Welcome to another week of feminist web surfing! In Weekend Links we gather a set of the most engaging journalism, prose, poetry, art, and Interweb images or memes we have come across. We hope with this small curation of links to illuminate the work of the prolific and active feminist blogosphere.
Bluestockings is currently seeking donations for the print costs of the 4th Issue. As we have made the conscious decision to not be institutionally affiliated with or supported by Brown University, in part due to regulations on who can be a part of the collective, we depend on our numerous grants and independent donors to bring our work to fruition and represent voices, perspectives and issues that do not necessarily garner the attention they deserve. We hope that you’ll consider donating; every dollar counts.
With love, Bluestockings
Bluestockings Salon: Experiencing Brown Differently
Bluestockings is holding its first-ever public salon, which will be events for members of the Brown and Providence communities to discuss certain topics and issues with the Bluestockings editorial board. The inaugural salon, Experiencing Brown Differently: An Open Discussion on the ‘-Isms’ On & Around a ‘Liberal’ Campus.
For this Bluestockings Salon, we would like to create a safe and productive space to discuss our lived experiences of difference at Brown. Through hosting and facilitating the Salon discussion space every other week, we hope to bring together individuals from a multitude of different campus organizations, backgrounds, and experiences.
This week, we will discuss what it means to hold marginalized identities at Brown. How are issues of oppression on a supposedly liberal campus glossed over or actively erased? This is a space for people to voice their concerns, feelings, beliefs, and experiences regarding the campus climate. The discussion is open to any and all students invested in working together towards a safer campus environment through actively listening to and respecting their peers.
In talking through these issues, we will most critically address: How can we better support one another? How can we use our different organizations to promote an inclusive and safe climate on campus? How can we as individuals hold ourselves and each other accountable?
If you have suggestions for discussion questions, activities, or would like to do a performance or presentation of any kind, let us know!
All identities and backgrounds welcome!
Links We Like
ADULT MAG IS LIVE. [ADULT Mag]
Undergrads at Brown petition to have student representation within the Corporation. [BDH]
A petition is circulating about Sgt. Anthony being invited to Brown in solidarity with Palestinians.
An incomplete primer on online feminist art movement(s) by Angela Washko. [A Feminist Art Movement Online]
How to set boundaries after abuse. [Feminspire]
How the FBI organized Occupy’s downfall. [The Guardian]
On failing survivors of sexual assault, or Dear Harvard: You Win. [The Crimson]
Who’s Afraid of Suey Park? [The Nation]
Are we ‘Bad Feminists‘ if we don’t take a stand on every issue? [Bitch Media]
The benefits of raising the minimum wage for American women. [The White House]
What are some of the troubles with today’s transgender studies? [Big Queer]
Transgender model, Geena Rocero, speaks about gender fluidity in “Why I Need To Come Out” TED Talk. [Oyster Mag]
Black female soldiers speak out against new racist hairstyle policies. [The Huffington Post]
Traveling through Palestine while black. [Alternet]
The best way to mitigate climate change, which disproportionately impacts women and minorities, is to eat less meat. [The Atlantic Cities]
10 transgender artists who are changing the landscape of contemporary art. [The Huffington Post]
Will domestic violence perpetrators no longer be allowed to possess guns? [Think Progress]
Call for Submissions
Nepantla is a new poetry e-journal for queer and/or poets of color, being curated by Christopher Soto in collaboration with The Lambda Literary Foundation. The mission of Nepantla is to nurture, celebrate, and preserve diversity within the queer poetry community. The journal will be a groundbreaking collection of some the best poetry from the QTPOC community. They are currently seeking donations to make this necessary platform into a reality.
Yes, Ma’am is a San Marcos, TX-based feminist zine by Elle Minter and Suzy Gonzalez. They are all about promoting women and women-positive ideas. They accept submissions from just about anyone, as long as it is positive and affirmative for women. You may submit articles, lists, photos, rants, raves, drawings, cartoons, interviews, or anything that inspires you in a feminist way. Keep in mind that they print on standard sized printer paper with an inkjet printer. So, make sure your submission will look good in B&W on printer paper folded in half (especially if you are designing the layout yourself.)
They are currently seeking submissions for their next zine, which can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quote of the Week
“Homonormativity is a chameleon-like ideology that purports to push for progressive causes such as rights to gay marriage and other “activisms,” but at the same time it creates a depoliticizing effect on queer communities as it rhetorically remaps and recodes freedom and liberation in terms of privacy, domesticity, and consumption. In other words, homonormativity anesthetizes queer communities into passively accepting alternative forms of inequality in return for domestic privacy and the freedom to consume.” -Martin F. Manalansan IV, ‘Race, Violence, and Neoliberal Spatial Politics in the Global City’ in Social Text 23/3-4 (2005)
Art Worth Sharing
Malika Gaudin-Delrieu is a french photographer currently based in Britain and is due to complete her studies on the prestigious documentary photography course at Newport University in June 2011. During her studies she has become recognised as a documentor of social issues across Europe with her interests lying in the plight of refugees and immigrants who are seeking to escape the hardships of their homelands in the hope of a more stable existence. Her approach in practice is a reflection of her personal feelings for the people she photographs. It is her desire that she should not dramatise the lives of her subjects but rather chooses to apply a gentle and considered view of what she observes. Her inquisitive nature drives her forward in the creation of personal work and although the direction of the project might change, her intention remains the same: to communicate to the viewer the lives of the people she encounters.
Learn more about her work on her website.
Internet Images FTW