Spring Break Feminist Smorgasbord: Violence Against Women Act, Stage 2 of OWS, & Men for Women’s Choice

ARE YOU A SLUT FLOWCHART– via Mother Jones

But the part of the Violence Against Women act that really chaps Jeff Sessions’ ass is the provision that would grants temporary visas to undocumented immigrants who are victims of domestic abuse and expand domestic violence services to same-sex couples. Those wiley liberals with their sneaky and divisive plans to reach out to underserved women and acknowledge the need for domestic violence services for same sex couples! What a bit of despicable political gamesmanship.

“The test is pretty simple. Is the program so critical, it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it? And on that basis of course you get rid of Obamacare, that’s the easy one. But there are others: Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that. The subsidy for Amtrack, I’d eliminate that. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, both excellent programs but we can’t afford to borrow money to pay for these things. PBS, likewise. It’s going to have to start advertising or collect more from subscribers.”

 

  • According to HuffPost, same-sex marriage is still seen as a “politically sensitive issue” for some influential members of the Democratic Party. Debates have ensued over whether it will be on the DNC platform for 2012.

Will it continue to function largely as a set of loosely connected, issue-based campaigns? Or will it retake public space and re-establish physical encampments and general assemblies as the heart of the movement? How much attention will it pay to the upcoming elections? Is Occupy’s chief value as a branding device to focus the attention of the 99 percent on the issue of inequality? Or is it the leading edge of what will become a more radically anti-capitalist revolution?

FEATURE: Artist Tiffany Latrice Williams, First-Year MA Student in Women’s History

Tiffany hails from Chatanooga, TN. She studied at USC where she minored in Art. She is currently a first-year student in SLC’s Women’s History MA program. The artist is inspired by Angela Davis, Assata Shakur, Huey Newton, and Richard Pryor in developing her vision. Learn more about Tiffany’s work at her fabulous website.

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SNEAK PEEK: Alumnae Roz Hunter & Kate Wadkins, with Sarah Hanks & Lauren Denitzio, “Supporting the Scene: Creating and Curating A Feminist Safer Space”

Roz Hunter, Kate Wadkins, Sarah Hanks, and Lauren Denitzio host a panel that discusses their work in New York-based “For the Birds,” a feminist social justice group and arts-based collective. Through For the Birds, they have curated art and music shows, promoted community networking, and disseminated feminist information; this paper thus discusses the ways that gender informs their curatorial practice and their understanding of “safer spaces.” As feminists, they have looked to both the theorists and activists before them to guide their feminist praxis, and they hope this panel will be part of a larger, round-table discussion.

They will present at 4:30pm on Saturday March 3rd, 2012 in Heimbold Visual Arts Center.

HYPERCOLOR

“The whole world, as we experience it visually comes to us through the mystic realm of color.” – Hans Hofmann

{Liz Atzberger is a Brooklyn-based artist who creates  installation art from all mediums, but most famously with plasticings, magnets, and other unconventional sources.}

{Liz Atzberger’s installation “Rods and Cones” is part of HYPERCOLOR, an exhibit at Small Black Door in Ridgewood, Queens.}

{You can find more of her work here or visit AIRPLANE, the gallery she co-curates at 70 Jefferson Street in Brooklyn. xx}

Q & A with SLC MFA Student & Professor, Jamie Agnello & Greta Minsky, Co-Directing “MIXED RELIEF”

Re/visionist asked a few questions of Jamie Agnello, an MFA candidate in both SLC’s Theatre and Poetry programs, and Greta Minsky, her co-director, a professor in the Theatre program and MA candidate in the Women’s History program.

R/V: Tell us about your project.

J & G: MIXED RELIEF will be a glimpse of some great women writers, directors, and actors. You might pick up a few survival tips. The reading features the work of Jamie Agnello, Nehprii Amenii, Naché Buie, Karen Cellini, Jesse Freedman, Daniel Glenn, Dave McRee, Cassandra Medley, Greta Minsky, Roxy MtJoy, Erica Newhouse, Kat Norcutt, Julianna Rusakiewicz, Fanchon Scheier, and Pamela Sneed.

R/V: The title of the 2012 Women’s History Conference is Women, the Arts, and Activism. In what ways does the play shed light on these themes?

J & G: Women in the arts are still scrounging.  MIXED RELIEF explores the struggles that women faced in the 1930s and still face today.

R/V: How did you stumble upon this play, and what inspired you to co-direct a reading of it?

J & G: Pure chance.  While looking for material that spoke to the ongoing challenges that women art workers face, we found this play written for SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day.

R/V: Each of you are scholars of the theatre. In your views, what is the importance of theatre for improving and empowering women’s lives today?

J & G: We think women artists should heed the advice of Jackie “Moms” Mabley when facing the future: “Duck!”

This reading of MIXED RELIEF is on Saturday, March 3 at 2:45 in the Donnelley Theatre in Heimbold Visual Arts Center.

Ten Questions

{This month features President of Sarah Lawrence College, Karen Lawrence.  A noted scholar of James Joyce, holding a B.A. from Yale University, a Master of Arts in English Literature from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in literature from Columbia University, she has been at Sarah Lawrence since 2007.}

Describe yourself in one word:        

Short

To date, what do you consider your greatest accomplishment?    

Professionally– securing funding for and establishing the International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California, Irvine, and recruiting the Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong’o to direct it.   Personally–Andrew and Jeffrey Lawrence.

What or whom has been your greatest source of inspiration?

Many people have inspired me.  If I had to name one person, it would probably be Bobby Kennedy.

What quality in others do you find the most admirable? 

Courage

What quality in others do you find the most deplorable? 

 The inability to empathize.

What are your three favorite texts? 

Middlemarch, Ulysses, “Sailing to Byzantium”

If you could spend one day in history, when and where would it be?

 June 16, 1904.  I’ll let you guess why.

Finish the thought:  “Feminism is . . .”  

still necessary.

 

What is something about you others would be surprised to know?  

I enjoy kickboxing.

 

What are your words to live by?  

 “Try to be someone on whom nothing is lost” Henry James

 

SNEAK PEEK: Andrea J.M. Harms, “Domestic Art: The Professionalization of ‘Accomplishment’ Painting in 19th Century Literature”

Andrea J. M. Harms was the graduate assistant to director of Women’s Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 2009-2011. This experience greatly influenced her research on 19th century British and American women’s literature. She is currently working on her dissertation titled, “Answering the Woman Question: Domestic Professionalism of Women Writers and Women Painters in 19th Century American and British Women’s Literature.”

In this paper, Harms investigates novels in which the protagonists pursue and often receive pecuniary recompense for professionalizing the “feminine accomplishment” of painting. By creating characters of women painters who undermine the proscribed role of the domestic sphere, women authors are representing how the domestic sphere may be used as a place for work that can be financially rewarding for non-painters as well. The protagonists from these novels are mostly middle-class women, however, because work must begin with capital. Harms therefore also touches on the class limitations that prevent all women from pursuing the same means of autonomy through domestic professionalism.

Andrea J.M. Harms presents at 4:30 pm on Saturday March 3rd, 2012 in Heimbold Visual Arts Center.