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Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement: VLF Partner and Calls for Papers

I am happy to announce that Viva la Feminista is now partnering with the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement. This means that I will be posting their calls for papers and conferences to help get the word out. I really admire the work that Dr. O'Reilly has done in bringing motherhood and mothering into academia. MIRCI publishes books (which I will be reviewing on a regular basis) as well as an academic journal (which I will also review).Today I'm only posting summaries of the CFPs for conferences and journals, but in the future, I will post the full CFP. So keep an eye out! In order of the nearest deadline: Counting on Marilyn Waring [ Full CFP ] Co -Editors: Margunn Bjørnholt and Ailsa McKay Publication Date: 2013/2014 This book will explore the impact, range and influence of Marilyn Waring’s work since the publication of her book If Women Counted. We encourage submissions that explore how Waring’s critical perspective on the system of nati

Quick Thoughts on Utoya Island

It's not that I wasn't shocked when I heard about Oslo and the Utoya Island shootings. I was. But what shocked me the most was the news is that the terrorist (I don't want to use his name) targeted children at a summer camp. Not any children, but children whose parents are involved in the Labor Party. When McVeigh blew up the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City children died as well, but they were not targets. I vaguely remember someone saying they were collateral damage. But on Friday children were targeted. I don't know how to verbalize my thoughts right now, except that I am obsessing about this twist. Yes, I know that terrorists in Afghanistan have used children, drug dealers in Chicago use children, but this targeting of children for a mass murder is something different. Perhaps because they were targets because of what their parents believe in, fight for and stand up to defend. As a parent who does voice her opinion, stands up for her beliefs and fights for th

Review:: Pinocchio at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Thank you to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater for inviting me out to see their new production, Pinocchio . Last Saturday I took the kid (age almost-8) and one of her BFFs (age 8 1/2) to see the play. Quick review is that I liked it and the girls gave two thumbs up. They really did. I asked "How did you like it?" and they gave me two thumbs up. Don't be mad Ebert! The performance was beautiful. The setting was beautiful, as were the puppets. The songs and music were lovely. The story moved fast, so there was little time for the kids to get bored. At least by the story. I think being 8 means being bored by the inability to move at one's choosing after 10 minutes. Thankfully I purchased some fruit snacks for the girls to keep them focused on something for awhile. My only exposure to the tale of Pinocchio has been the Disney movie. This alternative, perhaps more authentic, telling of the story was far more bittersweet than I recalled. That made it more powerful too.

Birth Control Blog Carnival: The Pill's Role in Radicalizing Me at 12

I've told part of this story before in different venues and mentioned it here as well, but let me tell it again. I think I was about twelve when I asked my mom why we don't go to Church (my family is Catholic) and she replied to me quite simply that it was because the Pope would not let her take the pill. Now, I already knew what birth control was because my mom left her pack on plain sight. Her statement about the Pope not only jump started my critique of the Church, but also began my education on how my body, women's bodies, are "controversial" and always a topic of debate. Summer's Eve has a new campaign out to try to shame women into "cleaning up their vaginal area" by trying to sell us on the idea that women's vaginas have been the source of history. "Over the ages and throughout the world, men have fought for it..." says the ad. While the campaign and the ad are chock full of racism, misogyny and bad taste, they are right

Summer of Feminista: When we are all experts, everyone's voice is heard

My name is Mala and I am an expert in Mami’hood because it is where I live, work, struggle, survive and thrive and have for the last 14 years. I dislike the word intellectual as much as I dislike the word feminist. It’s not that I am against intelligence, study, engagement, learning, or teaching just like I am not against equal rights and access to all women. I am against the way the word intellectual has been co-opted to mean one thing to the exclusion of many just as feminism has been. There is no such single definition of an intellectual. Who and what an intellectual, especially in the context of the United States has been dependent on what point of history we find ourselves in and what is the most regarded value. Is an intellectual a scholar? A person who has spent years inside universities with no experience in the real world? Is it someone who conducts research within the real world but forever maintains a safe distance between us and them, the classic anthropologist if you

Summer of Feminista: Don't call me a groupie! Women in the music biz

My name is Martha Carolona Preciado and I am an expert in progressive political grassroots movements pertaining to Latina women because of my involvement and political ideals. How are you embracing/could you embrace the role of public intellectual? Before music there was politics. I was completely involved in progressive grassroots movements for Latinas as the chair of La Coalición for a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. addressing the needs of the Chicano/Latino/Hispanic community. Now with my involvement in the music industry I have faced objectification and demeaning attitudes towards women in the industry. A continuous derogatory viewpoint, the concept of "groupie". I constantly encounter negative comments of my presence backstage of a show or my friendships with males in bands thus having to validate my work and is some ridicule manner apologize for being a woman. "She must be a groupie", as a response to my presence and overlooking my

Summer of Feminista: Practicing activism in our own lives

My name is Becky and I am an expert in breaking down socially constructed barriers of race, class, gender, and sexuality because of my hands on activist work, encouraging and educating people on how to love and know and advocate for themselves. Should there be a stand out Latina public intellectual? Or do we need a group of Latina public intellectuals? Or none at all? This summer, I attended Feminist Summer Camp with Soapbox Inc. The essence of this program was meeting fellow feminists and hearing their grassroots stories-- from the spark of an idea, to obstacles and challenges met, to networking and being resourceful. I learned that everyone starts from a place, and that there is never ending, unforeseen growth in the work that we set out to do. Although I have heard this message before, it is important for me to be reminded and to hear it from a community of people to whom I can relate. This message is an important lesson in every aspect of life, as it does not just pertai

Summer of Feminista: Growing into the role of public intellectual

My name is Marcela Christina Musgrove-Chavez and I am an expert in  medical informatics because that's what I'm studying in graduate school. * Do you know a Latina who could be or should be recognized as a  public intellectual? My first thought was Maria Hinojosa who's a pretty well known  journalist with her own new show . I would think Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court justice would be recognized since her  background seems very impressive, but since her confirmation we don't seem to have heard much from her. * How are you embracing/could you embrace the role of public intellectual? I've backed off from the idea of going into academia since I left a  PhD program. But being on twitter I've become active enough in posting that I've become recognized as part of the health community, which  offers a different and more comfortable way of being a "public intellectual". Summer of Feminista 2011 is a project where Latinas

Other things I've written...but not here

Woohoo! It's another post about stuff I've written for other blogs. First up is a piece I did for Gapers Block last month on the Chicago Bandits and the grand opening of their stadium: Opening night for the Chicago Bandits , Chicago's professional softball team, was a pitchers' duel between Bandit Monica Abbott and the USSSA Pride 's Danielle Lawrie. After a picture perfect first inning, an errant throw by Abbott in the second led to the Pride getting on base. Thankfully she was saved by a clinic-worthy cutoff throw to home to keep the game scoreless. The duel resumed and continued until the bottom of the seventh, when the Bandits skillfully moved Megan Wiggins, who led off the inning, around the bases, capped off with Caitlin Lever's shot to right field to bring Wiggins home. The crowd erupted in a roar to signal the end of the game. [read the rest at Gapers Block ] Second is a bit of an op-ed I write for Gapers Block about the Chicago Red Stars

Book Review:: Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield

Sophie Littlefield has worked her way onto my list of favorite authors. Last year I read A Bad Day for Pretty and was impressed with her story telling and the strong lead character Stella. Quick disclosure, while Littlefield links to my review from last year and I'm blurbed in the praise section of Aftertime , I had no idea when I agreed to review the book. I did however know this while reading the book. Littlefield does not waste time setting up Aftertime , she throws you right into a dystopian California sometime in the not-to-far future as our protagonist, Cass, tries to piece together what the hell just happened to her. Cass quickly realizes that she use to be a zombie! But that is the least of her worries. Cass needs to begin the long journey to her hometown in search of her daughter. The daughter she had just reunited with her before the whole zombie thing. As a recovered zombie, Cass presents to other humans as an infected human who will soon become a zombie or someo

Many thanks to Planned Parenthood

I don't know where to start this post. The attacks on Planned Parenthood are based on hate and fear of women. That just has to be the reason. There is no other reason for anyone to be opposed to Planned Parenthood. I do not understand the hate and fear of women being in control of their bodies, of making choices, except to believe that those who oppose Planned Parenthood want to be the ones in control themselves. When I set off to college, I quickly found myself in a Planned Parenthood seeking out birth control. While my mom could have provided me with free access to the practice she was a nurse at, I knew I needed my own place. A speculum of my own, so to speak. But really it was the privacy. I mean, really, Mom? You wanted me to get my feet up in the stirrups in an office where I knew you had full access to? Oh you. Ironically though, when I was without any insurance, I did take you up on that offer. But at 22, it was a different world than when I was 18. OK, back to Pla

ACTION: "My Planned Parenthood" Blog Carnival

From: Please join What Tami Said and Shakesville for “My Planned Parenthood,” a blog carnival devoted to sharing the stories of the women and men helped by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and other Planned Parenthood branches. What Share your personal story of being helped by Planned Parenthood of Indiana or Planned Parenthood in another state. Link your story to why it is important that the organization continue to thrive. We are particularly interested in the stories of Indiana residents, but welcome other bloggers to take part. Planned Parenthood is under attack in states throughout the country, including Kansas, North Carolina and Wisconsin. We need to hear ALL voices. When: All posts should be scheduled to publish by 9 a.m. Eastern, Thursday, July 7. How: Spread the word about this blog carnival through your blog, word of mouth and social media. On Twitter, use hashtag #MyPP. Post the My Planned Parenthood graphic on your blog and link