Don’t Ms.: BIG MOUTH, Sandra Bernhard, The Help and so much more!

I never wanted a private jet–until now. With so many sweet feminist events going on all over the country, I’m trying to figure out how can I be in D.C. on Tuesday, New York on Wednesday and back in Los Angeles by Thursday. Maybe you’ll have better luck making it to one of my top six picks for this week.

Online: The fight for contraception coverage isn’t over yet: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ruling last week that birth control must be covered by insurance had a caveat–certain religious employers can still opt out. So NARAL Pro-Choice America is asking for your help. Go to the NARAL website and write a message to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to let them know you think ALL women should have access to contraceptive coverage, regardless of their employer.

Washington D.C.: Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) is hosting a signing of Joe Erhmann’s brand new book, InSideOut Coaching, which makes the case for a healthy and constructive sports culture. MCSR is dedicated to using men to create “cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women.” Tuesday, Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m., Barnes and Noble 555 12th Street NW, Washington, DC.

New York: Ever notice how “feminist movements have historically grown out of interventions within radical communities in the face of silence, anger, and often, violence”? BIG MOUTH: contemporary voices in feminist art + illustration showcases artists who seek to break those silences. Check out the exhibit at Brooklyn Fire Proof. Tuesday-Friday, Aug. 9-12, located at 119 Ingraham St, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Nationwide: The Help, based on the bestselling novel by Kathryn Stockett, is coming to theaters Wednesday. Set in the 1960s, the narrative follows Skeeter, the daughter of a wealthy white family and recent college graduate, as she talks with the African American “Help” in her hometown in the hopes of writing a book about their lives. Though Ms. gave a mixed review to the book for sometimes sacrificing depth for comedy, it explored important issues of race, class and injustice. Let’s see if the film (despite its cheery bright-yellow marketing materials) can better live up to its subject matter. Check your local listings for showtimes.

Los Angeles: One of my favorite feminist comedians is performing at REDCAT this week: the bitingly sarcastic Sandra Bernhard. She performs her latest act I Love Being Me, Don’t You? with a live band and chorus of audience laughter. Tickets range from $45-$50. Opening Thursday, Aug. 11, 631 West 2nd St, Los Angeles, Calif.

37-City Tour: Forever Young Adult (FYA) bloggers Sarah and Erin, known for their blog’s snarky feminist critiques, have organized a 37-city Worldwide Book Club to discuss Libba Bray’s novel, Beauty Queens. Find out if the FYA Worldwide Book Club has a chapter in a city near you.

Promotional poster for BIG MOUTH.


Sarah is a visual journalism student at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. She has a near obsession with ending injustice and is a sucker for a good cause.