what the f*ck is a policybabe?

i’m glad you asked.

POLICYBABE
noun  \ˈpä-lə-sē \ˈbāb \

1: a hottie with an interest in learning about
and changing political policies, in activating social
change through awareness and discussion,
and in inspiring others

2: you, probably

policybabes, when i came up with the idea, was meant as a temporary placeholder for a less complicated, better researched name i would someday come up with. But honestly i think i’m just sticking with it.

Why?

Because i do what i want! Also because:

  1.  i think understanding the political policies our reps are actively working on (or ignoring) is an important first step in becoming politically engaged without bloating ourselves with info like a supernova and burning out,
  2. i think we should see politically engaged people as bad ass, inspiring hotties, and
  3. it’s cute

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So, then what does it mean to be a policybabe?

This is something i’ve been trying to figure out since the project’s inception, both from a business perspective and on a personal level. What i’ve come up with (that’s the cool thing about creating a name: i also get to create what that name means!) is that policybabes are folks who just like REALLY WANNA GET FUCKING POLITICAL FOR A SEC. it’s not abrasive or hysterical or annoying to “make” something political.

everything is political.

And if you can’t talk to your closest friends or family about something that’s going on in the world, whether it’s just to help you work through a complicated idea, or to get an opinion, or to drop some damn knowledge, you are not in the wrong.

Do you think you’re one of us? you probably are. if you aren’t, go back to the beginning of the post and re-read it. are you one of us yet?

this isn’t about right or left, blue or red, conservative or liberal.

No one here will shame you for your political leanings, but if your beliefs are racist, sexist, ablest, LGBTQ-phobic, colonialist, or otherwise diminishes one group while you get ahead, you’ll definitely find your way out.

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Our path forward includes:

Connecting with and supporting political engagement organizations that are doing work on the ground, education around specific policies being voted on both nationally and on a smaller scale, and awareness of voter registration and access initiatives.

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Shop update — April 2017

Hi hi!

These past few months have been, in a word, discouraging.

The world seems pretty dismal as of late and personally, I’ve been focusing on fighting the crippling anxiety created by the 24-hour news circuit via social media.

I have also taken a much longer break from this work than I anticipated. It has, however, allowed me to flesh out some of the big ideas I have and how it will relate to my life as well as forced me to address how much work (and help!) @policybabes will need to become what I know it can be in the future.

Part of that, I think, will be a rebrand and reassessment of our direction and mission. (Definitely still charity work, probably some non-charity work). It will also include a lot of official tax-y business-type stuff that I’ve been, honestly, afraid to deal with. But it’ll be fun! I bought a cute binder!

What I know for sure is that @policybabes (or whatever we’ll be called) is still going to be awesome and powerful and badass as FUCK.

Thank you all for being your supportive, badass, patient, hard-working selves. It means the world to have you along for the fight.

Power and love,
Alexis Willey

P.s.: Our “nasty woman’ t-shirts have raised over $700 for Planned Parenthood (!!!) which is amazing for a small run of a shirt I made literally because I was bored and then disillusioned and then powered up. So wtf!! Thank you!! I’m hoping to get the site up to date with the donation invoices asap, but you know, one-woman-show. 

P.p.s.: If you want to be part of our ~eventual~ survey group when rebranding discussions begin, shoot me an email: policybabes@gmail.com, or sign up for our newsletter!

P.p.p.s: Wanna help? Know an accountant looking for pro-bono work? Have an organization that needs us? Want to donate your screenprint rig to us? Shoot me an email or message!