Woo, progress! Thursday, Jun 24 2010 

The store’s up! Go check it out, it’s pretty cool [if I do say so myself].  There are six different designs right now, and I’m working on getting more going as I can.

Again, if you have any ideas for products or charities to donate to, please let me know!

Names Tuesday, Jun 22 2010 

While setting up the blog, I ran into my usual “omg what do I call it?!?!?” dilemma.  I’m not… entirely happy with the name as it stands, but I’m not exactly sure where else to take it.

I didn’t choose it to stand for “omg that ~steadfast woman~ always standing in her place blah blah blah” because that’s bullshit enforcing gender norms.  It’s more along the lines of “a woman, steadfast in her fight for equality and rightness in the world.”  It’s still a little squidgy, though.

I’m concerned that people will see the site name and take it in exactly the wrong direction.  I know I can’t police people’s thoughts, nor can I prevent them from thinking what they want to think, but it’s still troublesome to me, given what I’ve seen people capable of thinking.

So, all this to basically say, “if you have name suggestions, please comment!”

Welcome! Friday, Jun 18 2010 

Please don’t mind the dust, we’re still setting up in here.

the basics Thursday, Jun 17 2010 

This blog is in place to help counter the thinking that you must have X feature, or Y thinking, or Z clothing, to be a real woman. If you identify as a woman, surprise! You are one.

There’s a thread on a LiveJournal community that really sums this up, and here it is, summarized:

shotie:
Yes, because only “real women” come in a specific shape and size, and if you fall outside the realm of that, you are not a “real woman”.

I hate anyone who thinks “real” women are defined only by their appearance. Well, for that matter, other things too, but for the sake of this topic.

calculusletters:
I think I’ll take that a stroke further; I hate anyone who thinks that they personally can define what makes up any gender, whether it’s what their bodies look like, what their hobbies are, how they carry themselves, what they eat, or how they express their love. How people express their gender is their own business, and it’s not my, or anyone else’s job, to police it.

gloraelin:
I was actually thinking about that nauseating campaign last night while drifting off… I want to reformat it and shout it from the roofs.

“Real Women are Women!” … eh, too “obvious.”

Real All Women are Awesome!” … I like that.

amyiss:
I’ve been at ‘Real Women Don’t Fit Into One Category’ but yours seems better for a slogan.

sailorstyx:
I like this. A lot.

gloraelin:
starting to wonder if I should, like, start a site and store for this, I’m sure there would be a lot of traffic and stuff. I’d love to get the word out that HEY GUESS WHAT! all women are REAL, whether they have fucking ~curves~ or not.

And here we are. This project is still in its infancy, so expect lots and lots of changes as we go along.

I’m in the middle of setting up a CafePress store, and as soon as it’s up I’ll put links in. One of the biggest things for me, with this project, is where the money will be going. Obviously there will be the costs of running the store itself, and then once that’s reached half [or more!] of all the profits will be donated to charities.

I’m still trying to find charities to donate to, so please, if you have any info, would you comment? I would primarily like to keep to HAES/FA/feminist organizations, at least to start with, but if this takes off then anything is possible.

Mostly, just keep in mind:

all women are awesome

what we stand for