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SUNSHINE

April 23, 2010

Springtime weather has distracted me from keeping up with this dear blog, but the novelty’s worn off (at least until swimming season!) so expect new posts soon!

MEAT JOY

April 3, 2010

Carolee Schneeman, Meat Joy, First performed in 1964 at the First Festival of Free Expression at the American Center in Paris

In Schneeman’s words:

“Meat Joy has the character of an erotic rite: excessive, indulgent, a celebration of flesh as material: raw fish, chickens, sausages, wet paint, transparent plastic, rope brushes, paper scrap. It’s propulsion is toward the ecstatic– shifting and turning between tenderness, wilderness, precision, abandon: qualities which could at any moment be sensual, comic, joyous, repellent.”

THE GREATEST/WORST QUOTE OF ALL TIME

April 3, 2010

CNN Photo of airport customs

On the increased airport security screening measures announced today by the federal government:

A senior administration official said racial or religious characteristics could be used to identify passengers requiring a more thorough review, though the official insisted the system would not constitute racial profiling.

U.S. Announces New Airport Security Measures [CNN]

VICTORY! NO LILITH FAIR MONEY TO CPCs!

April 3, 2010

Success!

Lilith fair is back this year for the first time since 1999 but not without controversy. The touring festival will donate $1 for every ticket sold to a charity involved in women’s issues. By becoming a Facebook fan of the Lilith Fair, you can vote for the charity in your area. In some cities, among possible charities you could vote for are a pro-life group home for young mothers in Seattle and crisis pregnancy centers in Indianapolis and Minneapolis. But, luckily, a facebook campaign opposing the festival funding anti-choice groups got some these charities removed from the voting processs! But why were these charities even on the ballot in the first place?

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VENUS ZINE SAYS JUST SAY NO TO FEMINISM

April 2, 2010

Well, it looks like Venus Zine has decided to distance itself from that whole feminism thing. According to a profile of the magazine in the most recent issue of the Chicago Reader, new owner Sarah Beardsley is intent on increasing the number of issues and its circulation by backing away from its “indie lady roots”. I can’t help but wonder, though, what this actually means for the direction of the magazine. Considering that Beardsley hired former Body & Soul (a Martha Stewart-branded magazine!!!!) associate editor Jill Russell as Venus Zine editor in chief, changes are certainly in the air.

So, to find out what this new Venus Zine is like, I thought I’d take a look at the new issue.

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THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF GIRL GROUPS

March 30, 2010

Bikini Kill

Jezebel via Reason:

Tim Cavanaugh makes the case that “girl groups correlate with economic expansion”.

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THE NEW HEALTHCARE BILL & ABORTION

March 30, 2010

Rep. Stupak at the signing of the exective order on abortion funding limits

Last week when President Obama signed an executive order that continued the existing limits on federal abortion funding under the new healthcare law, advocates of reproductive justice like myself were both disheartened and confused. What does this actually mean for abortion access? After all, President Obama earned endorsements in his primary campaign from both NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood. During his first week in office, he permanently repealed the Global Gag Rule, a policy enacted by President Reagan that prohibited international aid for groups that provided abortions. Yet, in the wake of pressure to pass healthcare reform, pro-choice Obama said at the signing of the executive order, “”I have said from the start that my goal was to see health care pass while maintaining the principle of the sanctity of life.” What’s going on here?!

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