Lisa Jervis, founder of Bitch magazine:
My friends who go out of their way to make their own stuff or purchase from within the DIY community often talk about wanting to support women-owned small businesses. It is a desire, not only to protect the environment and reject corporate capitalism, but to spend money in a community that is explicitly feminist.In November, a new knitting book by Betsy Greer, Knitting for Good!: A Guide to Creating Personal, Social, and Political Change Stitch by Stitch, will be available for purchase on Amazon. In fact, my grandmother-in-law spends her free time crafting (knitting and sewing) for charities. She uses her talents to empower herself and improve the world around her, which I think is quite noble.
Even if you are not craft-inclined yourself, supporting small-time crafters allows you to also support local and female business ventures. Check out the sites below for a tiny glimpse of the creativity that's out there:
- South End Press: a feminist publishing collective with a great selection of books
- Beer for Chicks: a guide to beer-drinking empowerment
- Craftster: an online forum for feminist craft advocates
- FringeLore's found object jewelry
- Molecularmuse's science-inspired art. You have to check out these estrogen earrings. They're amazing and totally on my birthday wishlist.
- I have a soft spot for flipbooks...and uterus broaches which say "Feminism loves you"
- Or pick up a "Girl Hate is not healthy" button from mymy.
- Get your favorite feminist icon on an item of clothing here.