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Back To School: Bagged lunch.

We’ll it is back to school time, that may mean picking out your ungnawed  your Dioxin Ticonderoga’s to sharpen from last semester. It may me editing your syllabi and remembering to acknowledge the co-work you copy and pasted the schools plagiarism policy from. It may mean coordinating a carpool for you and your half-dozen neighbors and their dozen children. Perhaps it just means competing with the exponentially more commuters pushing thru the subway turnstile on your local commute.

But for more of us it signals faint feeling of nostalgia. Do you remember your first day of school, high school, college? Do you remember your first lunch box? I had a really chic plastic lunch box with Mickey Mouse on it. It was red, it came with an awesome thermos, which I promptly lost.

In this economic climate many students (and eaters overall ) are opting not to buy lunch. The folks over at Kitchn have listed some great brown bag tips. I am attempting to be part of this wave of conscientious noshers. This isn’t a particularly ‘feminist’ action but I believe that all mindful actions, be they clearly defined as social or purely environmental in nature are about the one thing, a common good, doing things differently because the results are better.

Carrots in reusable container, Dolphin safe Tuna sandwich, White Peach

So here’s my quick environmental tip: Use an old coffee bag instead of buying a pack brown bags for lunch. First off it looks so much cooler. Second it features its very own built-in closure. On top of all that you get to advertise for your favorite local, sustainable, organic coffee farm. I picked a bag of  the zesty and complex Sleepy Hollow Blend produced by Irving Farm Coffee Company, they’re just 90 miles outside the City in the Hudson Valley (the closer the company the smaller the CO2 footprint!). One other point these beauties are  better insulated than any paper bag could dream of.

Keep using this bag as long as you can, it’s much sturdier than a paper bag and it folds up neatly.

Check out tomorrows lunch and please share any of your back to school eco-money-savers.


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Why I Love Miss NY!

Stuff Queer People Need To Know (follow them @SQPNTK) has just shared that the multi-talented dancer, photographer, student and current Miss New York Claire Buffie will be the first Miss America competitor to run on “Straight for Equality: Let’s Talk” platform, which will focusing on all aspects of equality for the LGBT community. Buffie told the Advocate that the major reason she stuck with the competition is her passion for her platform: improving the climate for LGBT youths in schools, and breaking stigma, and talking about misconceptions .

It’s to get so great to see a Beauty Queen who is an outspoken advocate for human rights. She is a real role model to young women everywhere! I’m so proud to be from NY.

Miss NY competes on equality platform As much as I despise former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean — who recently exercised her right to “opposite marriage” when she tied the knot with Oakland Raider Kyle Boller — and these so-called scholarship competitions, one beauty queen is supporting LGBT rights in her race for the crown. Miss New York … Read More

via Stuff Queer People Need To Know

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Read my lips: Learning with the Vajionary

Introducing the Vajionary.

The Vajionary serves as a reference tool for feminist jargon and vocabulary. It’s sole purpose is to educate and enrich language use for activists, teachers and feminists in any capacity.  I know this will sound corny but knowledge is power. Also doesn’t vajionary sound an awful lot like visionary? Oh the power of feminine prefixes.

Doula (dou·lah)


The word doula is an ancient Greek term that translates to “caregiver.”  A doula provides emotional support, pain management and relaxation techniques, and information to her clients as needed. 

Types of Doulas

 Birth Doulas will provide all of the above throughout a client’s labor and delivery, as well as the immediate postpartum period (about two hours after the baby has been born).  The doula meets with clients prenatally to talk about birthing preferences, the creation of a birth plan, and to practice different positions and relaxation techniques for labor. Additionally, a birth doula provides a postpartum visit to review the client’s birth experience and refer them to any resources they may need. 

 Abortion Doulas will provide all of the above to clients who are choosing to terminate the pregnancy.  The doula will stay with the client throughout her procedure, as well as part of the recovery period, and will remain in touch with the client as she desires thereafter.

({This definition has been provided The Doula Project of NYC})


Now for extra credit use Doula in a complete sentence. I’ll go first who is your Doula?

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WORKS PROGRESS, innovation during the Recession.

Ani and Emma Katz’s Recession Arts Works Opening Party is this Weekend and I am thrilled. The two young and ambitions art patrons have re-written the rules of the New York gallery scene (and on a budget). Recession Art organization gives starving artists a forum for recognition.  They also allow you, to buy orignal artwork without having to forfeit a month’s rent.                 


  The Katz Sisters were both under employed art enthusiasts, during  in January 2009 the economic climate of NYC gave way to the genesis of Recession Arts. The show features  young, struggling artists who have yet to receive very much exposure. The innovative venue allows for artists to showcase their work outside the traditional gallery. In addition, a $500 price cap per piece is set so that middle-income art lovers can afford to purchase all arts displayed.         

 In 1989 the Guerrilla Girls conducted a “weenie count” at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art,  the collection showed that less than 5% of the artists in the Met’s modern art sections were women. You won’t find that with Recession Arts. Of the 12 artists selected for the Spring 2010 show 7 are female.

Past shows have featured photography, installation pieces, multi-media collage and prints. The varied artistic styled and inviting and open setting at the Invisible Dog Gallery is seamlessly curated with a sensibility leaning more closer to fun and less toward pretension.                   

Artists include:

Megan Berk
Amanda Boulton
Zach Chupa
Julie Floersch
Emily Francois
Katerie Gladdys 
   Angela Jann
Jonathon Kambouris
Ian Trask
Cubby West
Alison Wilder
Shawn Yu 


Free admission               
Saturday April 24th, 6pm to Midnight
@ The Invisible Dog
51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
[between Smith & Court streets Subway F or G
Bergen Street stop]

More info @http://recessionartshows.com/                 

I hope you can all make it this Saturday, the opening party is always a blast. Beer, snacks and affordable arts abound.  Feminist Kudos for sisters working together!               

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This is the flyer for my new project.

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Happy Feminist Passover

This Passover my family is adding the Miram’s Cup and Four Daughters traditions to our Haggadah, for a second year in a row. Sadly I cannot invite you all to our Seder table as much as I would love to,  so I am passing this on to you.

This was my favorite part of my Seder last year. I want to thank my Aunt Pnina and Cousin Rachel for finding and including us in this beautiful new tradition. If you are hosting a Seder or attending please consider including the Miriam’s cup tradition in your service, as well as the Four Daughters.

As you know Judaism like many of the major religions developed within a patriarchal society, and the Bible was written without much inclusion of the roles women. This Passover let’s give praise to Miriam, Moses’s older sister and prophetess in her own right.  According to tradition, she prophesied before Moses’s birth that her parents would give birth to the child who would bring about their people’s redemption. Miriam is a symbol of inspiration to young women today.Her instinctive nature  ensured Moses’s safe journey in the reeds of the Nile. She was able to trick the aristocracy of Egypt into returning baby Moses to his home and into the care of his real mother who acted as nursemaid instead. Securing her brother from being killed as the Pharaoh ordered. Miriam had faith when others did not. Rather than being frightened, Miriam was certain of victory. So much so that she even brought her musical instruments so she could celebrate. In the Passover story, Miriam led the women in praiseful song and dance, after the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea. The story of Exodus would not be if not for the courage that so engrained  in young girls like her. Girls have the propensity toward boldness. They are fearless, clever, and excited. Let us celebrate the women who’s stories often go untold.

It is said that “Moses chanted a song for the men and Miriam chanted a song for the women.”

“Miriam’s Cup can be added to the Passover dinner table filled with water to symbolize the miracle of Miriam’s well, which sustained the Israelites during their long journey in the desert. This honors the role of Miriam in the Exodus, her importance as Moses’s sister and a Prophetess in her own right in the Exodus, and highlights the past and present contributions of women to Jewish culture.”

“Let’s think how compassion informs wisdom and that vulnerability is our greatest strength, and that emotions have inherent logic, which lead to radical, appropriate, saving action. And then let’s remember that we’ve been taught the exact opposite by the powers that be “-Eve Ensler

[Miriam’s Cup ][The Four Daughters]

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See you in DC

I’m so excited to see you all there!

Updates about the conference to come!


go to feministcampus.org/leadership/ for more details.

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