February 24th, 2008

crossing fingers (i used to do this)

(no subject)

A quote from this morning's Studio 360 was,

"Freedom is freedom from identity."

What do people think?

On one hand, having a word lets you know that you're not alone, and that a community exists for you.

On the other hand, the word can have a definition that's restrictive.

(also posted to free_speech_ftm)

Femme 2008 x-posted

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Call for Workshops, Papers, Performance, and Art
Femme2008: The Architecture of Femme
Chicago Wyndham O'Hare
August 15th - 17th, 2008
www.femmecollective.com

Femme2008: The Architecture of Femme is a multi-threaded
conference and forum for those who think about, talk about, and
create Femme as a queer gender and identity.

Following our Femme2006 conference in San Francisco, where over
400 femmes and allies gathered for three days of workshops,
panels, and performances, we again invite community members,
artists, academics, homemakers, geeks, techies, activists, femmes
of all kinds, and their allies to continue the conversation by
participating in Femme 2008 as presenters and participants.

We are invested in having Femme2008 continue to reflect the
diversity and complexity of femme gender, identity and
contributions. We hope for this conference to be a community
building event, as well as an exploration and celebration of what
it means to build and live queer femme identities.

Submissions of all kinds are welcome, particularly submissions by
femmes. We encourage proposals by and for people of color,
working-class people, fat folks, and people with disabilities.
We encourage submissions that work outside and alongside identity
and gender, as well as those reflecting directly upon identity
and gender. Femme2008 will continue the community dialogue begun
at Femme2006. In particular, we hope that the intersections of
femme with race, region, class, access, ability, privilege, and
marginalization will be talked about, given space, meditated upon,
constructed, and deconstructed.

We began this conference in 2006 out of a desire to see femme
explored and discussed from a variety of perspectives. We wanted
a conference that held the complexities of Queer Femme as its
central focus, while building community. We feel we accomplished
that in 2006, and in 2008, we want to continue to build femme
community and bridges, supporting each other across borders and
differences.

We hope to draw participants from across disciplinary, medium,
and social boundaries. We encourage submissions from anyone
interested, regardless of gender or sexual identity. We do ask
that you read our mission statement before submitting.

We are are soliciting contributions from anyone interested,
including (but not limited to):

> workshops
> performances
> research presentations
> skill shares
> activist & organizational topics
> visual art
> video or film

Submission deadline is May 1, 2008.

To submit a proposal, please submit the following to us at

http://www.femmecollective.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&Itemid=42

*For research presentations, send a 300 word abstract
*For workshop and skillshare proposals, send a 300 word description of
your workshop or skillshare ideas
*Visual artists should send samples of work and a 300 word description
of their artistic vision
*Performers, filmmakers and other creative artists should contact us
for more information

To learn more about us, our mission and to contact us with any
questions, comments or concerns, please find us at our website:

http://www.femmecollective.com