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March 17th, 2012

milkeemountainmama: it’s interesting to me that all the white folks are like “NO NO, HE’S…


it’s interesting to me that all the white folks are like “NO NO, HE’S HISPANIC!!!!” what are the markers that made him “hispanic” to you all? was it his dark hair? the extremely light tinge of olive in his skin? ain’t nobody fucking confused about the lighting on this one, are they?

was it that he killed a black kid? so he can’t be one of yours? it has to be a raging out of control *DANGEROUS* “hispanic”?

i want *everybody* to keep struggling with this “not being able to decide” what this man is. because you know what? i’ve got people in my family who are darker than me who say they’re white. it’s called the project of assimilation that white supremacy enforces on our bodies from the moment we dared to come here. i’ve got community members who insist they’re not latino, but they’ll claim tejano. some of us claim hispanic. and many times it’s not even a sign of conservative values. some of us won’t claim latino or hispanic at all—and get angry when you call them that. they’re mexicanos. cubanos. people all in the same family will claim anything from “white” to “mexican american” to “latino” to “afrolatino” to “blatino” to “chicano” to “chican@.” and that’s just in one family.

but what i’m hearing is that although you want us all to “learn fucking english” and you have no problem with us as long as we assimilate legally and blah dee blah dee dah—when it really boils down to it, we’re all still a bunch of “hispanics” and that means we’re not one of you.

keep struggling. keep trying to act like what’s most important here is a label for him. keep trying to act like the fingers of white supremacy aren’t all over this bullshit. like it didn’t all start with right up there with you. keep acting like it.

criminalization is the mark of the non-white person. it’s what identifies us. when you look at us, it’s not “lighting” you see or “assimilation” you see or even “white dude who killed a black kid.” you see criminal.

and when you can’t find criminal or the heroine is too strong to ignore—THAT’s when lighting becomes an issue.

March 17th, 2012

Uganda makes an answer video for "Kony 2012"

Uganda makes an answer video for "Kony 2012"
March 17th, 2012

"babe #1: fuck zuccotti park. that bowel movement is filled with fucking freeloaders and RAPERS. …"

“babe #1: fuck zuccotti park. that bowel movement is filled with fucking freeloaders and RAPERS. I’m so not going there- I’m getting drunker and getting my fuck on tonight. CHEYA.
babe #2: we need to just chill with these stupid FEMINIST blocs and QUEER blocs and predictable anarchist bullshit and get on that real end of days tip (swills evan). I, I’ll dress like a fucking white horse on fire, and you can dress like a black horse on fire and we can just run up into that weak ass protest and fuck each other. or WHATEVER MAN.”


IT’S NOT EVEN NINE PM. (via kvltkunt)


March 17th, 2012

suzy-x: And, Ann Snitow is definitely carrying a giant foam…


And, Ann Snitow is definitely carrying a giant foam fist that says “SEX FOR FUN”

 The first two thing I saw when I walked in was Ms. Suzy’s big smile at the Feminist Press table, always a good omen. I could see Ms. Snitow out of the corner of my eye at various points, although I didn’t figure out what she was carrying until later. It was a pretty good day, I love that they were teaching people how to do abortions. I mean, DIY to the core, right? The organizers went the extra mile for the film panel and all of our projection requirements and I’m really grateful. The tech guy told us he had taken a 16mm refresher course in order to really do a good job! CRAFT.

We talked about KONY2012 and the power of images to tell lies, and about the personal connections we make by telling stories with moving pictures and (important, I think) by making work together. I pointed out that I’d met every woman on the panel in different ways (Gina, through her collaborations with Barbara Hammer; Nancy on Twitter; Jasmine through her work at Sistersong) and we’ve all helped each other with our work in different ways over the years.

I love that Nancy said, after Gina showed her piece, “Mine is about anal rape and sex work and consent too, this is going to be amazing.” Gina’s is 16 mm and queer and experimental and intense in a way that is so different from Nancy’s piece, which is personal and attempts some academic distance. The distance fails, as it must do, and it’s super powerful. She showed the part where she has traveled to the Bunny Ranch to talk to the sex workers about consent and how they make agreements with customers and she ends up telling her story to one of the women who had been brushing her hair in the mirror and the women rushes across the room and holds Nancy’s hand and says, “What he did was wrong. You did nothing wrong.” Such compassion shakes me because it’s so unexpected (I dont mean unexpected bec from a sex worker but unexpected just in LIFE) and it reveals how much we need to be heard and have these kindnesses. Jasmine talked about the sometimes tearful process of making “We Always Resist,” looking at imagery of lynchings and pain and progress and how she and her collaborator cared for each other.

I love that these women all had one another and that talk of these kinds of collaborations, the supportive and healing kinds, came out in the panel. At the end I read the S.T.I.G.M.A. manifesto and a young woman said to me that it reminded her of a part of Rubyfruit Jungle—another connection was made. While we were talking Gina was getting contact info from young women who wanted to learn 16mm processing, Nancy was agreeing to give kickstarter tips to everyone, and several plots were being hatched for Jasmine to bring We Always Resist to various groups for screening and discussion. I’m really happy it worked out! As I was leaving I ran into Alix Kates Schulman and we chatted about a story I’m working on and she promised to tell me of some feminist fistfights and I floated home.

March 17th, 2012

No. 13, Alexander McQueen S/S 1999 A white cotton muslin dress…

No. 13, Alexander McQueen S/S 1999

A white cotton muslin dress with an underskirt of white synthetic tulle, spray painted black and yellow by two robotic arms. Shalom Harlow acted as the canvas for the finalé, which was inspired from an installation by artist Rebecca Horn of two machine guns firing blood-red paint at each other.

March 17th, 2012

fuckyeahxicanapower: “The Ovarian-Psycos Bicycle Brigade Make a…

The Ovas at Olvera Street in protest.

The Ovas end one of their bi-weekly meet


“The Ovarian-Psycos Bicycle Brigade Make a Space for Women on the Eastside

Two months ago, when 22-year-old Bree’Anna Guzman was murdered in Lincoln Heights, the all-women bike group Ovarian-Pscyos Bicycle Brigade scrapped their previously planned ride to ride instead through the neighborhood to protest the killing.

“Whose Streets,” one woman called out.

“Our Streets” the more than 30 women riding answered.

While many recent bike groups are either bicycling for recreation, bringing awareness to bicyclists on the road, or use the bicycle for social justice movement events, the Ovarian-Psycos Bicycle Brigade is a community inspired women’s movement that does all of the above and then some.

In Los Angeles, fewer than 1 in 5 people cycling were female, according to preliminary data from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s most recent bicycle count. While this trend has been the constant in cities across the nation, the number of female bicycle groups in Los Angeles has grown from just a couple a few years ago, to at least four.

The currently all-Latina collective with roots from various parts of the Eastside pride themselves with their exclusivity to women, with sticker slogans like “Ovaries so big, we don’t need no fucking balls.” Their monthly all-women Luna Rides, which takes its name from the moons connection with a woman’s menstrual cycle, bring up to 30 women riders each ride. For their two-year anniversary in July, the Ovarian-Psycos are also planning the first female version of the monthly Critical Mass, which will be called Clitoral Mass.

For many of the women it’s their first time being involved in an all-female collective. The oldest members are 33 and the youngest is 20. Some are artists that ride bikes, and some are pure bicyclists. Yet the Ovarian-Psycos has become a type of sisterhood that, for many, they have never had before.

“Being around women, learning that we can interact in a way that was not hostile or competitive; it’s been a very new experience,” said Magally “Maga” Miranda.

Though the group has found stability recently, the group’s continued existence was never a sure bet. On the very first Luna Ride in July 2010, Xela, the de facto leader of the group at the time, hit a pothole on the road and fell face forward off her bike, hospitalizing her for two weeks.  Andrea Ramirez, or “La Blackbird,” recalls that many bike riders didn’t come back after the first ride because they were scared.

Though one half left, and another came back for the second Luna Ride, Xela said, the group stagnated for the first year, never topping more than 20 riders.

“I was worried always that it’s going to die someday,” Xela said.

Yet, right before the Ovarians one-year anniversary, Xela started to recruit core members to better organize the group.  After the one-year anniversary at Solidarty ink, and with a fairly consistent 12 core members, the group finally started to take off. Like before, each ride had a theme. Specific workshops involved speakers, and teachers on a range of social issues, and bicycle issues. Some workshops talked about women’s health, while other covered self-defense. Yet, the groups were getting bigger, and the core members were helping spread the word.

Many of the women say they feel they are not taken seriously in the biking community because their rides aren’t as long as traditional rides, there are usually many first-time riders, and the ride will stop and wait for one person. But, these limitations, Ova member Natalie Fraire said, can be a positive.

“We are encouraging a lot more riders and that’s more important,” said Fraire.

Riding as a women group has also made the riders more aware of the difficulties of riding in the city as a woman. Individually, or in small groups, Ova Elvira “Ashes” Arvizo has been catcalled by men on the street, and during one Luna Ride, the group noticed a male motorist was trailing the group. The women stopped and started to yell at the motorist, which caused him to flee.

Creating Sisterhood

As the group has grown, the women have needed to get closer. Many of their biweekly meetings resemble the chaos of a family dinner. At a recent meeting, Maryann “La Fingers” Aguirre would belch across the room, giving many of the girls a laugh, and Fraire ran to the oven to find she burned the artichoke dish brought. If the meeting ever got out of order, a clit checker (meeting organizer) would bellow out a warning to get the meeting back on track.

Each Ova have brought various skills in community organizing, photography, graphic design and bike mechanics which they also share with the rest of the group. Gloria “GLoTography” Vasquez takes most of the photos that are on the groups websites, but she has also taken the time to teach Ovas like Fraire how to use a camera. The group has also helped Vasquez to break her shyness and talk more with women on rides.

“Now run into women across streets and able to converse with them than just pass them by,” said Vasquez.

Each season there are rotating leaders of the group called a left and right ovary, and many of the women are expected to step up to take care of a portion of their work.

Many of the women have never ridden with an all female bike crew, and let alone worked with an all-women group. Yet, the same reason Xela started the group is the same reason the women joined: they couldn’t connect with the rides already in LA.

Andrea “La Blackbird” Ramirez said she could never get comfortable riding with the Midnight Ridazz because men always outnumbered women. Aside from men outnumbering women during Critical Mass, Arvizo said will leave riders behind, and that can deter a young woman-rider to join a ride.

The Ovas offer a space for women, Xela said. And the rides though recreational, can become extremely personal, with some events bringing women to tears. During a stop on their ride that was themed on domestic violence, many women came forward about their experiences.

The personal nature of the rides, and the already numerous LA bike rides is the reason Xela said, why it’s exclusive to women.

“It’s just a time for women. If they are trying to open up, won’t be comfortable opening up if there are men around,” said Aguirre.

Xela, whose been a part of women collectives that have never lasted, said she knew the Ovarian-Pscyos was a different type of all woman collective at the one-year anniversary. Jocelyn “Joss the boss” Hernandez brought a cake she made and designed to the group at the end of an interview at the Boyle Heights online radio station Centro de Comunicación Comunitaria. The cake had a symbol of a car with a slash over it.

“You do that for your sister, your best friend, and she did this for the Ovas. “That’s nice”

For more information on the Ovarians, send an email to or go to their website at

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March 17th, 2012



March 17th, 2012


March 17th, 2012

superseventies: Women of the Year…. Time magazine, January…


Women of the Year…. Time magazine, January 1976.

Can you name them?

March 17th, 2012