Hey-o. So, I’m writing a satirical piece about society’s misunderstandings of feminism. I want this piece to be as intersectional as possible, but am uncomfortable writing about other communities as an outsider (aka bi, white woman, from America).
What I am hoping for/ asking for is help and insight from women (of all kinds, places, and backgrounds). I don’t want to discuss the piece here, yet, but if you could message me privately about your interest then we can go from there. Obviously I will talk to you one on one about where the writing is going.
It goes without saying, anyone who helps will be given credit.
In the past, the ruling groups of all countries, although they might recognize their common interest and therefore limit the destructiveness of war, did fight against one another, and the victor always plundered the vanquished. In our own day they are not fighting against one another at all. The war is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact.
Inspired by my friend Sahra Nguyen's annual tradition of holding a birthday fundraising campaign, this year I am celebrating my birthday for two weeks by raising money to create a grant that will be given to the Young Womyn's Leadership Program (YWLP) in New Orleans.
From February 28th to March 16th, I would love it if you could celebrate my birthday with me by creating a gift that keeps on giving!
My Goal is to raise: $1,500
THIS CAUSE IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE YOU WILL BE A PART OF NURTURING THE GROWTH OF THESE YOUNG WOMYN TO BECOME STRONG AND FEARLESS FEMALE LEADERS WITHIN THEIR LOCAL AND GLOBAL COMMUNITY.
By supporting this cause, you will:
Provide training opportunities for the young womyn to increase their skills and knowledge in their areas of interests, such as (but not limited to): social justice, ethnic studies, and reproductive justice.
Support the members creative and artistic pursuits of holding a production of a youth-led and youth-friendly Vagina Monologues.
Grant the opportunity for the program to invite keynote speakers for the very first time.
Fund opportunities for members to attend events that will nurture the development of upcoming workshops.
Yet despite not receiving any source of funding since it first began in 2009, the YWLP has been able to:
Create a safe space for young womyn in the New Orleans’ East community
Diversify the organization VAYLA, where once upon a time it was a male-dominated space
Have an increase of over 65 members within the span of 5 years
Raise $650 to participate in the Susan G. Komen’s Walk for the Cure of Breast Cancer
Raise $250 to host a YWLP Retreat
Hold workshops on the following topics:
Writing Campaign Letters in support of the Louisiana Equal Pay for Women Act (In 2010, a full time working Louisiana woman was typically paid only 67 cents or less for every dollar that was paid to a man)
Womyn’s History Month: National & Local Womyn’s Leaders
ON A PERSONAL NOTE
This cause is important to me because of my own personal theme for myself this year. In 2014, I’ve decided to dedicate this new year added to my life by spending more time celebrating, supporting and collaborating with women, healing and nurturing broken & existing relationships, as well as nourishing the feminine energy within myself.
I believe it’s important for us as women to support the process of confronting our own insecurities with each other; to hold a safe space for dialogue in order to understand not just our purpose as women on the global scale, but how we have the power to uplift each other and future generations of young girls by first working towards becoming more kind and more mindful of the words we speak about ourselves and each other.
My birthday wish is for the young womyn of this program to not just believe, but to know, as a fact, that their dreams and goals can all come true with hard work, determination and an unassailable belief that anything is possible.
YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION WILL GRANT MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THESE YOUNG WOMYN TO CONTINUE THE PROCESS OF DISCOVERING THEIR LIFE PURPOSE AND PAVING THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL PATHS TO BECOMING THE WOMYN THEY HAVE ALWAYS ASPIRED TO BE.
Be sure to check back here for any progress and updates!
AS A THANK YOU,
In collaboration with my friend Cynthia Lin & Lucky 8 Letterpress: The first 100 donors who donate at least $10 will receive a limited edition letter pressed print of a poem I wrote originally titled “Dear Fellow Dreamer,” addressed to you and signed by me. (Only 100 prints available)
In collaboration with my friend Tu-Anh Nguyen creator of Awkward Boobies: In addition to being a part of the first 100 donors and receiving a poetry print, donors who give $20 or more will be entered into a raffle to receive a limited edition Awkward Booby print (Booby Lift & Mardi Gras Boobies) created exclusively for this birthday campaign. Even if you aren’t a part of the first 100 donors and you donate $20, you will still be entered into the raffle. (Only 15 available per version; 30 winners total)
I truly believe that we receive and attract to us what we give and project to the world, my thank you and wish to you is that the Universe will ever be in your favor! May the beautiful support you have given me be returned to you tenfold :)
After their devastating confrontation with Darga and the Sacred Peace, monster hunters Irro and Hari leave the walls of Kevala to seek new lives elsewhere. However, when they discover that the evils of the Sacred Peace have spread far beyond Kevala’s borders, our heroes decide to journey across the wastelands to the prison of the Monster King and release him in exchange for his help in saving the city they love.
Code Monkey Save World #4, colored by Jessica Kholinne
Humanity faces its greatest threat as Zombie Bob’s minions launch their final attack — but Code Monkey and Skullcrusher have turned their back on Earth to fight the Robo Queen on Chiron Beta Prime! Who’s a hero? Who’s a villain? Whither the soul of Code Monkey? And what does curling have to do with all this? The big finish, y’all! Don’t miss it!
Eve comes face to face with her nightmare from a decade ago - and this time, she can’t turn away. As innocent lives hang in the balance, Eve must embrace the legacy of the Coffin Witch to put her family curse to rest…or die trying in the final issue of this storyline!
Ghost #2, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick
An unlikely ally sneaks Ghost into a secret meeting, where a legion of disguised demons gather around Dr. October-until her cover is blown! Meanwhile, the very human serial killer prowling the streets of Chicago takes a personal interest in Sloane and Tommy!
Last West #4, colored by Liezl Buenaventura
Why did the Wests do it? The answers are revealed in this pivotal issue of the series. And as the mysteries of the West family’s impact on America are put into focus, murder and deception threaten to keep the West’s family’s secrets safe—killing us all slowly in the process.
X’s hands were already full with Carmine Tango … Then Gamble reappeared! X thought he killed this suave assassin years ago, but the luck-obsessed murderer is still a player, taking his chances on revenge! Welcome to Arcadia, where the odds are bad … and the bads are odd! The battle for Arcadia builds towards a chaotic climax!
Bernard is a decorated state policeman in love with his partner. But their romance is brutally cut short when both die following a high-speed pursuit and fiery car crash involving the Lone Gunmen. Bernard inexplicably awakens to find himself resurrected by an otherworldly crow and with only one thing on his mind: vengeance.
"I just feel like no matter what, prisons are bad for everybody. They aren’t just bad for trans people—they’re bad for all people. It wouldn’t be fair for me to make it seem like it was so hard for me, just as a trans women, because I’ve been around a lot of people who don’t deserve to be in prison at all. Prison is hard for everybody. We’ve all got our personal issues and have to do what we need to do to survive in there and be strong.
It’s not the right approach for people to sensationalize this story and say: You were a trans woman in a men’s prison. Because at the end of the day, all prisons are bad for all people—trans, cys, gay, straight, Black, white, Asian, brown, purple, polka-dotted, striped, zebra, alien or whatever.
Yes, I had my issues. I dealt with extra discrimination and extra scrutiny. I had to deal with things that other people wouldn’t have had to deal with in prison because I was a trans woman in a men’s prison. Of course, it was upsetting, and it was hard.
But I was blessed to have the support of a team that was willing to support me in this fight against the system. Not everyone in there had that—not everyone had support or someone to help them or be there for them, to protect them or understand them or get them in touch with the right resources. I was blessed to have that.
So yes, I can say how hard it was for me, but what about the people in prison who are there wrongfully or for petty charges or because of the criminalization of everything? There are men and women who have been in there for days, years, even decades—what about them?"
With more people suffering from body image dissatisfaction and the effects of disordered eating behaviours than at any other time in history, it’s time to revisit what second-wave feminists had to say about weight discrimination, writes Dr Naomi Crafti.
These are actual tiny child handcuffs used by the U.S. government to restrain captured Native American children and drag them away from their families to send them to the Indian boarding schools where their identities, cultures and their rights to speak their Native languages were forcefully stripped away from them.
As of this year: the U.S. supreme court ruled in a 5-4 decision that this systemic kidnapping of Native children is legal.
As of today: there are far more First Nations & Native American children in foster care than there were at the HEIGHT of this residential “school” system.
Over 60% of foster kids who age outta “care” are kicked out on the streets, imprisoned, or dead by the age of 20.
the article about this picture never fails to make me sick. i really encourage people to read it, though. for me, it helps to put even more into perspective just how evil the residential schools were. like, just imagine how young the child was that wore these handcuffs. it’s absolutely mind-blowing.