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Mark your calendars for October 18th! At 7:00 Barnard is having a reading and panel on trans women authors featuring Donna Ostrowsky, Imogen BinnieRed Durkin, and Ryka Aoki! The event will celebrate the release of The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard (Topside Press, 2012). The four authors will come together to read their work and discuss the future of literature, the complex ways that literary trans narratives will evolve in years to come, and their own stories of characters navigating relationships, gender, family, work, race, and more.

Go bananas! Guerrilla Girls On Tour are back on the road with “Feminists Are Funny” and “If You Can Stand the Heat: The Herstory of Women and Food” making tour stops in Indiana, Canada, Massachusetts, Florida and the West coast in 2013.  For more information on bookings fe-mail aphra@guerrillagirlsontour.com

50 Shades of Grey, the bestselling book that you caught your mother reading in the bathtub, tells of a post-grad, virginal woman's experience as a submissive in  a BDSM sexual relationship. Despite her initial hesitation and isolation, she ultimately engages in her subordinate role, desirous of the painful pleasure that he concedes her.

Explicitly erotic and yet wildly popular, 50 Shades of Grey apparently taps into a specific sexual "fantasy" of many women: a lust for submission.

Well, pardon me, but I couldn't imagine a "fantasy" that seems to mirror female reality much more accurately.  Is author  EL James perhaps implying that women, even behind closed doors, would rather be in a poisiton of subordinance? Does she reinforce pornographic standards that women must find their own loss of control appealing? Is it wrong to find this sexual dynamic appealing? Are we reading too much into this, and  do I have to keep imagining my mom in  a bubble bath?

Make your voice heard about the book noone will stop talking about on Thursday, June 26th from 7-9 at Revolution Books 146 West 26th Street, Manhattan

212-691-3345 
(btw 6th & 7th Avenues, #1 to 28th St.). The discussion will be hosted by Sunsara Taylor and the Project to End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women. 
For more information, contact stoppatriarchy@gmail.com .

University of Cambridge grad student Stefanie Carter is looking for authors and readers of Riot Grrrl zines to be interviewed for her research thesis. In her work, she hopes to emphisize the importance of zines and networks of zinesters to the Riot Grrrl movement overall.

Because Stefanie is located in the UK, the interview will be recorded over the phone, email, or Skype for US residents. The interview will be approximately one-hour long and will consist of pre-composed questions as well as questions that arise during conversation.

 

If you would be interested in participating in this interview or would like to recieve more information, contact Stefanie at stefanielcarter@gmail.com.

There are some awesome feminist events coming up this weekend at Bluestockings! They've got authors, artisits, and a workshop on orgasms! Click more for dates and times.

BIG MOUTH: contemporary voices in feminist art + illustration

OPENING AUGUST 9 @ BROOKLYN FIREPROOF EAST

a group show featuring

Suzy Exposito / Molly Fair / Kim Funk / Kathleen Hanna

J. Morrison / Adee Roberson / Gabby Schulz

The Pride Parade is this weekend! Whether you're enjoying the celebration or protesting the parade's unfair capitalist corporate sponsors, we've got a list of events that you'll be sure to enjoy.

First: the background. I am a blogger for Refuse the Silence, an organization headed by the great Morgane Richardson and the people that hosted this event. And, because I am a huge nerd, I got giddy at the idea of seeing some of my favorite bloggers speak at this event about something I really care about: race in the feminist movement.

(The picture is of me and Latoya Peterson (editor of Racialicious) after the event! Don't we look chilled out?)

-- Jordan A.
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