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NUESTRAS VOCES / OUR VOICES: Wise Latin@s en la lucha - Nov. 1-2, 2010

Arte Sana National Conference
November 1-2, 2010

Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport Hotel
4545 W. John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, Texas

Arte Sana is pleased to announce "NUESTRAS VOCES / OUR VOICES: Wise Latin@s en la lucha" a national gathering of Latin@ victim advocates, prevention specialists, survivors, and allies promoting the engagement of Latin@s as agents of change in addressing gender-based violence, celebrating our collective wisdom & leadership en los movimientos.

The conference ends at 5:30pm on both days.

Please join Latina victim advocates and allies from across the nation to share, learn, and be inspired!

Attendees are invited to participate in a collective art installation:
un altar para el Día de los Muertos
Poema y arte:

Click HERE to register now and take advantage of the Early Bird registration of $195 until April 30, 2010 (Standard rate: $245).
Group rates are also available.


Keynote: The Pornographic Mirror: Facing the Ugly Realities of Patriarchy and White Supremacy
Robert Jensen - Journalism professor – The University of Texas at Austin

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BodyLogue: a play about color, body & being a woman

There are some really neat things and people that I find on teh Internetz every day.  Today, I found something exciting and new in the form of a new play, set to open in NYC this April. 

This is so right up my alley, folks: body image, self, identity, culture, gender.  There's nothing about this that I don't want to hear more of.

Firstly - you need to go see this.  Next, I need someone that attends to come back here and post about it for us all to hear.


Bodylogue: a play about color, body & being a woman, a one-woman show.

BodyLogue is Sonu's story of growing up in India, surrounded by negative messages about dark skin, weight and being a woman. Follow her as she travels to Singapore and America where the messages become even more complicated.

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Current feminist issues : conquering our differences to create real solidarity


Public Discussion on Feminisms, Division and Solidarity

February 9, 2010 from 18h to 21h

Université du Québec à Montréal  [UQAM(room tbc)

Political discussion with a presentation by Alexandre Baril and Janik Bastien Charlebois.  Refreshments available / Free event open to all.

The feminist movement is plural : it is composed of several waves and organizations that sometimes rally together (around abortion and violence issues for example) and sometimes oppose each other (sex work/prostitution, transidentities, non-mixity etc.)  However, our enemies are common ones : sexism, first of all, but also racism, classism, heteronormativity (lesbophobia, homophobia, bisphobia...), etc.  It would therefore be very advantageous for us to unite our forces and energies, while respecting our differences.

The divisions within the feminist movement weaken us, slow us down, and can often cause confrontation, sometimes violent, between perspectives.  This energy should be refocused on the fight against various forms of oppression instead of being used to reconstruct power dynamics within our own networks.

Moreover, the domination of a single feminist perspective sometimes hinders us from considering all aspects of an issue before forming an opinion.  In the same way, certain groups of women can find themselves unheard, and therefore excluded.

Whereas today everyone can agree that identities are plural (defined by sex, sexual orientation, class, ethnicity, etc.), it is often more difficult to accept that one person can subscribe to multiple feminist theories.  Thus we often think that we have to subscribe to one wave of feminism, as well as all of its political positions.  However just like identity, our theoretical and political identity can be multiple (being a radical feminist AND queer, for example).

There are feminist perspectives that propose this kind of openness, this eclecticism : a feminist à la carte of sorts!

PolitiQ (website) wishes to open the debate on this subject and work towards the future of inclusive feminism.

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America's Sexuality Day: March 03, 2010

Doesn't your sex deserve a national day of recognition?

AMERICA'S SEXUALITY DAY is an exploratory collaboration initiated by The Comstockery Campaign.

The Comstockery Campaign seeks to promote broad and inclusive national honor and tribute to sexuality in America.

The Awards and public advocacy projects will be 501 (c) (3) compliant.  They welcome all organizations that promote sexual knowledge and free speech to utilize March 3 celebrations to benefit their own missions in diverse and meaningful ways.

The Petition for a Congressional Resolution for Sex will be a bi-partisan 501 (c) (4) public lobbying initiative for Congress to officially recognize the contributions of sexuality in our democracy and humanity.

Sex is unquestionably a primary, essential impulse for human survival and pleasure.  Yet, there is no date specifically designated to honor sex in America.

March 3, the historic anniversary of The Comstock Act of 1873-- America’s congressionally authorized national censorship laws against sexual free speech-- is the most advantageous date for celebrating the complex symbiotic relationship of sex, individuality, culture and our democracy.

What can you do?  Here are a few suggestions:

There is a swarm for this event, at Bloggers Unite.

Have sex.

Talk about sex.

Visit Congress and have sex.

What can you think of to promote acceptance and public respect for sex on March 3, 2010?

- arvan

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Female Genital Mutilation Targeted In Several Countries

Reports of progress in halting, documenting and legally barring Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) come in this week from multiple countries and news sources. 

In Uganda (yes...that Uganda), MP Chris Baryomunsi submitted a bill to imprison practicioners of FGM to lengthy jail terms of 10 years to life. 

The Bill says a person commits aggravated FGM in situations where death occurs as a result of the act or where a victim suffers disability or is infected with the HIV virus.

It defines FGM as the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-therapeutic reasons. [Source: Sunday Monitor]

The bill had been tabled in September, but passed this week with no protest from a single MP.

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Homophobia Stalks the Streets of Venezuela - in Uniform

By Humberto Márquez

CARACAS, Nov 4 (IPS) - One Friday at around midnight, on Villaflor Street, a favourite spot for gays and lesbians in the Venezuelan capital, Yonatan Matheus and Omar Marques noticed two Caracas police patrol vans carrying about 20 detainees, most of them very young.

When Marques and Matheus, who are gay leaders of the Venezuela Diversa (Diverse Venezuela) organisation, approached to find out what was happening and take pictures, they were picked up too.

"Like most of those arrested, our identity documents and mobile phones were taken away, we were beaten, our sexual orientation was insulted in degrading language, and we were refused permission to speak to the Justice Ministry officials and members of the National Guard who were present," Matheus told IPS.

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Women's Rights Laws in Place

By Stephen de Tarczynski

MANILA, Oct 28 (IPS) - Although the enacting in August of the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) - a major law aiming to end discrimination against women across the archipelago - was well-received here, there remain concerns about whether the legislation will be fully implemented.

Mary Joan Guan, executive director of the Centre for Women's Research, a Manila-based advocacy and training organisation, says that the efficacy of the MCW relies on its implementation going against the trend of previous women's rights legislation.

The Philippines "already has 27 laws concerning women's rights…[but] in reality these laws are not implemented at all," she says. It ratified the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1981.

The Magna Carta is the end product of two separate bills introduced in Congress in 2002. After years of debate and opposition, it was finally signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Aug. 14.

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2009 Global Gender Gap Report

New York, USA, 27 OctoberIceland (1) has claimed the top spot of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index 2009 from Norway (3) which slipped to third position behind Finland (2). Sweden (4) completed the Nordic countries’ continued dominance of the top four.  The report’s Index assesses countries on how well they are dividing their resources and opportunities among their male and female populations, regardless of the overall levels of these resources and opportunities.

South Africa and Lesotho made great strides in closing their gender gaps to enter the top 10, at sixth and 10th position respectively.  The latest data reveals that South Africa in particular made significant improvements in female labour force participation. Gains for women in parliament and women ministers in the new government also helped close the gender gap in the country.  The Philippines (9) lost ground for the first time in four years but remains the leading Asian country in the rankings.


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Call for Papers - Good Sex, Bad Sex: Sex Law, Crime & Ethics 2nd International Conference

Monday 3rd May 2010 – Wednesday 5th May 2010
Prague, Czech Republic

After the success of the inaugural conference for this project, we are pleased to announce the Second Annual Conference, to be held in Prague in May 2010. The conference is a keystone of the ’Good Sex, Bad Sex’ project that seeks to explore the nature, character and issues around the prohibition, regulation or permission of different and distinct forms of sexuality and debates around their legal, ethical and cultural status in contemporary societies.

The sorts of questions the project wishes to address are: How do we regulate and seek to deter sex crime? How do we support victims, prosecute perpetrators and encourage lawful and discourage unlawful sexual conduct? Should our startegies for perpetrators be rehabilitation, punishment or deterrence and what are the implications of elements of each? What about when the law prosecutes ‘victimless crimes’ or seems unjust in relation to particular sexualities? Or fails to adequately protect the innocent or regulate the guilty? How does law relate to ethics and our understanding about what good and bad sex are? What ethical grounds do we have for distinguishing good sex and bad sex?

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Taboo: The Third Sex

 Coming up on July 11th, National Geographic Channel is presenting a discovery of gender and society on Taboo.  The above is a 3 minute clip from the show.  It seems to be heavy on spirituality, which is a refreshing change from the usual religious opinions of gender roles and gender fluidity. 

The website describes the show:

Around the world, customs differ, but almost every society shares one thing the concept of gender. Many believe that there are only two: man and woman. But in India, transgender men who cut off their genitals live as women and form a third gender. In Indonesia, hermaphrodite priests lead a society that recognizes five genders. And in rural Albania, women swap one gender for another to gain equality. Sometimes even the most conservative cultures must make room for those who challenge convention. But for many, embracing additional genders is still taboo.

Produced by Martyn Ives and narrated by Lance Lewman (Credits)

Be sure to watch or record.  I surely will.


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