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Trans Bodies, Trans Selves-- Trans Activism Workshop 7/29

Wild Iris is proud to present a program by Peter Cava addressing trans politics, activism, and the role of trans allyship—all issues he describes as necessarily interrelated in his contributions to the new book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves.

Cava calls for a greater awareness of trans issues within the realm of LGBTQ politics, specifically pertaining to the recognition that gender and sexual orientation are separate parts of one’s identity and neither is dependent upon the other. Moreover, within the LGBTQ community he identifies three major areas of focus for eliminating oppression: placing greater value on diversity, femininity, and intersectionality.

Cava sees trans allyship as self-evident to all individuals that can see themselves along the “trans continuum” we’re all a part of. Put in his own words, allies are all a part of the rainbow of gender ambiguity. Identifying ourselves along the rainbow can serve the dual purpose of helping to liberate ourselves within the oppressive system while helping to end trans homelessness and dismantling cis privilege.

Please plan to join us immediately after the talk for our monthly Feminist Open Mic. Poetry, music and more - all are welcome!

The event will take place July 29th, 6-8pm at the Civic Media Center.

About Peter:

Peter Cava is a PhD candidate in Florida Atlantic University’s Public Intellectuals Program; the Lynn-Wold-Schmidt peace studies fellow through FAU’s Peace Studies Program; and the conference planning coordinator for the Transecting Society Conference: Affirming Trans* Lives, Advancing Trans* Politics.

Cava’s research focuses on trans* politics and visual media, particularly film, television, and Web video. Cava has engaged in a wide range of activism and community service, addressing issues such as trans* access to homeless shelters and to public restrooms.

Most recently, Cava created the Trans* Initiative at FAU to promote civility and respect toward, and the freedom and engagement of, transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

ISBN-13: 9780199325351
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oxford University Press, USA, 6/2014

Gainesville NOW Screens Miss Representation - 7/28

Join Gainesville Area NOW for the third film in the Feminist Summer Movie Series with the Civic Media Center.  Monday, July 28th, 7pm with a discussion to follow.

Miss Representation is a 2011 American documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. It explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrayals of women.

The film interweaves stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews from the likes of Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem to give an inside look at the media and its message.

Sinister Wisdom Release Party - Friday 7/18 - 6-8pm

Celebrate the first printing created by the Southern Lesbian Activist Herstory project. Sponsored by Wild Iris Books The entire issue is devoted to the beginning of the lesbian-feminist movement in the south, which means there is a lot about Gainesville in this publication!

As the stories of second wave feminism are told, we want southerners included, and this begins to share our stories.  Join us for a release party at the CMC with drinks and light appetizers.

Sinister Wisdom Release Party
Friday, July 18th, 6-8pm
Wild Iris Books / Civic Media Center

Sinister Wisdom has long been a champion of lesbian, feminist and minority voices. Help us celebrate this very special edition focusing on Southern Lesbian-Feminist Herstory.

As you can guess, lots of our friends and local feminist legends are featured in this issue!

Southern Lesbian-Feminist Herstory 1968-1994
Rose Norman and Merril Mushroom, Guest Editors

Interviews With:
Byllye Avery
Pat Hussain
Calla and Laurose Felicity
Garnett Harrison
Founders of SONG

Creative Work By:
Corky Culver
Merril Mushroom
Kate Ellison
Gail Reeder
Lenny Lasater

Interviews and contributors include: Barbara Esrig, Pam Smith, Ronni Sanlo, Byllye Avery, Garnett Harrison, Shewolf, Corky Culver, Kate Ellison, and many many other women from all over Florida and the rest of the south.

If you're new to Sinister Wisdom check them out in their own words and check out their back issues available at Wild Iris Books.

Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal that publishes three issues each year. Sinister Wisdom, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that publishes the journal and provides outreach and educational programs in support of building vibrant lesbian communities.

Sinister Wisdom provide free subscriptions to women in prison and mental institutions; currently, Sinister Wisdom mails about fifteen percent (15%) of each issue of the journal to women in prison and mental institutions. Sinister Wisdom offers reduced price subscriptions for lesbians with limited/fixed incomes.

Sinister Wisdom 93 / Southern Lesbian-Feminist Herstory 1968-1994

The Religious Rights of Corporations: Employee Healthcare and Contraception

Monday, in Sebelius V. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. the Supreme Court decided closely held corporations (where the majority of stock is held by five or fewer people) do not have to provide their employees with birth control as part of healthcare under the 2010 Affordable Care Act for religious reasons (with an eloquent dissent from Ruth Bader Ginsberg). The full decision can be found here.


As the son of a converted Catholic, I have…actually very little understanding of why denying a sperm the chance to compete against thousands of other sperm for an egg that is only even ovulating once a month is akin to abortion. Judeo Christian religions, traditionally, have an issue with the wasting of ejaculate, which made an itsy bit more sense before we understood just how prolific the body is at producing sperm, and that the vast majority of them are reabsorbed daily.


All of this is rather beside the point to corporate personhood and the further restriction of women’s rights over their own bodies, of course. While religion may play a part, the larger problem is simply that people should have access to healthcare on an individual basis, and be allowed to abstain from forms of healthcare that they find violates their religious beliefs on an individual basis. The ability of multi-million dollar companies to be defined as “closely-held” to an individual or family by the language of the Supreme Court’s ruling, and therefore ruled by the executives’ prejudice, affects the lives of their employees, elevating the religious freedom of corporations above the rights of the individual.


My initial reaction of outrage also stemmed from concern about women and female-bodied individuals with PCOS and other conditions that require hormonal treatment. The good news is that most forms of hormonal birth control are not affected by this ruling. IUDs, which don’t have the same potential side effects, as well as morning-after pills, are now A-okay to deny to one’s employees!


I find this kind of news disheartening and upsetting, because court decisions are not up for vote, and by and large out of reach of the public. However, as consumers we can affect how companies use this new freedom. For the health-food conscious, be aware that Eden Soy has been suing against Obama Care for some time, and lists of other potential problem companies, most less surprising, have been released: Jezebel’s 82 and Huffington Post’s 14.


For now, nothing has been confirmed, but this is the kind of news we can’t let die down with our initial outrage. We need to keep tabs, and hold companies responsible for healthcare practices and the way they treat their employees. 


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