Sunday, November 21, 2010

FEM Magazine Calling for Submissions--Spring 2011 issue.

FEM Magazine is back in full swing and is calling for submissions for a January 1st deadline. If you're not already familiar with FEM, it is a do-it-yourself style magazine that has historically been sponsored by Women's Council. It is not quite a "zine," not quite your typical publication. Submit poetry, a short story, an academic-style article, or piece or art, to be included in the upcoming issue.

Benefits include being able to put this publication on your resume, and the sheer joy of opening its pages to see your own name under "Creator" or "Author." It's sweet stuff I'm tellin ya.

Deadline: January 1st 2011. Submit your work! The issue will hopefully be out in time for distribution at the MSU Vagina Monologues.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

This advertisement is disgusting

Saturday, January 3, 2009


HELLO femmes!

I hope you all are having a fantastic feministing break with your family, friends, and loved ones. I'm writing to remind everyone about the deadline for FEM Magazine, the annual magazine from Women's Council. The deadline is this Wednesday, January 7th. If you are interested in writing an article, you can contact Christina Fields at and you may also submit any articles you wish to that e-mail.

This is a fantastic opportunity to write about something you are interested in and FEM is a very interesting, fun-loving mag. Here are some ideas:

articles, reviews, columns, photos, artwork, poetry, creative writing

or anything else that you feel would be appropriate.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Music is not a mirror to reflect reality. It's a hammer, with which we shape it!

Hello Feminists :)

I hope that preparations for final exams are being productive and time worthy! In the midst of all the studying, I hope that everyone is beginning to think about all the new and exciting opportunities that are coming up in the next semester. I know that I've been thinking quite a bit about some opportunities on campus and in the state of Michigan that I'm going to be taking advantage of.

Anyway, in the midst of all my studies I was able to discover and listen to an Israeli/Palestinian, Ann Arbor/Ypsi - ite rapper from Detroit. Yes, SHE identifies with all of those locations. She has been living in Detroit, rapping about a whole slew of social oppression issues that are taking place within Detroit, and throughout our totalizing society. Her name is Invincible. In June, she came out with an album titled "Invincible Shapeshifters" On this album, she has raps about everything from the "locusts" of Detroit and America the Beautiful (as her lover, listen to "Spacious Skies") to the Palestinian search for a just peace (I recommend "People, Not Places").
Invincible is a profoundly talented artist with a passion for community activism, specifically in the reurbanization of Detroit. Her lyrics are political, social and just plain RAW. And more importantly, they hit close to home...with the political and social oppression taking place right here in Michigan.

I hope that anyone who reads this takes a minute to listen to one of her songs. I will post a link to one of her songs in mp3 format and a youtube video with her own new music video of "Sledgehammer"




Sunday, October 12, 2008

WC on the web

A couple of things to look out for in cyberspace:

Our website has been updated with pictures and bios of the eboard members.

Bethany and I were on an Impact 89 radio show a couple weeks ago talking about Sarah Palin and feminism. They finally posted the podcast (date: 9/24/08). We're featured in the first 25 minutes.


Friday, September 12, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008

Purity Balls...,9171,1823930,00.html?xid=newsletter-weekly

Maybe you've already heard about "purity balls," maybe not, but either way, you should check out this thoughtful article from Time magazine on the subject. Nancy Gibbs does a nice job of offering a balanced perspective on this phenomenon that some of us may find a little bit creepy.

I'd say I still have objections to the way the events are structured, the focus on sex as impure, and the limiting of the participants to girls and fathers (what about boys and mothers?). However, this article points out that many of the dads present are there to commit themselves to being a positive, involved presence in their daughters' lives, rather than leaving all the raising of their children to the mothers of their children. Also, I think that abstinence is a perfectly respectable and healthy choice, and I hope that Gibbs' conclusion including the importance of education and respect for teens' agency is part of the message imparted by these events.

Interesting...what do you think?