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Entries from October 2007

Berkeley: MOLLY

October 26th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Molly, 28, is studying documentary filmmaking in the graduate program at Berkeley School of Journalism. A few years back, she attempted to make a film on what feminism means these days, but became discouraged. “I wanted to talk to women active in their communities, but hit a dead end…I just got lost in the meaning […]

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Berkeley: JERLINA

October 25th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Jerlina: 25, student at Berkeley getting her PhD in African Diaspora, Buddhist, part of a radical ecofeminist group. She connects ecofeminism (a movement that unites environmentalism and feminism) to Buddhism, a religion she was raised with and which helps her see the world as interconnected. She was raised with the Buddhist idea of practicing non-violence […]

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Oakland: BEA

October 25th, 2007 · 4 Comments

Bea: 24, from decatur, Georgia, works at a library, teaches at the local elementary school, volunteers at a queer black youth center, and is active in Incite, an organization of women of color against violence. “Recently, feminism is not the direction I see myself going—I am trying to be more ‘gender-revolutionary.’ I love women, I’m […]

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San Francisco, Day 3: STARHAWK

October 25th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Starhawk: feminist, global justice activist and trainer, permaculture designer and teacher, Pagan and Witch. On becoming Wiccan: “I began to see the connection between goddess-centered religions and an inherent feminine power, an ethos that society has lost through the dominance of patriarchal religions. The rhetoric and violence of war is directly linked to the phallocentric […]

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San Francisco, Day 3: REBECCA AND JANE

October 25th, 2007 · 6 Comments

Jane (left): founded and runs a porn production agency for men with fetishes called pantymistress, mother of Rebecca, 24. Rebecca (right): 24, works for a global management consulting firm, wrote her undergrad senior thesis on the feminist economic potential of porn. Jane on fantasies: “I once dated a lingerie fetishist. I thought it was very creative, […]

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San Francisco, second night: HAMPSHIRE ROUNDTABLE

October 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

Around 11pm we rally energy for the third and final interview of the day, a bar roundtable in the lower Haight-Ashbury neighborhood with four young women. They are all recent graduates of Hampshire College in western Massachusetts and although none are originally from San Fran, they chose to relocate together for both the fun of […]

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San Francisco, Day 2: NADIAH

October 23rd, 2007 · 1 Comment

We settle into another night in San Fran at Sean and Nadiah’s house in the lower Haight area. Nadiah, 23, grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio with a Libyan dad and a Mexican mom. She works as a paralegal during the day but wants to do art, and recently had her photography shown at a […]

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San Francisco, Day 2: ROXANNE

October 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

After parking on a particularly steep San Francisco hill, we walk across the street from Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s house. Roxanne is a radical leftist and feminist activist who moved from rural Oklahoma to the West coast in the thick of the sixties student movements. Although she is labeled a feminist, she prefers the term “women’s liberation” […]

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San Francisco, first morning: CAREY

October 23rd, 2007 · 5 Comments

Carey Perloff: Second Wave feminist, mother, runs the American Conservatory Theater. On stay-at-home moms: “Society needs to make structural changes [to encourage men to take a role in child-rearing], but educated women shouldn’t just give up. Why are we granting all these scholarships to women if they’re not even going to use it?”It’s an upper […]

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Our Portland Blind Dates: ULA AND EILEEN

October 22nd, 2007 · 2 Comments

Besides going through friends of friends, we have been taking up the offers of women who reach out to us. Ula (left) is one such lady, who considers herself a feminist. She was born in Warsaw, Poland, and raised in Huntsville, a town in Alabama with many first-generation immigrants. At the tender age of 23, […]

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