Women's Student Activist Collective

The Women’s Student Activist Collective is a social justice student group that works to empower women, transgender, and gender non-conforming people to eliminate oppressions related to sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, ability, etc. ALL GENDERS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN!!

Spring 2014 meetings:
Every Wednesday at 4 pm in Coffman Memorial Union 215 (email wsac@umn.edu with questions)

Based at:
The University of Minnesota


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Hey U of M Twin Cities!

womensstudentactivistcollective:

WSAC’s Revolutionary Art THing will be concluding this week on Thursday with TWO super awesome events on THURSDAY APRIL 24th. Make sure you and all of your friends come! Event details below.

Spoken Word Workshop Featuring Frannie Choi
Thursday April 24th, 1:30-3:00pm in Nolte 140
"SPEAK UP!: Spoken Word Poetry as Radical Truth-Telling. Spoken word poetry offers an avenue for historically silenced people to reclaim their voices. Through writing and performance exercises, we will take a stab at speaking back against the dominant narrative and telling our truths." Refreshments will be provided!

Spoken Word Performance by Frannie Choi and Local Artists (TBA)
Thursday April 24th, 6:00-9:00pm in Coffman Union’s Mississippi Room
The conclusion to WRATH, this will feature Frannie Choi, the featured performer from that day’s writing workshop, along with local artists. Food will be provided!

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So much of being Black in America is seeing things that no one else sees, or wants to see. Sometimes, it turns out, there is indeed nothing there. […] And yet, many conspiracy theories are eventually proven true. The late Detroit mayor Coleman Young used to always say: “Just because you’re paranoid, don’t mean ain’t nobody out to get you.” Black people all over the world know that there are people out there who mean them harm and have a vested interest in writing off their claims as craziness, conspiracy theories, fantasy.

Thomas Jefferson did father Sally Hemings’s children; the CIA did help introduce crack cocaine into America’s inner cities; those doctors at Tuskegee Institute weren’t healing those Black men infected with syphilis; white folks in New Orleans, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. were plotting to reclaim neighborhoods from Blacks. The Chicago Police Department and the FBI did execute Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark while they slept.
Robert E. Pierre and Jon Jeter, A Day Late and a Dollar Short: High Hopes and Deferred Dreams in Obama’s “Post-Racial” America (via wretchedoftheearth)

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Hey U of M Twin Cities!

womensstudentactivistcollective:

WSAC’s Revolutionary Art THing will be concluding this week on Thursday with TWO super awesome events on THURSDAY APRIL 24th. Make sure you and all of your friends come! Event details below.

Spoken Word Workshop Featuring Frannie Choi
Thursday April 24th, 1:30-3:00pm in Nolte 140
"SPEAK UP!: Spoken Word Poetry as Radical Truth-Telling. Spoken word poetry offers an avenue for historically silenced people to reclaim their voices. Through writing and performance exercises, we will take a stab at speaking back against the dominant narrative and telling our truths." Refreshments will be provided!

Spoken Word Performance by Frannie Choi and Local Artists (TBA)
Thursday April 24th, 6:00-9:00pm in Coffman Union’s Mississippi Room
The conclusion to WRATH, this will feature Frannie Choi, the featured performer from that day’s writing workshop, along with local artists. Food will be provided!

(via womensstudentactivistcollective)

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Hey U of M Twin Cities!

womensstudentactivistcollective:

WSAC’s Revolutionary Art THing will be concluding this week on Thursday with TWO super awesome events on THURSDAY APRIL 24th. Make sure you and all of your friends come! Event details below.

Spoken Word Workshop Featuring Frannie Choi
Thursday April 24th, 1:30-3:00pm in Nolte 140
"SPEAK UP!: Spoken Word Poetry as Radical Truth-Telling. Spoken word poetry offers an avenue for historically silenced people to reclaim their voices. Through writing and performance exercises, we will take a stab at speaking back against the dominant narrative and telling our truths." Refreshments will be provided!

Spoken Word Performance by Frannie Choi and Local Artists (TBA)
Thursday April 24th, 6:00-9:00pm in Coffman Union’s Mississippi Room
The conclusion to WRATH, this will feature Frannie Choi, the featured performer from that day’s writing workshop, along with local artists. Food will be provided!

(via womensstudentactivistcollective)

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Accepting that bisexuality is a valid sexual orientation is the same as accepting people for who they say they are, even if it goes beyond what you can understand. To deny the legitimacy of bisexuality because it is outside of our own comprehension is no better than the attitude of the many people who have dismissed homosexuality as being nothing more than a phase, a mental illness, or something that can be fixed.

As gay men and women, we do not allow anyone to deny the legitimacy or authenticity of who we are. We are a culture forged in the steadfast belief that we, as people, were born this way. In spite of the many well-organized efforts to dismiss the validity of our sexuality, we stuck to what we knew was true in our gut. So to casually dismiss bisexuals as either confused straight people or homos in hiding goes directly against the logic that we demand heterosexual naysayers to adopt.

A Second Look At Bisexuality | Tyler Curry for The Advocate  (via gaywrites)

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msntalk:

An infographic created by my friend to quickly spread the word on the non offensive way to write trans woman.
If you don’t know why the other variations are crossed out please do some research on your own. Various trans women have written numerous posts about why they are harmful to trans women.

msntalk:

An infographic created by my friend to quickly spread the word on the non offensive way to write trans woman.

If you don’t know why the other variations are crossed out please do some research on your own. Various trans women have written numerous posts about why they are harmful to trans women.

(Source: baeddeltrender, via thenewwomensmovement)

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Hey U of M Twin Cities!

womensstudentactivistcollective:

WSAC’s Revolutionary Art THing will be concluding this week on Thursday with TWO super awesome events on THURSDAY APRIL 24th. Make sure you and all of your friends come! Event details below.

Spoken Word Workshop Featuring Frannie Choi
Thursday April 24th, 1:30-3:00pm in Nolte 140
"SPEAK UP!: Spoken Word Poetry as Radical Truth-Telling. Spoken word poetry offers an avenue for historically silenced people to reclaim their voices. Through writing and performance exercises, we will take a stab at speaking back against the dominant narrative and telling our truths." Refreshments will be provided!

Spoken Word Performance by Frannie Choi and Local Artists (TBA)
Thursday April 24th, 6:00-9:00pm in Coffman Union’s Mississippi Room
The conclusion to WRATH, this will feature Frannie Choi, the featured performer from that day’s writing workshop, along with local artists. Food will be provided!
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Loving yourself does not mean being self-absorbed. It means welcoming yourself as the most honored guest in your own heart. Margo Anand (via middle-women)

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Reblogged from womensstudentactivistcollective

Hey U of M Twin Cities!

womensstudentactivistcollective:

WSAC’s Revolutionary Art THing will be concluding this week on Thursday with TWO super awesome events on THURSDAY APRIL 24th. Make sure you and all of your friends come! Event details below.

Spoken Word Workshop Featuring Frannie Choi
Thursday April 24th, 1:30-3:00pm in Nolte 140
"SPEAK UP!: Spoken Word Poetry as Radical Truth-Telling. Spoken word poetry offers an avenue for historically silenced people to reclaim their voices. Through writing and performance exercises, we will take a stab at speaking back against the dominant narrative and telling our truths." Refreshments will be provided!

Spoken Word Performance by Frannie Choi and Local Artists (TBA)
Thursday April 24th, 6:00-9:00pm in Coffman Union’s Mississippi Room
The conclusion to WRATH, this will feature Frannie Choi, the featured performer from that day’s writing workshop, along with local artists. Food will be provided!
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bebinn:

feministblackboard:

 I cannot begin to tell you how incredibly moved I am by all of the messages, reblogs and personal storiies have come out from that article I wrote on reproductive coercion. It’s such an important issue we need to get out. It isnt some intangible idea that floats far away from us. It happens to our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. Without further adieu, here are some of the many, many messages that have sprung from that post. I hope they paint how real and close this issue is to each of us.  Click here to view essay
“My ex husband did this shit to me. Once we got married I wasn’t allowed to use birth control pills, he refused to use condoms.” 
“I actually knew multiple women going through this when I was working at the domestic violence shelter.”
“Marital rape happens so often in some places people don’t see it as an issue. They think, if you’re married the man is entitled to have sex whenever he desires which is incorrect. Whether you are a complete stranger in a dark alley or married to me, you do not have any right putting your hands on me without my consent.”
“This is why I was on Depo when I was stuck with my abusive boyfriend.  He beat the shit out of me when he found my hidden birth control pills.Guess who opened 2 hours early so that I could get my Depo injection without my abuser knowing?  Planned Parenthood.”
 “thank you for this. people do need to realize that there are TONS of reasons why people seek out Planned Parenthood or other clinics that can get them help. This is one of them. This has been going on for thousands of years, and it has been an accepted practice in many cultures for just as long. This isn’t something thats happening half a world away from you; this could have happened to your own mother, to your aunt, to you.”
“This, depressingly, is the reason I’m in the world. Except that my dad thought if my mum had a baby she’d have to stop working, seeing her friends, and would be confined to the house. It worked, my mums now 56 and has only been living her own life how she wants for the last 10 years. My dad used to refer to it him having “clipped her wings”.”
“Many voters never consider how defunding these clinics could hurt victims of domestic violence who turn to them for counseling as well as pregnancy prevention.” 
 “This is important and you should read it. Especially the men out there. Just because she’s dating or married to you does not mean you can demand sex whenever you want, and it certainly doesn’t entitle you to any kind of control over her body or reproductive choices. A woman’s body is hers alone, and any attempt to control it is a form of abuse.”
“Started crying reading these stories and thinking about how law makers are taking away one of the best resources for these women.”
“Wow. I went to get birth control at a doctor’s office in the community a lot of people use and they now have posters like this and one’s that explain forcing someone to get pregnant or denying, stealing birth control is abuse and where they can get help. Its great that more people are shedding light on this, just heartbreaking so many people are going through this.”
“I rarely talk about this, but my first boyfriend, who was abusive, tried to do this to me. I’m so lucky I never got pregnant.”
“I had some sort of vague knowledge that abuse like this happen, but after reading this post, I am absolutely appalled. I hope that we can continue to support programs such as Planned Parenthood to help protect these women— and the children!— from abusers such as those mentioned above.”
““Its like he wants to own me from the inside out.” Ownership, entitlement, control, power. The barefoot and pregnant tool for controlling women is still alive and well in many men’s minds today.”
“It’s about time we had one of these stories [written]”
“Planned Parenthood is so important. I’ve written and called in to all of my state officials and so many of them just don’t care.  It enrages me when all anyone can think of with this program is abortion.  They use this argument to rally pro-lifers and gain monetary support. It’s disgusting. We have to keep fighting.”
“One of the reasons that the whole ‘woman deliberately getting pregnant to ‘trap’ a man’ stereotype makes me so angry. The truth of that situation is that it is far more often the other way around: the man traps the woman by forcing her to carry his child. A baby is usually far more of a tie to a relationship for a woman than it is for a man because she is almost always the primary carer, so she will be unable to get a job and will be left financially dependant on her partner. It is the kind of thing that it makes perfect sense for a controling boyfriend/husband to try because pregnancy and then being a full-time mother leaves a woman so physically, financially and emotionally vulnerable.”
“My ex didn’t get violent until he was sure I was pregnant and theoretically trapped in our marriage. He was really invested in being a father until my son wasn’t enough of a reason for me to stay & I refused to have another child to “fix” things between us. To this day I am grateful for the invention of Depo since it was BC he couldn’t sabotage. “
“I almost started crying in class reading that. That’s so terrifying and awful…”
“This is too important not to share”“I don’t want to get into details, but this is a subject that matters a lot to me.”
“Pay attention Folks. Marital Rape is Real. If my ex-husband had been able to get away with his plan, I’d still be putting up with his fat abusive ass. Thanks to Planned Parenthood I was able to protect myself and my uterus”
“I have a marital rapist in my family.  Yes, it is real. Yes it exists. Wedding vows do not mean a wife loses the ability to say “no”.
“This is super important. I know people that have suffered from this kind of abuse and it really disgusts me that so many people think it doesn’t exist. Everyone should read this.
I don’t understand why people think planned parenthood is such a terrible anti-life place. It’s a sanctuary and often saves women from the mental trauma that this describes.”
“My best friend recently divulged that her father had threatened her mother with divorce and financial ruin if she didn’t get pregnant with his third child.I was literally floored.”

Thank you so much, feministblackboard.

bebinn:

feministblackboard:

 I cannot begin to tell you how incredibly moved I am by all of the messages, reblogs and personal storiies have come out from that article I wrote on reproductive coercion. It’s such an important issue we need to get out. It isnt some intangible idea that floats far away from us. It happens to our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. Without further adieu, here are some of the many, many messages that have sprung from that post. I hope they paint how real and close this issue is to each of us.  Click here to view essay

“My ex husband did this shit to me. Once we got married I wasn’t allowed to use birth control pills, he refused to use condoms.” 

“I actually knew multiple women going through this when I was working at the domestic violence shelter.”

“Marital rape happens so often in some places people don’t see it as an issue. They think, if you’re married the man is entitled to have sex whenever he desires which is incorrect. Whether you are a complete stranger in a dark alley or married to me, you do not have any right putting your hands on me without my consent.”

“This is why I was on Depo when I was stuck with my abusive boyfriend.  He beat the shit out of me when he found my hidden birth control pills.Guess who opened 2 hours early so that I could get my Depo injection without my abuser knowing?  Planned Parenthood.”

 “thank you for this. people do need to realize that there are TONS of reasons why people seek out Planned Parenthood or other clinics that can get them help. This is one of them. This has been going on for thousands of years, and it has been an accepted practice in many cultures for just as long. This isn’t something thats happening half a world away from you; this could have happened to your own mother, to your aunt, to you.”

“This, depressingly, is the reason I’m in the world. Except that my dad thought if my mum had a baby she’d have to stop working, seeing her friends, and would be confined to the house. It worked, my mums now 56 and has only been living her own life how she wants for the last 10 years. My dad used to refer to it him having “clipped her wings”.”

Many voters never consider how defunding these clinics could hurt victims of domestic violence who turn to them for counseling as well as pregnancy prevention.” 

 “This is important and you should read it. Especially the men out there. Just because she’s dating or married to you does not mean you can demand sex whenever you want, and it certainly doesn’t entitle you to any kind of control over her body or reproductive choices. A woman’s body is hers alone, and any attempt to control it is a form of abuse.”

“Started crying reading these stories and thinking about how law makers are taking away one of the best resources for these women.”

“Wow. I went to get birth control at a doctor’s office in the community a lot of people use and they now have posters like this and one’s that explain forcing someone to get pregnant or denying, stealing birth control is abuse and where they can get help. Its great that more people are shedding light on this, just heartbreaking so many people are going through this.”

I rarely talk about this, but my first boyfriend, who was abusive, tried to do this to me. I’m so lucky I never got pregnant.”

I had some sort of vague knowledge that abuse like this happen, but after reading this post, I am absolutely appalled. I hope that we can continue to support programs such as Planned Parenthood to help protect these women— and the children!— from abusers such as those mentioned above.”

“Its like he wants to own me from the inside out.” Ownership, entitlement, control, power. The barefoot and pregnant tool for controlling women is still alive and well in many men’s minds today.

“It’s about time we had one of these stories [written]”

“Planned Parenthood is so important. I’ve written and called in to all of my state officials and so many of them just don’t care.  It enrages me when all anyone can think of with this program is abortion.  They use this argument to rally pro-lifers and gain monetary support. It’s disgusting. We have to keep fighting.”

One of the reasons that the whole ‘woman deliberately getting pregnant to ‘trap’ a man’ stereotype makes me so angry. The truth of that situation is that it is far more often the other way around: the man traps the woman by forcing her to carry his child. A baby is usually far more of a tie to a relationship for a woman than it is for a man because she is almost always the primary carer, so she will be unable to get a job and will be left financially dependant on her partner. It is the kind of thing that it makes perfect sense for a controling boyfriend/husband to try because pregnancy and then being a full-time mother leaves a woman so physically, financially and emotionally vulnerable.”

My ex didn’t get violent until he was sure I was pregnant and theoretically trapped in our marriage. He was really invested in being a father until my son wasn’t enough of a reason for me to stay & I refused to have another child to “fix” things between us. To this day I am grateful for the invention of Depo since it was BC he couldn’t sabotage. “

“I almost started crying in class reading that. That’s so terrifying and awful…”

“This is too important not to share”
I don’t want to get into details, but this is a subject that matters a lot to me.”

Pay attention Folks. Marital Rape is Real. If my ex-husband had been able to get away with his plan, I’d still be putting up with his fat abusive ass. Thanks to Planned Parenthood I was able to protect myself and my uterus”

“I have a marital rapist in my family.  Yes, it is real. Yes it exists. Wedding vows do not mean a wife loses the ability to say “no”.

“This is super important. I know people that have suffered from this kind of abuse and it really disgusts me that so many people think it doesn’t exist. Everyone should read this.

I don’t understand why people think planned parenthood is such a terrible anti-life place. It’s a sanctuary and often saves women from the mental trauma that this describes.”

“My best friend recently divulged that her father had threatened her mother with divorce and financial ruin if she didn’t get pregnant with his third child.I was literally floored.”

Thank you so much, feministblackboard.

(Source: feminist-blackboard, via unbuttoningfeminism)

Hey U of M Twin Cities!

WSAC’s Revolutionary Art THing will be concluding this week on Thursday with TWO super awesome events on THURSDAY APRIL 24th. Make sure you and all of your friends come! Event details below.

Spoken Word Workshop Featuring Frannie Choi
Thursday April 24th, 1:30-3:00pm in Nolte 140
"SPEAK UP!: Spoken Word Poetry as Radical Truth-Telling. Spoken word poetry offers an avenue for historically silenced people to reclaim their voices. Through writing and performance exercises, we will take a stab at speaking back against the dominant narrative and telling our truths." Refreshments will be provided!

Spoken Word Performance by Frannie Choi and Local Artists (TBA)
Thursday April 24th, 6:00-9:00pm in Coffman Union’s Mississippi Room
The conclusion to WRATH, this will feature Frannie Choi, the featured performer from that day’s writing workshop, along with local artists. Food will be provided!
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odinsblog:

Excerpts from Brittney Cooper's Salon article. The full article is HERE and It is definitely worth a read. Additionally though, THIS post (by brutereason) is required companion reading for those who still believe that the whole #CancelColbert tag was no more than people who “don’t get satire” or that it’s simply “PC outrage" run amuck

If that is what you believe, then IMHO, you are missing (or willfully ignoring) the realities of privilege, paternalism & hegemony, and you value being “anti-PC" more than you value anti-racism

The @Suey_Park video interview is HERE (worth watching) and a few related posts are here, here and here

(via fyeahcracker)

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Just last week, a 7th grader with a curvy build came home upset about this. She had worn an outfit with a skirt and leggings, and in the morning, a teacher had said to her, “Cute outfit.” But then her homeroom teacher pulled her aside at the end of the day and said, “You know, another girl could get away with that outfit, but you should not be wearing that. I’m going to dress code you.” Juliet Bond and the child’s mom were discussing the incident, not certain if the message to the child was ‘you’re too sexy’ or ‘you’re too fat.’

The kids also report that the teachers have been discussing ‘appropriate body types for leggings and yoga pants and inappropriate body types for yoga pants and leggings.’

Bond says, “This is concerning because it is both slut shaming and fat shaming. If a girl is heavy or developed, the message is that she cannot wear certain clothes.” Neither is acceptable. We should not be sexualizing kids, nor should we be making them feel that they can wear leggings as long as they remain stick thin. Bond asks, “Why are the girls being pulled out of class to have assemblies on whether they are wearing the right clothes, while the boys remain in class, learning and studying?”

I don’t have a problem with a school having a dress code; in fact, I attended a school that didn’t allow jeans or shorts or shirts without collars, but I do have a problem when the dress code is discriminately based on gender and body type. There is a big difference between telling all students to dress respectfully and telling curvy girls to dress in a way that doesn’t distract boys.

The Real Problem with Leggings Ban for Middle School Girls: Specific Targets | Alternet (via becauseiamawoman)

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