Let’s Celebrate Galentine’s Day All Year

This year felt especially important for celebrating female friendship. In a world that is feeling increasingly hostile towards women, it’s especially important to celebrate one another. This year I feel Galentine’s Day should extend year round. Here are a few ideas for how to do that.

  1. Stand up to sexism when you see it. Sometimes it is difficult to sexism in action — on the street, in the workplace, or in your home, there can be some legitimate hazards to doing this. If you think you are in an unsafe situation, your safety is the most important. But, if you are in a situation where you experience sexism and can safely address it, do so. If someone says something sexist to you have a genuine conversation with them about why it is not okay.

2. Support other women’s choices. The most important thing we can do as women for other women is support other women’s choices even if we don’t agree with them. This includes but is not limited to, choices about birth control/family planning, sexual activity, professional life, romantic life, pretty much anything. Join me in deciding that 2017 is going to be a supportive year for your sisters.

3. Fight for women’s access to healthcare. Women’s access to birth control of their choice and abortions is under serious threat, as I’ve written about here. These are fundamental healthcare needs and the right of every woman to choose when to have a child. Write to your congress person, attend a rally, donate to Planned Parenthood, Carafem, or NARAL — don’t give up our right to healthcare. If you’re not sure why access to birth control is so important for women, check out this great piece by Melinda Gates. In a nutshell, access to reproductive healthcare changes women’s lives.

4. Don’t body shame. There are lots of ways to look and those are all okay! Don’t body shame yourselves or others. Don’t accept body shaming from your friends, family, or strangers. Stand up for friends who are being body shamed. Best response to body shamers, “I’m healthy and happy, get over it.” For more inspiration for witty responses, check out these celebrity responses to body shamers.

5. Be accepting of other and different expressions of sexuality and gender identity. No, it’s not a phase. If someone expresses a sexuality or gender identity that’s different from yours, accept who that person is and leave it at that. It’s pretty simple! If you’re not sure of the different between gender identity and sexuality, here’s a quick primer.

6. Be a feminist. Be a feminist. Be a feminist.

7. Have a conversation with the other side. I truly believe that you can change people’s minds by having genuine conversations with them about what you believe and why. So when someone says something you are not cool with — don’t get mad, don’t yell at them, ask them why they feel that way and explain to them why you disagree. You may not change their mind immediately, but you may give them something to think about.

Do you have suggestions for how to celebrate Galentine’s Day all year? Leave a comment to let me know what I missed!