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posted by Christa & Emilyn

The procrastination continues for us here at The Flow.  Sorry about that!

So this week we are featuring Jessica Scherlag, a senior art major at Drew University (Christa’s alma matter and Emilyn’s current place of study). Next year she will be attending NYU for Visual Art Administration  Her work has a strong feminist narrative and she considers a lot of gender related issues in her process (plus she is an organizer with the feminist group on her campus!)  You can find out more about her here.  And the works from her Senior Studio course (its the equivalent of a thesis for art majors at Drew) at her website.  More art after the cut!

Bows, 2010. 42 X 23 inches. Acrylic on cardboard.

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posted by Christa

I’ve always had love in my heart for femmes and have struggled with the femme label that is often placed on me and how that affects how I perceive my identity. I feel like there is a lot of distain towards femmes (maybe dismissal is a better term?) within the radical queer community and femmes face a lot of invisibility in the both the queer community and mainstream society (partially because they pass as straight). One quote that has always stood out for me is from Stone Butch Blues when one of the femmes says “If I’m not with a butch everyone just assumes I’m straight. It’s like I’m passing too, against my will I’m sick of the world thinking I’m straight. I’ve worked hard to be discriminated against as a lesbian.” So when I heard this piece by Ivan Coyote, I couldn’t help but swoon just a little bit.

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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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posted by Emilyn and Christa

Can’t resist posting this classic:

“Just A Girl” by No Doubt


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posted by Emilyn and Christa

Emilyn and I have wanted to put a piece up by Lenelle Moïse for some time now but I was waiting til I had a bit more free time to write down the lyrics to one of her pieces (its hard to find them online).  I first saw Lenelle at a spoken word show/art opening with queer women artists in New York.  I liked her so much that I booked her at venue where I worked with the collaboration of Drew SDS and a few other campus groups.  She has great politics, beautiful poetry, and fantastic stage presence.  I felt compelled to post something by her now because Lenelle is Haitian-American and one of her poems was recently posted online.  Here is Mud Mothers.  Below I also included a video of  her piece “Envy” as well as some links!

MUD MOTHERS

the children of haiti
are not mythological
we are starving
or eating salty cakes
made of clay

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-posted by Christa (Philly) and Emilyn (Drew SDS)-

by Andrea Gibson

still
there are days
when there is no way
not even a chance
that i’d dare for even a second
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-posted by Christa and Emilyn (Drew SDS)-

The song for this week is actually by a dude, but the lyrics fit our criteria, so enjoy!  Also, the video isn’t an actual video, just a series of pictures, but you get to hear the song, which is the important part.

“Black Girl Pain” by Talib Kweli
(feat. Jean Grae)

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