Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Galentine's Day!

[Image text "Happy Galentine's Day, I'm celebrating you, you beautiful tropical fish." From the Smart Girls Facebook page.]

One of the best things that Parks & Recreation ever did was give us Galentine's Day.

If you're not familiar (first of all, start watching this show!) Galentine's Day is one of Leslie Knope's many invented holidays. This one's all about celebrating female friendships and appreciating your lady friends for who they are.

In a world in where girls and women are pushed into seeing each other as competitors for male attention and where internalized misogyny is so strong that women routinely say things like, "This is why I can't have female friends" we need more initiatives like Galentine's Day.

It reminds us that there is so much beauty and comfort to be found in our female friendships.

So when I logged on Facebook this morning and already saw dozens of my friends sharing Galentine's messages I was ecstatic. This thing is really taking off.

Happy Galentine's Day!

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