It seems that there has been some confusion about the part of the title of events, “beyond feminism.” So I just wanted to mention some things.
One of the events mentioned on the calender is a day of explaining why we chose to have that be apart of the name and there is a lot of weight to it that could not be summed up in a blog post right now. But I will say that in planning this, we have no delusion that patriarchy has or is going to disappear after all is said and done here. Sexism, racism, homophobia, and classism are still alive and well. Nor are we trying to instill a matriarchy (just throwing that one out there).
We are by no means attempting to be condescending or presumptuous. This is all about communication and not taking the easy way out in impulsively drawing lines between our respective identities or how we have experienced this world. Like we have said before, email us with any questions or critiques.
What we are trying to do, is explore the fact that in striving for our own individual freedom or understanding of our discontentment, we have found that certain identities have entered the realm of just another game of power play. Power roles shifting back and forth under the guise of liberation or progress. If you say you’re struggling, what or who are you struggling for?
We acknowledge the importance of identifying with certain social groups or struggles to an extent of finding those who you have commonality with. However, gaining control over our lives, and our bodies is not something to be limited, and we want to get to the root of what or who is debilitating us.
There is a new page with links to PDFs of the fliers that have been going around town. Feel free to print them out for yourself, or to spread them around.
We’re finishing up all the last touches, and we hope that a lot of people can make it to as many events as they want. Thank you so much to everyone who has been contributing and supporting the organizers through out the last month or so of planning.
Just some reminders for folks…
If you are coming in from out of town we unfortunately are not able to provide boarding. Those with children who would like to have someone hangout with their kid while they attend a discussion or workshop, ask any of the organizers and we can work something out. There are more than a few with experience in childcare (and would probably be stoked to hangout with some of the small ones).
There have been some updates to the schedule, which is pretty great cause it’s giving us more room for there to be more than one event in one day. So I encourage you to check it out!
Some notes on the the last day with health and childbirth workshops:
There are some awesome certified doulas participating in these workshops – some coming from as far as North Carolina. We are also incorporating the topic of depression and mental health within the health time frame of the discussions.
With two events going on this day, we don’t want people to forget about the dance party happening later in the evening. Because when we have a week of events and actions, we have great fun.
The site is new and there is a lot of work to be done from now until July. Thanks to everyone in support of this project, and this site will be up and running as swiftly as possible.
Once all is set up, the site will answer a lot of questions that anyone may have in regards of the intentions and the logistics of what is being planned for this summer, but please don’t hesitate to email us!