Archive for February, 2011

FRAmes on GENder (FRAGEN)

February 28, 2011

I must admit- I know a fair amount about American second-wave feminism, but very little about European feminism in the 1970s and 1980s. Thus, I was happy to learn about FRAmes on GENder (FRAGEN), a free online database which digitizes core second-wave feminist texts from 29 European countries.

Maintained by Aletta, the Amsterdam based Institute for Women’s History, FRAGEN ensures that each text’s original language is retained. Users can browse the database’s catalog by country, keyword, or author.

In terms of project goals, the website reads:

The objective of the project is to make information available which will allow for comparative research into the history of feminist ideas in different European countries.

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Open Library

February 26, 2011

Yesterday another librarian informed me about an awesome free e-book website, Open Library. She just blogged about it, and instead of writing my own post I’m just going to re-post hers, as it’s an excellent description. Enjoy!

Bikini Kill Archive Blog

February 23, 2011

In 2009 I worked as Kathleen Hanna’s assistant archivist, helping her process her papers for inclusion in the Fales (NYU) Riot Grrrl Collection.

During my time working with Kathleen I was responsible for creating the Bikini Kill Archive Blog. The purpose of the blog is for people affected by Bikini Kill to come together and share stories, photos, and any feelings or anecdotes associated with the band’s music, politics, etc.

Since the blog began in late 2009 I’ve watched it grow with great excitement. Anybody who wants to can submit a story/press clipping/photo/etc. to bkillarchive@gmail.com and it will be posted by the blog’s editors.

Call for papers: Hoax zine

February 22, 2011

One of my favorite zines ever, Hoax, is currently seeking submissions for its 5th issue. The topic is “feminism and community,” and some possible suggested ideas suggested by the zine’s editors are:

  • elitism (identity politics & border policing & hierarchies within communities)
  • cliques & exclusivities
  • success & personal stories
  • the environment (food politics & urban gardening & eco-feminism & women in farming/farm lands)
  • accessibility (language & locations (urban vs rural) & academia & pretention & childcare)
  • work/ production (economics & capitalism)
  • social movements (then vs now – legacy of the 60s)

The editors are seeking artwork as well as articles. I’m writing for it myself- I’ll be interviewing my friend Stina, a women’s/gender studies PhD student and professor, on her research on rural queer land movements and communities.

I definitely encourage you to send in your ideas- their email is hoaxzine@gmail.com.

Lecture: “Fat, the First Lady, and Fighting the Politics of Health Science”

February 16, 2011

I feel like every time I blink my eyes the CUNY Graduate Center is hosting another incredible queer studies event! Next Friday, February 25th from 7-9PM, the Center is hosting a public lecture by Dr. Bianca Wilson, professor of psychology at California State University, Long Beach. The lecture is titled “Fat, the First Lady, and Fighting the Politics of Health Science.” Below is description of the talk from an email I received:

What is anti-fat bias and what effect does it have on health?  How is  anti-fat bias represented in dominant discourses on the “social determinants of health?”  What would it mean to consider anti-fat bias  an oppression?  Dr. Wilson will present an overview of some of the  weaknesses of the traditional paradigm for studying relationships  between weight and health, as well as present findings from her  community-based study on the associations between oppression and health among a sample of Black same-gender loving women.

The event is sponsored by QUNY, the Grad Center’s LGBTQ student organization. The timing is perfect for me, as in just a couple weeks I will be presenting on a panel on fat studies at Sarah Lawrence College’s Women’s History Month Conference, Breaking Boundaries: Body Politics & the Dynamics of Difference.

Science Fiction for Lesbians

February 14, 2011

To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever read a science fiction novel in my entire life. However, I stumbled across the Science Fiction for Lesbians website and decided to blog about it, as there’s a good chance some readers of my blog might read sci-fi. This particular website stands out by virtue of the fact that every book reviewed is either written by a lesbian author or features a lesbian/bisexual character.

Over 200 books are reviewed, and the author ranks them on a 1 (terrible) to 5 (awesome) scale. The last update to the list appears to have been January 2010.

I think it’s important to point out that the author offers an explanation for their choice of the words “lesbian, gay, and bi:”

I use these words as shorthand to refer to characters who either only have sexual relationships with members of their own sex (regardless of species), or who have sexual relationships with members of their own sex and any other sex (there might be more than two).

36 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Adult

February 11, 2011

A few days ago I learned from my friend and colleague Marie that Bitch magazine released a list of 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader. Shortly after the publication of this list they decided to amend it, removing three books from the list because of content considered potentially triggering for readers. This decision, as I’m sure you can imagine, provoked a firestorm of controversy, and has been debated on a number of blogs, including Bookshelves of Doom. Bitch released an official explanation of their decision last week.

In response to this situation, Marie created her own list of feminist YA books, which she made available yesterday on her blog, Friend of Dorothy Wilde.  She recommends 36 books in total, has read all of them, and is glad to dialogue with people about her inclusions.

Marie has a really awesome approach to feminism and I totally recommend checking this out!

Punk Zine Archive

February 9, 2011

I get really excited when I learn about websites which feature digital copies of out-of-print/difficult to find zines. One of these is the Punk Zine Archive hosted by Operation Phoenix Records. The Punk Zine Archive offers free PDF’s of such fine punk zines as HeartattaCk and Maximumrocknroll.

The various issues of the different zines are listed alphabetically by zine title. However, much to my delight I found that there is also a subject index for the zine archive. Thus, if you find yourself wanting to know which of the zines contain articles on a fine band like Minor Threat, it will be listed for you in the subject index.

There is also a Punk Zine Archive blog which notifies users when new zines have been added. It is my hope that they will eventually add feminist/Riot Grrrl zines such as Girl Germs and Jigsaw.

Archive of Women’s Political Communication

February 8, 2011

Those interested in gender studies, history, and political science are encouraged to check out the Archive of Women’s Political Communication. Created by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University, the Archive offers a large number of speeches made by women in politics over the years.

Visitors to the site can browse speeches by keyword or topic (e.g. leadership, economy, or activism). The archive also includes a biographical profile for each included speaker, which can be viewed by last name or category. While the archive presently features mainly women elected officials in the United States, the site’s maintainers plan on eventually expanding to the work of activists, international political leaders, and historical figures.

Giving Credit Where It’s Due: Kate Wadkins

February 7, 2011

This is only the second time I’ve written a post for this particular category, but it’s about time that I write more, as I’m lucky to be surrounded by many people deserving recognition for their accomplishments.

Today I want to write about a person with whom I share a name, neighborhood, college, and favorite band- Kate Wadkins. I met Kate last summer through Kathleen Hanna, as we both worked for her on various projects at different times. Over time Kate has become my research collaborator, close friend, and feminist inspiration.

What particularly impresses me about Kate is her unbelievable array of involvements in diverse community/activist projects, as well as her tireless commitment in promoting the work of local artists/musicians/you name it. Presently, Kate is the gallery manager of STOREFRONT, an art gallery in Bushwick that specializes in the work of Bushwick artists. Just over a week ago I attended the opening of BRAIN WAVES, a collection of zines and prints curated by Kate. The opening was a big success, and was written up in the Greenpoint Gazette. I just bought one of the zines featured in the collection, Habits of Being, and am really excited to read it.

This Thursday I’m thrilled to be co-leading a zine workshop for teens with Kate at the Westport (CT) Public Library, located fifteen minutes from my hometown. The event falls shortly before the release of International Girl Gang Underground, a zine edited by Kate and Stacy Konkiel. Kate has organized a zine release party at Death by Audio in Brooklyn on March 12th.

Kate is involved with way too many projects for me to cover in total, but I encourage you to check out Very Okay, the band for which she’s a bassist, and RE/VISIONIST, Sarah Lawrence College Women’s History journal, of which she is a co-founder.

Kate: thanks for everything, and there’s nobody else I’d rather sit with in the rain while screaming Bikini Kill lyrics.