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Entries from November 2007

Memphis: ALICJA

November 17th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Alicja is singer and guitarist for an array of Memphis-based bands, including the Lost Sounds and the River City Tanlines. We meet her at the HiTone, an eclectic retro-styled rock club where she is tending door. On a break between sets, she pulls us into the back room for a chat, before shooing us back […]

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Memphis: KRISTA

November 17th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Krista, originally from Sioux Falls, SD, moved to the city with her girlfriend after she graduated from Macalester this year to teach high school biology in North Memphis. She doesn’t consider herself a feminist because “calling oneself a feminist is an excuse for bad behavior.” She explains, “A lot of feminists I know tend to […]

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New Orleans, Day 3: KATE

November 17th, 2007 · 1 Comment

We meet Kate at nightfall (left, on her fire escape), in the lively collective anarchist bookstore and arts space, The Iron Rail. Before heading up to her loft, she takes us on a tour of the various colorful happenings and resources this unassuming industrial building provides. The bookstore overflows with literature, zines, records, and attractive […]

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New Orleans, Day 3: SARAH

November 17th, 2007 · No Comments

We met Sarah while getting a tour of the anarchist collective from Kate. She was stretching for a free evening yoga class, and invited us to join. We had an interview to attend, but we wouldn’t continue on until she showed off some trapeze moves for us (pictured left). Sarah is a writer, but has […]

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New Orleans, Day 3: NOEL

November 17th, 2007 · 3 Comments

When we arrived at Noel’s house in our first night in New Orleans, we are greeted by a handful of lesbians watching a DVD of their drag king show they had just performed in. There was Noel on the screen, dancing onstage in guy’s clothing. The last time I had seen Noel, who is an […]

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New Orleans, Day 2: MAYABA AND MANDISA

November 16th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Mayaba and Mandisa, both young women active in the New Orleans branch of INCITE, meet up with us on Esplanade for late afternoon coffee. Mayaba, 27, is from DC and has been in New Orleans for 6 years. She works with INCITE, the New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic, and Critical Resistance, an organization against the […]

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New Orleans, Day 2: LYNN

November 16th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Lynn, 25, meets us in the Marigny for some lunch. A self-proclaimed “army brat,” she’s gotten around but considers New Orleans her home because she spent a bunch of formative years here. She feels such a connection to the city that she abandoned her full scholarship to college in Philly because she hated the east […]

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Baton Rouge: OUR FEMINIST FIESTA

November 15th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Jessica, who teaches digital media and graphic design at a high school, found us on the web and invited us via email to a feminist party in our honor. We were much obliged and drove west from New Orleans in eager anticipation. Weaving through the party, we pick up tidbits from more than twenty women, […]

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Overheard in New Orleans…

November 15th, 2007 · 2 Comments

“I know we’re the ones who bring people into this crap ass world. I know I’m a woman, but I like to keep things PG. When people talk about their vaginas, I’m like errr…”–Charlotte “I don’t know if I’m a feminist. I believe in equality.”–Angie

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New Orleans, Day 1: LOYOLA LADIES

November 15th, 2007 · 2 Comments

On our first morning in New Orleans, we visit Loyola University’s tree-lined campus to meet up with 3 young women. Our first appointment is with Puja, a junior biology major minoring in business. Born and raised in New Orleans, Puja is president of an on-campus group called Bridging the Gap, which promotes awareness of racial […]

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