By Jan DeVry
I was worried when Kate asked me to join this nascent blogging project, I really was. I haven’t done feminist activism since college, I suck at arguing with people on the internet, and I have boatloads of privilege. What if I don’t have anything new or interesting to say? But by chance, we launched the week of Valentine’s Day, and Kate asked if anyone wanted to respond to the holiday, or the V-Day movement. And it was like, “Oh hey, I have opinions about that!” The post was downright easy to write. It pissed some people off, but I decided I could live with that. Of course my first foray back into laying down feminist positions is going to be a little problematic.
But then I was back to having no ideas. Until Kate, bless her, decided to keep the whole anniversary/holiday trend going, and sent an email with some interesting Wikipedia tidbits. Today is the anniversary of the day the Bureau of Indian Affairs was created. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the creation of the Girl Scouts, which Kate will so eloquently riff on. But the confluence of those things knocked loose another piece of the Feminist Opinions part of my brain.
In the late 90’s, my dad and I participated in a YMCA scout knockoff program for dads and daughters called Indian Princesses.