Posts Tagged ‘feminism’

Check out this awesome new project and website from our friends in Richmond:
WWW.dildology.org http://www.dildology.org

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Our Mission
The sex toy industry is on the rise, yet it remains largely unregulated. Dildology.org intends to provide material verification services and maintain a public database of the results, adding transparency and oversight to the industry while educating the public about the science behind pleasure products. We stand on our own, unaffiliated and uninfluenced, and we are dedicated to protecting the health and wellbeing of the dildo-loving population at large through education (and maybe a little entertainment).

We will:

accept monetary donations.
accept product donations from third-party retail stores and wholesalers.
purchase products from third-party retail stores.
choose products to test based on community feedback.
send products to accredited labs for testing.
compare the material composition of products to the manufacturers’ claims.
share the results of lab tests with manufacturers.
record the results of the lab tests in our wiki.
make our wiki available to the public.
provide other educational resources to the public.
We will not:

accept product donations directly from manufacturers.
test second-hand products – only those acquired directly from retail stores and wholesalers.
test any product manufactured more than one year ago.
publish opinions about products or manufacturers – only facts.
falsify data, for any reason.
suppress or fail to publish the results of any test.
We intend to test a wide range of sex toy brands and materials, and we currently have a list of products that we plan to test first. After that, which products we test will be determined by requests from the community, via our forum, via email, or anonymously via the web. Additionally, our “Donate to Deformulate” campaign will give anyone with deep enough pockets the ability to queue a product anonymously – send us a money order for the amount required to purchase and test a certain product, and we’ll happily add that product to our database. Email us at donations@dildology.org for more information.

We live in a world rich with discoverable data. There’s no reason to guess when you can know. To that end, Dildology.org will apply itself, and maybe – just maybe – we can change the world for the better. Thanks for your interest. Be sure to spread the word. And, remember:  In Dildo Veritas

April 27th – Consent Brunch
Location: The Wingnut Collective
Time: 1pm

Join us at the Wingnut Collective for our first consent brunch and workshop.  There has been a recent turn of events within our community that have led us to the decision that we need to have a setting where people can come and be educated on the consent and sex positivity in the modern day.  The workshop will be a hands-on discussion based learning environment with many resources provided for both perpetrators and survivors of violence in order to work to combat sexual and domestic violence in our community.  We will be discussing topics of domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual harassment and rape culture so please bring an open mind and we will try our best to ensure this zone is as safe as possible.

this will be a potluck, bring a dish to share if you can, vegan preferred.

Facebook event: https://m.facebook.com/events/438853502857379/

Consent Workshop and Brunch
Saturday April 27th at 1pm
at the Wingnut

more details to come, but please plan on coming.

Just cataloguing some books on this rainy day. Here are our newest titles.

Thanks to everyone who has donated books to our library! We are always looking for donations specifically around issues of race, class, gender, indigenous struggles, feminism, queer issues, southern issues, anarchism, environmental etc.

My Mother Wears Combat Boots: A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us by Jessica Mills

Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism (Live Girls) by Daisy Hernandez

Ms. Films DIY Guide to Film and Video

Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon

Odd Girl Out by Ann Bannon

Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories and Politics by Judith Lorber

Mindful Occupation: Rising Up Without Burning Out by Occupy Mental Health Project

The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope by Amy Goodman

Someone Killed His Boyfriend: A Summer of Sex, Sun and Murder in Provincetown by David Stukas

From Wedded Wife to Lesbian Life: Stories of Transformation by Deborah Abbott

Joining the Tribe; by Linnea A. Due

Growing Up Gay in the South: Race, Gender, and Journeys of the Spirit (Haworth G… by James T. Sears

Now the Volcano: Anthology of Latin American Gay Literature by Winston Leyland

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

The Prostitute and Her Clients by PH.D. Lewis Diana

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

When the Dancing Stops (Brett Higgins Mysteries) by Therese Szymanski

Black Bloc, White Riot: Antiglobalization and the Genealogy of Dissent by A. K. Thompson (2010).

So You Want to Be a Lesbian? by Liz Tracey

Free Pizza for Life by Chris Clavin

Techniques of Safecracking (52054) by Wayne B. Yeager

The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by Antony Beevor

More Joy Than Rage: Crossing Generations with the New Feminism by Caryl Rivers

Dumping In Dixie: Race, Class, And Environmental Quality, Third Edition by Robert D. Bullard

Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate History of the Gay and Lesbian Movement by Mark Thompson

Vegan/Vegetarian Discussion & Potluck
Friday September 28th, at 7pm, at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective- 2005 Barton Avenue
This is a sober, all ages event, folks with children are welcome, but be aware that some of the information might upset children (and adults).
Attention all vegans, vegetarians, and anyone interested in animal rights as well as great vegan food. We will be meeting at the Wingnut to discuss several topics pertaining to animal rights such as:
General Animal Righst/ Veganism/ Vegetarianism
Ecofeminism
The importance of animal liberation and the impact of it on our community and daily lives
Scientific Research and the Vivisection Complex
How to be vegan/vegetarian on a low income
Opportunities to make a difference for animals within the community

Everyone is welcome to attend this event and make sure to bring some friends as well.  There will also be a potluck afterwards, please try to bring something that is vegan to share so that we have enough food for everyone.

For more information or questions, please email luke.pettway (at) gmail.com

Date/Time: June 19, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Location: The Flying Brick, 506 S Pine Street, Richmond, VA. 23220

Description: Join us for a night of short documentaries and snacks! We will  sell small bags of popcorn and cupcakes made with care by Becca (one of  our newest Richmond Zine Fest organizers and creator of the food zine  “‘A Monsterous Appetite for Cake”). At dusk, we’ll view Grrlyshow by Kara Herold and Occupy America by Richmond’s very own Mark Strandquist. For details and to RSVP, visit the event page on Facebook.

This is an all ages, sober event. Suggested donation 3 dollars to help support the Richmond Zine Fest, coming in October of 2012!!!!!

In case you haven’t heard, 33 people were arrested on Saturday March 3rd during a rally for women’s rights at the Virginia State Capital. The protest was one of a number of recent demonstrations held in Virginia to protest the oppressive proposed legislation which would severely inhibit women’s rights to reproductive freedom.

The people arrested on Saturday were held for hours in buses without access to food, water, or bathrooms. They were then later transferred to the Richmond City Lock Up where they were processed and released, late into the night. A group of supporters stayed outside of lock up the whole time, cheering as people were released and helping keep the spirits high with acts of solidarity.

They have been charged with unlawful assembly and trespass. They are facing up to 2 years for their participation in the demonstration at the capital.

Folks are collecting money to help out the arrestees with all of their legal fees. If you are able, please donate here: https://www.wepay.com/donations/179709?fb_comment_id=fbc_10150723832110505_22452582_10150724878410505#f16ba7792c

Upcoming court dates for the arraignments of the folks arrested on Saturday are: Friday March 9th, Wednesday March 14th, Thursday March 15th, Friday March 16th, and Monday March 19th all at 9:00am at the Manchester Court House at 920 Hull St. Keep in mind that cell phones, weapons, knives, guns, food, drink, etc. are not allowed in court rooms.

Here is a link to a video by amazing Richmond journalist/photojournalist/documentation Kontra of the events. Includes police violence: M3: Richmond Women Take the Capital http://player.vimeo.com/video/37925933?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0

There were many amazing anarchists and feminists who have been organizing and participating in these protests and this movement against the patriarchical system. The movement might not yet be revolutionary, but many of the participants are. Keep struggling, keep fighting!

The pieces of legislation being proposed right now in Virginia are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the problematic, dangerous, and oppressive situation faced by women world wide. Misogyny abounds, and male privilege continues to dominate. The movement for women’s rights must continue after the legislative session, and beyond the political realm. Stopping pieces of law can be seen as a huge victory, and will certainly have a positive impact for tens of thousands of women in Virginia. But we have to push further, and gain more ground, so we aren’t fighting for the same turf every year. We need to consider intersectionality of oppression, the oppression inherent in the capitalist system, the problems of hierarchy, etc.  A better world IS possible. And Virginia has the people power to make it happen!

For a world where these sorts of laws aren’t even imaginable! For a world where women control their own lives, health, and reproductive choices! For a world where no one can make decisions about our bodies or sexuality for us! For a world without politicians, bosses, or cops!

“Being an anarchist feminist means becoming conscious of all struggles for liberation, not letting the struggle for women’s liberation become the struggle for white, middle-class, able-bodied, straight heterosexual women’s equality under capitalism.
While as feminists we are aware of male privilege, we need to be aware of our own. The eternal difficulty with feminism, and all politics/activism, is that it tends to be exclusive. It is more likely to be the educated, the white, the middle-class, the able-bodied, the non-marginalized, the young, the straight, the child-free, the cis-gendered, the settled, that get to participate in these groups.”

— What the fuck is Anarcha-Feminism anyway?!

We spent Thursday night and a good chunk of the day Friday entering all of the books from our Radical Lending Library onto the Librarything, adding tags to pre-existing entries, and re-organizing the shelves. The result (aside from our crossed eyes and papercuts) is a library collection that is much easier to search by subject online and better arranged on the shelves.

We had over 200 books that were in our collection but not yet recorded as in our collection. Now all of those titles are available in our online database.

To search our collection, go to: http://www.librarything.com/home/thewingnutrva  We have 2 collections currently- one is the Approaching Apocalypse Zine Library which currently has just 203 catalogued titles.  Our book collection, titled Your Library, now has 764 titles.

Some of our categories in our library include: guns, gardens, DIY (Do It Yourself), Myths, Religion, Guerilla Warfare, Government Oppression, Anti-Civilization, Ecology, Civil Rights, Black Liberation, Radical Activism, Hawai’i, Australia, Indigenous, Richmond, Richmond Authors, Queer Theory, Queer History, Queer Biography, Queer Fiction, Feminism, Medicine and Alternative Medicine, Animal Rights, Food Politics, Cookbooks, Art, Music, Bikes, Military Handbooks, Field Guides, Zine Compilations, Graphic Novels, Travelling, Globalization, Anarchism, Radical Fiction, Prisons, Anarchist Practice, Mexico, Central America, South America, Celts, Consumer Culture, U.S. Cultural Studies, Home Renovation and More!

Please, feel free to go onto librarything.com and search the collections here at the Wingunt (thewingnutrva is our screenname on that website) If you seem somehting you like, come by during Open Hours (Wednesday and Friday from 4-9pm)and check it out (you can check a book out for 2 weeks). If you can’t make open hours just send us an email or give us a call and we can arrange a different time for your visit. (804) 303 5449 wingnut_collective@yahoo.com

If you would like to donate us books, we are specifically interested in adding to our Anarchism, Radical Fiction, Radical Activism, Black Liberation, Civil Rights, Prisons, Government Oppression, Queer Theory, Queer History, and DIY sections. But if your donation is to a different category that would be lovely as well!

TRAP- Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers is a piece of legislation in Virginia that singles out abortion providers for an absurd amount of regulation- which if put into effect would cut down the abortion providers in Virginia from 21 to 4.

This is nothing but an ATTACK on Women.

Time to fight back. Check out this event next week and never stop fighting for women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can download the flier here: http://zinelibrary.info/fight-your-rights-fight-trap-virginia

September 20 · 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Location Flying Brick Library

506 S. Pine Street
Richmond, VA


More Info The RVA Zine Fest will be October 16th, and we’re raising money to help defray the costs of putting on the Fest. Come to the Flying Brick and watch DIY documentaries “Grrrlyshow” and “Girls Rock” Monday night! A short discussion about how to do a rock camp for girls will follow the screening. Snacks will be provided. Donate what you can, but even if you have no cash, we want you there! Come out and support the Zine Fest and enjoy two fantastic films in the yard at our favorite radical lending library!

This is a sober event, so please do not bring or consume alcoholic beverages or other substances.

About Flying Brick: http://www.myspace.com/theflyingbricklibrary

About “Grrrlyshow”: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c522.shtml

About “Girls Rock”: http://www.girlsrockmovie.com