- I am extremely pro-choice, and I believe that all women deserve the right to choose what they want to do with their own bodies. Why should a group of men decide the rights of women? It makes no sense! If a woman doesn't want a baby, or feels that she isn't equipped to give it care, she deserves to make a choice on whether or not she wants to bring the baby into this world. If a woman has been raped and doesn't want to bring up the baby of her rapist, she deserves a choice. I'm not saying that people should have unsafe sex on the pretense that they can just have an abortion, but if a person doesn't think that they can give a baby the life it deserves, they should be able to decide.
2) Who inspires you the most?
- Oooh, hard question. I have so many inspirations in my life, and many of them I am so lucky to have met and worked with. Let me list some (in no particular order):
-Elizabeth Plank -Quinn Heraty
-Elisa Kreisinger -Rachel Sklar
-Susan McPherson (my aunt) -Tina Wells
-Ruthie Ackerman -Alaina Ferris
-Amanda Palmer -Ruth Ann Harnisch
-Rachel Wisthuff -Gloria Steinem
-Ingrid Vanderveldt -Regina Spektor
-Jasmina Aganovic -Kate Nash
-Robin Newman -Nancy Spector (aka my mom)
-Judi Powers -Molly Logan
-My mini feminist sister Kiki (Chiara)
3) Do you have a mentor?
- I consider myself to be someone who has many mentors, as there are many, many people who inspire and motivate me. However, my "official" mentor is Ingrid Vanderveldt, an incredible entrepreneur and just a super amazing person overall. Also, Ruth Ann Harnisch is amazingly generous and supportive of my blog and I appreciate her support so so much.
4) Does your family support your blog? If so, how?
- I receive so so so much support from my family. My mom, Nancy Spector (chief curator and deputy director of the Guggenheim Museum), is my "agent" and sends me multitudes of articles and ideas for blog posts. My aunt, Susan McPherson (founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies), knows everyone and always helps me out when I need to get in touch with someone. My mom and Susan give me so much love and support; I don't know what I'd do without them. Also, my baby sister Kiki is so great for both snuggles and discussions about gender inequality in her fifth grade classes.
5) Do you agree that today feminism favors white people? If so, do you think feminists should make more of a point discussing issues that relate to people of color?
- Historically, the feminism I'm familiar with has been predominantly white. However, this should most certainly not be the case, as everyone, regardless of race, gender or sexuality deserves an equal place and role in this world.
6) Do you think Dustin Penner's apology is acceptable/justifiable?
- For those of you who don't know what this is, here's an explanation. Basically, Dustin Penner, a Canadian hockey player, tweeted this horrible rape joke:
He was booked to speak on the Sport Network's TradeCentre program soon after the tweet, but it was canceled due to backlash from the joke. He followed up with this apology:
7) What do you think about the word feminist? Do you think it should be changed as it sounds like it is just about women?
- Feminism is a very old movement, dating back to the 1830s. The term "feminism" was coined by philosopher Charles Fourier in 1837. I think that, because it is such an old and established term, it shouldn't be changed. Also: because people who identify as women are the ones who are oppressed and it is their rights we are fighting for. No, this does not mean that feminists want women to be better or more powerful than men, if that hasn't been iterated enough. Feminism, by definition, is "the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities." The definition of feminism is growing, as LGBTQ rights become part of the picture, and the meaning has expanded to include equal rights for people all over the gender and sexuality spectrum.
- Okay, so I have had an extreme obsession with Sylvia Plath since like, the fifth grade, and my favorite ever quote is "Is there no way out of the mind?" It's such a cool thought, as the mind is an ever-present force that is completely inescapable. Bet you haven't thought of that one, huh?
2) Are you a potterhead? And if so, what is your favorite character?
- Um, so I've read Harry Potter twice (once in 1st grade, once in 4th grade), and while I can say that I enjoyed it, I never became a full-out "potterhead." However, my favorite character is Tonks. Duh.
3) How do you imagine hope?
- I don't fully believe in "hope", as I think if people want something to happen to them or to others, they shouldn't hope for something to change. They should get out and make something change.
4) What is your favorite smoothie flavor?
- Haha! I'm not a huge fan of smoothies, but my friend and I once made these really good ones during finals week.