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FREE! Rewrite Your Sexual Script: 5 Creative Ways to Nurture & Ignite Your Sexuality

Paradigm Shift is proud to support our partner:
Rewrite Your Sexual Script: 5 Creative Ways to Nurture & Ignite Your Sexuality

hosted by Amy Jo Goddard

Many women are super empowered in the world, very successful and able
to freely assert themselves—but they are unable to carry this power
into their sexual lives, leaving them feeling insecure, or deprived of
a core power they question whether they can really have. Many cultural
factors, including a lack of know-how and role models, contribute to
this gap. When your role models for what is sexually powerful come
from narrow depictions of women in ubiquitous advertising, music
videos or even pornography, it’s hard to figure out what your
authentic sexual power actually looks like!

In this engaging and thought-provoking teleclass, you’ll discover:

•    4 core reasons why women become sexually disempowered
•    4 essential elements that can assist you to nurture and grow
your sexuality, no matter where you are right now
•    How your own creativity can nurture your sexuality and help
you come closer to your core sexual self
•    6 steps to personally empower yourself sexually

Sexuality educator Amy Jo Goddard will discuss the gaps and patterns
she has observed over her 15 year sexuality career, and provide
concrete ways women can access their most authentically powerful
sexual selves. Women of all sexual orientations and identities are
welcome to be a be part of this dynamic class, to begin to dialogue
about feeling more confident in their own sexuality and with their
sexual and intimate partners. Participants will also get information
on how to be a part of the Women’s Sexuality Empowerment
Apprenticeship, which begins on October 12 in NYC!

Two classes:
Thursday, September 30, 2010 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (ET)

To sign up:

Monday, October 04, 2010 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (ET)

To sign up:

NOW NYC sponsoring Gail Dines presenting Supersexxxed: Porn and Pop Culture

The National Organization for Women in NYC hosts internationally
acclaimed activist, scholar and social critic Gail Dines, author of
Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality. Whether it’s film,
television, music videos or magazine ads – you name it – our visual
landscape has been “pornified.” Gail’s perspective on the
industrialization of porn, now a $96 billion dollar industry, is not
to be missed.  Join us for what promises to be an eye-opening
conversation on how porn is changing our culture, relationships and
sexuality. Please note: this presentation will contain graphic images.

Suggested donation: $5 for NOW-NYC members & students | $15 for non-members
Reserve your seat with an advance online donation at or
RSVP to 212.627.9895 |
Event Location: 434 West 33rd Street, Penthouse Conference Center & Terrace
Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 34th Street

A Daughter Does Not Easily Forget- a poem by Melanie Poole

Photograph by Steve McCurry

The things they did have not been buried yet.
A fire in the eyeball flickers rage,
A daughter does not easily forget.

Although their secrets curl around the ends
Of a swollen tongue, too trembling to say,
The things they did have not been buried yet.

She wears her shoulders with a deep regret.
Around them wraps a mother’s scarlet shame,
A daughter does not easily forget.

Do not dismiss the silent, bowing head;
This is no docile beast that can be tamed,
The things they did have not been buried yet.

A thousand strangled souls have come to rest
Inside the dark of her, igniting flame,
A daughter does not easily forget.

It is a place beyond religion, where the wet
Brows of beaten women lie in graves.
The things they did have not been buried yet.
A daughter does not easily forget.

SPARK Summit: Challenging the Sexualization of Girls– REGISTER NOW!

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Shelby Knox: The next Gloria Steinem – by Sophie Moura

Reposted from Marie Claire

Shelby Knox, 24, feminist organizer

Résumé: Despite roots in überconservative Lubbock, Texas, Shelby Knox is leading a new generation of feminists, traveling the U.S. campaigning for comprehensive sex education. At 15, she was plucked from obscurity by filmmakers who’d seen her quoted discussing teen pregnancy in a newspaper. The resulting documentary, The Education of Shelby Knox — about her transformation from Baptist good girl to sex-ed activist — premiered at Sundance in 2005.

Background check: “In high school, a friend got pregnant because her boyfriend told her she couldn’t if it was her first time having sex. I would have believed that, too. That’s when I started fighting for better sex ed.”

Big break: “An activist I’d met arranged for me to take care of Gloria Steinem’s pets while she was away. Gloria eventually let me live with her in New York for a couple of years while I figured out how to make it as an activist. She treated me as an equal. Now I can walk into a room and talk to anyone with confidence.”

Oh-my-God moment:
“At 20, I became the youngest person to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform during the first-ever congressional hearing on abstinence-only sex education. I was even mentioned on The Daily Show — the first time my brother showed any enthusiasm about my work!”

Shelby Knox also moderated Paradigm Shift’s “GUYLAND: THE PERILOUS WORLD WHERE BOYS BECOME MEN” Lecture & Discussion by Dr. Michael Kimmel.

Ain’t I A Woman: Queer Women of Color Speak on Femme Identity

Queer Women of Color and Friends (QWOC+ Boston) has been invited to co-host Boston NOW’s October Feminism and Dessert discussion and we’d love for you to join us!

We’re inviting you to show up and jump into what promises to be a candid and informal conversation about FEMME IDENTITY and FEMINISM as experienced by WOMEN OF COLOR.

Opening up this conversation are three very different feminists and/or femmes:

– Spectra Speaks (Founder of QWOC+ Boston | Naija Afrofeminist |
– Idalia Poetry (Organizer for QWOC+ Boston | Nationalista y Poeta de las Mujeres |
– Rayshauna Gray (Organizer for Young Boston Feminists | New Wave Feminist)

*Our speakers are sacrificial lambs / primers for good conversation, and they are only experts on their own experiences and identities. Everyone will be invited/encouraged to share their own experiences as well.

We’ll aim to explore the following questions:

— Who is a femme? What does she look like? What does she sound like? Are there cultural differences with this idea?
— What attributes of femininity are traditionally perceived as weak or strong, feminist or unfeminist? Are they cultural differences with this idea?
— Individual experiences with (or without “feminism”) as women of color and allies

Leave a comment HERE — (especially if you will be unable to attend but would still like to participate!) about ANYTHING you have to say re: FEMME / FEMME IDENTITY.

A discussion is only as rich and encompassing of multi-perspectives as its participants and we’d like to get the conversation going.


When: October 7th
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Cambridge City Hall Annex *
344 Broadway, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Cambridge, MA
Accessible from Central Square T stop (red line) and the 68, 83, 91, and 64 buses.

Feminist and Dessert is FREE and wheelchair accessible.

Reproductive Justice Arts Extravaganza, September 25

The Reproductive Justice Arts Extravaganza will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Women’s Medical Fund. We will showcase up to 25 submissions from our juried art competition at the AxD Gallery in Center City, Philadelphia and host live performances to celebrate the reproductive justice community.

The Women’s Medical Fund provides direct financial assistance and other support to low-income women and girls in Southeastern Pennsylvania who wish to terminate a pregnancy but cannot afford a safe, legal abortion. For more information, visit their website. To make a tax deductible contribution to the work of WMF, go to

– Pussies, Pens, and Politics
– Excerpts from the play The Waiting Room by Megan Smith
– Gigi Naglak and Meghann Williams of Chlamydia Dell’Arte: A Sex-Ed Burlesque
– Dancer Charly Brownskin

Location: 265 S. 10th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

For more details about the event:

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Performing the World 2010 – Can Performance Change the World?

Can Performance Change the World?
September 30- October 3, 2010, New York City

Performing the World 2007 from Joseph Spirito on Vimeo.

Performing artists, community organizers, theatre workers, educators, scholars, youth workers, students, social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists, medical doctors, health workers, and business executives are coming from 31 countries to discuss/perform that question and their responses to it.

Paradigm Shift Will Launch Our Signature Workshop
“Creating Intra and Interpersonal Paradigm Shifts”

Presented By: Meredith Villano, Co-Founder & Director; Laura Joy, Community Membership Coordinator; Shetal Shah, Digital Media Supervisor
Many people are drawn to activism or align themselves with a cause by first identifying with a community of those with shared experiences, then become empowered by voicing their personal narratives before taking action within their communities. This workshop will help attendees find their own path to activism in the form of their choice, and will provide community building, self-empowerment/motivational performance exercises, as well as action ideas.

Nearly 100 presentations, workshops and performances including:
Patch Adams – the Clown Laureate of Medicine, comes to Performing the World for the first time. He will share his work from around the world, bringing performance and hope to the sick and suffering.
A Day in the Life of the World – The Living Theatre
Performing Change
Reinventing Avant-Garde Theatre
Performance and Health
The Performance of Resiliency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital
The Power of Performing Our Story
Clowning at Hospital Changes the World

More Information
Conference Schedule PDF
Register Online

Conference Sponsors
All Stars Project, Inc. & East Side Institute for Group & Short Term Psychotherapy
Location: All Stars Project, Inc., 543 West 42 Street (btwn 10th & 11th Aves)

Woman in the Moon – a poem by Cristina Dominguez

this is
the cost of contact

the night
the light

reflect off

sinking vanquished
into the
drunken darkness
the dead alive
cold, clinical
as a spec
a second

without self
a lap
a distraction

watch woman
over a live

I can’t even let you reach me
my breath
is too a mere reflection
inflection of life

someday so will the
rest of my all too
conscious unconscious
a peace
a sleep
so sweet
so secure
but will my spirit
be splattered across the darkness of life
out of body
my own light

dividing is surviving
splintered better that than
withering away

pulling the tides in
or are they
pulling at me
under toe
sucking at
heart beat

can you
crash into me
but like old oceans?
This time
don’t leave me
in side

hardly worth
difficult discovery

knocking off of the bergs
black bird down on the ground
my brains
my veins

take from me
what little life
hope—by some chance love

there is nothing
worth having
but the pull
is beyond will
the still now peaceful
let me rock
in your vision
deaf to my cries
what ifs
and whys

in the morning
will hide me
but I will
be the brightest patch
in the sky
and appear before
the dramatic colors
I used to know
as she enters an empirical scorching sleep
the demise where I rise

color blind
one day you can still
find me
with misery

at times but
at others
the ordinary
toward risk

But not
for the responsibility
of wisdom
of woman in the moon

I, swallow, I am swollen
with loss
and lost in your light
but grounded rooted,
bold bulb,

feel my pull
my will
that endures
even under
ordered sleep
months of weeping
quiet intensity
deep in the
battle wounds
conquered and abandoned
wore torn
left of me

World of Colors: A Universal Cultural Experience

at the Symphony Space Theater

To Purchase Tickets please CLICK HERE

“Music & Dance speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul”

World Heritage Cultural Center is creating a common ground where any Culture in the world can come and celebrate their way of Life through the Arts & Food.

“As long as humans have walked the earth, down to each continent, to each country, to each region people have their own faith, communication, celebrations, and laws of life. The only thing that can bring us all on a common ground is “Music & Dance that speaks what cannot be expressed.”

In this great colorful patchwork we call America, there is so much unnoticed beauty around us. World Of Colors is an Annual Dance & Music Festival celebrating and bringing more than 20+ cultures on one stage; breaking barriers among nations through the Arts as a diverse audience becomes one family through the magic of Music & Dance.

Cultures on stage are of African, Indian, Dominican, Tahitian, Polynesian, Brazilian, Caribbean, Scandinavian, Irish, American(Modern & HipHop), Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Persian, Bolivian, Polish, Puerto Rican, Egyptian, and the list keeps growing.

Hosts for the World Of Colors Concert are:
Carlos Gonzalez and Paradigm Shift Digital Media Supervisor Shetal Shah

Attend the pre-event Red Carpet Cocktail Hour from 5pm to 6pm at the Symphony Space Theater Lounge with your ticket as pass to get in. Each attendee will receive a gift bag filled with prizes. Limited seating! After you purchase your ticket to the World of Colors event, simply send us an email at and let us know your ticket number and we’ll add you to the list to attend the Red Carpet Cocktail Hour.

After Party with Bollywood Celebrities including Monica Dogra (Shair & Func)
480 Lexington Ave
New York, NY

Tickets for the After Party – $25
Special Price for Travel & Adventure Show Guests – $20
For Red Carpet attendees – $15

KTU 103.5 and Power 105.1 are among the marketing partners who did interviews with the founders of WHCC and the hosts of the World Of Colors Concert. Interviews will be aired in September 2010.

For more supporters and sponsors, please CLICK HERE

World Heritage Cultural Center supports many charities and instead of re-inventing the wheel, we work with organizations such as Alex Lemonade Stand (pediatric cancer), American Cancer Society, Dancing at the Cross Roads (HIV) and HomeAThon (homeless). Speakers from the Alex Lemonade Stand, American Cancer Society and HomeAThon will be present on stage to announce the partnership with World Heritage Cultural Center.

World Heritage Cultural Center acknowledges those that make a positive impact through their work. We are proud to announce that Five Global Appreciation World Of Colors Awards will be handed out to five outstanding citizens of the world.

First Annual Global Appreciation World Of Colors Awards honorees are:

Zolaykha Sherzad is founder of the School of Hope. Times Magazine calls her the only woman in luxury to make a difference in the lives of women in the Middle East.
Meera Gandhi ~ Mrs. Gandhi is a well known international community leader, committed humanitarian and philanthropist dedicated to solutions to human suffering and deprivation around the globe.
Nnimmo Bassey ~ ” Heroes of the Environment” Times Magazine
Olivia Bouler~ An 11 year old talented artist uses art to raise more than $170,000 for the Gulf oil spill.
To see full details on honorees, please CLICK HERE. Fifth honoree to be announced shortly.

World Heritage Cultural Center donated 30 tickets to the Mt. Sinai Hospital Pediatric Center for children and their families to attend the show.

Join a noble cause in making a positive impact through Knowledge & Charity as World Heritage Cultural Center with some of the most amazing talents in the United States comes together to put on a spectacular show on September 25, 2010 to raise funds to open our first Center in New York.

For videos from our past events, such at the Multicultural stage in Times Square, please go to YOUTUBE

For any questions or concerns, please call 914.498.8347 or email at

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