Artist Spotlight: Woke Brown Feminist

Written by: Kaitlyn  

For each Crybaby Subscription Box, we think that it’s important to highlight the makers and the movers that made each box happen. This is last box before the end of the year, and you can pick your own up in the shop now! The purpose of the box is to spread support and love while also supporting creatives and their endeavors. These are their stories.

This month, I screamed out of excitement when I saw what Barbie and Destinie from Woke Brown Feminist made for our box. It's everything I've ever wanted: a perfect feminist tote bag. 

These awesome ladies have created a brand for woke, intersectional feminists who want to actually create change in this world.

They are advocates for various issues including body positivity, feminism and Black Lives Matter. 

"I realize (being an advocate for BLM) is a privilege to choose when and where I can feel sad about it as oppose to the people who cannot change their situation and deal with this daily," Barbie said. "but it doesn’t take away from my support and solidarity with the movement." 

In addition to their advocacy, they even have a place on their website for you to send a postcard to your state senators to issues that are important to you. 

As part of their mission to create a more inclusive world, Barbie and Destinie both believe that it's important for everyone to be in touch with their emotions. 

"I feel like being comfortable with your emotions is being comfortable and honest with yourself," Destinie said. "It opens up the gateway for people to like you for who you really are. Good and bad.

They also touched on how being in touch and facing your emotions can be a healthier way to deal with anger, jealousy, and misunderstanding. 

For their feminist tote bags, Destinie and Barbie were initially inspired by the "Thank You, Have a Nice Day" plastic bags. They decided to put feminist on it as well because "We think being an intersectional feminist is something to be proud of," they said. 

In the future, Destinie and Barbie plan on participating in more craft fairs and launching a second line of products.

"It will be exciting to meet people in person and talk face to face about our company and our beleifs," Barbie said. 

Destinie also mentioned that they are going to have some creative business conferences that empower women and are starting their own book club in a month. To stay updated on Woke Brown Feminist's events, sign up for their email list. 

 


Crybaby Bio: 

What They Created: 

Feminist Tote Bag 

What Makes Them Cry: 

Old people, really good music, orphans, speeches, stories of resilience, disempowerment 

The idea of my life partner dying, kittens, Hillary’s presidential election loss of 2016, chubby babies, movies and spontaneous burst of happy tears while traveling places I’ve never seen

Their Advice To Fellow Crybabies: 

Keep crying, we support you. It's okay to like basic things, but remember to stay woke. 

Check out Woke Brown Feminists' Website and give them some love on Instagram!

PTSD Awareness Day: My Journey

Written by: Kaitlyn

I just saw that today is PTSD Awareness Day and I thought that it would be a disservice to this community if I didn't talk about it. 

Because I have PTSD. 

I was unaware that I had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for many years, because I was under the impression that it was only something that soldiers dealt with. Seeing as how I have never been in combat, how could I possibly have it? 

It took until I had a physical and mental breakdown a few years ago, for me to finally go back to seeing a therapist. My therapist diagnosed me with PTSD and like I said before, I was pretty confused because I wasn't a veteran. 

Looking back, I realize how ignorant this thought process is, but you tend to be in denial when it comes to your own mental health. The biggest misunderstanding surrounding PTSD is that it only happens to soldiers or veterans that have experienced combat. While this is true and while this remains one of the biggest and ignored health concerns in this country (8 million adults have PTSD in this country alone), soldiers aren't the only ones that experience this mental illness. I don't want to discredit that it happens to these individuals, but it can happen to other individuals as well. All instances are important and should be recognized. 

PTSD can occur whenever someone experiences a traumatic event. For me, these events occurred in my adolescent and teenage years. Considering the actual trauma was over, I figured I didn't have much to worry about anymore. However, the past can literally come back to haunt you and for me, my PTSD comes in the form of triggers that can send me into a hole where I'm trapped in a memory, or just a continuous feeling of self-loathing. 

PTSD is different for everyone and therefore, effective treatment can differ for everyone. I tried EDMR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy for close to a year and it ended up having negative effects. Although it didn't work for me, it could be extremely beneficial for others. At the moment, the most effective treatment for me includes medication, meditation and a strong support system. 

Regardless of what helps you, you should never be afraid to seek treatment. You should never devalue your own emotions or experiences. You are worthy of help. You are worthy of understanding. 

If you are living with PTSD or any other mental health disorder, know that you are not alone. Know that there are people that are here for you and understand you. And together, we can start to change how the rest of the world perceives mental health and end the negative stigma. 

Favorite Things Giveaway: Pink

In this "Favorite Things" series, we are sharing with all of you some of our favorite products from makers all around the world. 

Along with featuring these awesome small businesses and artists, we wanted to share their products with you! With each post of this series, there will be a blog giveaway. Just fill out the rafflecopter plug-in below and be entered to win some of these items! 

Today, we are going to be taking a look at all of our favorite PINK products (the best color of them all). All artist/business information is listed below. Please go give them some love: 

1. Unicorn Rockstar//2. Holly Oddly 3. Dorkface Shop//4. Unwrap Colour

To enter the Giveaway, please fill out the Rafflecopter below. Not all of the entries are mandatory, but each entry increases your chances of winning. The giveaway will close on June 20th at 11:59 PM. Good luck!!!