Social media is a huge part of our daily lives, shaping how we interact with others and view ourselves. When you first downloaded your apps, your following list was probably filled with friends from school, family, people you knew IRL. But, today you’ve probably never met 75% of the people you follow. And that’s okay (well, sort of),
You’ve probably heard of all the negatives of social media — damaging body image, mental health, FOMO, losing sleep, the list goes on and on. A lot of this is perpetuated by social media influencers (those people you don’t really know), who seem to live perfect unattainable lives. While there’s nothing wrong with following influencers, be careful about who you’re following and how they’re influencing you.
Luckily, social media can be full of positives — body positivity, mental health, spreading awareness of social issues (like #BLM and #MeToo.) And there are tons of influencers out there who are sharing these positive, pro-social and feminist messages.
To help you get started on your social media refresh, we’ve curated a list of our favorite feminist influencers to follow.
Kimberly Yam is a journalist, activist, and my spirit animal. She was the editor for the Huffington Post’s Asian Voices vertical, and is now a journalist for NBC’s Asian America. A second generation Chinese American, she has used her voice in the media to share personal stories and uplift Asian Americans – all with a sass that is incomparable. – Elizabeth Mason
Dr. Danielle Jones
Dr. Danielle Jones, known online as Mama Doctor Jones, is a board certified OB/GYN who uses social media to share accurate and inclusive information on sexual and reproductive health. On her YouTube channel, Mama Doctor Jones often reacts to medical shows and YouTube videos that involve sexual and reproductive health. She fact-checks these videos to make sure the information we receive from our favorite media sources don’t ignore the facts amongst entertainment. Mama Doctor Jones has recently gone to TikTok where she makes quick, informative videos on everything from birth control, to abortion, to fertility. – Bailey Shea
Don’t you love seeing trans women of color living their boss babe realities? Me, too. That’s why I follow Sonnis. She’s an influencer, youtuber, and owner of her own lash company, who, beyond posting cute pics and funny videos, is constantly promoting up and coming influencers belonging to the LGBTQ+ community. – Tara Jones
Dr. Shieva Ghofrany
A close friend and resource to the Lovability team, Dr. Shieva Ghofrany is a board-certified OB/GYN and founder of the Big Love Fierce Juju Foundation. Through her social media pages and foundation, Dr. Ghofrany shares information about sexual health and wellness, pregnancy, and letting go of “anxiety-provoking issues.” As a woman who has experienced multiple miscarriages, challenging births, and has more recently survived ovarian cancer, we love that Dr. Ghofrany is not just an informed medical resource, but one who has personal shared experience with her followers and patients.
Lorrae Jo Bradbury
Lorrae Jo Bradbury is the CEO and founder of blog Slutty Girl Problems. Lorrae founded Slutty Girl Problems to empower women to seek out healthy sexual and romantic relationships. Through her blog, Lorrae seeks to reclaim the word “slut” and promote sex-positivity. We love that she’s all about making sure women are informed in order to make choices for themselves — whatever that choice may be.
Follow Lorrae Jo Bradbury on Instagram (@lorraejo,) Twitter (@lorraejo,) YouTube (lorraeb,) and Patreon (lorraejo). Follow Slutty Girl Problems on Instagram (@sluttygrlprobs,) and Twitter (@sluttygrlprobs).
Lenore Black is a Sex Witch (how cool?!), sexual healer, and teacher of conscious kink and trauma healing. After experiencing sexual trauma at a young age, Lenore felt disconnected from pleasurable sexual opportunities. Through meditation, therapy, and witchcraft, Lenore was able to work through the shame she associated with sex, kinks, and fantasies. She now shares what she learned with others through social media, her blog, and coaching.
Did we miss some of your favorite feminist influencers to follow? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to feature them in future Lova Lists!