Liora has taken the feminist world by storm as I knew she would.
Midnight was the beginning of her Kickstarter project and there are only 43 days to go. I don't think I can hold my breath for that long. 6 months. 50 states. 1 traveling feminist with a camera in hand. I am SO behind this project. Four short questions, four stellar answers. Bold = me, italics = her. I'm madly in love.
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
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
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///
What is your ultimate hope for this project?
I want to see the book done. I want to travel safely through the
whole country, to meet people, to talk to them, to photograph them. I
want the book to be the best it can be - bigger, hardcover, and with
more pages. I want people who read the book to realize that they
themselves are a feminist, and that there are other feminists out
there. I want to inspire people to take back the word and make it
something positive, inclusive, and powerful.
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Liora. Hearts upon hearts. That is all.