Stop Porn Culture invites you to two events this June at the University of San Diego
Anti-Porn Activist Training
Come and get the experience, knowledge, and confidence to speak publicly against pornography in your community. The training will include in-depth presentations/discussions on:
Hypersexualization and Pop Culture
Porn and violence against women
The economics of the porn industry
First Amendment and free speech issues
Community organizing against the harms of porn
Sexualization of children
Porn And Trafficking
Practice Q&A sessions
Presenters: Gail Dines, Lierre Keith, Rebecca Whisnant, Lori Watson, Jennifer Johnson and Matt Ezzell and activists from the UK, Norway and Australia
Conference: Contemporary Radical Feminism in the Age of Porn
Scholars from the United States, Australia, Norway and the UK will present papers and roundtable discussions on topics including:
The Pornification of Representation in Pop Culture
Heterosexuality and Hook Up Culture
The Political Economy of Porn
Sexualized Racism in Pop Culture and Porn
How “Queer” is “Queer” Porn?
Radical Feminism and the Right
Men, Masculinity, and Radical Feminism
Porn and the Culture of Humiliation
For more information, and to register, please go here.
The US Conference of Catholic bishops has released a statement clarifying their opposition to the Obama administration’s contraception coverage policy (see Huffpost for details). In it, they say that the church’s position is not about “access to contraception”, but rather about religious liberty and the rights of private employers. The church’s position isn’t about access to contraception, they claim, because contraception is “ubiquitous and inexpensive”.
Except it isn’t. In many places it is increasingly hard to come by, thanks to opposition like this. And for many women it is prohibitively expensive if not covered by insurance.
Thou shalt not bear false testimony, Messers. Bishop.
All women in the UK and Ireland at PhD level or above are invited to join the scheme if they’d like to have a mentor.
Anyone in the UK and Ireland, of any gender, above PhD level, can sign up to be a mentor– and please do!
Collectivity Beyond Identity
Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Location: Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6 (Berlin)
Dates: 28th – 30th of June 2012
Modes of collectivity play an important role in numerous social and everyday contexts. Collectives form the basis of political practice and engagement as well as of economic and labor relations. Collectivity appears to be a particularly important notion in areas like feminist theorizing; this is especially so once the notion of the subject has been submitted to critical examination, and no longer construed as sovereign and isolated. After all, how might we rethink the notion of community and how can we conceive of collectivity, when the seemingly crucial aspect of collectivization — identity — has become the object of critical study? The conference examines this and related topics.
Linda Alcoff (Hunter College/ City University New York)
Susanne Baer (HU Berlin)
Adriana Cavarero (Univ. Verona)
Sabine Hark (TU Berlin)
Linda Zerilli (University of Chicago)
For the program and registration information, go here.