Sunday, January 31, 2010


"The radical feminism behind these [women's studies] courses has done untold damage to families, our court systems, labour laws, constitutional freedoms and even the ordinary relations between men and women."

Read more: The National Post

Monday, January 25, 2010

One Woman's Journey into Understanding Islam + Gender Equality

There's going to be a "Writer's Weekend" coming up at the Calgary Public Library on February 6th-7th, where you are given an opportunity to have your work critiqued, and meet local authors, etc. One of the workshops may be interesting to check out,

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

LOL theorists: LOL cats for academic jerks

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.

anyone want to go to Philadelphia?

"Young Woman's Blues" by Joyce Wieland, 1964, mixed media, 17 1/2 x 13 x 9 inches, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

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

A Gentle Reminder…

The Deadline for submissions for issue 2 of XX is coming up (Jan 30!!!!)

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

Monday, January 18, 2010

Today is Martin Luther King Day

Yes, it is an American holiday, but it commemorates one of the great civil rights activists of all time. Having spent the last semester in Memphis, where Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, I was able to see first hand some of the successes and failures of the Civil Rights Movement in the US. As an atheist, it is difficult for me to reconcile the idea of a benevolent, omniscient entity with past and current world events, but nonetheless, I find many of Dr. King's words move me to tears with their ideas of possibility and hope.

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!" - I Have a Dream Address at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The difference between being offensive & being hateful

When I call people out for making sexist/homophobic/racist/ableist remarks, the response is often "I didn't mean to offend you." This annoys me for two reasons - 1) I haven't reacted inappropriately, they said something wrong, and 2) it's not offensive, it's hateful.

On his blog Fineness & Accuracy, Scott Madin wrote an excellent post about the difference that struck a chord with me.

Check it out here.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

FBC Takes Over Room 371

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.

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.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

XX issue 2: Girlhood, Call for Submissions!!

The deadline for submissions has been extended! Submissions can take any form (essays, reviews, fiction, poetry, ect.) and should be ½ a page to a page(ish) in length . Submissions should have a feminist slant and somehow pertain to the idea of girlhood . Also send in your girlhood best of list’s. The new deadline for submissions is January 31, 2010. Email you submissions or questions to Also contributors get a free copy of the zine.