are so often overlooked in casual society. I mean, by definition it is “invisible” — the only way we can remove the shame and stigma so often comorbid with these illnesses is by sharing our stories and sparking the conversation.

OK, so this might just be me, but is anyone else rolling their eyes at all the accolades heaped on Ryan Gosling this week for his comments on women being “better” than men? Like, wow, he doesn’t hate women; he has a mom, daughters and a wife — what a revelation! Ugh. As a country, we have GOT to move beyond this narrative of a man being a feminist hero just because he respects women. Ryan Gosling does not get to be the face of modern feminism. Why do we get all mushy when a rich white guy says he thinks women are great? Is it because we are constantly told through words and actions by every single other man in the world that we are not great? If so, Gosling is basically just sharing that he’s not a shit of a human being. Which is great! But let’s work on changing the society that makes his comments such a big thing instead of creaming ourselves when any dude uses the word “feminist” beyond a pejorative.

Finally, this is not particularly a feminist issue, but it’s still rad as fuck and needs to be shared: King Tut’s dagger is confirmed as made with iron from a meteorite. Space rock. An extra-terrestrial weapon. As literally every article I read about this finding says, this discovery is “out of this world.”



Ema Grey is a native of the Bay Area with a degree in Archaeological Sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle. She moved to Oakland after graduating while preparing for Graduate school, where she began working with Wear Your Voice producing and curating social media content. Her interests involve the intersection of archaeology with queer and feminist theory, body positivity, ableism, making WYV a brilliant outlet for her to continue exploring social justice and intersectional feminism while living outside the academic sphere. Ema has been working as an activist since high school, where her group of friends (with the self-coined epithet "the Pussy Posse") organized city-wide protests and walks for causes such body autonomy and Planned Parenthood. Her work in archaeology has taken her around the globe, where her interest in facilitating international conversations around women and social justice continues to flourish. As part of the team at WYV, she hopes to continue working as an active member of the community in Oakland and beyond to create meaningful dialogue and bring light to injustice. When she's not in the office or "researching" on the Internet, Ema can be found making coffee and biking around town.

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