Brooklyn Screening of Afro-Punk

SUNDAY, MAY 30 at BOOKTHUG NATION

100 N. 3rd St., Brooklyn // 7pm // FREE

For the Birds Collective & POC Zine Project present a screening of AFRO-PUNK

Several of us at RE/VISIONIST will head over to Williamsburg, Brooklyn this Sunday to check out a free screening of the film, Afro-Punk.  POC Zine Project will be providing snacks and zines for all!  We hope to see you there!

From the film’s website: Afro-Punk, a 66-minute documentary, explores race identity within the punk scene. More than your everyday, Behind the Music or typical “black history month” documentary this film tackles the hard questions, such as issues of loneliness, exile, inter-racial dating and black power. We follow the lives of four people who have dedicated themselves to the punk rock lifestyle. They find themselves in conflicting situations, living the dual life of a person of color in a mostly white community. Continue reading

A War Justified by “Women’s Rights”

Photo composite by New York Times

Today, the New York Times reported that the American death toll in Afghanistan has reached 1000.  I think it’s worth taking note of this “grim milestone” here at RE/VISIONIST for several reasons.

Neither the war in Iraq nor the war in Afghanistan receives front-page attention anymore, despite the fact that violence and killing go unabated.  This war in particular has been branded and marketed as a fight for women’s rights, framed with the goal of helping young girls go to school (Laura Bush has been at the forefront of this campaign.)  Afghan women have been portrayed as helpless victims of Islam, which has come to justify the violence. Continue reading

International Girl Gang Underground

As you may have guessed from this post, the intersections of grassroots feminisms and music are really important to me. As a woman musician, I find do-it-yourself modes of production in music, writing, art, and media in general crucial not only to my own creative control, but also to the circulation of marginalized and/or dissenting voices.

As a participant in feminist cultural production, I have been worried by the lack of documentation about what creative women are doing now. Continue reading

“The Pill” Turns 50

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the FDA’s approval of birth control. When I saw this pop up in my Washington Post newsfeed I couldn’t help but think “what a strange coincidence that birth control’s 50th anniversary falls on Mother’s Day.”

On Friday CNN online posted a collection of essays written by Nell Painter, African American Studies historian and author of the #1 book on my summer reading list The History of White People, Letty Cottin Pogrebin founding editor of Ms. Magazine and the founder of National Women’s Political Caucus, Claudia Goldin economic historian and director of the Development of the American Economy program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and feminist writer – lecturer  Rebecca Walker, who happens to be the daughter of SLC alum Alice Walker, among others.

Check out the CNN article here. It’s a fascinating read that offers different perspectives from women and men (one man to be exact) about the affect “The Pill” has had on American society and culture.

- Nydia Swaby

Interview with Photographer Logan White

by Rosamund Hunter

Logan White‘s photography subverts and complicates notions of gender as it relates to domesticity, sexual expression, power, and vulnerability.  Her images are consistently beautiful, quirky, and at times macabre. Logan first fell in love with photography at the age of thirteen at Camp Glen Arden in North Carolina and by fifteen had built her own darkroom.  After studying photography at Rhode Island School of Design and spending a year abroad on the European Honors Program in Rome, Italy, she worked as an independent photographer in both New York and Philadelphia.  Recently, Logan has exhibited at Spencer Brownstone Gallery in NYC, Wesleyan College for Women in Macon, GA, and Mercer University in honor of Women’s History Month, a show sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies department.

Logan is spending some time in her hometown of Macon, treating her stint there like a residency before moving to Los Angeles in May.  In LA, she’ll participate in a group show called “VOLUME” opening at AT1 Projects on May 21st from 6:00 – 10:00pm, followed by group shows in NYC at Milk Gallery and in Sydney, Australia at Monster Children Gallery, also in May.  You can soon see Logan’s latest series of photographs in TEST Magazine commissioned by Jaime Perlman, the Art Director of British Vogue and founder of TEST.  Be sure to check out Logan’s work online at her website, Logan White Photography, and on her blog, Psychic Sunset.  Her zine, “Divinity Lessons,” is available at Printed Matter in NYC.

Recently Roz, RE/VISIONIST staff member, had the opportunity to talk to Logan White about the roles gender and sexuality play in her images. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About….Sex Work?

by Brittany Robinson

My interest in this topic stems from a class I took during my senior year of college called Sexual Revolutions. My professor was an amazing woman who challenged us to look at sex work as a product of our culture, not just something we can condemn or advocate under the idea that this form of work (which Ronald Weitzer in Sex for Sale says includes stripping, prostitution, peep-shows, phone sex operators, etc (1)) just emerged without our consent or awareness of it.  From this, I thought “What about sex work within my culture?”  I am an African-American woman from the South, and I have always heard women in my community treat sex as a “secret,” so when some of them learned I was taking a class that examined sex work, they wanted to know one thing: why I would feel comfortable as a Black woman discussing sex work when we have a history of sexual exploitation.  Because of their inquiries and my own, I came to formulate the argument presented below. Continue reading

Five Questions with Randi Hutter Epstein, MD

by Victoria Sollecito

Randi Hutter Epstein is the author of new book, Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank. Epstein has an MS from The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and an M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine. She is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia and has written for the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, Parents, and Harper’s Bazaar as well as numerous other newspapers and magazines. In Get Me Out, Epstein uses her medical knowledge and investigative skills to take an historical (and humorous) look at childbirth through the ages. She spoke to the Women’s History graduate students earlier this month and sat down with Re/Visionist to talk about the birth of her first book. Continue reading