Where Will You Be On December 11th?

Mark your calendars!

The Greater Boston National Organization for Women has invited HollaBackBoston to facilitate a workshop on street harassment at their Annual Membership Meeting.

When: Monday, December 11th 7:00 PM
Where: Boston University
College of Arts and Sciences
725 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 233
(Take the "B" Green Line to the BU East stop)

If you are interested in talking and learning about street harassment, be there. (You do not need to be a NOW member to attend this meeting.)

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Recognition of the other

When we were first starting HollaBackBoston, the idea was briefly tossed around that we should include stories of good will - public success stories, if you will, wherein women were respected and men kept their cool. This idea was quickly thrown aside because we chose to focus on creating a space for women and all marginalized groups who feel unsafe in public. While we applaud those who know how to handle themselves, we reasoned that we should be totally clear about our purpose and existence.

In the months since we've set up camp in our corner of the blogosphere, we've noticed lots of other HollaBack chapters toying with this idea. While it warms our hearts to know that some men understand these issues and are engaging in the dialogue (as we ourselves have encouraged), thus far, we've spent time privately thanking the men in our own lives - partners, relatives, friends, allies - for their work and resistance. This week, in honor of a holiday built on false history and oppressive behavior, we encourage everyone to thank the people in their lives who make them stronger, more confident, healthy individuals. We couldn't do it alone.

By Brittany Shoot, Creative Commons 2.5.

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Blogging Feminism: (Web)Sites of Resistance

Upcoming event hosted by the Center For Research on Women at Barnard College in NYC. Come Join Us!

Feminist Futures
Blogging Feminism:
(Web)Sites of Resistance
A panel discussion
Tuesday, 14 November, 7:00 PM
Altschul Atrium, Altschul Hall
Free & open to the public; no reservations required.

Cyberspace . . . will have important effects in encouraging women to participate in designing and implementing models of economic development, constructing stable democracies, ensuring that different cultures can exist side by side without violent conflict and providing the sense of trust, partnership and solidarity that are necessary to any society in which people cooperate for mutual well-being.
- Lourdes Arizpe

Of the internet's viability as a tool for political change, we ask, is there a better example than the blog? Young and youthfully minded feminists have learned that blogging allows them to carve out personal and political spaces where their lives, their issues, their analyses of the world can come into sharp focus. Outside the confines of mainstream media, where women are addressed (usually exclusively) as consumers, feminist bloggers have become the cultural producers blazing some of the most radical and rousing paths toward revolutionary social change.

In celebration of the publication of this fall's issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online, guest editors Gwendolyn Beetham and Jessica Valenti come together with select contributors to discuss how feminists are fulfilling the promise of creating a cybercommunity dedicated to securing a more just and peaceful world. Panelists include Lauren Spees and Michelle Riblett, BC '05 (Hollaback), Liza Sabater (Culture Kitchen), among others. Join us for a spirited discussion of feminism in the 21st century.

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