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Summer of Feminista: Crossing to the other side

My name is Kaluz and I am an expert on women’s health and nutrition because I’ve read many books on the topic and I like reading and writing about it. I decided to write a post about women who suffer vulvodynia , like me. Maybe you haven’t heard about it either, but more women than you imagine suffer it silently, and many of them without even knowing. What has this to do with embracing the role of public intellectuals? As Veronica said in her call for posts, women voices rarely make it to op-ed pages, and not only women voices are neglected but also women’s specific concerns. Intellectuals should talk about women’s health too. I was surprised to find out that few gynecologists know how to treat women suffering vulvodynia . Apparently it’s such a mysterious thing. On the other hand, finding your voice and talking about vulvar pain is not that easy either. I’ve been actively trying different treatments, reading to learn more about chronic vulvar pain, and I now talk to my mom abo

Review:: Ms. Magazine's Summer 2011 Issue

Yes, I know summer is almost over. But there is one more big weekend left! And if you are hitting the pool or beach one last time, be sure that you have the summer issue of Ms. Perhaps you were like me this summer...A magazine showed up and it went in that pile. Yup, the "I'll read that later" pile. If so, dig it out! If you don't subscribe, run to your local bookstore for a copy. The cover story, " Sex, Lies and Hush Money ," is a must read. Frankly, if this is all you read of the issue, it would be worth the cover price. Executive Editor, Katherine Spillar, painstakingly outlines the charges of corruption against Sen. Ensign (R-Nev). You might recall that he abruptly resigned from the U.S. Senate earlier this year. And it was because he was caught. But it wasn't just Ensign who was caught up in trying to cover up his affair with his co-chief of staff's wife. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) appears to have his hands all over the cover up too. So why

A Reminder of Two Mothering CFP Deadlines Approaching!

1] Mother of Invention: How Our Mothers Influenced us as Feminist Academics and Activists [ Full CFP ] Co-editors: Vanessa Reimer and Sarah Sahagian Publication Date: 2014 This anthology will bring together essays from feminist activists and academics alike. The goal of this anthology is to act as an antidote to matrophobia and mother-blaming by bringing together a variety of feminist narratives about how our mothers, intentionally or not, have influenced and inspired our feminist work and identities. The purpose of this book is to show mothers as a productive force in their children’s development. While not exclusively a celebration, this anthology will affirm mother work's importance. Submission Guidelines: Abstracts: 250 Words. Please include a brief biography (50 words) (and include citizenship information) Please send submissions to both and Subject Line: Mother of Invention Abstract Deadline for Abstracts is Sep


CALL FOR PAPERS Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection on DISABLED MOTHERS* Co-editors: Gloria Filax and Dena Taylor                            Publication Date: 2014                       DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: DECEMBER 31, 2011! While there are several books on raising children with disabilities, the literature is scant on experiences of disabled women who are raising children OR the experiences of those parented by a woman with disabilities. Bringing together disability with mothering has the potential to challenge dominant narratives of both mothering AND disability. Noticing dominant ideas, meanings, and/or stories/narratives (normative discourses) regarding both 'mothering' and 'disability' expose the limits beyond which disabled mothers live their daily lives. The goal of this edited collection is to add to literatures on mothering and disability through providing stories by disabled mothers or their children as

Summer of Feminista: Latina Public Intellectual-In-Training

My name is Amanda Reyes and I am an expert scholar because the pursuit of knowledge is my passion. In my ever evolving vision of the future, I am one of many Latina public intellectuals, a philosopher, activist, teacher, artist. I want to connect the academy, the arts, and the people, enriching each by bringing them together. Philosophy is the search for and development of truths. I want my scholarship to combine Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa’s “theory in the flesh,” theories built on the lived experiences of Latinas and women of color, and academic philosophical thought. I want my writings to contribute to the progression of philosophical and feminist scholarship, influence public policy and social justice, and empower people, especially Latinas and women of color, through their pursuit of knowledge and truths. I want to share the works of other intellectuals and artists of color and help to reify our contributions to the United States intellectual and artistic canons. As an

EVENT: Mother Outlaws' Speakers Series (Toronto, Canada)

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! The Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) announces our continuing 2011 events for the Mother Outlaws' Speakers Series The Mother Outlaws Speakers Series is a free monthly event open to the public presenting topical issues on motherhood and feminism. Tuesday September 20th, 2011 6:30pm- 9:00pm Women's College Hospital , Boardroom E252 76 Grenville Street (Bay and College), Toronto (scent-free environment please) Please distribute flier widely: mother outlaws september flier The 21st Century Motherhood Movement This panel will address several motherhood organizations featured in the ground breaking 2011 anthology by Demeter Press that highlight maternal advocacy, activism, and social change The keynote address will discuss the challenges and possibilities of maternalism, detail the strategies of 21st century maternal activism, and affirm a much-needed mother-

The kid will be a media critic before we're all done with her

The kid is not just a smarty pants kid, but she is also pretty observant about the world . I would like to think it is due to me being honest with her about media issues and not denying her voice when she speaks up. She also has a super cool aunt who wrote a book about Reality TV and does media criticism for a living. It is quite a proud moment for me when I get to point out Photoshopping on magazine covers to her to show her that no one is that perfect. But I know I can't do it alone. That is why I was excited to learn that the Girl Scouts has new "journeys" (what they call curriculum units) on media and story telling. I was lucky to get a chance to ask Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Developmental Psychologist at Girl Scouts of USA, about the new media units. I asked her how we can raise girl leaders without feeding into the "good girl" stereotype. I know I catch myself talking to the kid about being a good role model or a leader, I find that what I

Summer of Feminista: A Latina Hybrid

My name is Dulce and I am an expert guide in helping others chart their own course because I am a psychologist. My journey started in a working-class suburb of Chicago, a middle child of Mexican immigrant parents. My parents left the beet and lettuce fields of California and Texas to work in the factories of Chicago. A choice made, they later told me, to give their children a better life; a life not filled with calluses and back-breaking work, but a life filled with more opportunities than they could never dream of for themselves. My mother loves to use dichos; sayings that are common in my family as in many Mexican families; they are manifestations of a family's values, a reflection of familial cultural mores. One of my mother's favorite dichos is: "Cada cabeza es un mundo". This simple idiom literally means that each mind is a world in itself. As a psychologist I am compelled to look closer at this expression. It asks fundamental questions: Who am I? I

Book Review: Cambodian Grrrl by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Disclaimer: I consider Anne Elizabeth Moore a friend and partner in crime. So my gloating about how awesome this book is should be taken with an industrial sized grain of salt. Or maybe not, because it is true. The full title of the book is Cambodian Grrrl: Self Publishing in Phnom Penh. But this book is neither about Cambodia nor self-publishing. Rather it is about love. Sure, Anne heads out to Cambodia and meets up with a gaggle of giggly Cambodian grrrls who live in the only dormitory for females in the country. Sure she teaches them how to make zines and express their thoughts and feelings. But the main theme is love. And me telling you that does not ruin the book. In fact it may make it even more awesome for you. The most poignant part of the book is how powerful it is to teach young women to value their voice. Anne does it over and over, sometimes not even aware of the women she is teaching until a zine finds itself onto her bunk, as if some underground rebel newspape

REMINDER! CFP: Barbados conference "Mothers and Mothering in a Global Context" February 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) and the Institute for Gender and Development Studies:The Nita Barrow Unit, University of the West Indies are hosting an international conference on: MOTHERS AND MOTHERING IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT February 24-25th, 2012, Christ Church, Barbados DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: SEPTEMBER 15, 2011! This conference explores motherhood and mothering in a global context by highlighting the commonality and also the diversity in how mothers care for children and others across, and beyond, borders and cultures. We welcome submissions from researchers, students, activists, community workers, artists and writers and papers that explore the meaning and experience of motherhood in a global context from a all academic disciplines including but not limited to motherhood studies, anthropology, history, literature, popular culture, women's studies, sociology, and that consider the theme across a wide rang

Save $5 on Pinocchio

Save $5 by using promo code "BLOG" when ordering tickets for "The Adventures of Pinocchio" online at or by phone at 312.595.5600. Tickets are only $13–$20 with this special offer. And remember, CST patrons save 40% on guaranteed parking in Navy Pier garages!

Book Review:: Rebirth by Sophie Littlefield

Just a mere month after I reviewed Aftertime , I bring you a review of its sequel, Rebirth . I should note that there is a novella, Survivors , that happens between the two books that is available for free download . I haven't read it yet but hope to in the near future. Warning, this contains spoilers for the first book! So the publicist for Littlefield saw that I was eager to get my hands on this book and sent it right to me. And obviously, I ate it up. It wasn't as easy going as it sounds. The first part of a bit slow in terms of plot and reacquainting myself to Cass Dollar. This is a different Cass Dollar than the first. She's recovered, as much as one could, from her time as a zombie. She has her daughter back and settled into what one might call a normal existence in the survivor's camp, "The Box." Then a group of survivors called the Rebuilders, who are bent on ruling Aftertime, attack those who helped Cass at the beginning of her post-zombie jou


CALL FOR PAPERS Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection on Counting on Marilyn Waring: Co -Editors: Margunn Bjørnholt and Ailsa McKay Publication Date: 2013/2014 Deadline for abstracts: August 30, 2011! 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 national accounts has drawn attention to the nature and value of women's work, and especially how that perspective has inspired activist groups in both community and global settings. Contributions from both a theoretical and practical, policy oriented, focus that highlight the impact on teaching, research and social/public policy interventions will be welcomed. The book will also include an interview with Waring. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: - accounting for the value of women's work, i

Book Review: The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine, MD

I stopped reading this book on page 68. It's amazing I made it that far. Part of me thinks I should finish the book because I should know what is inside. People not only like to come to me for gender advice, but also test my boundaries on "gender roles." A friend loaned me this book, I believe as a way to see what my expert opinion of it would be. I have no idea how she feels about it. It frightens me to think this was a NY Times Best Seller. Oh, the masses who read this and loved it! You know what made me finally put this book down? It wasn't her pointing out that female and male brains work in different ways.  It wasn't her stating on page 8 that a female engineer quit her work to be in a more people-oriented career, thus giving more credibility to the idea that engineers don't work with people or for people. It wasn't even when she dug up the old "I gave my daughter a truck and she treated it like a baby" cliché. It was almost wh

Summer of Feminista: Finding Ella

My name is Suzanna not Suzy and I am an expert in bright colors because of my grandmother. I can’t remember when I learned what a “feminist” was; it’s like asking me when I learned how to walk. I do however remember learning Spanish. It really wasn’t until I was eight when I figured out that “ella” meant “she.” I am the only daughter of a Mexican immigrant and his American wife. For the past 20 years, I’m proud to say that three of us have held down La Raza within our suburban Maryland development. We’ve educated our neighbors that a double l makes a “ya” not “lll” sound and that no, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican independence day. To be sure, for the majority of those 20 years, most of my friends were white, not Hispanic, not Latino. When I thought about it too hard, it made me uncomfortable, although I could never really say why. Similarly, most of my friends were girls, although only two of us identified as feminists. Feminism always came easily to me; of course, as a girl, I

What's the REAL problem?

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health asked its supporters to tackle that question this week in honor of it's second annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice. What is the REAL problem with the scapegoating of immigrant women in the USA? It is particularly apt that a reproductive health organization is asking this question. I truly believe that at the heart of anti-immigration sentiment is the multiplication and reproduction issue. Put plainly, us Latinas know how to have babies. And it scares some people to bits. From "anchor babies" to teen pregnancies, Latinas are having babies at a higher rate than any other population. "In 2006 Latina adolescents gave birth at a rate more than twice that of white teens." Drug dealers and terrorists don't seem as scary as immigrant women, bent on destroying the good U.S. of A. with their powerfully and fast reproducing wombs. Skipping over the border merely to get that baby a birth cer

Summer of Feminista: Latinas in Publishing

My name is Dior Vargas and I am an expert in publishing because I have been interning, volunteering, and freelancing in the industry for the past 4 years. I also have a master’s degree in publishing. I have noticed that there aren’t many minorities in publishing as employees in a publishing house nor as writers in the industry. I am aware that there are some standout writers such as Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Sapphire, Ntozake Shange, Esmeralda Santiago, Sandra Cisneros, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Junot Diaz, and others. In the past other authors included Audre Lorde, Cherrie Moraga, and Gloria Anzaldua. However, there aren’t enough writers currently working in the industry considering the amount of books being published every year. Why are there not enough people of color in publishing? According to Michael Garry’s article written in 1988 , there are few if any large publishing companies that are actively recruiting minorities. These conditions haven’t changed ver