Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
BITCH Library: Call for Zines
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Natasha just sent me a face book invite to a show she is in that opens this weekend called The Feminal Artery. So everyone get your act together and head down to the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Center This Saturday (May 8) in the afternoon to check it out.
The event features live music and performances along with visual art that showcases “a culturally diverse body of female talent” and raises funds to donate to charity. I am sure it will be most excellent and I am bummed out that I have to work all of Saturday because this would be well worth the hour long drive into the city to be able to attend.
“The purpose of the event is to give a voice to many different women, so that these women may share their talent in a way that promotes community and acceptance through the appreciation and acknowledgment of diverse forms of expression. We believe that much of Calgary's culturally specific talent is isolated to individual niches, and rarely do these isolated forms of expression have an opportunity to come together and be celebrated as part of the larger community. By showcasing talent from various ends of the cultural spectrum we hope to shed some light on talent that is often overlooked, and bring to attention the idea that we are all fundamentally human and can connect on this level.” –Pulled from the Feminal Artery website
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
For my Summer Book List I will be focusing my recommendation on fiction. The books that I have selected for this list will either deal with feminist issues of have feminist undertones and themes. I am going to try and make my summer book list a series of posts that feature reviews and links that will go up over the next four months rather than as a one off list list.
My first recommendation is The Weetzie Bad Books by Francesca Lia Block. The first Weetzie Bat Book (Weetzie Bat) was published in 1989 and the sixth and latest addition to the series, Necklace of Kisses came out in 2005. These days the first five books are sold in a single volume that goes by the name of Dangerous Angels and it can usually be found at Chapters.
I discovered The Weetzie Bat Books a decade ago through an online interview that gurl.com did with Francesca Lia Block. I did a bit of Googling and came up with this, although I have no idea if it is the same interview that caught my attention a babillion years ago. The next time I was in Calgary with my mom after reading the interview I made her stop at Chapters and I picked up a copy of Dangerous Angles. I finished the books by the next day and I can honestly say that they are still some of my favorites.
Recently I was listening to Bitch Media’s newest podcast initiative, Read My Bitch when my beloved Weetzie Bat was mentioned. This podcast featured Kjerstin Johnson reading Monica T. Nolan article “Harriet and Claudia, where have you gone? Notes on the gender divide in children’s literature” that was printed in issue 15 (winter 2002) of Bitch Magazine. The article discusses the lack of good YA fiction that features female protagonist and cites The Weetzie Bat Books as being one exception to this rule.
The series is a sort of magical contemporary fairytale with beautiful imagery and a poetic writing style. While the books are feature this slinkster cool aesthetic they also tackle some heavy issues. If you haven’t read them yet I would highly recommend this series.
P.S. I just got my hands on a copy of Necklace of Kisses and will post a review on it soon.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Bell Hook's Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism
"This landmark work challenges every accepted notion about the nature of black women's lives. All progressive struggles are significant only when taking place within a feminist movement, which states that race class & sex are immutable facts of exist."
I've been meaning to read Bell Hooks for a while now, and as we haven't really discussed the exclusion of black women in second-wave feminism, it would definitely bring up some interesting ideas to reflect on. Other possible books by Bell Hooks we could read this summer are, "Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics," "Feminist Theory from Margin to Center,"Communion: The Female Search for Love."
Judith Butler's Gender Trouble
"Since its publication in 1990, Gender Trouble has become one of the key works of contemporary feminist theory, and an essential work for anyone interested in the study of gender, queer theory, or the politics of sexuality in culture. This is the text where Judith Butler began to advance the ideas that would go on to take life as "performativity theory," as well as some of the first articulations of the possibility for subversive gender practices, and she writes in her preface to the 10th anniversary edition released in 1999 that one point of Gender Trouble was "not to prescribe a new gendered way of life [...] but to open up the field of possibility for gender [...]" Widely taught, and widely debated, Gender Trouble continues to offer a powerful critique of heteronormativity and of the function of gender in the modern world."
I've already read this novel two times, heavily relating to it as a teenager. I feel it would be interesting to discuss as a group because of how autobiographical the story is and because of the immense feminist following Sylvia Plath had after her death and the feminist loathing of her husband, Ted Hughes.
"Plath was an excellent poet but is known to many for this largely autobiographical novel. The Bell Jar tells the story of a gifted young woman's mental breakdown beginning during a summer internship as a junior editor at a magazine in New York City in the early 1950s. The real Plath committed suicide in 1963 and left behind this scathingly sad, honest and perfectly-written book, which remains one of the best-told tales of a woman's descent into insanity."
We could even look at some of her poems like "Daddy."
My first summer reading suggestion for the FBC is 'Orlando' by Virginia Woolf.
"Written for Virginia Woolf's intimate friend, the charismatic, bisexual, writer Vita Sackville-West, Orlando is a playful mock 'biography' of a chameleon-like historical figure who changes sex and identity at will. First masculine, then feminine, Orlando begins life as a young sixteenth-century nobleman, then gallops through three centuries to end up as a woman writer in Virginia Woolf's present day."
I figured with all of the extra time we’ve got, why not keep the book club going throughout the summer? So that’s what we’re going to do folks. Keep it going.
Over the next two weeks, feel free to post some books/short-stories/magazine articles/movies/etc you think the FBC should be looking at over the course of the summer. Depending on the number of blogger responses to the posted submissions, we’ll decide as a group what books we should be reading and discussing this summer over the blog and in person. Submit whatever you’d like!
Also… I recently joined GoodReads, and recommend it for keeping track of the books you’ve been reading, and finding new books!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
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Monday, March 29, 2010
After recently reading Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, I stumbled across this! If you haven't read The Bloody Chamber, you should, it's wonderful. The short story is a feminist retelling of Charles Perrault's Bluebeard.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
ARE WE REALLY FREER THAN THEM?
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
In the story, Alice’s vagina/uterus is perceived as an icy tundra where no one can live and nothing can grow. I’m curious to see how others have interpreted this, as I have a few ideas of my own.
Read the original story The Specialist by Alison Smith here. aaannnd watch the 2005 movie adaptation.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I still believe that she has a lot of redeeming qualities. However, she was almost TOO good of a woman. She seemed to always have it covered. She was a wife, a mother, a lawyer. She always looked good, always cooked, and always had time to have drinks with the girls. I don't know any woman that could pull off that type of lifestyle with such ease and poise.
Claire really did tell it how it is. The video below is a clip of Claire responding to Elvin when he asks "Did you ask Dr. Huxtable if you could purchase that painting?" It is a quick response, but it sure gets her point across!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Unveiling the Breath - One Woman's Journey into Understanding Islam and Gender Equality
Author Donna Kennedy-Glans discusses changing gender roles in a globalized world, and gender within the Islamic world.
Saturday, Feb 06
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Main floor South - New and Notable
If you're interested, you can register through the Calgary Public Library Website.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I recently discovered LOL theorists through my favorite art blog, Art Fag City. There are not as many feminist theorist as I would like (perhaps this will beckon me to use my handy photoshop skillz) but they're pretty funny regardless.
Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958 - 1968 is an exhibition at the University of the Arts Rosenwald-Wolf, Hamilton Hall & Borowsky Galleries is on view from now until March 15.
From an Associated Press Story by Joann Loviglio:
Sid Sachs, director of the university's Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, was inspired to create the show after curating a 2002 retrospective of dancer and experimental filmmaker Yvonne Rainer. Why, he wondered, were she and other female artists of the 1960s not included in the art canon alongside Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Claes Oldenburg and Roy Lichtenstein?
"It was like an entire generation of women artists was missing," he said. It took more than six years of researching the women and tracking down their work from museums, private collections and estates to assemble the show.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
The theme is Girlhood. Submissions can come in most forms imaginable (if your not sure send me an email). Keep your submissions to 0.5-2 pages; format all images to 300 dpi. All submissions should relate to the theme, and have a feminist slant or perspective. Email your submissions and questions to Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Exploring the current state of feminist thought, each artist has submitted a piece based on their exploration of gender, race, and class, with the intention of stimulating critical and educational discussion and overall, promoting a stronger sense of community.
FBC Takes Over Room 371 is an exhibition of the recent artistic works of our individual core members, Martha Affleck, Dana Buzzee, Natasha Jensen, Julia Kansas, Kelly Jacqueline Smith, melinda topilko, Kali Urquhart, and Jasmine Valentina.
Come check it out!
Room 371 - ACAD
Exhibition runs from January 11th - January 16th 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 14th 5:30-7:30 p.m.