Liora has taken the feminist world by storm as I knew she would.
What is a feminist to you personally?
I am a feminist because I believe that without gender equality we, as a world culture, do not have the capacity to grow and develop. Feminism, to me, is seeking the same freedoms and equality enjoyed by men worldwide. It’s the ability to wear lipstick and be paid equally. It’s the ability to be CEO or President, not the “female CEO” or “female president.” It’s the freedom to be a gamer or a comic book reader without being bullied by suffocating sexism. The freedom to be safe from victim blaming and slut shaming. The freedom to control what happens in my body, to marry whom I love, and to exist fully in the world.
When it comes to women's rights, how do you think the USA differs from the rest of the world?
Obviously the USA is far more advanced than some of the world, and way less advanced then other parts. I know that sounds overly simple, but it's the only way I can think to describe it. That being said, I would love to see the USA embrace their female citizens with the respect that they deserve, instead of sticking to bigoted, antiquated, and unscientific religious principals and trying to legislate morality with them.
What recent event disturbed you the most and why?
While I find lots of recent events disturbing, one of the most upsetting things I read recently was about a bill Paul Ryan supported- the Sanctity of Human Life Act. While the act doesn't explicitly say that a rapist could sue his victim (I would use a gender-neutral term, but pregnancy is biological...) if she tried to abort a baby that was a product of the rape, it certainly opens the door for it. I think that the idea that this type of act could even seriously be brought before congress - and supported by a potential VP - is dangerous for women and extremely unsettling. Why would we, as a nation, not be abhorrently opposed to opening doors for criminals, and closing them for victims?
EDIT: Actually this might be the most upsetting thing I've seen recently
Note: this post originally was to promote a Kickstarter project that has long since ended. If you'd like to see more of these amazing images (that have been circulating across the world for years) you can visit her gallery here. It's incredible.