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You really need to check out this satirical video about sexual assault education.

Its not a youtube video, so I don’t know how to directly embed it.  Sorry folks!

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Sorry, I’m too lazy right now to find a transcript for this piece.  Maybe sometime in the near future?  Or if  you feel inspired, post them!

No feminist music collection would be complete with out a little Ani Difranco.  We could probably post about an Ani song for a year and still have some good feminist lyrics to work with.  So we decided to do a best of. These are our favorite political/feminist Ani songs!  We uploaded the mix so you can download them here: http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=7fcba7b234d0c6ea75a4fc82078ae6c89c8414983fff7c58416b94653a3044fd

Thanks to everyone who sent us the songs Christa was lacking in their library.

Clearly we can’t post the lyrics of all of the songs, but we linked to them and here is a good site where most of Ani’s songs are listed

Best of Ani Difranco!
(Not in any particular order)
1. If He Tries Anything Out of Range
2. Talk To Me Now -Ani Difranco
3. Origami -Educated Guess
4. Roll With It -Not So Soft
5. Not Angry Anymore -Up Up Up Up Up Up
6. Little Plastic Castle -Little Plastic Castle
7. In or Out – Living in Clip (Originally released on Imperfectly)
8. Present/Heroine -Red Letter Year
9. I’m No Heroine– Living in Clip (Originally released on Imperfectly)
10. Face Up And Sing – Out of Range
11. 32 Flavors -Living In Clip (Originally released on Not A Pretty Girl)
12. Lost Woman Song -Ani Difranco
13. Not A Pretty Girl -Not A Pretty Girl
14. Your Next Bold Move -Reckoning
15. The Story -Ani Difranco
16. Millenium Theater -Reprieve
17. Subdivision -Reckoning
18. Letter to a John -Living In Clip (Originally released on Out of Range)
19. My I.Q. – Live Version (Originally released on Puddle Dive)
20. Reprieve -Reprieve
21. Decree – Reprieve
22. Gratitude – Not So Soft
23. Shroud -Reprieve
24. ‘Tis of Thee -Up Up Up Up Up Up
25. Paradigm– Knuckle Down

What is your favorite Ani song?

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Hey this is Viviana, I found this while randomly searching the web, I thought it had to be reposted somewhere it would be appreciated. I’m sure a lot of people agree with this, but what makes it so powerful is that is one of those things you often think about, and sometime talk about, but have a hard time putting it into words. Enjoy 😉

Posted by Robin, Philly

hugging salt n pepper

A person-shaped salt shaker and pepper shaker hug each other, the salt shaker looks a bit taken aback.

This is post #2 in a series called I.N.A.Y.: It’s Not About You. I.N.A.Y. #1: “Effectively” Calling Out Patriarchy can be found here.

Recently, I had a series of discussions with a new male acquaintance about touching. Basically, I had tried to communicate that I disliked him touching me, and he kept doing it anyway. When he was confronted about this, his explanation was that he thinks people in our society are too isolated from each other, and in an effort to bridge our isolation, he goes out of his way to touch people.

The guy is certainly not the first person in my life to repeatedly touch me when I’ve tried to make it clear I don’t want them to, but I’ll give it to him that he’s the first person to have apparently put so much thought into it, indeed to have a theory around it.

The problem is, by reducing it to a formulaic theory (we’ve talked about the link between theory and patriarchy on here before), he is putting his ideology before the desires of actual people in his life. He is being harmfully dogmatic, his actions say “I know best what is good for you, better than you do. Even if you ask me not to touch you, I will because I know what you need.” I.E., he’s being paternalistic and entitled.

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Privilege:

a poem for men who don’t understand what we mean when we say they have it

by D.A. Clarke

privilege is simple:
going for a pleasant stroll after dark,
not checking the back of your car as you get in, sleeping soundly,
speaking without interruption, and not remembering
dreams of rape, that follow you all day, that woke you crying, and
privilege
is not seeing your stripped, humiliated body
plastered in celebration across every magazine rack, privilege
is going to the movies and not seeing yourself
terrorized, defamed, battered, butchered
seeing something else

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by Christa (Philly)

Words…

The words I choose became a much bigger deal when I went to college (moving from a conservative area to a liberal one) and especially once I became an organizer.  I had cut out retarded long ago…but I learned why words like bitch, gay, gypped and lame are problematic.  I’ve heard many reasons why offensive language is or isn’t important by radicals and non-radicals alike (as well as privileged and oppressed folks) but I’d still rather stick with better safe than sorry.  I don’t like when people say “fag” or “that’s so gay” so I’m going to do onto others how I want to be treated. Read the rest of this entry »