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Lhakpa Sherpa by Jesse Burke

Lhakpa Sherpa by Jesse Burke

To begin this week, Discovery Girls Magazine reminded us that you’re never too young to start criticizing yr body.

Second, if you think the media is done squeezing Lemonade, you are sorely mistaken. This week, bell hooks– acclaimed intellectual, feminist theorist, cultural critic, artist, and writer– published a critique of Beyonce’s newest release on their blog entitled “Moving Beyond Pain.” Inside, she discusses commodification, capitalism, and Black female pain. The piece is biting, salient, and reminds us that we must critically consider our media within the larger context of feminism and intersectionality.

Many were surprised this week when actress and U.N. women’s goodwill ambassador Emma Watson was named in the Panama Papers. While the idea of Hermione Granger as a libertarian, spending her nights in smoky clubs and days languishing in the failures of government to protect her wealth is entertaining, Watson’s public statement notes that her use of shell companies was an attempt to maintain anonymity. Even so, many claim Watson to be a hypocrite, as she has spent the better part of the last five years campaigning for social justice. Regardless of the truth, however, the larger issue here is one of sexism: why is Watson under so much scrutiny and attack while she is only one of the many, many celebrities named in the Papers? (Not hip with the Panama Papers hap? Here’s a recap.)

Twitter got real this week with some on-point hashtags.

#maybehedoesnthityou was started by twitter-user @bad_dominicana to fight against stigmas around domestic violence, specifically that physical violence is the only “real” kind of abuse.

On a lighter note, Twitter also blew up the tags #ThickGirlTwitter, #TallGirlTwitter, and #BigGuyTwitter with folks posting images celebrating their big bodies and absolutely rocking it.


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In addition, the Philippines elected it’s first transgender politician this week! This is a huge step for the majority Catholic country, which still has laws prohibiting transgender individuals from legally changing their names or sex.

Rapper Azaelia Banks had a rough week. She said some really problematic shit and got hella called out for it. Yesterday, Twitter suspended her account. Which is interesting in it’s own right– since when does Twitter suspend accounts? More troubling is the strong stench of anti-blackness wafting from this news. As WYV senior editor Monica Cadena puts it:

That’s cool–but why is George Zimmerman allowed to have his account open? Azealia is an asshole yes. Without pathologizing someone, she may be suffering with a mental illness (which oftentimes goes undiagnosed in black and brown communities). Not giving her a pass for her words, but this is antiblackness at play. White folks threaten our lives on the daily-not just spew prejudice shit, and they’re still over here on Twitter like ???

I’ll leave you this week by sharing the story of Lhakpa Sherpa, the rad female mountain climber who has summited Everest more than any other woman EVER, but who is, to this day, basically unknown.

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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