Meet the storytellers: @rebrexit!
#team70s is brought to you by none other than Rebecca Danigelis! Danigelis was an executive hotel housekeeper for 40 years before being abruptly fired at the age of 75. Since then, she and her son have undergone a bucket list journey to do all the things she was never able to do while on the clock. Her adventures will be showcased in the 2019 documentary, Duty Free.
Catch a sneak peak of all the stories she has to tell this Wednesday! There are a few standing room only seats left; find them at the link in our bio 💕
Meet the storytellers: Jane Davis!
#team60s is being repped by Jane Davis. In addition to living a life of adventure, Davis is a published writer, psychotherapist, equine specialist, professional skier, and explorer of life.
Don't miss her and the rest of our December lineup on Wednesday night! Link to tix in our bio 💃
Meet the storytellers: Robin Eileen Bernstein!
Representing #team50s this month is Robin Eileen Bernstein! Bernstein is a writer whose byline appears in The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Salon, Newsday, Narratively, Next Avenue, Purple Clover and elsewhere. She’s performed her essays in New York and points beyond with Living Out Loud: Writers Riff on Love Sweat & Fears and with the Paragraph Reading Series.
Watch her on the generation women stage this Wednesday; standing room tickets available at the link in our bio!
Meet the storytellers: @zibbyowens!
Zibby Owens joins #team40s this month and is a writer, mother of four in NYC, and host of the popular podcast, “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books.” Her work has appeared in Redbook, Marie Claire, SELF, Shape, HuffPost, Scary Mommy, Kveller, the New York Times online and in many other publications.
Catch this power mom, and several other amazing women, on our stage this wednesday night! Link to tix in our bio 💕
Meet the storytellers: @joyellenicole!
#team30s is Joyelle Nicole: a comedian who regularly features for Hannibal Buress and has opened for other legends like Dave Chappelle, Russell Peters, and Maria Bamford. She is currently the warm up comic for Hasan Minhaj’s talk show Patriot Act on Netflix.
Catch Joyelle telling a story about being naughty, nice, and nasty this wednesday at @caveatnyc; link to tix in our biooo 😊
Meet the storytellers: @blairimani!
This month's #team20s is Blair Imani! She's an author and activist living at the intersection of Black, Queer, and Muslim identity. Imani is the author of Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History. She is the founder and Executive Director of Equality for HER, a nonprofit educational platform for women and nonbinary people.
We have a few standing room tickets left for our "naughty or nice... or nasty" December show; link to tix in bio!
One of my birthday presents 😍
These actually arrived over a week ago but I have waited patiently to open them and I still haven’t decided what to do with them or where to put them 😅 they are beautiful and I love them and you should check out @thehopefulhermit shop and buy the feminist killjoy in your life a sticker 😘
Many of you know that I’m multi cultural and multilingual so code switching is something that comes as second nature to me and my art practice. It’s why I confortably jump between media, techniques, and visual languages. ⠀
For this public art commission I relied heavily on the play of words: parkour freerunners are also called traceurs/traceusses. In French, it translates to tracers- as in drawing lines. DPDs workers are here conceived as metaphoric freerunners leaping over obstacles in the defense of their clients. I placed a series of freerunners leaping from one end of the ramped 30 foot long wall to the other, anchoring their movements with Fibonacci curves. ⠀
To codify their own self concept into the design, I asked a group of the lawyers in the five firms comprising the DPD to map a typical day. I gave them Paul Klee’s quote “A line is a dot that went for a walk” and asked them to do a mind walk. I took their drawings (which were remarkably similar) and layered the most representative of these to create an energetic map of their real life mental freerunning.⠀
The historical Dexter Horton Building which newly houses the DPD is reflected in my design through the Ionic columns, and city grid (an abstracted simplification of the actual buildings you can see from various windows in the structure).⠀
I originally conceived and was approved for a much larger concept which included representations of historical figures important in jurisprudence and social justice but the landlords of the Dexter Horton bldg would not approve. Ah well...I am still super honored to have been able to serve these valiant clients who help thise most in need of representation in our communities! ⠀❤️⠀Couldn’t have done it without my sweet husband, Scott, @bioluminous_photography who volunteered his weekends help me stage the site and strike it at the end of every session, and do a bit of code switching himself- Scott helped me paint! filling in the innumerable puzzleshapes in the background. Thank you!!! #seattleartist#originalart#artshare#galleryartist#contemporaryart#feminist#womanartist#4culture#intersectional#nojusticenopeace#democracy
Having the raw power and ability to manipulate the world around you, physically and conceptually, isn’t a quality we women are explicitly encouraged to recognize as ours. It’s like a secret every woman has to discover on her own, or if she’s lucky, with the encouragement and guidance of others. Those moments when I’m coaching someone’s lifting, and a look comes across their face like, “Oh wait... you mean, I CAN lift (a.k.a DO / UNDERTAKE / WITHSTAND / ACCOMPLISH / etc.) THAT MUCH?!” That’s the good stuff.
Walking around with pretty visible muscles as a lady feels like flipping a permanent bird to people who still believe a women can’t be as strong as a man, to the Damsel in Distress narrative, to misogyny, to the societal construct of “muscly = manly,” or “muscly = egomaniac,” or “muscly = gym rat, jock, athlete, etc.”
I don’t consider myself any of those things, and I don’t think being a lifter requires identifying in any of those ways. Contrary to popular belief, those identities are not prerequisites for developing the capacity to feel strong and empowered in your body. So many people, women especially, don’t even consider physical strength to be of high value. They don’t recognize the benefits that strength can provide for them, in all aspects of their lives. It’s through no fault of their own, but due to social norms and messages, how gross most mainstream fitness marketing is, and also lack of visibility of alternative examples of who a “fit person” is.
So many of you wondrous artists, and nerds, and feminists, and activists, and intellectuals of all shapes, colors, and walks of life are missing out on this powerful practice we call being a Student of Strength, because you think it’s not FOR YOU, or that you will have to become someone you’re not to be “good at it.” Pish posh!
We are all capable of more than we realize, and nothing has taught me that more than the pursuit of strength.
Normal people don't do these things. Saying you are a good person just because you've never sexually assaulted someone is the pretty much the same as saying you're a good person only on the basis you've never killed someone. (Tags: #feminism#assault#intersectionalfeminism#intersectional)