Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sticker Sister is AWESOME

Where have I been? How could I have NOT known about Sticker Sister? I went chasing links the other day, and a couple of clicks lead me to Ariel Fox and her extremely cool stickers, posters, t shirts and other fun things.

My current fave thing is the Brave Girl t-shirt. I LOVE IT!

And the very very very best part is that Ariel started Sticker Sisters when she was in the 8th Grade! Read all about her here

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Rockin' and 'Readin with Girls Write Now

I had so much fun at Thursday night's Friendraiser for Girls Write Now that it took me TWO days to recover and post. At Bluestockings, mentors and mentees read their original work from their chapbooks and then we crossed the street to the Slipper Room where Janice Earlbaum and Tayari Jones read their work (GO BUY THEIR BOOKS!) and then we rocked out to my friends from Royal Pink. I actually danced onstage. plus, um, their was some burlesque, and Lauren Cerand emcee'd, so with all this going on, you can see why it took me two days to recover. Luckily tons of other peeps were all over it, immediately after the shindig! see below....

In addition to the Rockin' and Readin' we are also Raising the Money, much needed money to help more of NYC's high school girls to participate in high quality FREE programming. By the end of the program year, girls develop a 7 genre portfolio, and their writing is amazing. Girls use the portfolio to enter contests, for their college admissions essays, and for publication.

If you missed all the fun on Thursday, check out the pics and commentary and then send a check or donate at the website. You KNOW you WANT to.

Tayari blogs: OMG Girls Write Now

Janice blogs at Girlbomb

Celina interviews Maya Nussbaum on feministing


more bloggin' reviews of the festivities:
From the author of Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader Fernham

Monday, October 15, 2007

Celebrate 10 Years of Bold Articulate Women and Girls!

Today's Opinion Section of the New York Times includes a piece by a college professor, author, and member of the NYT Editorial Board Verlyn Klinkenborg who has noticed a "polite self-negation" among his female students.

Of young womens' self doubts, he writes,
"These are poignant questions, and they always give me pause, because they allow me to see, as nothing else does, the cultural frame these young women have grown up in. I can hear them questioning the very nature of their perceptions, doubting the evidence of their senses, distrusting the clarity of their thoughts."
Read the whole piece here

It's this cultural frame that girls organizations fight against, working hard to create spaces where girls and young women regcognize and claim their own authority. One of my absolute favorites is Girls Write Now

Come see girls confidently trusting the clarity of their thoughts and the organization that supports them in action THIS THURSDAY at their 10th Anniversary Fall "Friendraiser"

October 18th, 2007

Mentor-Mentee Pair Reading and Chapbook Showcase at Bluestockings, the radical bookstore, fair trade café and activist center
Bluestockings Bookstore: 172 Allen Street @ Stanton & Rivington

Cross the street and party at The Slipper Room with author and "girlbomb" Janice Erlbaum, award-winning novelist Tayari Jones and hotshot indy rockers Royal Pink

Check out all the deets here

(Many thanks to Dorin for an early morning email about the editorial!!!)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Girl Fighting on You Tube

I'm fascinated by people's reactions to girls fighting. When girl fighting made the news in the 90's, I thought that the interest in it was more of a testament to the persistence of what it means to be a girl. You know, fighting is not feminine, so when girls fight it has been treated as some kind of aberration. Fighting and aggression is expected of boys but newsworthy when its girls.

I'm not advocating violence here, but anger, aggression, and even fighting are all parts of the human experience, for both genders. I'm not sure why its such a surprise to people when girls engage in these behaviors.

With the new girlfights making the rounds on You Tube, there's been some very smart commentary about why it draws so much attention. Check it out:


Friday, October 05, 2007

21 Leaders and The Real Hot 100

One of my pet peeves are youth serving orgs that say youth can be the leaders of tomorrow, when so many young people are leading projects, organizations, and making social change happen.

However, i love, love, love organizations that recognize the contributions of young people, especially girls! I'm a big fan of both Womens E News and The Real Hot 100 because they recognize the difference that young people can make NOW. I've nominated teens and young women to both. You can too! Here's how:

Deadline: October 10 Womens e News 21 leaders for the 21st century. Prior winners have included Shelby Knox who, as a teenager and a devout Christian, learned about the problems of teen pregnancy and began advocating for comprehensive sex ed in the public schools of Texas and Estafania Alves who, also as a teenager, began a radio show in Boston that empowers and respects women.

To nominate someone you know: Send the following info to by midnight on October 10, 2007.

*The nominee's name, organization, title, e-mail address, phone number, fax number and postal address (cell too, if you have it.)
*Your name, relationship to the nominee, your e-mail address, phone number, fax number and postal address (also cell, if you have one.)
*A summary--of 200 words or less--of how this Leader has made a lasting impact on behalf of women.

Deadline: October 15 The Real Hot 100 is a smart sassy project started by a group of young women who wanted to recognize young women's smarts and creativity not their bodies with this annual list. Last year's list includes too many fabulous women to name. Check out their list and use their online form to nominate someone you know.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Novel thought: Medically Accurate Sex Ed in NYC Schools

My experiences working with girls in NYC from middle school on up has been quite an education (and lots of fun!) in more ways than I could imagine. But I've been shocked at how little accurate information gets to youth (girls and boys) about their bodies and sex ed. It appalls me that we live in a time where we need to qualify the term sex ed with the qualifiers "age-appropriate medically accurate." This should be a given. Come out and make sure that students get good info in New York. Thanks to Jen for the announcement-- Patti

School-based Health Centers = A Healthy Choice

Join Senator Velmanette Montgomery

Wed., October 10, 2007 at 4:00pm
at the Downtown Brooklyn Campus at LIU

to learn how YOU can help bring age-appropriate, medically accurate sex education to NYC schools AND increase state funding for school-based
health centers statewide.

In the wake of the State Health Department's rejection of federal money for abstinence-only programs, we must act now to ensure that $2.6 million in state funding, which was once used to supplement these programs, be re-directed to support real sex education that can saves lives.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. in the Campus courtyard located between the Cyber Cafe and the Library Learning Center underpass.
Enter at DeKalb Avenue and Hudson Avenue.

LIU Downtown Brooklyn Campus is accessible by the
4/5 or 2/3 trains to Nevins Street
B, M, Q or R to DeKalb Avenue
A, C or G trains to Hoyt Schemerhorn Station

For more information, call 718-643-6140 or email

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Gender and Hip Hop

Woah-- I just saw this announcement for Friday's panel. I'm familiar with Byron Hurt made the documentary Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes and has spoken out about both his love for hip hop and the way gender roles are represented in hip hop, but I had never heard of Black Girls Rock! Check out Dj Beverly Bond Sounds amazing-- I'm looking forward to learning more.


Friday, October 5, 7pm.

Community dialogue on the gender crisis featuring
panelists Joan Morgan, M-1, Byron Hurt, and Tracy Sharpley-Whiting
Hosted by Black Girls Rock! Founder and DJ Beverly Bond.

Moderated by
Bakari Kitwana.

The Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave.
near E. 104th. Manhattan. Visit:

Free with RSVP to
212-534-1672 x3395. Source: Brian Ward.