How does the site look and feel? What does this tell us about our values and community?

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Thinking about Binaries

Emailed to me during my talk at UCLA from Rita Valente.

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Stereotypes of Feminists

This message was handed to me by Hyemii Lee and Travis Athogies during the first day of Online Feminist Spaces at Pi…

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Didn't Read

Which takes precedence? The written word or the audio/visual material? If I play a video while reading the words under i…

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Why are feminists (google version)

emailed to me from Chaleena Utositkul, during my talk at UCLA

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Questions from Occidental to Yale

How does this book teach me to read?

Does the body that a voice comes from change the meaning of the words and voice?

What happens if you break the mantrafesto into pieces?

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Where is the feminism in this (Cosmo)?

By Giselle Fierro

Throughout the last couple of weeks, I have been exploring the online space of Cosmopolitan UK in order to figure out whether it is a feminist/anti-racist space. I have done this …

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These are the Rules and Regulations

Please note, there is one important parameter for each of these conditions: while each must be present for a site to cre…

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A message from an old heart

(the missing writing, cut off by a scanner, reads: “to flash across space and time?”)

hand delivered to m…

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Ms Magazine Anniversary

by CharlottePradie

I went to a talk about Ms. Magazine a few weeks ago. I remember learning about Ms. sophomore year in my Introduction to Media Studies class. I hadn’t done the reading about the m…

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Is Occupy LA a feminist space?

Yes … ish? My students and I, from Feminist Online Spaces, created a real-space circle at Occupy LA, after some initial trepidation, but with nothing resulting other than friendly/bemused/flirty/cra…

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One Feminist Online Media Mantrafesto*

By Alex on October 14, 2011

Access begs literacy
Literacy initiates production
Mass production fosters popularity.

Popularity produces virality
Virality forecloses context, shared interests and vocabulary, and local community
Community is built upon safety.

Safety fosters the sharing of voice and responsibility
Shared responsibility is necessary for democracy
Democracy protects vulnerability.

Vulnerability forecloses visibility
Visibility demands a safe space
Safe spaces need rules and hierarchies.

Rules and hierarchies require transparency and process
Process is built upon equal voices
All voices want a body.

A body needs to be visible
Visibility allows for warranting
Warranting insures civility and positionality.

Positionality fosters political community
Political communities demand spaces, both virtual and real
Spaces demand access

-Alexandra Juhasz
feel free to comment, nuance or add your own mantra

  • “Mantrafesto” suggested by Thomas Burkdall

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