This month, we’re putting together a series of feminist gift guides. They're a way to highlight fun stuff we love and creators we're excited to support.
So you're looking for a gift for your 13-year-old niece, right? The one who loves Emma Watson, has declared she's going to run for president, and spends Friday night watching Parks and Rec with her friends? As a somewhat-recent teenager myself, here's what I'd recommend.
Rookie Yearbook Three
Imagine if high schools taught Beyoncé 101 and your classmates included Lorde, the Fanning sisters, and Sia. With the Rookie Yearbook, which features articles, interviews, art, and stickers, this magical feminist high school is a reality—on paper, anyway. The oversize, beautifully produced yearly anthology comprises essays and photos from Rookie, the online zine started by wunderkind Tavi Gevinson, as well as original content. And its chummy, accessible, and stylish content makes for a great introduction to feminist themes and theories for people of all ages.
Comic book publisher BOOM describes Lumberjanes as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls.” The female-created comic follows five best friends spending the summer at a scout camp where they encounter a variety of mythical creatures, from yetis to giant falcons. Eight issues of an ongoing series have been released so far, making a set of them the perfect gift to give to the girl whose BFFs like to plan their own adventures.
“I Woke Up Like This” T-shirt
Pretty much anything in the Beyoncé shop would make a “flawless” gift, but Queen Bey’s feminist bona fides and role-model status makes this lyric the perfect one for almost any occasion.
Sword and Sworcery
I’m not a videogamer, but I asked a feminist friend who studies computer science and gender studies what games he would recommend. It was a long list, to say the least, but at the top was Sword & Sworcery, a game that follows a woman-warrior character on a journey through a mysterious land that incorporates both “real” and dream world. Featuring music by singer-songwriter Jim Guthrie, Sword & Sworcery was originally designed for iPhone and iPad, but is now available for Mac, PC, and Android.
MaKey MaKey Kit
If your budding feminist is an upstart tech nerd, there is not much that’s cooler than the MaKey MaKey. This fun little kit allows you to turn pretty much anything into an Internet-connected touchpad. Want to download a piano app and use bananas as the keys? Want to update your Facebook page with a keyboard made from alphabet soup? The mad science of MaKey MaKey lets it happen. (This Youtube video shows some of the amazing possibilities.) If it still sounds complicated, never fear: One reviewer said her four-year-old daughter was able to set up the kit with no help.
The Girls' Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom by Jessica Hopper
While Jessica Hopper is known nowadays for her writing for Pitchfork and Rookie, as well as her upcoming book, The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic, her 2009 guide to becoming a working musician is still an inspirational and practical read. With chapters and insights on everything from choosing the right instrument to booking your own tours to translating contracts, the book offers key lessons on every aspect of life as a musician that will be pertinent well after girlhood.
Speedball Super Value Fabric Screen Printing Kit
A screenprinting kit is pretty much a necessity for any young activist trying to get their message out. Whether they use it to make posters for their surf-rock garage band or t-shirts for their high-school math team, screenprinting screams self-reliance and classic style—there’s nothing more punk than DIY. (photo via Creative Commons)
Hannah Steinkopf-Frank is a former Bitch Editorial Intern who likes to write about girl groups, her favorite 2000s TV shows, and sometimes college. See the bands she loves on Twitter @hsteinkopffrank.