Three Brands to Help You Embrace Your Inner Activist

The Women’s March on Washington was an event that will go down in the books. It didn’t come without it’s downsides: many groups felt excluded or ignored, and some of their arguments are valid.

What can’t be denied is that this event brought to everyone’s attention the importance and effectiveness of activism.

Over the past decade women have embraced their flawed and fabulous lives and refuse to apologize for the mess. In addition to that, we’ve been pushing back and voicing our opinions on the matters that matter to us online, in person and, my favorite, sartorially.

Whether you’re advocating for the fair and equal treatment of the trans community, embracing Afro-centricity or rallying around reproductive rights, there are some cool brands to help you spread the message and spark a conversation. Check out the brands that will help you fight the good fight.

Feminist Apparel

Fighting for equality has been a part of the female story since the dawn of time and the fairer sex is not backing down now. Everything Feminist Apparel offers has a powerful message that encourages others to create a more positive and inclusive world.

Demanding the pay and position you deserve? Explaining the definition of “gaslighting” to a chronic mansplainer? Slipping into one of these pro-women shirts will give you the boost you need.

I recommend donning any of these empowering shirts while reading Feminist Fight Club at your local coffee shop.

Human

If you’re having trouble finding pro-trans clothing, might I direct your attention to the incredible selection at Human. One of my oldest friends is transgender and she deals with micro-aggressions pertaining to her choice to be herself on a daily basis.

People are often quick to attack what they don’t understand without any regard to feelings inside the person they are addressing. Whether you are a trans- or cis-gender person, we should all respect the right to decide who you are and how you’d like to be addressed.

I recommend wearing these loving and supporting shirts to a sports bar… or while getting your nails done…. or wherever you damn well please!

Own Your Blackness

The first picture says it all: Own Your Blackness is for those who are “hella black” and “hella proud.” There has been a growing movement in the black community to embrace their culture and natural beauty and I applaud the shift to self-acceptance. As a woman of color, I find the “unapologetically black” women with their large hair, large bottoms and large personalities inspirational and uplifting.

The first picture says it all: Own Your Blackness is for those who are “hella black” and “hella proud.” There has been a growing movement in the black community to embrace their culture and natural beauty and I applaud the shift to self-acceptance. As a woman of color, I find the “unapologetically black” women with their large hair, large bottoms and large personalities inspirational and uplifting. I’ve grown to embrace the body positivity and self-acceptance that is flowing through the black community and I encourage everyone to have pride in their heritage and embrace their unique beauty.

I recommend donning these culturally relevant shirts to a Sunday brunch with your three best friends.

On a more serious note, I applaud anyone who takes action and stands up for their beliefs. Though I’m a huge fan of carefully-crafted tweets, more action is needed if real change is the goal.        

No one can deny that being politically and socially savvy is very chic.

You don’t have to burn your very expensive undergarments or riot in the streets, but you can send a letter to your state representative or volunteer for an organization that aligns with your values. Did I miss a cause or belief that’s important to you? Tag me in a photo of your favorite tee for that cause on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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