On The Local Front
Local Artists Create Feminist Alphabet Book
When I found out this week about a feminist book to teach children about their ABCs I was enthusiastic. When I found out it was created by awesome local writer and educator Kate Schatz, I got super hyphy . Rad American Women A-Z, by way of City Lights Press, is written by Schatz with illustrations by Miriam Klein Stahl (another amazing local artist), that teaches children the alphabet while educating them on badass women throughout history. I’m going to get this book for my nieces, nephews, cousins, my boyfriend (who needs a little help with his ABCs and Feminist issues), and I’m DEFINITELY getting one for myself. And you should too–in fact. Buy the book, take a photo and tweet us @WearYourVoice. Support local artists, and be sure to head to Laurel Bookstore ( 1423 Broadway, Oakland ) for the Rad American Women A-Z Reading Saturday April 25 at 11 am.
See the full alphabet here.
Nathalie Huerta, Owner of First LGBTQ Gym in U.S Featured in Colorlines
So…I just found my new gym…I’m a fitness freak, or at least I want to be that is. It’s important to me that I find a space to work out in that makes me feel welcome and comfortable. The Perfect Sidekick is the first LGBT gym in the nation and of course it’s right here in Oakland (because Oakland is the epicenter of all things amazing). Miriam Zoila Pérez just published an amazing writeup for Colorlines on gym owner Nathalie Huerta. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
“We gender neutralize everything from the bathrooms and the showers to the exercises,” says Huerta. “‘Superman,’ an exercise where you lie on the floor and raise your arms and legs like you are flying has become ‘Superpeople.’ The ‘Indian run,’ where a group of people jog in a straight line and the person at the back has to sprint to the front, has also been renamed because of its racism. Huerta calls it the ‘Unicorn run.’ “When in doubt—name it something gay,” -Nathalie Huerta via Colorlines
If you need more of an incentive to ditch your current gym and convert to The Perfect Sidekick, there’s a special going on until the end of March-Join now for just $99!
Nenna Feelmore Releases First Book
Image Screenshot via Facebook event page
The owner of our favorite adult boutique and Gallery, Nenna Feelmore has just dropped her first book! I live across the street from Feelmore and randomly stumbled into the store on a whim. Nenna is charming, thoughtful and cares about each customer that walks into her doors. (side note: I once walked into Feelmore and reunited with a high school friend I hadn’t seen in almost 10 years-the store is literally magic) Purchase the book now, and in April, you’ll finally have the chance to discover more about the person behind the counter.
I began writing this book after a homeless woman suggested while I sit there I do so! It’s laced with information on a bit of who I am and how I became to be that person while discovering myself on the journey to open Feelmore Adult Gallery.-via Facebook event page
Date: Saturday, April 25
Location: Feelmore 1703 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, California 94612
1) Pre-Mingle-Light Fare & Wine
2) Book Reading
3) Book Signing
15% of the stores proceeds during the event will be donated to Neena’s /LifeCycle ride coming up May 31st!
Rain Dove Featured Named One Of 12 Women Redefining Beauty In Elle
Androgynous model Rain Dove has been listed as one of 12 women redefining beauty by Elle Magazine (Dove was also featured in an article by Marie Claire) I’m telling you, Oakland is the epicenter of all things amazing under the sun: Dove will in Oakland for the first Queer Fashion Week! Check out Rain, in her own words during this clip from Arise & Shine, and after Rain has won you over with her charisma, check her out on the pilot of Oxygen’s latest series, Living Different.
In The Rest Of The World
Drew Barrymore Opens Up On Body Acceptance
Photo Credit: Flickr user Glyn Lowe Photoworks via Creative Commons
Promoting her latest film Miss You Already, Barrymore opened up with Glamour magazine about life after children.
After making two babies, holy cow, does your body do some crazy stuff! It’s hard to stay positive and love yourself. You feel like a kangaroo with a giant pouch; everything’s saggy and weird. But you think about how beautiful it is that you’re able to make children. When I lose sight of that, I exercise, read Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, and spend time with my kids. Then I start to see things that are bigger than myself.
You can read the full article here.
Instagram Shames Woman Who Menstruates
Hey ladies, don’t let Instagram know when you’re bleeding. They hate that shit. A few days ago, Instagram took this photo down, posted by Sikh poet and feminist Rupi Kaur. The photo, part of a project for a visual rhetoric course on Instagram, was removed from the site for apparently violating the community guidelines. Kaur reposted the photo, pointing out that she did not violate any guidelines (fully clothed, she owns the rights to the photo, not spam, not attacking any group), and the photo was again deleted. Public outcry ensued, and the photo sharing giant reinstated both photos back on Kaur’s Instagram.