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Southern girl Convention 2002 Info
 
Please go to http://southerngirlconvention.com for information about this years event.
 

Women's Action Coalition Memphis started the Southern Girl Convention legacy back in 1999. Workshops featured at the original SGC were:
"What's Marx got to do with it" by Terry Moon
"punk parenting" by jeannie gynarchy
"southern girls discussion" facilitated by Robin Jacks
"Race and class" by Ailecia Alabama grrl
"campus organizing"
"Nutrition"
"Fat Bitch Caucus" by Heather
"Surviving Sex abuse"
"radical cheerleading" by the Memphis + Austin squads, Aimee + Cara + the NYC queerleaders
"being a dyke in the south" by Lea Ellen
"Make movies!" by Vanessa
"biotech share and learn" by Zoe
"a talk about the goddess"
"Self Defense" by Robin and Carol
"Men's anti sexism workshop"
"Productivity and group dynamics" by Riot Grrrl DC
There were also performances by:
The Drag Attack Cabaret
Red Monkey
Tricky Martin (!)
His Hero is Gone
Pagan Holiday
Las Nalgas
Snackbox
Idgie
She-Devils
Remus and the romulus nation
Star Death
Allison Williams

the southern girl convention has become an event that just gets better with age. Last year, the girls in Louisville, KY took over and this year it will be held in Auburn, AL.

-the following is from the southern girl convention workshop zine put together by Kim. -

"I've always been amazed by the women in my life, be it both of my grandmothers, who each raised 4 kids without the help of a man, or my mother who put herself through college and raised 2 children, my countless heroines,idols, girlcrushes, friends....and all of these women were loved and adored by me with a southern slant.
my grandma had a biker bar in mississippi and as a kid she'd put me on top of the pool tables and let me play with the balls. or my aunt Jackie who would drive around and drink beer and find places for me and my cousins to play. I've always lived in the South and now that I'm older I have come to love the strengths and weaknesses of the women in my life. I am doing this for all of you!
Much love,
K

Southern girl convention 2001

Transgendered challenge Southern Girl Convention

Louisville, KY -- The annual Southern Girls Convention was held July 7-9
in
Louisville, KY. The schedule of workshops ranged from "Ethical Sluthood"
to
"Punk Parenting" to "Sexercises." There were performances and meals
provided
by Food Not Bombs, and a music show that featured men and women.

I first attended a workshop about Marxism and the Women's Movement,
geared
towards discussing the role Marx's theories played in feminism, and how
feminism pertained to the class struggle. The presenter, Terry Moon,
maintained that feminism and class struggle cannot be understood without
each other. I found this important because of the work I do against
sweatshop labor, where many people "forget" that a vast majority of
sweatshop workers are women.

I then attended the Men and Sexism workshop, for men only. Being a
transgendered boy (born female, now male-identified) I was concerned
that I
would not be accepted, but there was not even a question or comment. A
woman
walked in to participate, and she was also welcomed.

Saturday there was a caucus called "Sexism in the Movement." When we
arrived, we were told that men were to travel to a separate room to
discuss
the issues. Then we would all meet together and have large group
discussion.
This poses a problem for all of us who do not identify as strictly
"male" or
"female." Someone voiced their concerns, then another, only to have
their
questions disregarded.

When the groups separated, I met the eyes of the people who had raised
their
voices in concern. We felt that at a feminist conference, there should
be a
premeditated space for those that do not identify as only male or
female, or
better yet, not divide the genders at all. We are fighting against
sexism in
the movement together, and separating us only led to marginalization and
fear within the struggle.

Soon the three of us were joined by others, unsure of what to do. So we
began our own caucus. We called it "Genderism in the Movement" to
address
the trans-phobia and hatred/fear of people that do not fit into the male
or
female gender category within the women's movement.

We had 30 participants at a conference of about 125. Our caucus was not
only
transgendered folk; we all were fed up with the perpetration of an
oppressive gender system that fuels not only fear and hatred of the
"opposite" sex, but also propels many to self-hatred. Eating disorders,
ageism, racism, fear/hatred of the disabled, and many other oppressions
stem
from the fascism of "what does a woman/man look like?" We get our images
from the Western media whose sole concern is to make profits. These
images
are especially harmful to young women who are pressured to be thin and
available to men. Homophobia stems from gender-phobia, a fear of
perceived
sexuality, which is based on gender expression instead of sexual
orientation
itself. These things were discussed at the caucus and we all expressed
our
anger over the perpetration of these oppressions at this feminist
conference.

When we all met back together, each group read the notes from their
discussions. We were given a lot of support. Many people agreed that the
separation of the groups was a mistake, but some women stood fast to
their
belief that women are safer when men are not present. Unfortunately, I
sometimes believe this is true, because sexism is so ingrained in all of
our
minds, actions, and social codes. I discussed this with the men at the
conference, and they work to overcome the oppressive lessons they were
taught. I believe the answer to erasing sexism within the movement is to
let
us work in solidarity, not to divide us further apart.

--Simon, Gender Activist
Reprinted from *News & Letters*


Currently WAC members are arranging a roadtrip to the SGC and Dollywood. for info email Robin at: suzukibeane@hotmail.com