If You Wouldn’t Say It to Me in Front of Your Wife, You Shouldn’t Say it At All

tumblr_mv3p23lenO1sa7h11o1_400by Marie E

I air drum in my head. It’s a weird confession, but it helps me get through the day. I don’t even actually know how to truly play drums. It just helps to keep me from grinding my already worn down molars. Who am I lying to? I air drum outside my head, at work occasionally, while debating what line is causing an error, or what I should eat for lunch, did I turn off the lights?. It doesn’t matter, I think it’s a beautiful coping mechanism. 

I sit at my brightly fluorescent lit desk, air drumming a couple of songs while debating what else I should use to define a clip in a for loop. I take pride in my work. I like to get in early, I like to get dressed up for the job. Not because I have to, because I like to look my best, generally enjoy fashion and lets face it- its fall there are new sweaters to buy.

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Bettys On Your Block


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What Female is Inspiring You Right Now

Gabby– The person that is inspiring me right now, and will always inspire me is my mom. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a bad ass bitch as their mom. My mom drilled into me from a young age the notion of independence because she always wanted me to be able to take care of myself. She pushed me to be the best I could be, to make my dreams a reality, and never settle for less. I wouldn’t be half the woman I am today with out my mom!

Ashley – I’m Inspired by my Aunt Gloria. She has persevered through several life tragedies and has never given up hope. The kind of tragedies that you hear about but never think could actually happen to you. She remains a tower of strength and a haven of love and support for her family and people around her. I admire her will to go on with a light heart, and a smile on her face through it all.

Sal– Laura Jane Grace from Against Me! has been a constant inspiration in my life since i was 14, and I have more respect and admiration for her now than ever. It takes a lot of guts to be who you really are, even in our so called “post racial / unbiased / everyone is equal and treated the same” america. As a band i feel like Against Me! has always done this, making the records they wanted to make even if it may have alienated some of their fans. When Laura came out as a transgender, telling of how she questioned her gender identity since she was a young boy, I realized that even my heroes I thought to be incredibly strong and self-assured have their struggles. She was able to overcome her demons and come out on the other side with guns blazing and guitars shredding in high heels and a mini skirt. That’s punk as fuck.

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Thank you!

tumblr_muqsinmT8z1sa7h11o1_400Hello, Women! Happy Feminist Wednesday!

I just wanted to take this time to thank you for your contributions, your stories, and for just being you. I am so excited every week to share what inspires and motivates you. So thank you so much for sharing your unique and wonderful perspective. And if you haven’t had a chance to be a Betty on our Block, or want to share your Feminist Moment of Enlightenment, or just want to tell me why you are a bad ass bitch I am all ears! You can find Betty the Beaver and I at vivalabeaver511@gmail.com

Also what are you doing to celebrate the best day of the week?! Let me know on Facebook and Twitter! I am going to see if I can eat a whole bag of the giant peanut butter M&Ms. Wish me luck!

Erin B.
Your Feminist Wednesday Beaverista

Feminist Flashback

tumblr_mudu3fPH3U1sa7h11o1_400Betty Friedan is arguably one of the most important women in American culture and the feminist movement. Her novel, the Feminine Mystique, written in 1963, started the second wave of feminism in America. Over the course of a few hundred pages Betty blew the lid off the world’s obsession with the American housewife; exposing the mother, dish do-er, floor washer, and clothing maker for what she really was…super bored.

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A Miss California Contestant’s Journey To Beauty

by Rochelle R

tumblr_mudtm9Ggwe1sa7h11o1_400It was my sophomore year in high school. I woke up that morning to go to school, dreading the fact that I was up before 7 a.m. I remember climbing out of bed and I had this feeling that something was off. I looked down at my left pinky and discovered it was so swollen, anyone could’ve mistaken it for my thumb. This puzzled me why suddenly it happened. Days passed, still no improvement. My pinky was a bit stiff and painful, but nothing serious. We finally visited my doctor, but no diagnosis. I was then referred to get my blood drawn and when the lab results returned, my life wasn’t going to be the same…both good and bad.

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People We Love: Amy Poehler

tumblr_mudu5pDXXy1sa7h11o1_400Amy, Amy, Amy…we thought we couldn’t like you any more than we do now. But then you go warming our hearts like hand warmers, and we want to invite you in our brain holes to narrate our thoughts and dreams when Morgan Friedman has the day off.  Thankfully, the Poehler gift is one that just keeps on giving. Giving advice that is, on the youtube chanel dedicated to answering young ladies questions, Go Ask Amy. 

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Happy Birthday Mom!

tumblr_mu0ua4NROs1sa7h11o1_500This week is a super special Feminist Wednesday because it is also MaryAlice’s birthday! Today we celebrate the original bad ass bitch, my mom.

When I was a little feminist my family moved around a lot. My father was in the military and so every couple of years we would pack up our whole life in little boxes and ship them all around the country. It was usually a sad time saying goodbye to our favorite people and places however through every move, with every new destination, my mother made our house a home.

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Bettys on Your Block



Who You Admire Now

Katie- My friend Tory, who recently lost her fight against angiosarcoma, a rare and brutal cancer. Our girl endured SO much, yet her strength and positive attitude never faltered. She truly lived life to the fullest. Seeing her come up against such a terrible prognosis, countless chemo and radiation treatments, and unimaginable pain with such grace is truly inspirational. We used to look alike in elementary school and dressed up as twins every year on twin day. Then Tory lost her hair and gained weight as result of her treatment. I mean, that’s enough to seriously shake any woman’s disposition. But Tory’s attitude was so bright and she stayed so beautiful. When I’m facing something tough and find myself freaking out, I remember her and how brave she was, and I think, “If Tory could face up to her illness they way she did, than you can certainly overcome THIS problem”. And it’s true. What a bad-ass bitch.

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Why Birth Control Made Me a Feminist

tumblr_mtnumam2aW1sa7h11o1_400by Takeallah R

I became sexually active at fifteen, and I was always very proactive in my general and sexual health. I researched and decided that the best birth control method for me was the Mirena, based on my habits and lifestyle. I went to my OBGYN, who refused to give me the Mirena, or any other form of birth control that wasn’t the pill. Why?

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