I spent most of this past spring and summer rolling my eyes every time I heard a news story about the swine flu. Almost every day local reporters got hysterical about 5 or 10 or 20 confirmed cases. Entire schools closed in response to a handful of kids with fevers, and as if there were no war in Afghanistan, no economic crisis, and no other epidemics claiming ten times as many lives, newscasters talked about H1N1 (the proper name for swine flu) for hours.
I have a degree in public health and my work focuses on preventing rape and other acts of violence and supporting survivors in healing from abuse. When I see all the attention swine flu is getting, I'm jealous. Other than intermittent news stories about sex offenders on the loose or why women who accuse professional athletes of rape are lying, sexual violence rarely gets any widespread coverage. Certainly no state of emergency declared by the President of the United States.
What would our media, our public discourse, and our institutional responses look like if people cared as much about rape as they do about H1N1?
Portland's Julie Sabatier, in addition to producing Bitch Media's issue podcasts, has been producing her own stellar podcast, Destination DIY, for three years now, covering everything from self-publishing to DIY funerals to gender identity. Now syndicated on channels across the country, Julie is hosting an event to raise funds for the upcoming episodes.
This Friday in Portland, Julie is hosting a night of communal DIY at the Woods, with live demonstrations of making your own terrariams, bacon, and, of course, your own radio show. Live music will be provided by Leviethan and billygoat, who make incredible stop-motion animation, and guests are invited to bid in a silent auction and hit up the recording room to share their own DIY projects and a chance to hear themselves on the next episode! Portlanders should definitely come out and support independent radio and the DIY legacy in the digital age. (And yes, there will be snacks!)
PDX Salon and Destination DIY present: An Evening of DIY
November 6th, 8-11pm at The Woods
Tickets are $10-20 (sliding scale) and are available in advance.
If you've ignored your better judgement and checked out Secret Girlfriend on Comedy Central, then
you already know it's the worst show on television. The constant sexism and
occasional racism are big problems, but to find out what makes this show so
unwatchably bad, look no further than the description from ComedyCentral.com:
groundbreaking comedy series of the same name, the show follows you, your
buddies and your multiple girlfriends as you deal with wild pool parties,
lesbian bars, Internet fame and more. Each episode is shot entirely from your
point of view and contains two back-to-back mini-sodes in which you navigate
the local nightlife, hang out with friends, and try and decide which girlfriend
to hang on to while keeping them from finding out about each other.
As a radical feminist, raging homo, and recovering Catholic, I've rarely, if ever, felt compelled to wax poetic about any organization affiliated with the Catholic Church. Then I met a Sister of Mercy, and my dogmatic belief in Catholicism's all-encompassing evil was shot dead on the spot.
The Sisters of Mercy work internationally to promote social justice in ways that are often political and sometimes piss off the Vatican. In the United States, they are one of the groups of nuns currently being investigated by the Vatican, ostensibly because they don't wear habits, live independently, and are committed to fixing societal problems even if it means occasionally pooh-poohing some of the Church's archaic stances on things like abortion, condoms, and solutions to the AIDS crisis.
Read on for more on the history of The Sisters of Mercy and its founder, Catherine McAuley!
Back in the day, Carly Welch was told to "take it down a notch." Then eight-years-old, she was playing on a recreational softball league with coaches who advised her to not throw or hit as hard as she could. The concern? She might hurt someone.I can see it.
According to their fan site, Subtle Sexuality is "a girl group that features two divalicious divas: the beautiful and mysterious KELLY KAPOOR and the pretty ERIN HANNON." Of course, for those of us who watch NBC's The Office, Subtle Sexuality is a hilarious web project featuring the talented Mindy Kaling and Ellie Kemper (along with BJ Novak and Ed Helms). Behold:
The videos and the ever-necessary feminist critique, after the jump!
Girl Fest Hawaii is now in its sixth year of combating violence against women through a week of art, music, and workshops. This year's festival, which runs from this Saturday, Nov 7th until the 14th in Honolulu is going to be just as great as ever! Check out these five (of many) reasons to attend or support Girl Fest Hawaii after the jump!
Believe it: pro sports just got more inclusive. Laura Ricketts is now an owner of the Chicago Cubs. She is also an out lesbian who serves on the board of Lambda Legal, which is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and people living with HIV/AIDS.
This means that the Cubs have the first openly gay owner in Major League Baseball's 140-year history. What's more: Ricketts is the first openly gay owner of any professional sports team in the United States--football, basketball, hockey, and soccer included.