May is national masturbation month!

May 9, 2011

So get warmed up and head on over to the website of jiz lee, genderqueer pornstar, who has an awesome post that includes a teaser for Sticky: A Documentary on Masturbation, a plug for Gush: Official Guide to the G-spot and Female Ejaculation that jiz appears in, and some sex positive photo sexiness. phew.  NSFW.

and check out the rest of their website while you’re at it, jiz is an awesome wealth of info and hotness on all things sex-positive!


Workshop Recording: Can Feminism Be Sexy?

May 6, 2011

Last year we had the opportunity to record several of the amazing presentations from Break the Silence’s Creative Resistance conference. First we’d like to share Dr. Julie Harms Cannon’s workshop “Can Feminism Be Sexy?”

Stupid Girls by Pink

About the workshop:

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss sex-positive feminism and to engage in a debate of anti-porn and pro-sex feminist thought.  Dr. Harms Cannon will describe her research on amateur stripping and the difficulties she encountered in the process, relating it both to her identity as a feminist academic and as a mother.  How to initiate sex-positive discussions will be covered, as well as the ways in which the sex-positive paradigm confronts the issue of violence in the community.  These issues will be opened up to the group for discussion.

About Dr. Julie Harms Cannon:

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Sex and gender
  • Classical and contemporary sociological theory
  • Feminist theory and methods
  • Multicultural education
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Amateur stripping.

Biography / Key Publications:

  • Charlotte Chorn, and Julie Harms Cannon. 2008.  “They’re Still in Control Enough to be in Control: Paradox of Power in Dementia Caregiving” Journal of Aging Studies 22: 45-53.
  • Cannon, Julie Harms. 2006. “White, Working-class, and Feminist: Working within the Master’s House and Finding Home Again.” Pp. 101-116 in Stephen L. Muzatti and Vince Samarco (eds.) Reflections from the Wrong Side of the Tracks: Class, Identity, and the Working Class Experience. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Dunham, Charlotte C., Julie Harms Cannon, and Bernadette Dietz. 2004. “Representing the Other in Sociology of the Family Texts.” Teaching Sociology 32(4): 374-384.
  • Cannon, Julie Harms and Adrian De La Rosa. 2001. “Utopian Feminism and Feminist Pedagogy: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Everyday Classroom.” Quarterly Journal of Ideology 24(1&2): 41 pages.
  • Cannon, Julie Ann Harms, Thomas C. Calhoun, and Rhonda Fisher. 1998. “Amateur Stripping and Gaming Encounters: Fun in Games or Gaming as Fun.” Deviant Behavior 19(4): 317-337.

Save the Date – Reclaiming Spaces: Bodies, Ownership, and Policing BTS Conference 2011

May 5, 2011

Exciting news! Break the Silence proudly presents our third annual conference: “Reclaiming Spaces: Bodies, Ownership, and Policing.” This years format is a little different than years past, but it seemed appropriate as most of BTS’s members will be graduating this year.  This is a student-led research conference. We especially encourage community members to attend. It is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Aldo Reséndiz at Thank you!

Co-sponsored by the SU Diversity, Citizenship, and Social Justice Track

Saturday, May 28 · 11:00am – 3:00pm

Seattle University Pigott Building, Pigott106

901 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA

More Info
The following are descriptions of this year’s presentations:
“Keepin’ it Real: Black Women and their Feminist Resistance and Negotiation of Stereotypical Media Representation” by Kendra Ijeoma

The research explores the racist and sexist representation of black women in the media that is often perceived by the larger society as the “reality” of black womanhood. These images are detrimental to both the “viewed” and the “viewer”. In the research I look at the ways in which black women have both resisted and negotiated this representation by employing an “oppositional gaze” upon consuming these images. Furthermore, I explore the ways in which black women have engaged in feminist praxis through the production of their own cultural texts as well as the creation of “safe spaces”. Using the work of bell hooks and Dorothy E. Smith in my analysis, I seek to parallel the representation of black women in the media with their representation and resistance within contemporary feminist discourses.

“Sex Reassignment Surgery and the Control of Sexual Minorities in Iran” by Aric Lane

In 1978 the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued a fatwa (religious edict) permitting those with Gender Identity Disorder (GID) to have Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) in order to align a person’s internal gender identity with their external sex organs. Currently Iran is leading the world in SRS, however there is concern that Iran is utilizing SRS as a mechanism to control those considered sexual “deviants”. In Iran homosexuality and same-sex activity is illegal and punishable by death, yet the state supports and occasionally subsidizes SRS for those with GID. This research explores the stigma towards sexual minorities in Iran, the evolution of SRS in Iran, reports on the lived experiences of transgendered persons, and the inclination of the Iranian government to seek out scientific resolutions towards social “problems”.

The Making of a Hñähñu-MeXican@ (Indigenous mestizo, Mexican-Xican@) Im/migrant Student-Activist: Exported, Repackaged, and Transnationally Active by @ldo ulisses rexéndiz

Using autobioethnographic methodology, my research thesis traces the development of my political consciousness as a student-activist at Seattle University in relation to the articulation of my own intersectional identity in terms of race, ethnicity, class, gender, immigration status, language, and sexual orientation within the larger economic and historical context of post-9/11 Mexican migration to the U.S. This autobioethnography also seeks to challenge the concept of the “new social actor” as commonly defined in New Social Movement Theory and to inscribe my experience as a MeXican@ student-activist within larger transnational social movements, particularly in the context of Mexico and the U.S., by transcending the boundaries of the nation/state while also breaking down the binary of the self/Other in social research.

“The ‘Anti-‘ Rhetoric: Media representation of Japanese-Americans during WWII and Latina/o immigrants post 9/11”

Bree Keaveney and Aldo Reséndiz

SYPP Fundraiser: FamBam!

May 4, 2011
A Dinner and Celebration of the SYPP Family
-Saturday, May 21st, 5:30-8pm-
Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church
3001 24th Avenue South 
Seattle, WA 98144
Register here:

What’s a FamBam?

fam·i·ly [fam-uh-lee, fam-lee] noun   +    bam [bam] noun, verb   =  Fam·Bam
1. a night of sharing, storytelling, eating and laughter with old and new friends.
ex. I can’t wait to go to the fambam tonight so I can eat til I burst and laugh til I cry!
2. to bring communities together to celebrate the accomplishments of youth organizers with families, community and SYPP supporters.
ex. I’m glad we fambam’d last night. I learned so much about everyone there!

No auction this year? What makes this different? 

  • Instead of an emphasis on items and purchases, the focus is on fun and connection between supporters, youth, and their families.
  • A creative and unique celebration of how all generations contribute to social change, from our ancestors, to our supporters and alumni, to our current members.
  • More diverse and in-depth sharing about who SYPP is and why our work matters.

I want to be there! What do I need to know?

  • A delicious dinner is provided and you should be prepared to run for our famously fun dessert dash.
  • Come with a spirit of grassroots support for a worthy organization empowering youth in Seattle to fight for social justice. There will be a variety of ways to donate to SYPP and demonstrate support for our work.
  • Tickets are $40 for adults, and $20 for youth
Please register yourself as a guest by clicking this link:
If you have any questions about anything at all please feel free to call us at 206-860-9606 or email or

Free Aoki Film Screening

May 4, 2011

FILM SCREENING: Aoki | Saturday, May 14 @ 7pm

AOKI (2010, 94 min.) is a documentary film chronicling the life of Richard Aoki (1938-2009), a third-generation Japanese American who became one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party. Filmed over the last five years of Aoki’s life, this documentary features extensive footage with Aoki and exclusive interviews with comrades, friends, and former students. Question and answer with the filmmakers Ben Wang and Mike Cheng will follow. Presented in collaboration with the Center for Study of the Pacific Northwest and the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington conference on Race, Radicalism, and the Repression on the Pacific Coast and Beyond.

Free | In Community Hall at The Wing Luke Museum (719 South King Street, International District)

Strategies for Liberation

May 4, 2011

Please share widely!

Strategies for Liberation:
A student-led workshop

Topics Covered:
Understanding Systems of Privilege & Oppression
Exploring Internalized Oppression & Internalized Dominance
Embracing Intersectionality as a Liberatory Practice

Saturday, May 7th @ 2pm-4pm
Seattle University Lemieux Library
Boeing Room (first floor on the right)

All are welcome.  Free and Open to the Public.  Wheelchair Accessible.
Please RSVP to Jolie Harris (

Fundraiser for the Asian Pacific Islander Freedom School

April 23, 2011

Saturday April 30th, 7pm

Raising funds for a summer program for political education and empowerment of API youth. Check out their website:


My Parade (POC punks)
Blossoms of Fire (Rogue Pinay and friends)
Mr. Longhill and Secret Strawberries (Acoustic Sweetness)

Also: Bake Sale and possibly Karaoke!

3319 17th Ave S (Beacon Hill)
Buses = 36, 60, Light Rail
Showspace is wheelchair accessible by ramp.!/event.php?eid=164786326912197


The Asian Pacific Islander Freedom School is a groundbreaking grassroots effort of community-based organizations and activists in the Pacific Northwest to mobilize and empower youth.
Inspired by the work of the Tyree Scott Freedom School, the API Freedom School will target API youth — with special outreach to recent immigrants, refugees and low-income students — through a curriculum focused on diverse API history, art, culture and critical contemporary social issues using a broad-based anti-oppression approach.
Set to launch in July 2011, the week-long APIFS will provide a safe, dynamic learning space for API youth to learn from local API community leaders. The APIFS will build strong inter-community and -generational connections to grow the next generation of API community leaders, and expand the sustainability of larger social justice movement work.