Here Are 24 Iconic #InternationalWomensMonth 2018 Memes/Moments From Latinxs To Keep You Going
We cannot be stopped. Maybe it’s the fact that our government continues to place stricter and stricter laws around what we’re permitted to do with our own fierce bodies, but somos #LatinasEnojadas and we’re here for change. March was #InternationalWomensHistoryMonth and we rounded up the most iconic, badass moments, memes and #bopo illustrations to keep us going. Because the patriarchy ain’t over yet.
1. Our #WomenMonth keeps it intersectional.
Couldn’t say it better than this caption by @diasporaradicalx on International Working Women’s Day:
“Whether you’ve got your steel-toe boots ready to join your local anarchist chapter during today’s march, or you’re stuck at work and opting out of today’s actions, remember that International Working Women’s Day wouldn’t have been possible without low income women. March 8, 1857 marked a socialist movement lead by and for women, where demands for shorter work days, better pay, ending child labor, and the right to vote. Give your money to femmes, single moms, sex workers, freelancers, trans women, and everyone you routinely get resources, information and labor from today and every day. #iwd”
2. Porque somos guerreras.
We’re forever unlearning, and forever teaching las niñas en nuestras vidas how to be guerreras. It’s been one generation at a time, but look at how fierce and beautiful the next is. Look at Emma González and know, #TimesUp.
3. And Emma González is with us.
She’s a teenager. She survived a mass shooting at her high school. She’s been attacked by Republicans for wearing a Cuban flag patch, for how she looks, for her sexuality. Emma González has been nothing but grace and an unwavering commitment to get safer gun laws in honor of her friends who died. She’s all our heroes and she’s the #LatinaRoleModel for all of us.
4. Emma is also teaching young girls to value themselves first.
When this 7 year old wanted to tell Emma that she’s her hero, Emma told her that she’s already the best person she could be–herself!
Here’s what the sign said:
“Dear Emma, I’m sorry that people are being mean to you, but I will never be mean to you. Thank you for being so strong. I hope I can be like you some day. Just so you know, I’m 7 years old. Love, Lyra Sage Torres.”
5. #IWD illustrations are where nos ponemos our rage.
Here’s what young girls are not: valued by when we’re able to have kids, cook, get married, or what we choose to wear. We are accountable to ourselves to do what we decide is in our best interests. Byeee.
6. Because, otra vez, we are fighters.
Mulan was my all time favorite Disney Princess. I had a Barbie doll of her where you could pull a string and her hair goes up in a bun, and she’s ready to fight. Also had a sleeping bag. And a Halloween costume. Hey, look, now we have real life #LatinaRoleModels! (See #4).
7. And we’re forever teaching our own familia how to break out of patriarchy.
Also, I’m gay. Or did you forget after the last decade of me dating zero boys? The upside: we have a whole worldwide on and offline community of Latinas who get it and got your back.
8. But also, we’re just like the women who came before us.
I mean, not in just the way of replacing “enviala a 20 amigos” Facebook messages with memes, but in their quest to be better. Yes, some want some dated, machismo ideals for us, but my mom sure as hell pushed me into college and to have a life better than her own.
9. We’re all fighting the oversexualization of our bodies.
If you’re growing up in a mostly white town, it’s especially hard to have the body that doesn’t fit the white mainstream. Don’t fret. We have memes to keep you going.
10. Follow @dominicanbrujaprincess on Instagram.
I don’t know her, but she’s one of the most #bodypositive brujas on the internet. We are Latina. We have curvy bodies. They’re literally applauding our own fine asses. It’s ? actual ? magic ?.
11. The only compliments we need start from ourselves.
Something I haaate is how my mom is so energized by catcalling. It’s something we learn from our culture, especially if you come from a more machismo family. Nothing has felt better than calling back and making sure my ‘no’ is well heard. If we all rise up and start throwing glitter in catcallers faces, imagine how quickly this issue would end! Whose in?!
12. We must stand united across generations.
We have to call out anyone, man or mujere, who is perpetuating the patriarchy and then welcome them in this swelling movement. We’ve helped create this social structure and we can dismantle it while respecting all the hard work that the women have done for us already.
13. How? Well. We took to the streets for the 2nd #WomensMarch.
We take to the streets to make the streets safer for women. Even though our mamas get harried and worried and pray their rosaries. We go out there, because you know they did the same when they were growing up. We do it so the next generation won’t have to.
14. And we call out the idiots in office.
Our bodies are politicized. Our thoughts and beliefs are dismissed if they don’t go in line with the patriarchy. #WeCallBS.
15. And stand with women who do the same.
Like Ana Navarro, who doesn’t believe that being Republican means abandoning Puerto Rico, Dreamers, and women. But she does believe in the jellyfish and I’m about that.
16. The truth is we have an up-hill battle.
Because of the guy on the Hill.
Caption: Matando al chovinista con mi poderoso pincel ? based on a conversation w/ @directedxluie? #sundaybloodysunday #wip #qtpoc#resistencia #femmesofcolor #rebelagainst #xenophobia
17. And with more insidious, internalized messages of self-hate.
Many of us grew up with disordered eating and mixed messaging. That our hips were getting big and also, “porque no comes” after the second heaping of rice and beans. It’s confusing in the house, and when we leave and see that thinness is the norm in media. We’re just kids. How can we filter what’s self-serving and what’s violencia? It just means working that much harder to unlearn. #FuckDietCulture
18. But we have the freedom to break through self-sabatoging ideas.
Like this artist, who promotes #bopo through her photography. The body measurements, the scale, the numbers all mean nothing for what our healthy bodies should look like.
19. “Start with self-love.”
Imagine the liberation of replacing our thoughts of self-worth, and what we’ve eaten today, and what we look like with all of our other passions, interests, and goals? That’s how we smash the patriarchy, imho.
20. Support female artists who are promoting diversity, inclusion and feminism.
En serio, you must see the rest of this comic series. I remember being mortified to be the first girl in my class to go through puberty and being terrified of the Nair my mom showed me. Let’s redefine Latina beauty for what it truly is: guapisima como es!
21. Keep the conversation going.
This movement isn’t going anywhere. Women are rising to power, whether men like it or not. Remember to vote in your midterm elections and vote out anyone supported by the NRA, who doesn’t support Dreamers, or whatever you believe! Just vote, plz.
22. Also, someone find out how to nominate someone for the Nobel Prize.
Because, wow, Emma. We’re with you. If I’m supposed to be my #1 role model, then you’re #2.
23. Take inventory of when we’ve been wrong and keep feminism inclusive.
We’ve all done it: judged a girl for what she’s wearing, her sex life, or overstepped boundaries in ways that are not okay. We remember what that straight jacket felt like, when we bought into what we’ve been taught all our lives. Have compassion for those who are still stuck in those thoughts. We’re all in this together on our own paths. Have compassion and fight even harder for what’s ours.
24. Porque nós podemos. We must.
There’s still so much to fight for: the first female president, closing the wage gap, holding men truly accountable for creating a rape culture, reclaiming our bodies and our decisions from laws made by men, for men. Somos mujeres guerreras. We will do this. Until next year.✌️
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