Jack & Jill: the other side of the hill

Hey all,

Jack & Jill, our annual art, music, and spoken-word show, is coming up this THURSDAY, March 31st from 7-9pm in the Michigan Union’s Pendleton room. We will have lots of great art on display, as well as some amazing performances. Scheduled performances will start around 7:20 and go until 8:30 or so. Afterwards, we’ll have open mic for anybody who’d like to share. We’ll have some goodies at the show, too.

We’ll be featuring art by Gabrielle Pescador, Emma Martin, Caitlin Murphy, Jackie Alson, Anji Reynolds, Andrew Cadotte, Jill Wagner and more. Also expect to see some amazing performances by Annie Sajid, Gahl Liberzon, Spense Feller, Carolyn Racine, The Compulsive Lyres, Lauren Rink, Lauren Jordan, and more!

You can RSVP to the Facebook event page and invite more friends. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163098580409910&index=1.

We hope to see you there!



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Walk for Choice: Ann Arbor

In response to recent cuts to federal funding for Planned Parenthood, cities all over the country are holding Walks for Choice (http://walkforchoice.tumblr.com/). Get excited, because there will be a walk in Ann Arbor this Saturday, March 26th! Hopefully a lot of people will come out, meet, make connections, and join forces to make change.

At noon, Planned Parenthood’s Truth Tour will be making a stop at Ingalls Mall on the UofM campus. It’s the space in front of Rackham, between the MLB and the Michigan League. Check out the event page on Facebook for more information at https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100920576658124&ref=ts.

After the tour stop, probably around 1pm, the Ann Arbor Walk for Choice will take off on its route and serve as a positive and peaceful demonstration to show our representatives that we want them to represent us by advocating for reproductive rights, choice, and funding for Planned Parenthood. See the facebook ’cause’ page for the walk at https://www.facebook.com/WalkForChoiceAnnArbor.

I’ll be at both of these events and I hope to see you all there. Lets join forces and make our voices heard!

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Billboard in Ann Arbor promotes stalking of women?

Running along Main St. the other day I literally stopped in my tracks when I saw the new bulletin board posted above Main Street Liquor Store. Usually, these ads are for AnnArbor.com and/or local restaurants; they create a nice community space for local happenings. Not this one. Affixed with a photo of a blonde, pony-tailed 20-some year old woman with glasses and a goofy smile were the words “Before REACHEMOL, I only had one stalker!”

At first, I was confused. Then shocked, appalled, disgusted, pissed, outraged, and clenching my fists. I’m wondering if anybody else saw these ads, and, if so, what are your reactions?

I found a news article about the same bulletin board in a different location (http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110315/NEWS/103150321/-1/rss01) and saw in the comments that people have mixed reactions. The advertisement is a campaign for a fake drug, REACHEMOL, which cures social awkwardness. The point of the campaign is to attract business owners and demonstrate to them that this company has attractive and fun ways of advertising. Some said the board did in fact attract their attention, that they like it, and that people are overly sensitive or have no sense of humor.  Others had reactions more like mine where they were both confused and upset that a business would advertise making light of stalking. My feelings are directed both at the advertisers but also at the city of Ann Arbor for putting this billboard up in the first place.

I also found what I believe to be the website of the business behind the ads (http://www.thehangline.com/creative-examples/reachemol-billboards-claim-to-make-you-famous/). Some people commented on the stalker advertisement at the bottom, including myself (madweis825).

The third time I passed by the billboard, I saw that “stalker” has been changed to “groupie.” I’m relieved, though I still think the whole idea behind the advertising is weird. In the end, though, I’m appreciative that at least one business is listening to its consumers. I’m also outraged that a conscious society is something of which I have to be appreciative. With all of the things businesses and our fucked up legislators are getting away with for businesses, I feel as if a glimmer of humanity and agency live on.

"REACHEMOL" advertisement identical to the one seen on Main Street in Ann Arbor.

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Planned Parenthood Rally and Lobby Day in D.C. – April 7th (FREE!!)

Check out the message from Planned Parenthood below:


Come to Washington D.C. with us in April!!! 

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan was presented with an amazing opportunity last week.  We have the chance to travel to Washington, D.C. via chartered bus at no cost (other than personal food on the trip) to attend the April 7th Planned Parenthood National Lobby Day.  It is our opportunity to tell Senator Stabenow and Levin thank YOU for standing up for the rights of women and for being such amazing champions for women’s health care.

Hundreds of Planned Parenthood staff and board (and youth attending the youth summit) will be in Washington for a National Conference and will be heading to Capitol Hill to rally with Congress on Planned Parenthood’s behalf – let’s make it a sea of supporters wearing pink shirts from Michigan on April 7th.

We need to get solid confirmations from at least 45 supporters.  If we cannot fill a bus we cannot go.  If we can get 90 int erested we can bring two busses! The first round of RSVP’s will be on a first come first served basis.  We are targeting campus leaders, Students for Choice, and young professionals throughout Michigan, if you and your group are available, SIGN UP TODAY!  Once the first 45 slots get filled we may open up another opportunity for another round of 45, don’t take the chance!



Please copy and paste this link into your web browser http://www.ppaction.org/site/Calendar?id=100595&view=DetailIf you are signing up multiple people be sure to have their contact info ready for us when we follow up – we will not “hold” seats.  RSVP’s are on a first come first served basis.  

Please email megan.zapinski@ppmchoice.org if you have any questions or if you miss the “bus” and all 45 slots are spoken for, we will add you to our stand by list (for the second bus).

The bus will be leaving in the evening of April 6th from Grand Rapids, making a stop in Lansing, and then Ann Arbor before heading east to DC.  We expect to arrive back in Michigan early Friday morning.



Again, please contact us immedietely if you have any issues or questions regarding the registration process.  We will follow up with you with more information and logistics regardind the Planned Parenthood Rally and Lobby Day soon!


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Will you share your voice with us?

Hey Feminists,

It’s time to start thinking about art and performance pieces for our annual art show, Jack and Jill: The Other Side of the Hill.  If you are an artist, or if you feel like creating something special for this show, we’d love for you to share with us.  Pieces are due no later than Sunday, March 27th in order to prepare for our show on Thursday, March 31st.

The show will have art pieces on display while various performances take place.  So, we are looking for a mix of mediums: paintings, photos, sculpture, mixed media, poetry, spoken word, dance, music, etc. etc.



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blog make-over and upcoming events

Hello all,

I’m in the process of sprucing up our blog! I’ve added an Upcoming Events tab, which I will update accordingly. (And maybe figure out a way to make it look better…any thoughts?)

We are working very hard on the upcoming February events, many of which are focused on the Riot Grrl movement and Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Check them out!

Also, if you would like to post a blog entry on any topic that you’re interested in, please let us know. We’d love to have you.



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Do you believe in conservative feminism?

Here’s an interesting video at the New York Times website showing Camille Paglia talk about a column she wrote 20 years ago about her view of feminism as an all inclusive tent and why she believes that Madonna is a feminist. A quote from the original article

Madonna is the true feminist. She exposes the puritanism and suffocating ideology of American feminism, which is stuck in an adolescent whining mode. Madonna has taught young women to be fully female and sexual while still exercising total control over their lives. She shows girls how to be attractive, sensual, energetic, ambitious, aggressive and funny — all at the same time.

In this day of postmodern feminism, it’s funny to consider that there was a time when mainstream American feminism completely rejected and demonized Madonna. However, Paglia extends the idea that feminism is broad: in the video, she claims Sarah Palin and the many conservative women running for office who have recently come to the spotlight.

Personally, the idea of this makes me sick to my stomach, but I have to think carefully about why I am different from feminists who rejected Madonna in the 80s. For me, the root of the issue is that I feel the policies and ideologies that Palin supports end up limiting possibilities of life for women. I suppose the anti-sex feminists of the 80s argued against Madonna on the grounds that she was promoting the view of women as sexual creatures define by the male gaze. I think there are two things that I see as different. First, as a feminist who sees sex as something contextual that can be either feminist or anti-feminist depending on the hows and wheres and whos of it, I am not convinced that Madonna’s blatant sexuality is anti-feminist (in fact, I personally see Madonna as a feminist figure). The policies that Sarah Palin advocates are not just contextually anti-feminist; they actively prevent and oppose equality. Secondly, while celebrities have big influence on the state of our society, there is a big difference between the political influence of a politician and the political influence of a pop star. The idea that super right wing politicians are being considered as legitimate contenders to political power on what is being hailed as a feminist platform sends shivers done my spine.

That’s not to say I believe conservatism and feminism are completely mutually exclusive.

Personally, I see this as depending on what you mean by “conservative”. There are some traditionally conservative positions that I believe are intrinsically anti-feminist. But I do believe that, especially when it comes to fiscal conservatives, it is very possible to have views that are consistent both with strains of conservatism and strains of feminism (because, let’s keep in mind, both are multifaceted movements). I think it’s possible to be anti-tax and feminist (although the political half of my mind is pointing out that poverty and unemployment affects women at much larger rates than men, and that cutting social programs that help such women is in itself an anti-feminist act).

That being said, the idea that Sarah Palin et al could be identified as feminist. My first thought is that it’s an improvement on Shafley, Flanagan, and Coulter, but you know what? I’m not sure it is.

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