Celia here: Honestly, this training was life-changing. It opened my eyes to how pervasive this issue is throughout our society, and how we have to stop letting the ‘little things go’ that perpetuate attitudes and actions that can lead to violence and discrimination against women. I am now motivated and equipped to take action.
And as for me, Peter: Breakthrough's training showed me in simple and powerful ways that many of the beliefs I held about gender violence were inaccurate and got in the way of my making a difference in my community. I learned how I can have an impact not only in the moment, but also on the system. I have become more effective in my anti-racism and consulting work and am writing more directly about violence and gender.
Apply for Breakthrough's next training: DISCOVER your power to drive culture change. LEARN about the norms that drive violence and affect us all. USE the skills you already have to make a difference in your community. JOIN the Breakthrough Generation, and plan your next steps for real, lasting change.
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I’m thinking about getting a tattoo that everyone can see, maybe my arm or my wrist, and both of my parents are not really into it. My dad thinks about the money thing but my mom just says, “Whatever you get, get something that you can hide really well and that no one can see.” Also, she says that it’s not “lady-like” to get tattoos but she says she’s thinking about it.
I need feminism because I don't need to "write like a girl." I will write however I want and whatever I want. I no longer want to hear "you have girly handwriting" or "why do you write so sloppy? You write like a boy." I write how my hand writes! (I am specifically wearing no bra due to the fact of I shouldn't have to. I shouldn't have to wear a bra because "men are looking" and because they are so uncomfortable!)
"After Jessica Biel went off birth control to try for a baby (which resulted in little Silas, her spawn with Justin Timberlake), she realized she had a lot of questions pertaining to pregnancy, contraception and her own body. To help educate women like herself, Biel teamed up with Saundra Pelletier, founder of the women’s reproductive health organization, WomanCare Global. The two have created an online video series which will provide information on women’s health, from puberty to contraception."
This piece seems particularly relevant because a current NCC student is interested in starting a campus group to discuss how to promote healthy relationships, as well as how to identify and avoid unhealthy or abusive ones. If you're interested in working with us to get this group off the ground, let me know! -SH
Feminist Bookclub First Sunday of the month, 2:30 pm The Feminist Book Club reads and discusses feminism. We make no claims to any particular feminist platform. We read theoretical texts, literature and primary works. All are welcome inclusive of gender, political persuasion, and familiarity. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Radical Educators Bookclub Second Sunday of the month, 12:30 pm Join a group of educators engaged in inquiry of critical texts for a meetup and collaborative discussion of pedagogical values and practices. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Feminist Discussion ofMasculinityThird Sunday of the month, 1 pm The Forum for Feminist Discussion of Masculinity is a safe space to discuss the gendered expectations placed on men and boys in a patriarchal society, and how these have affected, and continue to affect, all of us. The forum is open to all, inclusive of gender and level of knowledge of the subject matter. Each month, we will discuss a theme, which will be posted in the facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/feministdiscussionofmasculinity/
Dyke Knitting Circle Third Sunday of the month, 4 pm Come in and knit, make new friends, drink some tea, and learn a craft at a self-help and member-led group. The Dyke Knitting Circle is open to all levels of queer experience and all levels of knitting proficiency. Bring yarn and needles.
Women and Trans Open Mic Last Tuesday of the month, 7 pm Come out and deliver (up to) 8 minutes of your poetry, prose, songs and spoken word. While anyone is welcome to attend, the mic is open only to women and trans people. Hosted by Vittoria Repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the Lower East Side – the jam has showcased the famous, the infamous, the unknown for over a decade. Visit vittoriarepetto.wordpress.com for more.
Support Group for the End of the World First Saturday of the month, 2 pm The mountain of mainstream scientific evidence indicating the world has entered it’s sixth great extinction event continues to grow. The more we learn about the Anthropocene, the geologic era created by human industrial activity, the more probable it seems homo-sapiens sapiens, the wise, wise ape, will not be escaping unaffected. To belong to such a time is to feel bastardized by fate. It is a basic human psychological need to have hope in a better future, and people living today – in particular young people living today – are having a hard time finding legitimate reasons to put any kind of faith in tomorrow. This group is not intended to discourage action on the issue or to inspire despair, but instead to offer support for people who are carrying the weight of worry around with them on a daily basis.
Bluestockings Education Project: Classes, Workshops, and Skillshares
Icarus Project Radical Mental Health Series Mad Maps: Paths to Personal Transformation and Collective Liberation First Wednesday of the Month, 7pm Mad Maps are documents that we create for ourselves as reminders of our goals, what is important to us, our personal signs of struggle and our strategies for self-determined well-being. Though originally inspired by the idea of Advanced Directives (legal documents to share with doctors and friends in the event of being hospitalized), over time this idea has evolved further to include a transformative element: how do we move beyond adapting and coping, toward actually changing the world that we live in? By creating documents that help us to explore our mad gifts and better understand and get through tough times, we are able to re-envision the boundaries of our individual and collective potential.
Kundalini Yoga with Ursula Scherrer Every Tuesday, 9:30 am Kundalini Yoga is also called the Yoga of Awareness. It combines the physical practice of Asanas with Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation/Chanting – it targets the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness and consciousness, strength and flexibility. Everybody is welcome, no previous knowledge of Yoga is necessary. Please bring a Yoga mat and possibly a blanket and a shawl. For more information please contact Ursula Scherrer at firstname.lastname@example.org
will discuss feminist and queer responses to domestic and foreign policy
vis-à-vis terrorism and the politics of counter-terror torture by/of women.
Using the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq, her work revisits other
racialized wars in Palestine/Israel, Guatemala, India, Algeria, and South
Africa to examine public service and public policy implications of women’s
leadership in these conflict zones and in post conflict national and
international reconciliations. Her book, Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Terror in
Literature and Culture, draws on postcolonial literature,
photography, films, music, interdisciplinary arts, media/new media, and
activism to explore how these socio-cultural texts confront the march of
imperialism in the name of women’s and queer liberation.