Edmonton Feminist Events

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Monstrosities at The Varscona Theatre, April 17-26th, tickets are $20.

"Wearing your freak on your sleeve is beautiful and addictive. In this 85 minute theatrical exploration of 3 women’s freaky stories and lives, we find the monster within us all, lurking just below the surface."

Vandana Shiva (Ecofeminist & social justice activist) will be giving the Keynote speech as part of Public Interest Alberta`s Advocacy Conference entitled Creating Earth Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons from Corporate Enclosures.

Friday April 11th, at 7pm, at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel. Tickets are $20.

The Alberta Art Gallery Book Club has chosen Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. April 23rd at 7pm, it’s free.
"In 1962, however, the multimillion-dollar industrial chemical industry was not about to allow a former government editor, a female scientist without a Ph.D. or an institutional affiliation, known only for her lyrical books on the sea, to undermine public confidence in its products or to question its integrity. It was clear to industry that Rachel Carson was a hysterical woman whose alarming view of the future could be ignored or, if necessary suppressed. She was a ‘bird and bunny lover,’ a woman who kept cats and was therefore clearly suspect. She was a romantic ‘spinster’ who was simply overwrought about genetics. In short, Carson was a woman out of control. She had overstepped the bounds of her gender and her science." -Intro by Linda Lear

The Alberta Art Gallery Book Club has chosen Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. April 23rd at 7pm, it’s free.

"In 1962, however, the multimillion-dollar industrial chemical industry was not about to allow a former government editor, a female scientist without a Ph.D. or an institutional affiliation, known only for her lyrical books on the sea, to undermine public confidence in its products or to question its integrity. It was clear to industry that Rachel Carson was a hysterical woman whose alarming view of the future could be ignored or, if necessary suppressed. She was a ‘bird and bunny lover,’ a woman who kept cats and was therefore clearly suspect. She was a romantic ‘spinster’ who was simply overwrought about genetics. In short, Carson was a woman out of control. She had overstepped the bounds of her gender and her science." -Intro by Linda Lear

Lise Gotel- Professor & Chair of the Department of Womens’ & Gender Studies,

Nikki Bernier - Director of Education -Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton

Staff Sergeant Shawna Grimes - Sexual Assault Section, Edmonton Police Services

George Ishiekwene - Edmonton Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative

Ryan Jespersen - Host of Breakfast Television-  City TV Edmonton

Thoughts: The event does use the word sexual exploitation, which has often been used in anti-sex work advocacy. Ryan Jesperson is on the panel and his credibility as someone who can speak on this panel may need to be questioned. And the Edmonton EPS will also have an advocate on the panel and they have always come out with victim blaming “tips” after women have been assaulted in the Whyte Ave area.

This film is screening Thursday March 13th at 7pm at the Alberta Avenue Community Centre

A Forum on Men & Feminism Tuesday March 11 at 7pm (an important note: Dr. Lise Gotell will be speaking and she has been the subject of harassment for several men’s groups in Edmonton who’ve said they might attend).

It’s important to remember Women.

My Prairie Home the documentary by Rae Spoon will be streaming for free Jan 26th & 27th on the National Film Board of Canada’s Website (as well as the Sundance Film Festival).

beatonna:

Last night I was up late and this was on my mind, so I sketched it out.  I think it was the fox picture I posted last that brought it to the front, played out again like a picture show.  It’s just rough, I thought someday I’d draw it out better.  But sometimes the urge to draw a thing takes over a bit - and I’m awful impatient when it comes to drawing long strips, unfortunately.

Some backstory, as some know, I worked for two years in the Tar Sands of Fort McMurray, in various mining sites.  I paid my student loans off, I saved a bit, and I started cartooning as a job when I left.  Not everyone’s experiences there are the same, this was just a part of my own.  It’s a complicated place that I think of every day, and there are scenes that never leave my mind.

This is one night at the Syncrude site, in January 2006.  Click for the whole thing, here 

Did you know Hark! a vagrant was drawn by a woman who worked off her student loan debts in Fort McMurray?