January 7, 2008

Feministing's Jessica Valenti has an excellent new article up at The Nation.

January 2, 2008

Check out Switchback's Contest Editor Melissa Severin and 4 other equally amazing Chicago poets tomorrow night!

PFS Presents' reading series will take place at Kate the Great's, tomorrow, January 3, 2008, featuring: Larry Sawyer, Lina Ramona Vitkauskas, Adam Fieled, Steve Halle, Melissa Severin. 7:30 pm.

The reading will also be a release party for Steve Halle's chapbook, "Cessation Covers," from Funtime Press. Yay Steve!

Check out some of the readers' poems: http://www.artrecess.blogspot.com/

Kate the Great's Book Emporium
5550 N. Broadway, Chicago

January 1, 2008

Many thanks to Erika Mikkalo for bringing this to our attention:

Yes Means Yes!

Co-editors Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti are seeking submissions for their anthology on rape culture, Yes Means Yes!

Imagine a world where women enjoy sex on their own terms and aren’t shamed for it. Imagine a world where men treat their sexual partners as collaborators, not conquests. a world where rape is rare and swiftly punished.

Welcome to the world of Yes Means Yes.

Yes Means Yes will fly in the face of the conventional feminist wisdom that rape has nothing to do with sex. We are looking to collect sharp and insightful essays, from voices both established and new, that demonstrate how empowering female sexual pleasure is the key to dismantling rape culture.

Potential essay subjects could include:

• Revamping how public sex education is taught, and to whom.
• The new backlash against rape survivors (i.e., media obsession with drinking, Girls Gone Wild culture being to blame for assault)

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