NEON MOON'S WOMEN WEDNESDAY
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(Jeff Abbott / Truth-out.org)
Guatemala's Indigenous Mayan communities are doubling down in their struggle against the corporations that are increasingly seeking to turn aspects of their culture into commodities promoted to tourists. "There is a strong appropriation of our designs and textiles," Angelina Aspuac of the Women's Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez (AFEDES), the organization spearheading this campaign, told Truthout. "This isn't only the government, but more so, it is the companies that make bags, shoes, and belts with our designs without respecting how we see these pieces within our communities, or their significance in our communities. There are elements of our clothing that are sacred, that have a spiritual significance, and others that are only used in ceremonies or by the spiritual leaders in our communities." Currently, the case primarily involves women from the provinces of Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, and Chimaltenango, but this case also affects Indigenous weavers across the country and many have expressed their support for it. Each weaving is deeply rooted in the Mayan cosmovision and reflects knowledge held by the community. These women are taking back their traditions and ensuring the importance of them are not lost to corporate greed. We cannot support them more!
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One of the UK’s most successful women’s football teams has dropped the word “ladies” from its name -- just in advance of the 30th anniversary of the team's founding! While the team is being formally renamed the Arsenal Women Football Club, Arsenal announced that "the name Arsenal Women will be used sparingly, primarily to avoid any confusion with the men’s team... Video and pictures will make it clear which team we are talking about. We will wherever possible refer to our Women’s team as, simply, ‘Arsenal’ - just as we do our Men’s team." Over the past three decades since its founding, Arsenal has been the most successful club in England women’s football, winning 43 major trophies. Arsenal’s women's and men's teams work together closely, and the women’s team receives full backing and support from the club. That sense of cooperation was part of what inspired the change in the name, but the club also says that they felt the name change -- including the choice to use gender signifiers only when necessary to avoid confusion -- is more fitting for the state of the sport, both now and in the future. “This is a clear signal of togetherness and unity and is more in keeping with modern day thinking on equality,” the announcement read. "This is an important and progressive step as we embark on the next chapter of our history in women’s football."
(David Williams / AmyPoehler’sSmartGirls)
Many of you might know her as an actress who plays the role of Maria on “Orange is the New Black,” but you may not know that Jessica Pimentel is also a musician… in a heavy metal band. Jessica started playing violin at a very early age and found myself playing in various chamber ensembles and orchestras in her teen years. It wasn’t until she started playing guitar, bass and singing in heavy metal bands that Jessica would hear that dreaded phrase that makes her and us cringe endless times… “You’re pretty good, for a girl.” “My femininity is not a weakness but a strength that gives me my special perspective when I express myself. I was determined that anything I wanted to try I would do fully and to the best of my ability. So, I write this to you, to young ladies who are intimidated to explore what people think are traditionally male-dominated interests and professions. When someone told me that I couldn’t/shouldn’t be a singer in a metal band because I needed to scream hard “like a dude” my answer was simple: I came into this world screaming. What a badass answer.
Have a positive week,
Love Neon Moon x
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