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olivia records & sandy stone

olivia records was founded in 1973 specifically to produce and market women’s music. the collective was founded by ten lesbian feminists from washington, d.c. (they later moved to l.a. and then to oakland). while the collective did moderately well and produced many albums, including “lesbian concentrate,” a collection of songs and poetry which benefitted the lesbian mothers national defense fund, they are also remembered for rejecting melissa ethridge, who went on to become one of the most successful lesbian musicians of all time. the two concerts they performed at carnegie hall in 1988 were the highest grossing at that venue in history at the time, but were barely mentioned by the new york times. 

from 1974-1978 sandy stone (pictured above, at work) was olivia’s sound engineer. she recorded and mixed all of olivia’s music during this period. stone, a trans woman, was subjected to negative and transphobic attacks during this period from some in the mainstream lesbian community. janice raymond, a lesbian feminist scholar, was particularly vicious and attempted to out stone to olivia records and described her as a “male” working for an all-women’s record company. the collective responded by publicly defending stone in various feminist publications of the time. stone continued as a member of the collective and continued to record olivia artists but eventually left after pressure from a book written by raymond, the transsexual empire, (essentially an attack on stone) and the community became too much. 

stone went on to collaborate with donna haraway on a response to raymond’s book called the empire strikes back: a posttranssexual manifesto, which has been called “the protean text from which contemporary transgender studies emerged.”

(a slightly unrelated but nonetheless interesting fact: in the late 80s stone bought herself a computer and taught herself how to code, and became a freelance coder, which was no small feat). 

EQUATING WOMANHOOD TO ANYTHING ELSE THAN HAVING A BIOLOGICALLY FEMALE BODY GOES AGAINST EVERYTHING FEMINISM HAS FOUGHT FOR FOR DECADES

A feeling? Feminists have had to fight the idea that women “feel” a certain way and therefore behave in certain ways and are unable to do or understand certain things - ideas that have existed for millenias -, in order to show why women aren’t meant to be subordinate people. Reinforcing the idea that “womanhood is a feeling” is anti-feminist.
A style? Only ten years ago feminists agreed girls and women can dress however they like and that part of the point of feminism is to free women from gender norms and beauty ideals - women have had to fight for the right to wear pants! Certain clothes does not a woman make. No clothes, beauty products or hair styles equate womanhood.
“Just saying you are makes you one”? Women (female human beings) haven’t had the possibility to assert themselves as subjects and whole human beings for very long. Women haven’t been allowed to define themselves, and the word “woman” has been hijacked many times to signify something less, something pathetic, something unworthy. Don’t you dare steal our right to define ourselves and hijack what we are for your own purposes now. Words have meanings and the meaning of woman is “female human being”.

What does “feminist” mean? Feminist is formed with the word “femme,” “woman,” and means: someone who fights for women. For many of us it means someone who fights for women as a class and for the disappearance of this class. For many others it means someone who fights for woman and her defense – for the myth, then, and its reenforcement. But why was the word “feminist” chosen if it retains the least ambiguity? We chose to call ourselves “feminists” ten years ago, not in order to support or reenforce the myth of woman, nor to identify ourselves with the oppressor’s definition of us, but rather to affirm that our movement had a history and to emphasize the political link with the old feminist movement.
—  Monique Wittig // One Is Not Born A Woman

     Okay, so. I’m wearing my “I’M HERE AND I’M QUEER” shirt today right? No problems, everyone has been super nice and super entertaining…. then, right as my faith in humanity has reached maximum potential… in pops these two neckbeards.
      Neckbeard #1 leans over the counter, his nasty breath wafting into my face, and says “It’s a shame that a pretty girl like you is queer, You were almost perfect”. To which neckbeard #2 laughs and says “At least it doesn’t say FEMINIST”. 

     Both neckbeards laugh at their witty joke and proceed to order. After the order is placed, neckbeard #1 decides to then lean further over the counter, his stained Call Of Duty shirt riding up to reveal the nasty cavern that should have been covered by his elastic waistband pants, and says “Are you sure your queer, because I could prove to you that you’re not. Wanna go out next Saturday?”

     Unable to hold it in any longer, I laughed. Loud belly laughter. 

    “What is so funny?” Neckbeard #1 asks, affronted.


    The scathing remark that has been burning the tip of my tongue finally breaks free. “Oh, I just find it ironic that you have proceeded to hit on, and insult, the most obviously queer feminist in a ten mile radius and you still expect to get their phone number.”


    Neckbeard #1 looks to neckbeard #2, both of them have been called out… I can feel their tiny brains trying to process the new information that they have adamantly refused to pick up. Both sit down and wait till their order is ready, complete silence fills China Wong
I have won.

30 days of KBR
  • day one - underappreciated relationship
  • day two - gillow (a quote, a scene)
  • day three - throwback coballoway
  • day four - color edit (pick a color and stick with it for your graphic)
  • day five - favorite aerial ethereal relationships
  • day six - first generation (headcanon, a couple, whatever you want with greg/sam/jo)
  • day seven - a scene that made you cry
  • day eight - favourite holiday
  • day nine - a girl power/feminist moment
  • day ten - favourite Kotova siblings dynamic
  • day eleven - social media au
  • day twelve - a romantic crack(friend)ship
  • day thirteen - an underappreciated lily/daisy/rose/thora scene or line
  • day fourteen - favourite book title
  • day fifteen - an original fancast (underrated model/actor, genderswap or POC)
  • day sixteen - a scene that made you laugh/smile
  • day seventeen - favourite growth of a character
  • day eighteen - five songs minimum playlist (about a character or a ship)
  • day nineteen - favourite aerial ethereal character
  • day twenty - favourite foreign language quote
  • day twenty one - favorite minor character
  • day twenty two - favorite opening sentence/paragraph
  • day twenty three - favorite kissing scene
  • day twenty four - a Shakespeare quote
  • day twenty five - a headcanon
  • day twenty six - (throwback) sam x poppy
  • day twenty seven - favourite themed holiday (christmas, halloween, valentine’s day)
  • day twenty eight - one theme song  (for anything: character/ship/book/scene)
  • day twenty nine - alternate universe
  • day thirty - throwback lilo
  • day thirty one - a bonus/extra scene by KBR

Don’t forget to tag your edit with 30KBR in the first five tags so we can all track these wonderful edits of yours! 

PS: those are ideas @cobaltrose and i came up with but don’t hesitate to change a day if you feel like it & just have fun and be creative!

The Lexicon of debates

Lexicon of debates is all about how yo put together your own view on the feminist theory. There are ten concepts that are made to define what the feminist is all about. Though it does talk about our use of the human body. As the body of a woman is “made to be looked at,” Not from just an artistic point of view. But from a such as leisure, pleasure or decoration.

In the third story known as Epistemolgies, the first thing that was is “Knowledge is Power.” The more you know, the better off you are in life. Though throughout the 19th and 20th century. Women were not allowed to do almost anything that men could do easily. Though throughout most of the 19th century, they did there own attempts at public conversations. They also told stories about the Bible or how their marriages came to be. The latter even talks about how some feminists like Minh Ha hold a huge status, but are only marginal in everything else they do. As it makes you think who is the most privileged in our society.
Intersections of race, class and gender talk about how one person’s path in life isn’t about what gender we are. As women have been working hard to go against a concept known as sexism. Also, between the civil rights and the Suffrage movements many women have gone through a lot in many generations. You can fully see it has been a massive struggle in the workforce or public places for all women. All of the suffrage’s that came about have been able to help the women in our society find a place inside.

Language was all about the terms or words that we have given to women overtime. Though some view it as a more negative approach. As terms like “Bitch” are redefined in the dictionary. As many feminists have been always trying to rewrite different uses of vocabulary within our English language. As they’ve tried to write down a lot of unique terms of definitions that everyone can follow. But more that women can use properly.

From what you see, this is just a taste of what these essays offer. The struggles of al women have been recorded here throughout many different generations. The lexicon will continue to strive for perfection as time goes on.

Ten feminists walk into a bar.
A solitary bowl of M&Ms sits upon a table.
How many survive?
— 

This is actually an old Zen koan, similar to the more well-known “what is the sound of one feminist oppressing herself?” that young gender studies scholars must puzzle over before attaining full victimhood.

(The answer to both is “Stop derailing my abuse of you!!!”)

thenation.com
My Top Ten Favorite Feminist Articles of 2013 | The Nation

In the spirit of end-of-year lists, a small offering: my favorite feminist writing of 2013, complete with quotes. Here’s looking forward to a new year of feminist analysis, activism, and general bad-assery. 

I’ll be featuring quotes from these articles throughout the day. And thanks to all the feminist writers out there doing their thing - you all are amazing.