|—||Ashley Judd in the Daily Beast responding to recent criticisms over her appearance.|
-Laurie Penny in The Independent.
Le Tigre- FYR
“Feminists I’m calling you!”
It’s International Women’s Day, but I don’t feel all that celebratory. FYR (Fifty Years of Ridicule) is about the backlash the follows women’s progress, and my goodness if we aren’t in the midst of an incredibly awful period of backlash right now. And there’s no guarantee that the backlash loses.
from NYULocal’s showlistings:
8:30 p.m., Free All Ages
Amy Klein, former member of the intense and beloved Titus Andronicus, will be playing some feminist benefit. Amy Klein is one of those people who can be all bra-burning and feminist, but not annoying about it. The show is technically free ($5-10 suggested donation) so there’s really no reason not go.
First of all, the show is not a benefit concert, but if it was (the band plays many), I’m glad you trivialize the idea of people giving back to their community by donating their time and art. Secondly, sliding scale is not free, so you are wrong again.
But most of all, that is an incredibly sexist description of an incredibly talented all female rock group. What exactly is being all bra burning and feminist mean to you? Are you referring to the time Amy organized a rally to protest the acquittal of Officers Franklin Mata and Kenneth Moreno? Or maybe last week when the band’s cello player Heidi organized a benefit concert for Sister Somalia, the only organization in that country helping survivors of sexual violence. Or is it that keyboard player Kiri tirelessly works to book shows showcasing female musicians in an effort to create a space for woman that is supportive and not sexist, a space, unlike your column, where they be will taken seriously for their craft. You are right. These things are feminist, and they are important and necessary.
Does my standing up against your sexist, trite cliches annoy you? If so, I’m not sorry.
PS. I’m not even wearing a bra today, so bwahahahahaha. (But if I was, I wouldn’t burn it. That shits expensive!)
PPS. tweet @NYULocal if you don’t think sexist show listings are okay either.
Recognize that you are not the center of the universe.
Figure out how the idea of winning and losing fits into your relationships.
Recognize vulnerability and empathy as strengths.
Don’t allow the fact that other people have been assholes to you make you into a bitter and abusive person.
Commit to the revolution as a method of psychological and physical survival.
riot grrrl zine #2, 1991
(reprinted in Girls To the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus)
Via Nancy Pelosi’s Facebook:
“Right now at a House Oversight Committee hearing, House Republicans have called five men to testify on women’s health. My colleague Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) who is on the committee, looked at this panel (from which a woman who was the Democratic witness was excluded by the GOP) and asked: where are the women? That’s a good question.”
And I would like to add, GET YOUR LAWS OFF MY BODY!
|—||New York Times Magazine article, “Teaching Good Sex” about sex positive, non-abistence only sex education.|
This is an individual response.
*When I refer to women I am referring to all self-identified women.
An Open Letter to SlutWalk NYC and its Critiques, from One of Your Own.
First, let me situate myself. When I say I am one of your own, here is what…
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