Archive for July, 2011

The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project

July 27, 2011

A colleague informed me about a fundraising campaign underway for The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project, a feature-length film currently in the works. The brain child of filmmaker Tiona McClodden and publisher Lisa C. Moore, The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project will be a documentary honoring the legacy of black lesbians in their 60s, 70s, and 80s. According to their website,

The film will feature 8-10 profiles of elders, and show accompanying archival footage and personal ephemera that will reveal rare images of black lesbian life and history. UBLEP will also bring to light a number of black lesbian underground movements, solidifying a black lesbian presence within overall American black history.

McClodden and Moore are currently raising money to fund the film via Kickstarter, and as of now there are 65 hours left to donate. Their goal is $10,000 and they’ve raised just over $8000, so I wanted to try to raise awareness of this deadline.

Not too long ago, McClodden and Moore presented their project at NYC’s LGBT Community Center — I wasn’t yet aware of the film, but information about the event, moderated by archivist Shawnta Smith, can be found here. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the goal will be met!


Up Against the Wall: The Criminalization of Queer Identities (event)

July 26, 2011

Some of the coolest-looking events I find these days are on Facebook, hands down. Next Wednesday on August 3rd from 7-9PM The Queer Commons will be facilitating an event at the CUNY Grad Center (room TBA) called Up Against the Wall: The Criminalization of Queer Identities. Anybody is invited to attend- readings are available on the event’s Facebook link which will be discussed at the event. Here’s an excerpt from the event’s organizers describing its focus:

Join the Queer Commons for a discussion of queers in the criminal justice system and how the queer community addresses (and ignores) the issue of mass incarceration. Readings will focus on the role the police play in policing gender, the disproportionate criminalization of queers of color, and the unique challenges faced by queers in the criminal justice system.

Already 63 people have RSVP’d to the event on Facebook and I’m sure many more will before the 3rd!


July 21, 2011

Many a research university library offers amazing digital collections open to anybody on their website. Duke University is one of them – an example being Ad*Access, which I’m going to focus on today. Ad*Access is composed of 7000+ advertisements pertaining to five types of products – Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II propaganda.

The ads all span from 1911-1955, and can be searched by keyword or browsed via subject, product, date, publication, etc. This database is definitely very interdisciplinary in nature, and will be of interest to people researching a wide variety of fields, including marketing, communications, gender studies, and sociology.

One more thing – take note of the disclaimer listed in the “About” section of Ad*Access: “This site includes historical materials that may contain negative stereotypes or language reflecting the culture or language of a particular period or place. These items are presented as part of the historical record.”

Call for submissions: Hoax #6

July 20, 2011

I’m delighted to announce that Rachel and Sari, my friends and comrades of feminist zine Hoax, are currently looking for contributors for their 6th issue. The topic of this issue is feminism and communication (which as a reference librarian greatly pleases me)!

You can check out their call for submissions here – and it was also noted that they’re looking for a great deal of artwork.  Here are some potential topics suggested:

  • how  we utilize the various creative mediums to express ourselves: ie  art/music/playwriting/dance/zines etc.
  • language: terminology / identifications / labels / who is allowed to use certain terms / reclamation
  • media: various types / their historical & cultural relevancy / effectiveness for social change / the decline of print media / online activism & social justice movements
  • visibility: how we choose to communicate our identities (verbally and non verbally) / how different communication styles “out” us / secrecy / how we talk & to whom / where do you draw the line in sharing certain information (online, at yr job etc.)
  • non-verbal communication: how we “read” and then judge others / body politics & gendered expressions (“passing” and “body work”)
  • consent: expressed vs. body language / legacy of shitty health class information / talking about queer and/or non-normative sex
  • the self: self-care / where the self ends & community begins / expressing yr needs / creating & sustaining personal boundaries
  • accessibility: geographic accessibility / accessibility to language / pretension / the “academic industrial complex”

Call for Submissions: Suburban Blight #10

July 15, 2011

Earlier this week I was thrilled to learn that after a 4-year hiatus, my friend Steph has decided to create a new issue of her amazing political zine, Suburban Blight! This zine is particularly special to me because  it brought Steph and I together over 4 years ago! We were both volunteering together at Bluestockings Bookstore one evening and started talking about zines. She mentioned where she had gone to college, and I began praising a zine I read written by someone from that same school. She asked me the zine’s name and I said “Suburban Blight”- and much to my surprise she started laughing and said “That’s my zine!”

Steph is just beginning to collect submissions for issue #10 and is encouraging people to submit stuff for consideration in her zine! Below is her call for submissions 🙂


Suburban Blight is a zine about politics.


Three types of work are generally included in Suburban Blight-

–       Political articles

–       Reviews of books, music, zines, films, etc

–       Drawings and comics

Other works, such as poems, photos, recipes, etc, are also welcome for submission!


Steph’s email address is

To view a list of topics covered in past issues:

Women in Music & Media

July 11, 2011

I’m aware this is rather last minute, but I just learned of a really cool event that’s taking place tomorrow (July 12th) at St. Mark’s Bookshop at 7PM.

It’s a panel on Women in Music & Media, and it features Mindy Abovitz (founder/editor-in-chief of the female drummer magazine Tom Tom, which arrives at my apartment four times a year), Emily Rems (managing editor of BUST magazine) and Shirley Braha (producer of alternative music television).

“I Read it in a Fanzine:” – Feminist Zines!

July 8, 2011

I’m excited to announce that on Thursday, September 1st at 7PM, my friend Elvis Bakaitis and I will be co-hosting a feminist zine event at Bluestockings bookstore on the Lower East Side! I love collaborating with the talented and awesome Elvis, who also designed the cover of my zine My Feminist Friends. Below is the description of our event – feel free to pass it along to anyone you think might be interested! I’m so happy to have this opportunity to co-present with such an amazing bunch of feminist zinesters.


Titled after a Bikini Kill lyric, “I Read it in a Fanzine” features the work of 6 feminist zine editors – Kate Angell (My Feminist Friends), Elvis Bakaitis (Twinks for Sale!), Ocean Capewell (High on Burning Photographs and It’s Not the End of the World!: Building a Life with Limp Wrists), Rachel and Sari (Hoax), and Kate Wadkins (International Girl Gang Underground). The zinesters and contributors will read selections of their work, and copies will be available for purchase after the event…come pick up a rad zine to add to your collection!

Women Working, 1800-1930

July 7, 2011

Anyone interested in labor history and women’s history would most likely be delighted to learn about Harvard University’s digital collection Women Working, 1800-1930. The collection covers issues such as workplace conditions, workplace regulations, home life, and recreation.

Site visitors can browse key events, notable people, and topics or use the excellent search interface, which allows catalog as well as full-text searching. The collection boasts a wide variety of formats, including books and pamphlets, images, and trade catalogs.

Southern CT State U Annual Women’s Studies Conference

July 1, 2011

Before I blog about this conference I just want to give you a heads up that I won’t be blogging for at least a week, ’cause I’ve decided it’s time to go relax on the beach! That said, as a 22-year former Connecticut resident I’m pleased to inform you about a great feminist graduate conference taking place at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven on Saturday, October 29.

Titled “Critical Feminist Pedagogies: Towards an Education of Activism,” the conference is currently accepting proposals for individual papers, complete sessions, panels, or round tables, poster sessions, performance pieces, video recordings, and other creative works. The submission deadline isn’t until September 1st, so you have plenty of time to prepare something!

I’m particularly excited about this conference because it’s really trying to focus on bringing together academic/activist feminism. Although people are welcome to devise their own topics, here are some questions that the conference organizers offer:

  • What is the relationship between feminist pedagogy and indoctrination? Can consciousness-raising be a form of indoctrination? How would feminist education function beyond consciousness-raising?
  • Access to education as a feminist issue; inclusion/exclusion of certain groups
  • How might intersectionality (race, ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, sexuality, ability, environmental issues) be used as a tool for activism or education?
  • How can we continue to challenge the academic industrial complex?
  • What are the tensions between students, students and teachers, academics and grassroots activists and how might these tensions be used pedagogically/productively?