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Indiefemminar

Ancient Problems. New Perspectives. Current Events.

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WOC & New Feminism

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Misogyny Apocalypse

How Women and Men are re-learning how to communicate.
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Talent vs Followers

Student loans, years of training, blood, sweat, sacrifice, and tears usurped by Twitter. How do you feel about it?
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Angry White Women

White women have historically been allies, indifferent, or adversaries. How to they deal with assumptions & privilege?
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Smudge

How to hold your spirit, integrity, and sanity together in hostile, totally irrational environments
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  • Adfemme
    Apr 2, 2018

    I spent a many of Easters practicing Daryl Coley “Come Sunday” runs and thinking on the goodness of Jesus. This Easter, I decided to contemplate what it really means to be born, to rise, ascend… then return. Every tradition deals with these concepts in their own way. This Easter I wanted to go beyond my Ishtar cynicism and contemplate the truth of the holiday. It’s sort of difficult for our western mindset to consider the voluptuous goddess of fertility and rebirth beyond bunnies, eggs, intercourse and ecstasy, but she really symbolizes the phenomena of being born and being aware; “like Us.” So instead of a new crown and pastel suit, I decided to make Easter a day to revere life and consciousness. There are over 200 billion suns in the milky way, and billions of more galaxies with billions of more suns. We have a 1 in 4 trillion chance of being born. We are a speck of a speck of a speck… so what could it possibly mean “to be born in sin?” Why do I need to be saved? And once we answer all that, why are so many soldiers and civilians dying longer, more heinous, more painful deaths than Jesus? What is it about this particular ass whoopin and execution that offers all of humanity eternal life or else hellfire and brimstone for all of eternity? What is good? What is evil? Can you have one without the other and know it? And what sort of deal is it to exchange 100-year stint on Earth for an eternity of damnation - which is billions and billions of years – and that’s only if we’re at the half-way mark of whatever time is … I dunno… Something stinks like rotten fish and stale bread. It’s easy to be dismissive and cynical, isn’t it? But I can’t. There’s something important and mystical about Easter; something real; something under attack. I can’t help but think about the klan-like capriotes worn during Holy week rituals in Spain. These hoods are worn in a ceremony that not only marks the crucifixion but the very moment of Jesus’ ascension. What Force led/leads a maniacal group of largely poor and uneducated white folks to hide under one of the holiest of symbols, then attack innocent citizens? It’s not a coincidence. Somehow, every holy symbol and practice has been bastardized by really stupid, largely illiterate, hateful pawns; the capriote, swastika, eye of Horus, cross, etc… I reread the biblical story but this time thought of Jesus as a symbol of all flesh and the Christ as a state of enlightenment (as according pre-Abrahamic spiritual systems). The biblical stories were edited, not written, so I want to discern for myself what they mean. According to ancient beliefs, the answers include a multitude of interpretations. So, I’ve decided to make the Easter holiday one of discourse. What does Easter mean to you? How much have you thought about it? Ascension by Eddie Calz Deviant Art
  • Adfemme
    Feb 23, 2018

    Women wearing short skirts and showing cleavage for the sole purpose of distracting horny gatekeepers is hardly unheard of. The art of making a man believe he has a chance to smash when there isn't a chance in hell, should be part of MFA curriculum. Now that men are being revealed, criticized, and taxed, is it time for women to change? Is there a fine line between being crude and being clear? How do we proceed when there's an opportunity on the table? https://www.indiefemme.com/indiewear
  • Adfemme
    Feb 23, 2018

    Okay. No one is boycotting Netflix. Black Twitter was hilarious. We had our fun. Now what? Where are all the posts? Why isn't that same level of energy for Viola saturating my timelines like those comments about MoNique's unmitigated gall? There was a resounding, "yes, women of color are paid less but..." But what? "...But MoNique' is wrong. This would never happen to Wanda Sykes. She's funnier..." These and other rude and subjective comments were posted until Wanda hushed the timelines when she announced she was offered even less than MoNique'. "...But Amy Schumer sold out Madison Square Garden." Does it matter at all that MoNique's main fan base may not have Madison Square Garden ticket money but has $6.99 a month for their subscription? "...But MoNique's husband manages her so it's her fault she was low-balled." Is this purely just a matter of representation? Are these really just her "poor decisions?" If so, wouldn't she be able to afford effective marketing and negotiators if she too earned more than ten times the offered salary? Women of color are always faced with having to handle difficult situations with finesse. Some are better than others but still, there's no turn-of-phrase called a "ditzy fro." And although no woman of any hue can afford to be clueless these days, historically, women of color still earn a fraction of the salaries of white women. Tony Rock thinks it's tacky to count other people's money. Easy for him to say. So what, she hasn't been out there. It's not like she' hasn't been performing. If she were producing a dramatic one-woman show, would people let go of the notion that her offer should be low? Would they still require that she audition? Do we really believe MoNique would earn only 10% of DeRay's viewers? Don't they pretty much have the same audience? Maybe MoNique' is sly as a fox. Maybe she knew the community would not get so excited by "just the facts." Octavia Spencer laid them out for us. No one said much. There was subtle enthusiasm when she told us Jennifer Chastain helped her renegotiate her contract. Arguably, no one has said it better than Viola Davis just did but there was no shock through the airwaves. Her comments have earned under 50k views and not much commentary over the last couple of weeks but when we add up everything said about MoNique', you will find well over 1M posts and comments. What will it take to get the community as passionate about equitable pay and opportunity... without threatening our remote control?