Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Anti-Racist Training For White Women

Saturday afternoon around 2:30 pm, Ffiona Morgan will be giving a l-l/2 hr. workshop, entitled Anti-Racist Training For White Women.
This workshop will integrate the experiences of individual group members with feedback from the Presenter and others in the group. Presenter will also give an introduction and lead a release ritual at the end of the workshop
For more information, please call 654-0424

This is a free workshop that has been of great benefit in the past when it was scheduled at various venues.

Information on the Conference
Beyond Patriarchy 2009 Vision Statement
Beyond Patriarchy is a gathering intended to provide information, support, and healing surrounding all forms of oppression through a radical and feminist perspective. Patriarchy is a system of domination which privileges masculinity and enforces strict, exclusive, and unequal gender roles, and which interlocks with racism, homophobia, transphobia, ablism, xenophobia, and all other forms of oppression. Patriarchy affects people of all genders in our interpersonal relationships and everyday lives. As a community, we must work to see beyond dualities, dismantle hierarchies, and engage in multi-issue organizing that creates radical and liberating change for all of us.
Beyond Patriarchy 2009 will:
(1) explore the roots and legacies of patriarchy;
(2) seek solutions to anti-body, anti-woman, anti-color, anti-queer, and anti-nature systems of violence and entitlement that harm all of us;
(3) create a space for healing and growth.
Towards those ends, Beyond Patriarchy 2009 will serve as open space:
a) to build awareness of issues surrounding the many forms of patriarchy;
b) to facilitate inspiration for how our growing communities can organize resistance;
c) to squash the dominating theory, generating new insight and dialogue within an ever-growing conversation regarding oppression of womyn, of men, and of people who are gender-variant;
d) to take an intersectional approach to anti-oppression politics, thereby building solidarity among movements;
e) to examine how our daily lives are affected by patriarchy; and
f) wherein all beings come together to heal wounds and build community support.



Virginia Cohen, Singer/Songwriter
Eugene Coffee Company 1840 Chambers St.

Presented by Out/Loud which is a U of O student-driven festival for queer women's music, artists, and performers who self-identify as women and/or who self-identity as allies to queer women's music.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Batwoman, the red-headed lesbian, is unleashed at last

As Bruce Wayne's future remains in doubt, comic book unveils a 'successor'
By Guy Adams in Los Angeles

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Holy sexuality, Batman!

Two months after his untimely death, the creators of Gotham City's crime-fighting superhero, Bruce Wayne, have finally unveiled his politically-correct replacement: a ginger-haired, lesbian socialite called Batwoman.

The publisher of Detective Comics, the iconic title which for 60 years has revolved around the recently-deceased Wayne, revealed this week that future editions of the comic book will star his long-standing female counterpart, whose real name is Kathy Kane.

Described as "a lesbian socialite by night and a crime-fighter by later in the night", Batwoman will be the subject of at least 12 issues. It will be the most high-profile appearance by a gay superhero in any book published by the legendary DC Comics.

As her alter-ego, Batwoman, Ms Kane wears knee-high red stiletto boots and a figure-hugging black outfit. Two years ago, she made headlines when it emerged that she was the ex-lover of Renee Montoya, a Gotham City police detective.

Although Kane has enjoyed only fleeting appearances in Batman comics since being "outed", writer Greg Rucka – who is in charge of this summer's run of Detective Comics – said Bruce Wayne's apparent death had provided the perfect opportunity to make her the subject of his prestigious series.

"We have been waiting to unlock her. It's long overdue," he said in an interview with the Comic Book Resources website. "Yes, she's a lesbian. She's also a redhead. It is an element of her character. It is not her character. If people are going to have problems with it, that's their issue. That's certainly not mine."

The news represents a significant cultural landmark for the gay rights movement, and follows a concerted effort by DC Comics to introduce more characters from ethnic and sexual minorities. However, Rucka hopes that the new titles, which are due to be released in June, will not be overshadowed by controversy about Kane's sexuality.

"I think there is going to be some media," he said. "I can't control it. You've got to remember, Wonder Woman got a haircut and that became news. So it will be what it is."

"My job is to write the best book I can, about a character that I think is exceptionally cool, that J.H. Williams [his co-writer and artist] thinks is exceptionally cool, that DC Comics thinks is exceptionally cool and worthy of being the lead player in Detective Comics," he added. "Frankly, she should be judged on her merits."

The last episode of Detective Comics ended with Batman's millionaire alter-ego Bruce Wayne being ejected from a speeding aircraft without his famous cape and face-mask.

He is now presumed dead (although it is an unwritten rule of comics that superheroes can always be reincarnated) and Mr Rucka said future editions will revolve around a selection of potential heirs, including Batwoman, Catwoman and Bruce Wayne's purported son, Damien, fighting to succeed him.