The Girl Gang Missives Vol. 6

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GGMBy Nicole BelangerThe Girl Gang Missives is a weekly report on the badass things that women are making/creating/building/writing.

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]T[/dropcap]his week, the women are fighting systemic violence from their bicycles, getting in geometric formation, and sexting their pals. [wc_divider style="solid" line="double" margin_top="5" margin_bottom="5"]

  1. I'll take Franzen for $5000: Here's a fun party trick. Next time you're at a party and some guy instructs you to read [insert pop culture reference here], ask him for money. And I'm not talking ten bucks...ask him for $5000. That's what this lady's doing: http://www.theestablishment.co/2016/03/16/im-asking-men-to-pay-me-5000-to-read-jonathan-franzen/.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. So many Black Bill Gates in the making: While you probably couldn't pay me to return to middle school, I will admit that I kind of loved watching this video of seventh grade teacher Ciera Paul leading her class in a mathified version of Beyoncé's Formation. Hats off to Ciera and all the other teachers out there giving it their all <3[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  3. Literally what: I have nothing clever to say about this. Just watch these two pre-teens throw down and get comfortable with the fact that you will never be that cool.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  4. Getting sexy in group chat: This week in Cosmo, writer Nora McInerny Purmort extols the virtues of sexting your friends. She writes, "It's not about the male gaze and it's not even about the validation of my little coven of ladies whose bodies I adore. It's about finding the time to love and admire yourself, and helping the people you love do the same, so they can look at themselves, at the very miracle of their existence, and think, Hell yeah."[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  5. On "bonds of love and blood": A couple of weeks ago, I shared a link to Catapult's essay series, Adopted. If you enjoyed reading those pieces, you might also enjoy Thicker Than Water, a podcast on intercultural adoption produced by Hazlitt and The Ethnic Aisle.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  6. Free tampons for bbs: In this week's edition of Legislators Doing Their Jobs Well, we have the story of Queens Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland who is on a mission to ensure that teens get access to free tampons at school.  [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  7. There is no such thing as an unmanned drone: BuzzFeed's Emma Loop dives deep into the lives and the experiences of the people who sit behind the controls of the military drones responsible for such massive losses of human life.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  8. Meet the Ovarian Psycos: a group of women of color from Los Angeles mobilizing on wheels to combat femicide, rape, and "the normalization of [their] disposability" in the spaces where they live. You can learn more about them in an upcoming documentary. Holy fucking badass -- and beautiful. [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  9. Something giggle worthy for the road: A little inspiration for your weekend.

Until next time, and remember that there's always room for more girls in the gang.

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Now, over to you...

Want your work, or the work of a friend shouted out in next week's #GirlGangMissives? Email Nicole at belanger.nicole@gmail.com!

NicoleBelangerPhotoNicole Belanger is the founder of Fourth Hour, a collection of original content that celebrates and supports everyday women in their daily lives. She is the author of the ebook On Resilience, the creator of the Conversations With Her interview series and the send-er of the Girl Gang Missives every Friday morning.