I’m an atheist, and I always have been. I’m a third-generation atheist, moreover; my parents are atheists, and so were/are most of grandparents. But unlike my parents or my grandparents, I was raised without any Jewish observance in my life…
Two fantastic women / media / feminism events coming up!
I only kinda halfway watched it because being out watching the Superbowl is a Thing You Must Do, but I did pay attention to the halftime show. Beyonce! Wow. Beyonce. You are a superstar for a reason and I love you and want to be you and I am so glad you never wear pants because there is absolutely no reason for you to ever wear pants. 2013 is really her year, huh? Inauguration and the Superbowl? Not bad. I did not watch the commercials, although I saw that Audi one this morning and I agree with Amanda that it is gross. No, kissing someone isn’t rape, but walking up to a virtual stranger and planting a kiss on her because she’s hot and you’re “brave” isn’t really treating her like a person who should have some say in who she wants to kiss. It’s treating her like she’s an accoutrement to your sweet life, like that car. But as Amanda points out, it is forever fascinating that there exist “gross dudes who will die on the hill of claiming that creeping on women and forcing yourself on them is a legitimate form of flirting.” What did you all think? About the game or the commercials or Queen B or the lights going out because Beyonce is just too bright or whatever?
Today is the birthday of our own beloved Caperton. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAPERTON! I hope it’s as fabulous as you are.
WAM, an organization very near and dear to my heart, is auctioning off some awesome items and services just in time for the holidays. Feministe friend Captain Awkward will give you advice! Ann Friedman will tell your story in GIFs! Baratunde Thurston will bring you as his date to Whiskey Friday! Rebecca Traister will edit your manuscript! An autographed Tegan and Sara vinyl pack! Dinner with Jessica Valenti! A strategy session with Sandra Fluke! Tickets to the Colbert Report, Wanda Sykes and more! SO MANY THINGS. GO BID NOW.
TONIGHT, Sunday Nov. 18th, is the Operation Surfin Bird fundraiser to help bring Thanksgiving to the Rockaways after Sandy. It’s from 7-11pm at the Dalloway, $20 suggested donation at the door. DJ sets from Tanlines and Victor Vazquez of Das Racist.
Operation Surfin Bird also needs help to prep, cook, deliver food and clean up on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can lend a hand. And if you’re not in the NY area and want to donate, you can go here.
These days of course there are so many added venues for women to get together -– drinks after work, lunch, maybe a film, etc. My experience with such opportunities often, however, did not seem to me so different from my mother’s day. Often isolated, often individualized, often professionally segregated or age separated.
Considering this a few years ago, I decided a new, big gathering of women was just the ticket.
This is Peg-Leg Pete (“Petey” for short). Petey, as I mentioned in an earlier post, is a little guy I adopted back in July. He is just the best and I love him. Pete came through the organization Brooklyn Animal Action, a group run by a small and extremely dedicated group of women in New York City. Much of the organization’s funding comes from its volunteers. Without them, Petey — whose foot was crushed as a kitten and who has undergone multiple surgeries and weeks of daily vet visits — wouldn’t be alive, let alone sitting on my couch right now. So they are an organization very dear to my heart. They’re also hosting a big fundraiser on Sept. 10th from 6-10pm at Stone Park Cafe in Park Slope. The invite is here. If you’re in the area, I’d encourage you to attend — Stone Park is a great restaurant, and the event is for a good cause (not to mention having great food and a silent auction). They’re also honoring Dr. Yvonne Szacki, the vet who did Pete’s surgery and provided his daily care for months. She is wonderful, and this honor is well-deserved.
Planned Parenthood of NYC is hosting their annual Summer, Sex & Spirits event, and they want Feministe readers to attend! You can buy tickets here, or, if you’re the first person to email feministe -at- gmail.com and answer all three of the below questions correctly (NO GOOGLING!), you can win yourself a ticket:
It’s Thursday June 14th from 6-9pm at the Brooklyn Historical Society, and it honors Anita Hill. Go! All proceeds will go directly to support GGE’s ongoing work, which includes sexual harassment training, youth leadership, and a wide variety of gender equality work. GGE is also doing a special “Phenomenal Women” tribute where smaller donors can give $50 to have a picture of a “phenomenal woman” in their life be a part of a slideshow at the event. And Feministing’s Vanessa Valenti will also be honored as “Gender Justice Warriors.” It sounds awesome and you should go.