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Against Patriarchy, Beyond Feminism July 9th-July 17th

July 9th-17th, 9 days of events for Our Bodies, Ourselves

at the M11
1212 S. 11th St. Suite 24
Tacoma
July 9th-July 17th 2010: Here's the rundown.

Friday, July 9th: It begins! Potluck style party coupled with a discussion about prisons, and women in prison.
7:00pm at the M-11
1212 S. 11th Street Suite 24. Tacoma, WA.
Bring a dish, and share food to celebrate the first event of the week. No one is turned away for not having a dish.

Saturday, July 10th: Noise demonstration at the Washington Women's Correction Center.
There will be a meet up for carpool at
2:00pm at the Hilltop Safeway
or meet us there at
3:00pm 9601 Bujacich Rd. NW Gig Harbor, WA.

Sunday, July 11th: Seattle based group, For Crying Out Loud will be giving a presentation on forms of community accountability processes regarding rape and sexual assault, without needing to call the police. 4:00pm The M-11 1212 S. 11th Street Suite 24

Monday July 12th: Short film : Transgender Basics - Gender Identity Project (GIP)
Transgender Basics is a 20 minute educational film on the concepts of gender and transgender people. Two providers from the Center's Gender Identity Project (GIP) discuss basic concepts of gender, sexual orientation, identity and gender roles. Three transgender community members share their personal experiences of being trans and genderqueer.
Discussion about Gender and Sexuality. Normative gender values and how we are ALL affected.
Documentary (if enough people want to see it): Middle Sexes (run time: about 1 hour).
"Examines the diversity of human sexual and gender variance around the globe,
with commentary by scientific experts and first-hand accounts of
people who do not conform to a simple male/female binary."
6:30pm at The M-11 1212 S. 11th Street Suite 24

Tuesday, July 13th: A session of demystifying the communication of sexual consent, STDs and STIs.
6:30pm at the M-11
1212 S. 11th Street Suite 24. Tacoma, WA.

Wednesday, July 14th: Movie Night! Popcorn! Featured Film: Homotopia.
"Set sometime in the future-present Homotopia chronicles a group of radical queer's dedicated to exposing the trouble with gay marriage, dismantling the State, undoing Empire, while looking totally fierce. Race, gender, ability and desire are reworked through an anti-colonial take of queer struggle creating a visual rhythm of melancholic utopianism that knows there may be no future but still hopes today is not their last."
6:30pm at the M-11
1212 S. 11th Street Suite 24. Tacoma, WA.


Thursday, July 15th: Beyond Feminism: an explanation of the name. A session posing questions about power dynamics as a whole and dialogue surrounding identity politics. There is a root in how patriarchy, and capitalism effects us all and it manifests itself in our daily lives.
6:30pm at the M-11
1212 S. 11th Street Suite 24. Tacoma, WA.

Friday, July 16th: Introduction to Self-defense. Being able to physically defend yourself is so important. Preparing yourself internally is vital to be willing to take the next step in physical confrontations. We will be showing basic techniques and discussing our incentives in training our bodies as a whole.
5:00pm at People's Park on S. 9th Street and MLK Way.

Saturday, July 17th (two events): A day of workshops and discussions about bringing midwifery and doulas back into childbirth, and general health practices for women and men.
2:00pm at the M-11
1212 S. 11th Street Suite 24. Tacoma, WA.

Dance Party! 10:30pm Location TBA

A message from the organizers:

Factors of our society such as patriarchy -a family, community, or system that is governed and dominated by men- and the concept of human capital places each one of us in a submissive position in our daily lives. Whether woman, queer, person of color, or poor we are either victimized, criminalized, or pacified by the dominant culture. Most of the time this goes unnoticed, and is acknowledged as "just the way it is." There is no solution in perpetuating this sentiment, or merely replacing those who are dominant over others. There is no satisfaction in relying on politicians and the police. Within their existence and infrastructure, they will always be at the top and we will keep sinking lower into the their trenches.

In participating in this week of events, we want to build relationships with those around us that are ready to take an assertive position in taking control over our lives and how we are treated as human beings. There is no expectation of things changing over night, but this is a beginning...

This fabulous surge of events is going to take place in Tacoma.
It is for those who have ever felt the anxiety of walking home alone at night. It's for those who have been directly affected by sexual violence, or have had someone they are close to abused in any way. This is for those with medical bills fermenting in collections accounts. For those far more indebted to the medical industry in being seen by pretentious doctors that provide inaccurate diagnoses based on their convenience. It is to strengthen those who are psychologically or physically bashed down made to feel inferior. It's for those who have ever felt detached or ashamed of their own body.

This is about communication, mutual respect, and having fun.

We hope to see you there, and in the streets.


For updates visit the site:

beyondfeminismtacoma.wordpress.com

Or email us at:

 beyondfeminismtacoma@gmail.com

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