gender

Who Deserves Sympathy?

I came across this article today and wanted to pass it on with some thoughts about sexual orientation and sympathy. We live in a pretty competitive world these days. Social darwinism is probably better understood and more influential than the complexities of Darwin's natural selection and evolution, even though there is good reason to spend time trying to understand Darwin's ideas and little reason to spend time on Ayn Rand's warped economic romanticism.

So, James Cantor asks, do pedophiles deserve sympathy?

If you are willing to set aside all of your punitive media and cultural programming and consider Cantor's work, you have my respect. I have thought about the subject of sexual orientation long and hard for a variety of reasons. I have considered the idea that just as most folks are sexually attracted to members of the opposite sex, some other folks are sexually attracted to members of their own sex. I can accept that. It's not my experience, but is our own experience the yardstick by which everything in the universe must be measured?  

I have read and tried to increase my understanding of transgender life. As a boy now trapped in an old man's body, I can imagine how it might feel to have the experience of being a girl trapped in a boy's body or vice versa. Decades of volunteer work in sexual assault response and domestic violence work have sensitized me to some extent to a wide range of human orientation and experience.

First meeting of Gender Tales! This Wednesday, April 7th!

Hello! We know the Vagina Monologues just happened and put us all in the mood to focus on our own experiences, our own community, our own ideas of gender. Now the opportunity has presented itself! A group of people are putting together a new series of performances made by our own community, including all genders, all ages, all sizes, all backgrounds, all capabilities! Welcome to "Gender Tales" (working title)! A cooperative series of performances, be they monologues, dances, songs, poems, or any mixed media... We are in the beginning stages of this project and are in need of more help. If you would like to be part of this project in any way, please write to us right now!! olygendertales@gmail.com
We have multiple opportunities available for participation:
1) Write/Choreograph/Design/Create/[Whatever] an individual performance, submit anonymously (or not) for someone else to perform.
2) Perform someone else's story/vision.
3) Create AND perform your own story!
If you have a story in mind, but you feel it may not fit directly under the title of gender, THAT'S OKAY! We want to hear your stories of cope, identity, etc.... So bring them to our first meeting: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7th, 2010, from 6-8pm at Caffe Vita in downtown Oly. If you cannot make it to the first meeting e-mail or call us. We are looking to create a close and safe community within the performance group.
e-mail: olygendertales@gmail.com
or call Erica: (818) 687-1624

Be a part of a new type of gender performance! First meeting this tuesday!

Hey, Everyone! We know the Vagina Monologues just happened and put us all in the mood to focus on our own experiences, our own community, our own ideas of gender. Now the opportunity has presented itself! A group of people aer putting together a new series of performances made by our own community, including all genders, all ages, all sizes, all backgrounds, all capabilities! Welcome to "Gender Tales" (working title)! A cooperative series of performances, be they monologues, dances, songs, poems, or any mixed media... We are in the beginning stages of this project and are in need of more help. If you would like to be part of this project in any way, please write to us right now!! olygendertales@gmail.com We are writing a contract and have a sponsor, so if you are interested in sucha contract for Spring Quarter, let us know so we can add you to our group! The sooner, the more plausible. We have multiple opportunities available for participation: 1) Write/Choreograph/Design/Create/[Whatever] an individual performance, submit anonymously (or not) for someone else to perform. 2) Perform someone else's story/vision. 3) Create AND perform your own story! If you have a story in mind, but you feel it may not fit directly under the title of gender, THAT'S OKAY! We want to hear your stories of cope, identity, etc.... So bring them to our first two meetings! If you would like to be part of this amazing project and performance, anticipated commitment should be one day per week throughout the entire Spring quarter. This is our tentative schedule (days/times may change, according to participants' availability): Week 1: Tuesday, March 30th, 5:30-7:30pm, Student Lounge in Student Activities building (Sem 1) >> First meeting, for everyone interested. Wednesday, March 31st, 6-8pm >> First writing/creating meeting; bring a rough outline of the story you wish to portray in the art form of your choice!

maps with useful information!

today in grad school i learned about...

bikewise.org, an online tool for reporting bike crashes, hazards and thefts. they say: "we started bikewise in the belief that we can make biking safer and more fun by gathering good data on the things that sometimes go wrong."

there's also safe2pee, which is a community-provided database of gender-neutral bathrooms. it's not quite up-to-date or accurate, but if you know of more that you could add to the olympia page, it would be appreciated.

do you know of other map information aggregation tools that could be useful in our area?

Organize to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

The Thurston County local chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women) is coordinating an effort to pass the CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) as a memorial bill in the Washington State Legislature.

There is a nationwide effort to pass memorial bills in state legislatures in order to persuade legislators to take up this issue. The UN General Assembly adopted the CEDAW in the late 1970s. Maybe it's time for the USA to join the rest of the world on this important issue.

via email from Glen Anderson:

Do you want to help eliminate discrimination against women around the world? Do you want to learn how to effectively have your voice heard?

Two speakers from Amnesty International will offer an educational and practical presentation focusing on the fundamentals of lobbying about CEDAW (The United Nations’ Convention to Eliminate all forms of Discrimination Against Women).

Come learn about WA State National Organization for Women’s upcoming lobbying efforts to encourage the state legislature to pass a CEDAW memorial.

What:

Thurston County NOW presents:

CEDAW: Why You Should Care About “The Women’s Treaty”

When:

Friday, January 16th, 2009 at 7:00pm

Where:

Traditions Café and World Folk
300 5th Avenue
Olympia, WA 98501

Presenters:
Leanne Smith is the Washington State Legislative Coordinator for Amnesty International USA and Heidi Evans is the Chair of the National Training Program Steering Committee for Amnesty International USA

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