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Sunday, February 26th, 2006
7:55 pm
Elisabeth's Vagina Party
Catchy title huh!

My friend vintage_babe made some vagina shaped lavender lollipops. I scored one off of anwyllyd today at church. Elisabeth was so enthusiastic about them that she wanted me to buy her one. I insisted that it wasn't possible, they are homemade. So then she wanted me to make them for her birthday party. I told her

A) We aren't having a birthday party for you this year, you had one last year (we're trying to institute an every other year policy for all the children,)


B) When you get your period we will have a big Girls Only party, and we can make them for that.

So now she can't wait! She is only 6, and from my side of the family tree, it will probably be at least 2010, and possibly not till 2013. I don't know the average age of menstruation for her Daddy's side of the family though.

Here's hoping she's still up for the party when it rolls around!
Thursday, June 30th, 2005
9:16 am
1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005

Millions of women are engaged daily in working for a better future. Without regard for their own safety, they are active on behalf of the community's well-being. They call for reconciliation, demand justice, and rebuild what has been destroyed. They transform conflicts. They fight against poverty   and for human rights. They create alternative sources of income, and they strive   for access to land and clean water. They educate and heal. They reintegrate HIV patients. They find solutions to a great many forms of violence and they condemn the genital mutilation of girls.

The project 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 defined as its objective the nominating of 1000 women to represent collectively the millions above-mentioned. The life stories, the visions, methods, strategies and networks of these 1000 women will be publicized. With this recognition they should receive both encouragement and gratitude for their commitment.

After almost three years' work, we are happy to introduce these 1000 women to you here. Their short biographies were compiled by local journalists and authors, as well as by academics and by members of organizations. These biographies give us insight into the life and work of each of the 1000 women. They also reflect the cultural differences involved in evaluating personal data. To satisfy any curiosity for further information, a book on the 1000 women will appear in autumn 2005.

The 10 peace women in Uzbekistan are seriously endangered if their names are made public at the moment. Therefore we have decided not to disclose their names at this stage of the project.

In the coming months this website will be continually updated and enlarged, until all 1000 women have been portrayed in as much detail as possible.

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005
4:16 pm
Pakistani Rape Survivor and Activist Mukhtar Mai
From Democracy Now!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005
"I Will Go On Until I Have Even the Slightest Hope of Justice" - Rare Broadcast Interview With Pakistani Rape Survivor Mukhtar Mai

The Pakistani government is barring a woman from coming to the United States to speak out about her case and the plight of women's rights in Pakistan. She was gang-raped on orders by her local tribal counsel. We play a rare broadcast interview with Mukhtar Mai from her home in Pakistan and we speak with a Pakistani journalist who met with her in April.

Click on the link to Democracy Now! above to read the interview and listen to the interview.
Sunday, May 8th, 2005
9:54 pm
Julia Ward Howe: The Woman Behind Mother's Day
From Democracy Now!


From the transcript linked above:
As we approach Mother's Day this Sunday, we take a look at the woman behind Mother's Day, Julia Ward Howe. Yes, she is the author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic but after seeing some of the devastating effects of the Civil War- death, disease, famine and poverty - she began advocating for a mother"s day for peace in 1870.

Mother's Day Proclamation, written in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe, as a call for women around the world -- men, too, of course -- to listen to a public voice and then answer it themselves.

Arise, then, women of this day. Arise all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or of fears. Say firmly, we will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us wreaking with carnage for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken to us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of the devastated earth, a voice goes out with our own. It says, disarm. Disarm. The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first as women to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other, as the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, and each bearing after her own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.
Friday, May 6th, 2005
4:29 pm
Biology Prof. Resigns Over Gvt. Use of Plant Research
From Democracy Now!


From the transcript, link above:
We are joined in the studio this morning by Dr. Martha Crouch. Dr Crouch used to be a biology professor at the University of Indiana. She was once a pioneering biotechnologist who studied her entire life to reach the top of her profession. She earned a Ph.D. in developmental biology at Yale before going to Indiana University, to teach and run a lab dedicated to cutting edge plant research. But she decided to end her research career when she found out that biotechnology companies were co-opting her research for profit.
Monday, March 28th, 2005
8:31 pm
another vagina cries out
I got this link from another list.
Monday, March 7th, 2005
1:02 am
mothers can be feminists too
The previous post linked to a post by Cherie Priest.

quote from her post:

There are people in this world who very firmly believe that this is the natural order of things: men have orgasms, and women have babies. This is a sacred balance, whereby a man is made happy for two minutes and a woman spends the next nine months serving as host to a life-threatening parasite, then the next eighteen years held legally, morally, and fiscally responsible for the health and well-being of that parasite ... while the man is free to wander off or stick around at his leisure."

That really bothers me. Pregnancy and birth are not life threatening illnesses. Babies are not parasites. To be a mother is not to be a victim. To be a mother is not to be used. To be a mother- even if you choose not to keep your child- is not to play host to a bloodsucking tick for 9 months. Motherhood is the totally natural consequence of sexual activity.

We all started life as babies. We are all here because our mothers chose to give us life and our fathers chose to give the seed. I am so tired of women who claim to be feminists putting down pregnancy labor birth breastfeeding staying home to raise your kids. That makes it really hard to call myself a feminist.

And honestly. A woman in this country can choose to have an abortion. Does the man get any say over whether she gets one? No. He also gets no say over whether she keeps the child or not. If she chooses life, she also chooses whether she remains responsible- she can give that baby up for adoption. Even if he doesn't want that baby, if she chooses to keep the baby, he is fiscally tied to that child for life. Ever heard of garnishment? How fair is that- she can opt out- even if he wants the baby- but he can't. And yet the author is arguing that it is every man's agenda to make babies and deny access to birth control? Pshaw. When a man makes the decision to have sex with a woman, he is opening himself up to a lifetime of payments, even if he chooses to have no relationship with the child. Her whole premise is off. And wouldn't we all be healthier and better off if we just quit fucking around? Honestly.

The purpose of sex- biologically- is to create life. ONLY a woman can do this. ONLY a woman can do this. ONLY a woman can do this. How great is that? HUGE. We are co-creators with nature/God. How about celebrating women's fertility instead of treating it like this horrible fucking burden?
By embracing sterility as the only viable form of feminism we cut off a huge part of our lives. Why not just go get a hysterectomy and be done with it.

I'm not arguing that birth control isn't important to many many people, or that it should only be a woman's responsibility, I'm saying that:

Everyone who ever lived on earth is here today because of a woman.

Mother's day should be a feminist holy day.

unshaven unschooling mother to 4
all birthed at home, exclusively breastfed, etc.
a Barbie-free home
Friday, April 1st, 2005
11:03 pm
The story I'm about to tell is about a recipe I can't tell. For one, it's a fiercely guarded five-generations-old family recipe. For another, I don't have it yet. More on that soon.

Like the tortoiseshell gene, the recipe rides shotgun on the X-chromosome ever since my great-great-great grandmother got hold of it back in the day. We're talking eggnog here. And not that sticky-sweet tasting eggnog that most people think of because most people are buying it in stores where the mixture has had to be heated to cook the eggs. No, ma'am. We're talking silky fine texture, nutmeg-scented, liquid Christmas. Have you ever had Gingerbread latte from Starbucks? This tastes like how that smells, only with a Clydesdale kick. Because you can drive a car on this stuff. It contains whiskey, brandy, and rum. I don't know how much of each, nor in what proportions, but I have seen my mother standing over the preparation vat with upturned fifths of liquor. This eggnog doesn't need to be heated then oversweetened to hide the cooked taste. The alcohol cooks the eggs. So, a few thimblefuls of this spicy silky elixir will put you on your ass. This is our family's sacred secret. Family values? I think you're with me on this.

No men are allowed in the kitchen while the eggnog is under way. My mom even does the shopping herself, even though my dad usually is the one to go to the store for food. I'm allowed in the kitchen, but I have not been given the recipe nor shown the ropes. Because I'm not married. For five generations, the ladies have learned this recipe and have been shown how to prepare it the Christmas directly followwing their marriages. The logic being "who but a woman married to a man needs drink this strong?" However, times being what they are, I may have to talk Mom into bending the rules a tad.

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Thursday, August 19th, 2004
1:28 pm
I've been a member of this community for quite a while & haven't really introduced myself, so here goes my attempt to do so. My name's Greta. i_am_ruined Tells ALMOST everything about me. If your still interested about me, AIM me: mysacredheart66 or go to my 'myspace' profile it tells EVERYTHING: http://profiles.myspace.com/users/4334237 Oh and this might or not be related to the community, but this is my 'riot grrrl online' site: http://riotgrrrl.girlsvomitcandy.com/ I have 7 other sites as well & more journals, check out my user info for more info. Anyhow, I'm glad to be a member of this community...this community is awesome!
Sunday, May 9th, 2004
7:15 pm
intro and statement of purpose

I'm a freebirthing, unschooling, lactivist mom to three, with one more on the way. I joined this community because I was looking for communities that were also interested in birth and which could lead me in a positive direction. Bingo, you win. I've been MEANING to read my Great-grandmother Georgie's diaries for years now. I have at least 20 years worth of her journals in the attic. It's time to get them out!

aka crunchymama

Current Mood: committed
Friday, January 23rd, 2004
7:21 pm
Thursday, January 15th, 2004
10:51 am
all the un-real girls...
Per dustyskinandall's request, an article that responds to a rather aggravating Maxim feature.
Boys Have a Penis, Girls Have a ChinaCollapse )
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003
1:18 pm
Thursday, October 16th, 2003
11:00 pm
OK, she's gone 'til the end of November, but I still think you should check out agrathea's post: A New Testament for the willfully downtrodden

Lovely bit of writing, that. Certain bits of it should be incorporated more into my own life. *nods*

(cross-posting in a couple of places)

Current Mood: impressed
Tuesday, September 30th, 2003
12:57 pm
Yes, you are a feminist.
Per Juli's request, this gets posted here. :) Thanks to sensational for linking to it in her journal. I don't know who the author is, but it was posted on tomatonation.com. It says what I want to say.

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Thursday, August 21st, 2003
7:02 am
Riding Into the Sunset
[ I heard this on the radio yesterday and thought I should post it here. What an amazing woman!
This article comes from the Houston Chronicle.]

>Aug. 19, 2003, 10:34PM

Reeves, cowgirl, riding teacher, 101
Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle
Connie Douglas Reeves, who taught three generations of girls how to ride horses at Camp Waldemar in the Texas Hill Country and was an honoree of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, died Sunday from the effects of a fall from her horse. She was 101.

On Aug. 5, Reeves' horse, Dr Pepper, threw her, and she went head-first onto a golf fairway at the camp near Hunt in Kerr County. Taken by Life Flight helicopter to a San Antonio hospital, Reeves appeared to be responding to treatment, but on Sunday, her condition worsened and she died.

"Texas has lost one of its great treasures," said Teak Elmore, one of the owners of the camp. "Waldemar has lost a friend, an unbelievable inspiration and a part of our family. She was like a mother and grandmother to many of us, a teacher to thousands, and a friend that always has been there."

In her 67 years at Waldemar, Reeves taught more than 20,000 girls how to ride. She told them her motto: "Always saddle your own horse." She explained: "You want to know that your horse is saddled properly. It establishes a good relation with the horse."

Her own paint horse, Dr Pepper, is 28 years old. The horse had kicked and thrown her several times, a camp spokesman said, and once she suffered fractures. Her affection for Dr Pepper, however, never wavered. "She liked a lively horse," the spokesman said.

In 1997, Reeves was inducted as an honoree of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, which honors women "who have distinguished themselves while exemplifying the pioneer spirit of the American West."

Born in Eagle Pass on Sept. 26, 1901, Constance Douglas Reeves was the daughter of a judge, William Constant Douglas, and his wife, Ada Douglas.

Reeves did undergraduate work and studied law at the University of Texas at Austin, but the Great Depression ended that. She graduated from what is now Texas Woman's University in Denton.

In 1936, she took a job as counselor for horseback riding at Waldemar, where she met her future husband, Jack Reeves, a rodeo star and keeper of the camp's horses. Married six years later, the couple lived on a ranch near Junction. Jack Reeves died in 1985. In recent years, Connie Reeves lived in Kerrville.

In 1995, she wrote an autobiography, I Married a Cowboy, published by Eakin Press.

She is survived by sisters-in-law, Annie Mae Witt, Etola McPherson, Ruth Lott and Dorothy Brothers, all of Kerrville; six nieces, Marilynn Baldwin of Chicago, Betty Felderman of Alexandria, Va., Patty Barton of Pecan Plantation, Gloria Goodman of Kerrville, Kathy Fulgim of Abilene, and Glenda Smith of Austin; six nephews, Gerald Witt of Camp Verde, Joe Dell Witt of Center Point, Dennis McPherson of Wharton, Harry McPherson of Rockport, Gary Brothers of Michigan and Darwin Fisher of Uvalde.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at Grimes Funeral Home in Kerrville. A memorial service will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Camp Waldemar Stables near Hunt. A second memorial will be on Reeves' birthday, Sept. 26, during Camp Waldemar Women's Week.
Tuesday, August 19th, 2003
10:03 am
Upcoming Contests, etc.
Hi, I'm new to this community. I hope it's ok to post this sort of info. I get an email newsletter about once a month or so that includes various art contests, workshops, etc. Here are a few that looked interesting for this group's readership, especiall(x-posted to my journal with a few more):

Nov 12, 2003 ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL OPEN Juried. All female artists are invited to submit artwork in all media. Entry fee. For a prospectus send an SASE to: Woman Made Gallery, 2418 W Bloomingdale Av, Chicago IL 60647 OR here's their site.

Nov 15, 2003 PRESIDENT LULU PHOTO CONTEST $500 Grand Prize plus other monthly awards. What will the first female US president look like? Your task, should you chose to accept it, is to give America a preview. Details: President Lulu

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