Founded in 1974, the Women’s Center was established to:
Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Advocate for an equitable environment free from violence and harassment based on gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Create an anti-racist, non-sexist, queer-affirmative space where all people can feel valued and safe.
Facilitate and strengthen connections among people across lines of difference through programming and educational campaigns.
Integrate an appreciation of Women's Gender and Multicultural Studies across the disciplines.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Look on the Brights

     The last week or two has been nothing short of dreadful.  I am by no means ignoring these recent events or diminishing their importance, but I do think our readers need a bit of hope at this time.  Plenty of news sources are reporting on the hot topics, so I will be covering more neglected stories.  Onward to the happy news!
     I found this lovely list on Pinterest--it lists the 31 most awesome Dads! Obviously more awesome Dads exist out there, but this particular site touches on some super duper people. Naturally, I am partial to the Star Wars things: a walker stroller, a Millenium Falcon playpen, and father-daughter Darth Vader costumes.  Besides these bright flashes of awesome, a number of these Dads support the mission of the Women's Center in some way or another.  Here is the short list:

#8-The Dad who dressed as Little Red when his daughter wanted to be the wolf

#17-The Dad who lets his daughter pamper him with pedicures

#19-The Dad who wears skirts to support his dress-wearing son

#23-The Dad who built his wheelchair-bound son an ice cream seller Halloween costume

#30-The Dad who saved his son some of the stress of coming out by writing him this letter

     Let's hear it for those Dads!  This list really lit up a hopeful part of me.  Seeing parents support and protect their children is a special thing, and it highlights how important it is to be supportive and understanding of each other in all cases.  Finally, just to capitalize on the hopeful, happy nature of this post, I want to share with you a music video that strips away labels, leaving behind whole human beings.

"Define Me" by Ryan Amador, featuring Jo Lampert

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