So, you know all those times when you’re sitting at home and, all of a sudden, you’re struck with the thought, “Oh, no! My date — Feminist Ryan Gosling — is coming over at 7:00, and I have nothing planned for us to do!” Right? Right. We know.
For all your feminist-dream-lover, last-minute-date-planning needs, 3 of our favorite feminist talks (and a dreamy picture we made just for you):
The sexy lie: Caroline Heldman at TEDxYouth@SanDiego
The scene: As you watch Caroline Heldman bust out some A+ feminist theory all over the TEDx stage, Feminist Ryan Gosling will look over at you and say, “The only thing I want to objectify is this moment, so I can carry it with me wherever I go.” Then you’ll get ice cream. Mint chocolate chip.
Inspiring the next generation of female engineers: Debbie Sterling at TEDxPSU
The scene: You and Feminist Ryan Gosling will discuss your shared anger about the disparity between the number of male and female engineers in the US, comparing plans to make STEM fields more inclusive. Over a big slice of vegetarian pizza, he’ll admit that he backed Sterling’s GoldieBlox Kickstarter campaign so his niece will have a toy that she can really believe in. Sigh.
How movies teach manhood: Colin Stokes at TEDxBeaconStreet
The scene: As Colin Stokes discusses the (often depressingly anti-feminist) messages that movies send to young boys and girls, you and Feminist Ryan Gosling will make a batch of banana bread and try to name a movie you’ve both seen that passes the Bechdel Test. Things will get a little weird when you realize it’s The Last Exorcism Part II, but hey, The Notebook did sorta maybe pass.