Hello. Yes, I know my last post was a bit rushed. I apologize. I have been feeling a sense of urgency to catch up with all the mail that I need to respond to, all the additional mail that I want to send, my love of collaging for the sake of collage, and other creative life experiences such as theatre, activism, and trying to have a garden all at the same time.
So, perhaps you have heard of SlutWalk. Our small town was no exception in creating a march. Over one hundred people attended (my organizer friend says 300 :) ). While I understand the critiques that “slut” is a word that women that have been historically associated with the word may not want to associate with and that unlike the word “queer” I myself do not particularly want to reclaim, I still participated. For me, the fact that the event was protesting victim blaming was enough for me to want to be involved. Plus, it gave me an opportunity to share a concept that I first read about in Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power & a World without Rape by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti, “Enthusiastic Participation.”
Basically, I and others think that we should replace the word “consent” with “enthusiastic participation” because a person can consent to sexual intercourse just to get it over with or to please their partner when they are not really into it.
After the march, I facilitated our local Peace and Justice Action League’s Activist Theatre Kick-Off where we did a bit of theatre games a la Augusto Boal and Michael Rohd. We had a blast and are planning a performance at a community event in August. More to come on that…
I sent the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane a little something in honor of our accomplishments. I am really getting into circular postcards. I’ve snagged a whole bunch that are related to a local advertising campaign and am reusing them. I also am really into my cloud address labels that I made.
The two above are thank you cards for folks that were involved in the camp in which I facilitated the theatre workshops. The youth were a bit resistant especially to me, but there were moments of magic.
And, I am still trying to slowly catch up on sending mail to all of those that have sent me wonders over the last few months. I am working on them. I’m just a little slower these days. Plus, my garden can be a bit distracting… Another form of occasional magic.