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Barnard/Columbia Chapter of Take Back the Night hosts annual Sexhibition!

The Barnard/Columbia chapter of Take Back the Night, a sex-positive, anti-sexual violence organization, is hosting our annual Sexhibition, a consent-based, sex-positive health fair, full of sexy food, games and giveaways! The fair will be held on November 18th, at Lerner Hall, Columbia University from 11 am to 3 pm.

Every year we invite a speaker to present in the evening on a topic involving sex positivity. This year, we’ll be hosting Liz Canner, an award-winning filmmaker. At 7 pm, she will be screening her feature documentary, Orgasm Inc.: The Strange Science of Female Pleasure and facilitating a discussion afterward.

Sexhibition is an amazing event with an empowering message. If you’re in the city, be sure to check it out!

Fundraiser for Crossroads Theatre Project: Staged reading of “Tulpa, or Anne&Me”

WHAT: Staged reading of “Tulpa, or Anne&Me” by Shawn C. Harris (aka RVCBard) followed by a birthday party for Anne Hathaway (who probably won’t show up, so we’re calling her The Great Pumpkin)
WHEN: Friday, November 12, 8pm
WHERE: TBA – most likely WOW Cafe Theatre
WHY: Fundraiser for Crossroads Theatre Project
HOW MUCH: Suggested donation $10 (for your cake and balloons)

When Anne Hathaway crawls out of your television, what do you do? When the topic of conversation is race, how would you navigate the truth of your experience and the human need to make connections despite the pain and rage involved?

Through a series of surreal visitations from the famous movie star, “Tulpa, or Anne&Me” blends reality, fantasy and memory to explore what is usually hidden in the way we talk about race. Taking the vantage point of a Black lesbian with an overactive imagination, “Tulpa, or Anne&&Me” explores the effects of racism on human relationships.

“Tulpa, or Anne&Me” is the first work developed by Crossroads Theatre Project.

Crossroads Theatre Project is a collaboration of new Black playwrights whose works explore how race intersects with other identities and challenge mainstream ideas about Black theatre.

The crossroads are rooted in African folklore, Vodou, and Delta blues as a place where strange and unexpected things happen. Anything can happen on the crossroads. You can speak with the dead, meet the spirits of your ancestors, or even sell your soul to the Devil.

Crossroads Theatre Project is the anti-Chitlin Circuit created to break barriers and undermine stereotypes by presenting thoughtful new stories by and about African Americans today. In the simplest terms, this means: no maids; no crackheads; no Tyler Perry.

The vision of Crossroads Theatre Project is nearly identical to 13P. The idea is to use our shared passion for theater and our status as Othered to empower us when it comes to gathering resources and reaching out to potential audiences and creative partners. We’re committed to giving people theatre by and about us that challenges what people assume we stand for and/or are interested in. The goal of Crossroads Theatre Project is to incubate the works of new Black playwrights from first draft through full production.


NOW-NYS Annual Convention Women With Opinions: Rise Up and Be Heard

Join NOW-NYS as it celebrates the power of women at its annual convention, October 16 – 17, 2010, Albany Ramada Hotel (formerly Clarion Hotel), 3 Watervliet Ave Ext., Albany, NY 12206.


  • Mo Therese Hannan, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Siena College and co-founder of the annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference held in Albany, NY
  • Bill Baird, the holder of three US Supreme Court victories for women’s rights and found of the Pro Choice League
  • Zenaida Méndez, Director of External Affairs for the Manhattan Neighborhood Network Public Access Television and President and Founder of the National Dominican Women’s Caucus
  • M. Tracey Brooks, Esq., President and CEO of Family Planning Advocates of New York State and Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York
  • Andrea D. Lyon, Attorney, Educator and Author is nationally recognized for her work to promote social justice, equity and improvement in the criminal justice system
  • Terry O’Neill, president of National NOW
  • Sandy Rapp, singer and feminist author

Register online or print the registration form (pdf).

Complete schedule and hotel information. Also read the Fall 2010 Newsletter for more information about the speakers.

Feminist Press 40th Anniversary Gala- Paradigm Shift's Meredith Villano Selected as Honoree for 40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism

Paradigm Shift NYC is proud to announce that The Feminist Press has
selected Meredith Villano, PS co-founder and director, as an honoree:
40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism.  You are invited to The Feminist
Press 40th Anniversary Gala- come celebrate and network!

Juvenile Counselor Sexually Assaults 3 Teen Girls, Gets Probation?!

Sign Our Petition NOW & Help Secure Justice for Victims
Last week, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Cassandra Mullen proposed a sentence of ten years probation with absolutely no jail time for a court-appointed juvenile counselor–Tony Simmons–who pled guilty to raping one girl and sexually assaulting two others that he was transporting to Manhattan Family Court.  Court transcripts show that prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney’s office did not object to the no-jail time plea.

In one of the instances, the assailant brought a 15-year-old girl entrusted to his custody down to the basement of the court building to rape her. Just moments after the attack he escorted her to her scheduled court appearance.

Take Action: We need you to send the message that this is outrageous!

1.  Sign our petition NOW to Justice Cassandra Mullen to demand jail time for this violent offender and justice for the victims.

2.  Forward the petition and the article to five friends, and post on Facebook and Twitter. The more signatures we get, the bigger our impact on this case.
Petition URL:

3. Get the Daily News ArticleSee Our Letter-to-the-Editor: Troubling Case

LECTURE – Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

The Cooper Union Presents The Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Lecture:

Half The Sky:
Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

with authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

An ancient Chinese proverb says that women hold up half the sky. Yet throughout the developing world, instead of capitalizing on this powerful natural resource, millions of women are subject to brutality and victimization, even “gendercide.” In the tenth annual Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Lecture, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, discuss Half The Sky, their passionate call to arms against the oppression of women around the globe —“the central moral challenge” of our time on November 1 at 6:30PM in The Cooper Union’s Great Hall (7 East 7th Street b/w 3rd and 4th Aves, NYC). Through inspiring stories of extraordinary women, the authors show that the most effective way to fight global poverty is to unleash the potential of women. They also offer an uplifting do-it-yourself tool kit for those who want to help. The event is free and open to the public.

The Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Lecture, the 10th in an annual series,
was established with a generous grant from The Horace W. Goldsmith

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is a distinguished
private college of art, architecture and engineering founded in 1859 by
Peter Cooper, an inventor, industrialist and philanthropist. Since its
founding, all admitted students have received full-tuition scholarships.

The Cooper Union
The Great Hall –7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue, New York

Subways: Astor Place (6), 8th Street (N, R)

Free — Open to the Public

Information: 212.353.4195 or


Check out the cross-dressing revival of the 2008 New York Fringe Festival hit, THE REFUGEE GIRLS REVUE, a dark musical comedy inspired by the American Girl Dolls!!!

@ Theatre 80 (80 St. Marks and 1st Ave) in the East Village

Saturday, October 9 at 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 16 at 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 23 at 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 30 at 10 p.m.

“Nothing is safe or sacred in this deliciously wicked spoof” – Time Out New York

“A razor sharp satire” –

Written by Jena Friedman
Directed by Scott Illingworth
Music by Elia Einhorn


for ticket information go to

Volunteer with NARAL and Get Pro-Choice Candidates Elected!

Dear NARAL Volunteers,

Hi, I’m NARAL Pro-Choice NY’s Political Intern and I’m excited to work
with you all to help elect pro-choice candidates this fall! The
General Election is fast approaching (November 2nd, to be exact) and
it’s time to rally our fellow Pro-Choice activists.

Below is the list of activities coming up in the next two weeks that
we’ll be holding to support our endorsed candidates and educate our
base about what’s at stake for choice in this election. To sign up for
specific events, RSVP to Rosie Hoffman at

NARAL Election Activities:

Saturday, October 9th, 11am-1pm- Women for Avella Rally

(Meet at the NARAL Pro-Choice NY Office at 11am and cab to Queens)

Wednesday, October 13th, 6-9pm Volunteer Recruitment Phonebank

(NARAL Pro-Choice NY Office)

Friday, October 15th 12:30-1:30pm Lunch break Rally for Gillibrand

(7 Lincoln Square, Manhattan)

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have questions. I look
forward to seeing you soon!



Rosie Hoffman
Political Intern
NARAL Pro-Choice New York
Office (646) 520-3506

CONFERENCE – Feminist Perspectives and Beyond: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future


Feminist Perspectives and Beyond:
Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future

NOVEMBER 12-14, 2010

Visit The Renfrew Center Foundation website for more information and to register

Join us as we commemorate Renfrew’s 20th Annual Conference with outstanding leaders in the field who will address all aspects of eating disorders theory, treatment and research.

2010 National Eating Disorders Association Conference, Oct. 8-10

Nuture your mind and heart this year…
To register, click HERE.

Date: Monday, October 11, 2010
Location: Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

Sponsored and hosted by University Medical Center at Princton

Featured speakers: Walter Kaye, MD; Kate Tchanturia, PhD; and Janet Treasure, PhD, FRCP, FRCPsych

8:00am – 9:00am Registration and continental breakfast
9:00am – 4:00pm Learning Day workshops and luncheon

Cost: $125

For more information on this conference visit !

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