Looking for Pro-Choice Graphic Designer

Feminists For Choice is in the process of revamping the look of our website and expanding our presence on the web.  For those of you who have followed the site for a long time, you may have noticed that Feminists For Choice doesn’t have a logo.  That’s why we are looking for a pro-choice graphic designer. If you, or someone you know, is a graphic designer who is committed to pro-choice issues, please forward them this call for proposals.

We need a logo that can be utilized in our website header, as well as on our business cards and stationary. We will also need a graphic designer to make a web ad for us utilizing the logo. If interested, please e-mail serena@feministsforchoice.com.

Thanks, and stay tuned for more news about Feminists For Choice!

Reader Giveaway! Ta-Ta-Toos

Vajazzling is all the rage these days, but what about some action for your ta tas? I am skeptical of putting little rhinestones on my vagina – it seems like an infection waiting to happen. But I am a big fan of some breast action, so ta ta adornments are right up my alley. I have always wanted a tattoo, but I’m afraid of needles and infections. I know . . . most tattoo parlors follow strict health code regulations, and I’m sure that my friendly local tattoo artist would be happy to tat me up. But if phobias were based on logic, I wouldn’t have a problem.

Enter Ta-Ta-Toos, temporary tattoos that you can put on your breasts. There are several designs to choose from, and if you make a purchase in the month of October, 30% of the proceeds will go towards breast cancer awareness. My partner and I had fun surprising each other with our tattoos.  And true to form, Shannon added a dash of humor to his ta-ta-too choice by putting his on his ass. That definitely gave us both some giggles when I found his “Kiss Me” tattoo one evening.

Want a freebie? The first two readers to leave a comment will get a package of ta-ta-toos of their own. So show us some love, and we’ll show some live right back acha!

New Writers Join Feminists For Choice

I am so excited to announce that the Feminists For Choice writing team has exploded over the past two weeks. We have six new writers coming on board in the next few weeks, as well as several old faces returning to the team.

Tori McCall comes to us from Philadelphia. Tori says, “I’m a high school English teacher that graduated from Temple University in ’08 with a degree in Anthropology/Spanish and a minor in Portuguese. I’m obsessed with women’s history and the history of the body. I have an ongoing love affair Latin American film and literature. If anyone directs me to a life altering film or novel I will love them forever.”  When asked to give her definition of the pro-choice movement, Tori says, “The idea that choice is even a topic of concern speaks to the necessity of feminism.  Choice is not the right to options, rather, it is a protestation of ownership.”

Pinky Ghuman, 22, has recently completed her double major in Economics and Women & Gender Studies from University of California, Davis. She is a feminist poststructural theory buff- her favorite authors include Gayatri Spivak, Cherri Moraga, Lisa Duggan, just to name a few. Her passion lies in writing and reading. She is always exploring different fields of feminism from prison reform to pro-choice debates, so let her know if you have any interesting topics to discuss. In her free time, she indulges in pop culture. [Read more...]

Tonight We’re Gonna Party . . . Like it’s 2009?

Hey everyone, just a quick note from all of us here at Feminists For Choice to say thank you for your support this year. We’ve reduced the pace of our posting schedule over the past months in order to accommodate the hectic pace of the holiday season, but we’ll be back with a bang in 2010.

As the editor for Feminists For Choice, I want to say thank you to all of the writers for providing such fabulous content each week. It’s really a pleasure to work with all of you. And since none of us are getting paid to do this, you know this is truly a labor of love.

Here’s a little video of The Muppets singing “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which is truly genius. Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve, and we’ll be back next year with all the pro-choice blogging you can handle!

Happy Thanksgiving

thanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving from Feminists For Choice. We’re spending the holiday with our loved ones, so tune in on Monday for the latest pro-choice news. In the mean time, here’s a little guide from Planned Parenthood to help you navigate the table-side discussions that will inevitably turn to the health care debate.

In the spirit of the holiday, I want to express my thanks to our team of writers. They do a great job of providing excellent content each week. I’m also grateful for all of our readers, and for a group of pro-choice activists on Twitter and Facebook who help us generate ideas for content. You all are awesome.

Have a great holiday!

Call for Papers: Seeking Pro-Choice Activists’ Stories

Feminists For Choice is seeking essays or narratives from feminists about what drives them to activism.  Essay topics may include, but are not limited to, the following themes:
•    When did you first call yourself a feminist?
•    What does feminism mean to you?
•    Did you grow up in a pro-choice household, or was your family anti-choice?
•    If you grew up in an anti-choice household, what influenced your decision to become involved in the pro-choice movement?
•    What does the pro-choice movement mean to you?
•    What does activism look like to you?
•    What do you envision as the future for the pro-choice movement?

Pro-choice activists of all ages, gender identities, races, and experience levels are encouraged to contribute.

The essays will be compiled into an e-book, which will be available for download at www.feministsforchoice.com.  All proceeds will benefit Feminists For Choice, and will enable us to continue expand our online resources for the pro-choice community.

Submission Instructions:
•    Essays should be 5000 words or less
•    Submissions should be sent via e-mail to CFP@feministsforchoice.com
•    File format should be .doc, .docx, or .rtf

•    All submissions should be received by March 1, 2010.
•    If your essay is chosen for publication, you will be notified by March 15, 2010.

For More Information:
Please contact Serena Freewomyn, founder of Feminists For Choice, via e-mail at serena@feministsforchoice.com.

Choice Chat Sum Up

Thank you!A big thank you to everyone who participated in Saturday’s Choice Chat with Carol Adams.  We had about 35 people in the chat room, and let’s just say that the questions people shared were both insightful and exciting.  I think that everyone who came to the chat was willing to examine things from a new point of view, even if they didn’t personally agree with Carol’s thesis that veganism and pro-choice activism are inherently linked.  If you missed the chat, a transcript will be available on the site by the end of this week.  Stay tuned for our next choice chat, which will be in January.

Join the Choice Chat with Carol Adams

spom-10thThanks for joining Feminists For Choice for the second in our series of Choice Chats. Today our guest is Carol Adams, the author of The Sexual Politics of Meat. She’s also written books about spirituality, domestic violence, and ecofeminism. You should read her bio on her website. You’ll see that she’s a fan of Susan B. Anthony, Jane Austen, and her dog Holly.

The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory explores a relationship between patriarchal values and meat eating by interweaving the insights of feminism, vegetarianism, animal defense, and literary theory. The New York Times called it “a bible of the vegan community.” Today we’ll be chatting about the connections between veganism and pro-choice activism. Plus Carol has some tips to help vegans get through the holiday season. To join the chat, click here.

November Choice Chat: The Sexual Politics of Meat

carol adamsJoin Feminists For Choice for our next choice chat. Our guest will be Carol Adams, the author of The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory. Carol’s book has been called “ground-breaking” and “pioneering.” Many say it is an underground classic, which Adams supposes means that lots of people know and love it, but it goes unnoticed by the dominant media. Ms. Adams will be discussing the connections between veganism and the pro-choice movement. She’ll also be sharing tips for vegans to help them survive the holiday season.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 21st at 12:00 PM PST. This choice chat promises to be enlightening for those who may have never considered the connection between what they eat and what they believe. If you’ve read Ms. Adams’s books, you know you’re in for a big treat.

Click here for Carol’s comment about our response to PETA’s fat shaming ad. Click here for a longer response on her own blog.

Feminists For Choice Welcomes New Writer

Manda BrezickyManda Brezicky is the newest member of our writing team. She is a Manda-of-all-trades trying to become a master of them all. While raising two kids with her husband, she is pursuing higher education in Art, History, and Women’s Studies. She hopes to some day be able to corrupt teach the fresh young minds of college students. When Manda’s not busy drawing, chasing kids, tickling her husband, or studying, she likes to spend her time reading what could quite possibly be an unhealthy amount of books about medieval sexuality, wandering art galleries, and knitting. Manda will be blogging on Wednesdays about women’s history. Please give her a warm welcome when she debuts her first post next week!