Don’t Ms.: Walk for Choice, Lady Porn Day, a Bowlathon and More

Everywhere: The Oscars are this weekend; how many women will take one home? At the Ms. Blog we can’t help rooting for Sara Nesson’s Poster Girl as the best short documentary, and despite its lack of feminist content I personally want Exit Through the Gift Shop to win for the best longform doc (will I finally get to gaze onto the face of Banksy?). Feb. 27, 5 p.m. PST.

Did you know Feb. 22 is Lady Porn Day? Its goal is to get women across the globe talking and thinking about porn and masturbation in a healthy and fruitful way.

Show your support for women everywhere. Defend your right to bodily autonomy. Stop the GOP from eliminating access to vital healthcare. In other words, Walk for Choice! Check out the list of participating cities, or start your own walk! Feb. 26, 12 p.m.

New York: Attend a panel on “Sexual Assault & The Law” with Michelle Anderson, taking place as part of Rape New York, a series of public dialogues inspired by Jana Leo’s experience as a rape survivor and her book documenting her struggle for justice. Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. @ CUNY Graduate Center, Midtown.

Los Angeles: Suzy Witten, author of The Afflicted Girls, will be discussing her novel and changing the definition of rape. Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. @ The West Hollywood City Council, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd.

UNRATED: A Week of Sex in Cinema. How is sex represented (or misrepresented) in cinema? See some movies and start the conversation. Starts Feb. 25 @ Laemmle’s Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd.

Toronto, Canada: Check out the official book launch of Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism, featuring roundtable discussions from the book’s contributors, followed by a screening of The Road Forward. Proceeds from the evening will go to a scholarship fund created for the children of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Feb. 25, 7-9 p.m. @ Toronto Women’s Bookstore, 73 Harbord St.

Raise funds for the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre / Multicultural Women Against Rape by attending the 18th annual Bowlathon. Feb. 26, 1-9 p.m. @ Bowlerama West, 5429 Dundas St. W.

Ann Arbor, Mich.: Join the Midwest BLGTA College Conference for speakers, workshops, performances and a dance party. Feb. 25-27.

If you know of any other feminist events this week, post them in the comments. If you have an upcoming event to feature, email me at dgrossmanheinze@msmagazine.com

Comments

  1. Ladyfest IE Planning Meeting in Riverside Ca,
    Feb 24th 6.00pm
    Studio 2 of the Peoples Gallery.
    3643 University Ave. Riverside, CA 92501

    Want to help develop this years Ladyfest? Then join us Thursday Feb 24 on our first meeting. Anyone that is dedicated is welcome to attend.
    What is Ladyfest?
    Ladyfest is a feminist event held all over the world, dedicated in empowering female artists. Although each fest is different, it commonly consists of music, spoken word, workshops, vendors, art, and other forms of art and political action.
    This will be the first meeting held for Ladyfest IE 2011.
    Hope you can join us!
    http://www.facebook.com/LadyfestIE

  2. It sickens me to see "Lady Porn Day" in the same article describing sexual assault. It has been proven that men who watch porn are desensitized to rape and blame the victim. Also porn is used 76% of the time in childhood sexual assault cases. Porn is the most anti-women thing there is

    • intimateinsurgence says:

      Glad to see someone else share this sentiment. I'd argue that porn has ONLY countless negative aspects and saying "porn and masturbation/healthy and fruitful way" is oxymoronic at best, if not downright offensive. Extra pissed because I feel very strongly about this issue, and the damn "day" fell on my birthday.

      • I sympathise completely, I came to this post after reading a three part interview with Gail Dines; such a shame to see the so-called ‘sex positive’ ‘feminists’ (that is, woman who are nothing but apologists and cheer-leaders for the sex industry) getting uncritical space at Ms.!

        (And since when did porn become a prerequisite for masturbation!? Despite the fears of the pro-porn lot, sex, masturbation and desire will all survive pornography!)

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