The fun thing about starting this blog has been the reaction from the Las Vegas feminist and activist community. I am so happy that people have embraced The Siren and the work we have already accomplished in five short months. (And I genuinely believe the best is yet to come!) So even though I am taking some time to be with my family (and letting the very capable and fabulous Natalie do most of the heavy-lifting these days), I just feel guilty if I let too many good items pass by un-mentioned.
- How many times have you screamed at the TV or bitched about an ad in a magazine because of it’s sexist content or impact on women’s negative body images? Well, if you’re as tired as I am with it all — including the ridiculous amount of media coverage of Hillary Clinton’s femaleness — then the Defining Beauty conference at UNLV on Dec. 1 might just be the ticket for your feminist outrage. Co-sponsored by the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada and the UNLV Jean Nidetch Women’s Center, the conference will feature keynote speaker Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth, and panels on body image and beauty. The conference is part of the DOVE “real beauty” campaign. For more info, check out WRIN’s website.
- As Natalie mentioned in a previous post, October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Area nonprofits and groups are working to put on several local events. Check out the SAFE House/Nevada NOW-sponsored silent auction and awareness benefit at the Icehouse Lounge, 650 Main St., at 6 p.m. on Oct. 25. (Tickets are $50. For info, call SAFE House at 451-4203.) Also on Oct. 25 is UNLV’s Take Back the Night march.
- And I just wanted to add my two-cents onto Natalie’s plug for the Sister Spit event this week. If you’ve ever seen this traveling band of spoken-word poets (and author Michelle Tea) perform, then I know you’ll be there. If not, don’t hesitate to go. It’s feminist, radical, engaging, funny, intense, sex-positive, queer-positive fun. And we so desperately need to have that kind of artistic, activist fun in Las Vegas! Seriously, it’s awesome! And thanks to the awesome power of female activists in this town (Desiree you rock!) Sister Spit is coming back at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Michael Wardle Gallery, inside the Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston.