The Sweet Feminist Sends a Strong Message with Her Cakes

If you think that feminism and baking don’t mix well together, The Sweet Feminist is here to prove you wrong. This Instagram page became a huge hit thanks to its viral cakes frosted with empowering and progressive messages.

This project is the brainchild of Becca Rea-Holloway, who describes herself as a “self-taught baker with a passion for mixing sugar + strong opinions”. She uses baked goods as an artistic medium and a way of sending a strong message to the world.

Rea-Holloway’s cakes prove that it’s possible for women to “stay in the kitchen”, and still have their voices heard and contribute to the society in a significant way. Her creations aren’t here to simply look delicious—they actually have something to say about the state of the world.

The Sweet Feminist’s message is clearly resonating with the world, and her Instagram page has more than 200,000 followers. Check out some more of her amazing cake, because they’re truly a definition of “girl power”.
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I spend a lot of time thinking about, drawing from, and talking about my own experience (here, and in my non-online life). I believe it’s an an important skill to cultivate – being able to parse out and articulate your own reality. But something else is equally (if not more) important: being able to actually hear and learn from someone else’s experience. This sounds obvious, but it’s something I personally actively work on daily. Understanding my own experience is really only useful if I’m able to contextualize it into the greater narrative. If I’m only able to draw from my own experience, it’s easy to miss the ways in which situations are and are NOT the same. As an example: I talk a lot about street harassment. But it’s not enough to talk about my anger at the time some guy grabbed me and told me (a straight white woman) he wanted to fuck me. I also need to be talking about the ways this type of gendered violence is often compounded by other factors (such as anti-Blackness, homophobia, and transphobia). Me being grabbed on the street is part of a greater system of white supremacist patriarchy and control. We are all affected by that system in different and varying ways. We can (and need to) talk about those differences in experience. It can’t be just “we all suffer from injustices”, it should be how do I understand my experience in context, and how do I use that knowledge to work towards making the world safe for everyone. My experience is valid, but it’s not the only one. #thesweetfeminist #sweetfeminism #ragebaking #sweetrage

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