9 Feminist Tumblrs To Follow, Because Your Dash Can Always Use More Gender Equality
Of all the social media giants out there, Tumblr is probably the most well-known for its emphasis on social justice. Amid the plethora of text posts about the absurdity of college life and analyses of Chris Evans' Dorito-shaped torso, there are thousands of feminist Tumblrs using the platform to advocate for and educate people about gender equality — especially when it comes to marginalized groups like women of color or trans individuals. In fact, if you're looking for a glimpse of what contemporary intersectional feminism looks like, Tumblr is one of the first places to start.
Much of this is due to the number of young people on Tumblr; as of 2015, the Pew Research Center reported that the site is most popular among users aged 18 to 29, with much less popularity in older demographics. (There's little information on those under 18, but research has shown that nearly a quarter of teen girls use Tumblr.) The site provides a voice for people in their teens, twenties, and early thirties — and it's no secret that millennials tend to be more socially conscious than previous generations. As a result, Tumblr has become a something of a haven for social justice bloggers, who work to educate people about issues like racism and gender equality.
Unfortunately, there are so many awesomely feminist blogs out there that it can be hard to know where to start — but that's where I come in. If you're looking to add a little intersectional feminism to your dashboard, you can't go wrong with the following feminist Tumblrs.
1. Escher Girls
If you've ever been exasperated by the ridiculous contortions of women in comics, Escher Girls is the Tumblr for you. The blog calls out the impractical, sexualized depictions of women in media, often with scathing commentary.
"The term Escher Girls came to me when I was trying to think of what to call the blog, and I suddenly thought about the poses as being optical illusions," creator Ami Angelwings told Bustle over email. "Many aren't possible at all, and body parts are literally in the wrong places, but we're so used to seeing women depicted like this that it looks okay to us until we think about it, like how Escher paintings look possible until we examine them closer."
She went on to note that it's not necessarily the artists' decision to draw women in such absurd ways; sometimes, they're instructed to do so. "It's not about individual tastes or individual artist choices, but about the larger industries and culture that drive these depictions," she wrote.
2. Masculinity Is So Fragile
Have you ever noticed the absurd lengths advertisements will go to in order to make a product seem masculine? Run by journalist and writer Eliel Cruz, the Masculinity Is So Fragile Tumblr documents everything from ultra-manly laundry detergent to — and this is absolutely real — "macho tissues." Needless to say, the results are hilarious, but they also speak to the way rigid standards of masculinity ultimately hurt everyone.
You most likely know this one as Laci Green's Tumblr, where the sex educator tackles feminist topics like body image, gender, and (of course) sexuality, all from a sex-positive perspective.
4. Who Needs Feminism?
Who Needs Feminism? is a classic for a reason. Created in 2012, the Tumblr began as a final project for a gender studies course, but its influence quickly extended beyond Duke University's campus. Although the Tumblr appears to have stopped posting in March 2015, there are still hundreds of archived pages dedicated to explaining why we all need feminism.
5. Jessica Valenti
Jessica Valenti, author and columnist for The Guardian US, uses Tumblr to create and reblog content advocating for gender equality. Considering she's the founder of Feministing, it should be no surprise that her Tumblr is a veritable treasure trove of feminist ideology.
6. Ladies Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity may be one of the coolest party games out there, but you know what's better? Ladies Against Humanity, which creates women-centric cards like "the blue liquid in tampon commercials" and "a bill to defund Republicans in Congress." Amazing.
7. Saved By the Bell Hooks
You love feminism. You love Saved by the Bell. In approximately thirty seconds, you're going to love saved by the bell hooks, which brilliantly combines the theories of famous intersectional feminist bell hooks and the students of Bayside High School.
"In addition to it being hilarious, it can also challenge what we think we’re ingesting when we engage the zeitgeist," creator Liz Laribee told the Huffington Post. "Our socialization comes at the beginning and from all around, and examining that beginning can be jarring."
8. Lipstick Feminists
Created in 2009, Lipstick Feminsts reblogs and creates posts about a variety of subjects, from current political issues to feminist analyses of media. The blog's description sums it up perfectly: "We smash patriarchy here," the creators write.
9. Feminist Frequency
If you're not already following Feminist Frequency, you should be. In the past few years, creator Anita Sarkeesian's influence has reached far beyond her YouTube series exploring the portrayal of women in pop culture. Feminist Frequency is now an educational nonprofit dedicated to creating a "more equitable media landscape and online world," and its Tumblr reflects that goal by reblogging feminist content as well as posting its own analyses of women in the media.