Archive for June, 2011

It’s Our Story Project

June 30, 2011

I just heard about a new project called IT’S OUR STORY: Answers from America’s Disability Activists that I wanted to share with you awesome readers of my blog. Launched last year right in time for the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, IT’S OUR STORY features the oral histories of around 1000 American disability activists. The project has its own YouTube Channel where anyone can freely view the videos.

Here’s an except from the project’s mission statement:

It’s Our Story has successfully recruited over 1,000 leaders, scholars and grassroots advocates to save their personal testimonies for posterity. These voices will help shape better understanding of American history and in the process share  the lessons of community organizing, advocacy and leadership with a new generation.

People are welcome to share the project’s films on their own websites, but the films are protecuted under a Creative Commons license, so check out the stipulations here.


Orderly Disorder: Zinester Librarians Tour

June 22, 2011

I’m attending the annual American Library Association conference this year in New Orleans, and already I know a major highlight of the trip will be checking out Orderly Disorder: Zinester Librarians Tour! You hear about bands going on tour all the time, but seriously, how cool and special is a tour of zine librarians?!

According to their website, the zine librarians will be presenting in 9 cities, beginning on June 26 at Tulane University’s Nadine Vorhoff Library and ending on July 7 at The Tool Shed in Milwaukee. Core participants are Jenna Freedman, Celia Perez, Debbie Rasmussen (and her Zine Mobile), Jami Sailor, and John Stevens.

Seriously, if you or any of your  zine-loving friends are going to be in any of the cities they’re presenting in, I definitely encourage attending! I’ve read zines by Jenna Freedman (Lower East Side Librarian Winter Solstice Shout Out) and Celia Perez (I Dreamed I Was Assertive) and will gladly vouch for their awesomeness.

Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories (San Francisco)

June 20, 2011

I usually limit blogging about events to those occuring in NYC, as that’s where I live, but could not pass up blogging about a new exhibit on Gertrude Stein at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum. (After all, I did base this blog’s name on one of her books and have a postcard of her and Alice B. Toklas hanging over my desk). Titled Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories, the exhibition is up through September 6th.

According to the museum’s website, the exhibition focuses on “Stein’s life from the end of World War I through World War II, the exhibition explores her evolving public personae, lifestyle, relationships, landmark 1934-35 tour of the United States, and life in France during WWII.”

I was in San Francisco in March and am really disappointed that the exhibit wasn’t up yet – it makes me want to go back this summer! If you do make it to the exhibit, promise to describe it to me in detail afterward? 🙂


June 16, 2011

I am going to go see the film !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION this weekend and I am literally counting down the seconds! Written, directed, produced, and edited by Lynn Hershman Leeson, !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION is the product of, according to the film’s website, “hours of interviews with visionary artists, historians, curators and critics who shaped the beliefs and values of the Feminist Art Movement and reveal previously undocumented strategies used to politicize female artists and integrate women into art structures.”

Many, many artists are featured, including Cindy Sherman, Carolee Schneemann, and Miranda July. You can watch a clip from the film of the Guerilla Girls here! If you live in NYC and want to go see the film, it’s playing at IFC until at least June 21st.

Also, not to forget, the soundtrack of the movie is supposed to be awesome, with a score composed by Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney!!!) and songs by bands including The Gossip and Tribe 8.

“This is a Prison, Glitter is Not Allowed”

June 14, 2011

I recently learned about a Pennsylvania-based collective  called Hearts on a Wire, a group formed in 2007 to address the policing and incarceration of trans and gender variant individuals.

Hearts on a Wire just released a report called “This is Prison, Glitter is Not Allowed: Experiences of Trans and Gender Variant People in Pennsylvania’s Prison Systems.” The report is available for free here.

It’s obvious that an amazing amount of work went into this project – there are copious footnotes, as well as charts and graphs detailing the responses of 59 survey participants (all of whom identified as transgender or gender variant and were either currently incarcerated or recently released from prison).

A sidebar on the report reads, “The intersection of racial profiling and gender policing places transgender and gender variant communities of color at amplified risk of going to prison.” Reading the report is an excellent way to begin to figure out how you too can show solidarity/fight these racist & transphobic practices.

Mixed Messages: Visual AIDS at La MaMa

June 13, 2011

Every time I hear about a new project of Visual AIDS I get more impressed with this arts organization than I already am. For those of you who may not be familiar with Visual AIDS, it’s a New York City contemporary arts organization that defines its mission as utilizing “art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.”

I read the Visual AIDS blog periodically and recently learned of a new art exhibition called Mixed Messages: A(I)DS, Art, & Words, which is up at La MaMa La Galleria in the East Village until July 3rd. Curated for Visual AIDS by John Chaich, Mixed Messages includes 40+ text-based works by artists such as Robert Blanchon, Yoko Ono, David Wojnarowicz, and Leslie Hewitt. According to the Visual AIDS blog, “from painting to print, sculpture and installation, the featured works juxtapose publicly intended messages with deeply personal revelations, which are at once polemic and poetic, positive and negative, both in tone and form.”

La MaMa La Galleria is free and open to the public from 1-6PM, Thursday to Sunday. I am going to check this out ASAP.

Diotima: Women and Gender in the Ancient World

June 10, 2011

Interested in finding information pertaining to gender in the ancient Mediterranean world? Then definitely check out Diotima: Materials for the Study of Women and Gender in the Ancient World. The site is maintained by The Stoa Consortium and offers a wide variety of teaching and learning materials, including course materials (study guides, paper topics, etc.), peer-reviewed essays, and a searchable bibliography.

I’m most impressed with the bibliography, which is divided by ancient culture (e.g. Greece, The Etruscans, The Romans). The site was last updated in April 2011, so it’s very current.

Fat Studies: A Journal of Research

June 8, 2011

I was delighted to learn from my friend Charlotte yesterday that feminist inspiration Esther Rothblum is editing a new journal called Fat Studies: A Journal of Research. This journal is the first in the field of Fat Studies (check out The Fat Studies Reader), and the editorial board is currently looking for people to submit articles for their first issue! Charlotte and I are definitely going to submit a piece based upon a presentation called “Does this book make me look fat?”: Information Bias and Body Image in Academia” that we gave at Sarah Lawrence’s Women’s History Conference earlier this year.

According to the call for papers, Fat Studies:

is the first academic journal in the field of scholarship that critically examines theory, research, and societal attitudes about body weight and appearance, and that advocates equality for allpeople with respect to body size. The focus of the journal is on why fat people are oppressed and who benefits from that oppression.

I can barely contain my excitement about this journal. Wait, scratch that- I have no reason to contain my excitement for this journal!

I’m going to find out ASAP if the journal will be open access.

CWLU’s Classic Feminist Writings

June 1, 2011

Anybody interested in the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s/1970s would be delighted to stumble upon Chicago Women’s Liberation Union Herstory Project’s digital essay collection, Classic Feminist Writings.  The collection features around 30 articles/manifestos/pamphlets created by people involved in the women’s liberation movement.

Among the contents are Jo Freedman’s piece The Tyranny of Structurelessness, France’s Beal’s essay Double Jeopardy: To be Black and Female, and Kate Millet’s pamphlet Sexual Politics.

If this topic interests you I encourage you to check out CWLU’s digital Historical Archive, from which this collection of papers was taken.