Femme Feed | What You Need to Know About Trump’s Exit From The Paris Climate Agreement.

What You Need to Know About Trump's Exit From The Paris Climate Agreement. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Obama, Trump, Leonardo DiCaprio, Elon Musk, Bernie Sanders, Paris Agreement, Climate Change, Global Warming, Obama Letter To Trump, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Politics, Feminism, News.A few months back, we can recall a slip of naiveté — a time just before the election of the now President Trump when the world tried to justify the possibility. For a moment many of us thought: maybe Trump is trolling these Republicans, and if elected will funnel efforts in the right direction. The ultimate manipulation, something we knew he was capable of. Our way of trying to make things orderly in our minds. However, the months have passed and Trump’s efforts to dissemble everything Obama built (in an almost obsessive manner) continue. The latest? On Thursday June 1st, Trump announced the United States will exit The Paris Climate Agreement and the U.N.’s Green Climate Fund.

What does this even mean?

Let’s start by what it even is. The Paris Climate Agreement was established in 2015 with strong efforts by former Pres. Obama to join its 195 participating nations in a common goal to combat climate change. Amongst these efforts is the Green Climate Fund which invests into low-emission and climate-resilient developments.
In choosing to remove the U.S. from the fight against global warming Trump only pushes his personal beliefs further, at the expense of our earth — he has publicly denounced the issue many times including calling global warming a “Chinese hoax” and saying “I believe in clean air… I don’t believe in climate change.”
He removes a huge power player in monetary, and organized efforts to forward this agreement. This leaves us in a place where each individual must take clean initiatives into their own hands. Organizations, and businesses able to push progress in funding these programs must now take responsibility where the government has failed.What You Need to Know About Trump's Exit From The Paris Climate Agreement. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Obama, Trump, Leonardo DiCaprio, Elon Musk, Bernie Sanders, Paris Agreement, Climate Change, Global Warming, Obama Letter To Trump, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Politics, Feminism, News.

The backlash has already rippled through social media, and even Obama has released an open letter speaking to the detriment this exit will bring. Other leaders such as Justin Trudeau, and Angela Markel have also added their feelings towards the tension-filled move.  Further the new French President has extended an offer to leading American scientists, and  its public to continue to join them in working towards a solution. Trump doesn’t just ruin this for American’s, but for all nations involved.

The kicker?

This exit won’t take full effect until the year 2020 when Trump will be up for re-election. It looks to us as if he’s already planting seeds he hopes will satiate his next campaign’s support from like-minded individuals.

What we can do…

Individually we can help fight back. We’ve all heard it before, but now more than ever it’s time to trade in accessibility for action. The biggest ways to aid are things like taking public transit, biking, or walking instead of driving. Car-pooling (hey, Uber and Lyft) can also help you do your part. Mainly we must not forget: His own ignorance is only going to harm us now. Further, educating ourselves – as always – is the first step to creating change!

 

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FEMME FEED | Ivanka Trump’s New Book Proves She Has No Grasp on Feminism

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Why Ivanka Trump’s New Book Proves She Has No Grasp on Feminism. -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Women Who Work: Rewriting The Rules For Success by Ivanka Trump, Book Review, POTUS, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump, Success, Business How To, Feminism.
Words by Michaela d’Artois.

The sh*t I will do in the name of research often turns into great dinner party anecdotes, however I don’t think reading the entirety of Ivanka Trump’s new book Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success will benefit me in such a way. The author, self-hyped business lady extraordinaire, and daughter of the 110 day-old POTUS sets her intentions for your read by making it clear that through her various roles she seeks to “improve the lives of countless women and girls…” by “unleashing their powers”. It doesn’t take long to pick up on what’s actually going on between the two shiny book covers, stuffed with a profusion of quotes borrowed from just about everyone from Mindy Kaling to The Dalai Lama- both of whom I assume have rolled their eyes right from their own heads, if Ivanka bothered to clear the usage with them, at all. In one way she is trying to set the record on her feminist bonafides straight, and in another she’s merely regurgitating the ideas of business how-to guides — literally nothing in this book is an original Ivanka Trump theory or solution to success. The higher issue, however, is not that Ivanka Trump is telling a mass of women that they can ‘have it all’, but is doing so from her own golden tower where nannies, drivers, and “teams” as she calls them, assist in her daily routines — proving only that she is incredibly disconnected even after spending all that time she references on the campaign trail meeting said women across America. Sadder even is that Ivanka is only demeaning the value of the conversation of what a woman should want when wanting to have it all.

Ivanka Trump wants to redefine success with you. She says it’s totally cool if you wear heels and be the boss- go for it, girl! In the 1949 feminist manifesto The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir, the writer delves into the crevasses of femininity as a culturally created concept. We are not born with gender constructs but are bred into them throughout our malleable childhoods, cast in the preset templates of our world. From fertility, to wardrobe what it means to be outwardly female in the eyes of the world is defined far before we are born. In Women Who Work, Ivanka stumbles into every stereotype that is keeping us so entrenched in these constructs. Throughout the text, when she’s not appropriating quotes from civil rights leaders to get her point across she emphasizes the concept that even though we are women we totally can do it too. We can be moms! gasp! and also wear waspy work-wear! She is not freeing us from any constraints put on the woman juggling a work/life balance, or trying to figure out what that might look like if they tried, but endorses the need to match their lipstick to their purse, for 50 fucking chapters.

Why Ivanka Trump’s New Book Proves She Has No Grasp on Feminism. -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Women Who Work: Rewriting The Rules For Success by Ivanka Trump, Book Review, POTUS, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump, Success, Business How To, Feminism.She further embarasses us as women with our own ideas by — as if subconsciously — attributing all of her career insight to either her husband or father (except of course where she says she was raised by a mom who wore four inch heels to work every day), yet again building up a wall  (too soon?) between genders. She could have very well titled this book Quotes from Pinterest & Other Things I Learned from Misogynists.

“My husband, Jared is by far one of the most positive, proactive, and solution-oriented people I’ve ever met.” and “It was my husband who…”, and then “Jared…loves…” Did you guys know Jared also loves gardening, it’s their new thing. Is anyone else now legitimately curious what Jared’s business book might look like?

Perhaps the most alienating dynamic in this book is when Ms. Trump tries to drive home how important it is for women to find work that fulfills their passions. This is twisted on so many levels as she attempts to position herself as a spokeswoman for the female population America over, regardless of diversities. For someone who is wizardly skilled in public relations strategy it’s embarrassing how lacking she is in ties to the reality of most working moms in The United States. While she spouts droplets of wisdom about how to incorporate your children into your work day, and how having a fervor for your career will lead to success, she seems sincerely oblivious that many mothers can’t even afford child care, let alone have the luxury of nannies, drivers, and “teams” to facilitate and ease her working mom lifestyle. Case in point, “some of my best photos of the kids were taken by my nanny during the day (I’m sure in ten years I’ll convince myself I took them!).” While I don’t doubt that she too feels the motherly guilt of leaving her children each morning (although she may have a strong marketing strategy to prove otherwise, she is only human after all), these nuances are overly simplified because of the privileges she has. It’s unfair for Ms. Trump to hold herself up as the mirror for American women to look into and compare themselves, when she has every resource in the world to thrive, and look good doing it.

As if a study plucked straight from The Second Sex in which De Beauvoir focuses on how the bourgeois woman’s life embodies three elements: wife, mother, and entertainer (remember, this book was written shy of seven decades ago) — Ivanka Trump’s book closes emphasizing on women fulfilling these very same tasks in order to feel success. This warped marketing strategy is transparent, and in conclusion only underlines the fact that Ivanka’s “feminism” is for no other purpose than to inflate the Trump name in the eyes of America.

 

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Meet The Leader of The Women’s Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue*

Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.Recent events in America have left a layer of shock over many communities, but have you ever seen those flowers that grow through the cracks of cement? This spring t’s not just one lone bloom to be found pushing through a material that resonates as life halting, but a garden. At least that’s how we see the beauty of the feminist, and intersectional movement that have emerged from grieving — more inclusive and reinforced as ever.
We feel the need to grab hold of the hands of our sisters, and there is one woman who is leading by example through a fresh new platform that promotes togetherness, and community — Her Society was founded by Lindsay Van Cantfort in the wake of the election and the mass welcoming it received online alone is a sign that we are ready. We’ve been waiting.
Shop Vérité collaborated with Lindsay and photographer Hannah Hazel to create a compelling visual story to accompany our interview.
Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.VÉRITÉ: You finally felt it was time to start a movement, a movement called Her Society, can you tell us about what the catalyst was, and what Her Society stands for?
 
LINDSAY VAN CANTFORT: For years now I have been wrestling with how to bring all the remarkable women in my life together, together in a way they could create something more powerful then ourselves. As fate would have it. BOOM. A Trump presidency and a voice in my head saying “This is different, I feel different about this country and my gender.”  Women need a place to educate themselves, to not feel alone in the fight and to see that female togetherness is something we all crave. Her Society offers that, beauty wrapped strength. It was born from truth & lives in us.
V: What does being a woman mean to you?
LVC: Strength, grace and grit.
V: I had decided that my New Years resolution was to get offline and start an in-person community, and you are doing both! What do you think about creating a community can spawn change?

LVC: “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman”— Simone de Beauvoir. I believe everything we are is the result of our choices, as we build ourselves out of our own resources and those which society gives us. We don’t only create our own values, we create ourselves. I simply want to give women the tools to create their own belief system, based on truth, honesty and female relationships.

Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.

V: How do you hope Her Society can impact the causes you strive to partner with?
LVC: Awareness, Awareness, Awareness!  With that said, one thing that was very
important to me was keeping a diverse way to interact with the causes. Not everyone can donate…then write a postcard. Not everyone can go to a rally… then call. I want people to feel they can stay involved in a number of ways.Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.
 V: Do you have a moment you can pin point where you saw pure female strength that inspired you?
LVC: Two stick out. One, Jane was my first memory, my mother. She is totally badass. She demanded equality, she insisted on being viewed as smart and beautiful and only in that order. She reads more books than any person I have ever met. She was my first friend and my earliest example of gut wrenching female power, the good the bad and the ugly parts of battling back against social norms. Second, would be the women I lived with in Tanzania. I have never in my life seen more raw determination, honestly, strength or female intuition.   My mother shaped my mind, those women shaped my soul.
 
V: Social media is such an amazing platform to use for good, as an entrepreneur how do you want to use your voice and your social platform to spread your message?
LVC: Keeping it inclusive, remaining bold and not be afraid to push the envelope especially when we are talking about womanism and feminism, breast, sexuality, sensuality…these are not curse words and I love exposing people to something they might not necessarily seek out, it helps the much need conversation about this new wave of female-ism.Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.
V: What would you say to other women who want to get involved, and want to speak up but may feel they don’t have a voice?
LVC: Just start and ask questions, we need you, you are not alone but amongst friends. The mantra I always say is ” If your eight year old self met you, would they be proud?” that is what gets my ass out of bed and participating in the movement.Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.V: Three books that changed your life?
V: What stigmas about the women’s movement would you like to change?
LVC: I wish woman could be more honest and vulnerable with other woman. I often feel that woman hide behind society norms and don’t convey their real thoughts and views. I hope the women’s movement can start on the ground floor of change, with real connections and relationships based on respect, and then get to work.
V: If you could take an uber pool with one person, get stuck in NY traffic, and rack their brain on a whim who would it be?
LVC: Malala Yousafzai, she would teach me more than my little cold heart could muster about life & what living means.Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.

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Femme Feed | Size Matters, Facts Don’t: A Look at Trump’s First Speech & Why Its Details Are So Important!

FEMME FEED | AN INSTALLATION OF “OF THE MOMENT”
STORIES FOR GIRLS IN THE KNOW.

Femme Feed | Size Matters, Facts Don’t: A Look at Trump’s First Speech & Why Its Details Are So Important! -- Verite Published --- Donald Trump, America, Politics, Women's Interests, Facts about Trump, Trump's First Speech, World Issues, Feminism.
Words by Contributing Politics Editor Debra Trevino.

Donald Trump is President. The man, who during his campaign, insulted Mexicans, Muslims, Women, and the Disabled — just to name a few — currently holds the highest office in the land. A look at Trump’s first speech & why its details are so important!

Friends I know (or thought I knew) — reassured me that they didn’t vote for the man per se, but for the conservative party he represents now. A pro-lifer felt it was her Christian duty to vote for a man who would end abortion by appointing an anti-abortion Supreme Court nominee who would eventually end Roe V. Wade, and that, above everything else, justified her vote for him.

She and other Trump supporters told me not to take him literally on some of the ‘pussy grabbing’ and other controversial statements he would throw out at rallies or said on tape years ago, because that’s not what he represents.

Okay, let’s see what the ex-campaigner, now President, Trump’s first few weeks of actions say about him and his new administration, starting with his first words as President:

The ‘Only America First’ inauguration speech: Setting The Tone

Trump’s speech starts off strong by thanking ‘Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world’ – so basically he thanks everyone. Great, this is good; maybe he can really put all that political mudslinging behind him and really unite America!

But that lasts only 15 seconds.

He then goes on to blast the government (sitting behind him), as having ‘reaped the rewards while the people have born the cost’, lamenting how ‘the rusted out factories’ closed, scattered like tombstones across the nation’.  How the ‘establishment protected itself,’ and how horrible it is that our ‘mothers and children [are] trapped in poverty in our inner cities, the very sad depletion of our military’, and how ‘America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.’

By painting this awful landscape of America, he vows to, then, of course, ‘Make America Great Again’, which the audience eats up. I get it; who doesn’t want their personal struggles to be heard, their bank accounts full, their jobs secure, to feel safe, to have an easy enemy to blame for their problems?

If you already see him as your savior, he can do no wrong in your eyes. He’s the answer you’ve been looking for. If he’s a bad guy, then you’re a bad guy for voting for him. You can’t believe that, so now you have to believe everything he says and does. And that’s where denial digs deep, becoming particularly insidious.

Because he’s got you now – hook, line, and sinker.
Femme Feed | Size Matters, Facts Don’t: A Look at Trump’s First Speech & Why Its Details Are So Important! -- Verite Published --- Donald Trump, America, Politics, Women's Interests, Facts about Trump, Trump's First Speech, World Issues, Feminism.Anyone else that disagrees with him or his administration – the press, protesters, acting attorney generals, etc. – are now the enemy. And they aren’t just his personal enemies, but enemies of America and democracy, itself!

“From this moment on, it’s going to be only America First.”

Trump ad-libbed the ‘only’ in his pre-written speech co-written by white nationalist and chief strategist Steve Bannon and senior adviser Stephen Miller. This is an important distinction. ‘Only America first’, basically means, too hell with the rest of the world.  We’re better than you.

This sentiment was not only mirrored but exacerbated a few days later when Trump’s newly appointed Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, made a statement at the UN headquarters:  “For those that don’t have our back, we’re taking names, we will make points to respond to that accordingly.”

‘Taking names’? This is the United Nations we’re talking about here. She’s an ambassador. Her job is to be diplomatic and co-operate with the rest of the world to solve crises in order to prevent another World War from happening again. World peacekeepers don’t ‘take names’, threaten, order other countries around, or have the authority to do so in this organization.

So what are we to make of this tone setting? A tone of doom and gloom and only one person who you can trust implicitly to save you, despite facts to the contrary?

Pay attention. Tone matters. Words matter. Facts matter.

History matters.

Connect the dots when you see them. Be vigilant. Trust your own eyes and ears because they will and have already begun to lie to us

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FEMME FEED: Just How Pricey Is It To Own A Vagina?

FEMME FEED | AN INSTALLATION OF “OF THE MOMENT”
STORIES FOR GIRLS IN THE KNOW.
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Vaginas are expensive real estate, something we’ve known (as we are lucky owners), yet it hadn’t really sunk in until our friends over at Jezebel did the math. We’ve discussed the higher tax women pay on tampons to no end…But this time, it goes much beyond that, to the basics of upkeep and well-being in our property down south. Do you even know exactly how much you are forking out for yours yearly? Do you? Essentially it’s similar to owning a small pet, with high-maintenance grooming preferences.

The price those gynecological visits are just the gateway — the occasional UTI or Yeast infection meds (because these things are extremely moody), the cost of tampons and menstrual pain-killers all play into the cost of having this miraculous lady part.

Let’s not shy away from speaking of the pressures and social norms that are put on women in our modern society. We live in a world where being perfectly groomed — often completely hair free — is in style (we all know who is to thank for that, Carrie Bradshaw). This leads us to consider the price of waxing, shaving, or more realistically banishing hair for good with laser treatments. A years worth of grooming up-keep for our lady garden can cost anywhere from $200-$2000. This is not to mention the serums for in-growns and extra potions we are convinced we need to maintain perfect condition. In this area we want to note, if you aren’t feelin’ what’s in trend for your downstairs mix-up, be free to do what you want with it.

Finally, there’s that magical little pink pill. The one that has the power to throw your hormones into hysteria, and fluctuate your weight at a whim, and stop reproduction in its tracks. The process of finding the right birth control has us enduring immediate weight gain, water retention, chronic PMS (the super-bitchy- sensitive kind) and a slew of other negative effects.

It’s crazy to think of how much having a vagina in the modern day costs us not only financially but also how it’s upkeep affects our body image and emotions. Now that you know the numbers, it only makes sense that you would treat this costly being with the utmost respect of a luxury destination with its very own rare ecosystem, and expect others to do the same. Read Jezebel’s full breakdown here.

 

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