Workshop Recording: 100 Years of Feminist Politics and Our Bodies

May 9, 2011

Recording #2… check out Pinay Sa Seattle’s workshop “100 Years of Feminist Politics and Our Bodies” facilitated at Break the Silence’s 2010 Creative Resistance conference.



Check out photos from the workshop here (many thanks to the lovely Nicole Kandi for taking photos!)

Workshop description:

March 8, 2010 will mark the centennial of the working class women’s struggle for equity and emancipation from imperialism, feudalism and patriarchy. Since the early 1900’s women have been campaigning for change during a time of great expansion in the booming industrialized world. Millions of women have paved the way for the women’s liberation movement worldwide demanding for better working wages, shorter working hours and voting rights. Women have fought long and hard to protect their families and communities, but in times of economic hardship and wars of aggression, women are often the most impacted.

Post modern and western feminist ideals often neglect to connect the struggle of women to the overall working class people’s struggle against imperialism, the real enemy of women. Reducing the women’s liberation movement to gaining individual rights or to a trivialized gender war against the opposite sex only further advances US imperialism and hides the fact that its real definition of equality is no more than the right to be as exploited and oppressed as the next property-less person or being as mere sex objects of male chauvinism.

Women of the Philippines have had a long standing history of fighting for change not only amongst themselves but for the people of the Philippines. Gabriela Silang, Lorena Barros, Tandang Sora and many others have left behind a legacy militant women fighting for a Philippines free from foreign intervention and exploitation.

This workshop will pay homage to our Filipina heroines as well as the many other women around the world united to advance the revolutionary struggle for women’s liberation. We will dismantle the common notion that the liberation of women is only achieved among and within the ranks of women, but is in fact necessary to work in alliance with all other oppressed and marginalized sectors of society. After all, even women can uphold the very same system that oppresses all other working class people.

We will also examine how our bodies as Filipina women is used and abused throughout the course of history. We will discuss issues ranging from human trafficking, prostitution, rape, labor exploitation and even the idea that the Philippines is often implicated as a female entity to understand the use of the female body within the system of imperialism.

In honor of the centennial of International Women’s Day, we commemorate the historic ties between the women’s movement and the proletarian movement for celebrating women and women’s militant inter-nationalism originated from the working class movement.

** Understand the historical context of the working class women’s liberation movement
** Re-define feminism and feminist politics from an anti-imperialist and working class perspective
** Learn about significant Filipina heroines who have contributed to the advancement the women’s liberation movement in the Philippines
** Dissect the impacts that imperialism, feudalism and patriarchy has on Filipina women’s bodies

More info on Pinay Sa Seattle:

Pinay* sa Seattle is a collective of Pinays celebrating our multifaceted identities, revolutionary history, and rich culture. We work to build a community in the Seattle area invested in educating, defending, and advocating for the human rights of Filipinas globally.


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.

Update: Creative Resistance Conference is only on April 24th

April 9, 2010

We invite you to attend Break the Silence’s 2nd annual conference:

Creative Resistance: Confronting Legacies of Violence & Building Consent
Saturday APril 24th 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
The Casey Building (Seattle University)
(more info)

We are excited to see you soon!
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Creative Resistance Conference in 2.5 Weeks!

April 8, 2010

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March 22, 2010

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Accepting Workshop Proposals

March 22, 2010

We need proposals for workshops for the upcoming Creative Resistance Conference (it’s four weeks away). Click the link below to open the proposal form. Please email completed forms or any questions to

Creative Resistance Workshop Proposal Form

Proposals are due by March 30th!

Thank you! Possible workshop themes brainstormed by planning collective (please feel free to use any or non of these ideas!):

Accountability processes
Anti-oppression 101 / Collective Liberation
Buildings & phallic symbols
Commodification of violence/body – Capitalism
Creativity & Resistance (i.e. Writing & Resistance, Resistance through art)
Domestic sex trafficking &/or intn’l trafficking
Ethics of love
Femicide (i.e. Women of Juarez)
Grassroots fundraising
Historical romance novels- race/sexual violence & perpetuation of oppression
Interpersonal violence as linked to State violence
Legacy of language used around colonization
Marital rape/domestic violence
Mixed race & colonialism
Occupation of Afghanistan/Iraq/present situation
/ heteropatriarchy
Police, gentrification, brutality
Popular culture & sexualized violence
Pornography & sexualized violence

Queering our political practice
Reproductive freedom
Self-defense workshop
Sex positivity & healing after sexual assault
Sex workers
Sexual assault in the military
Sexual harassment in workplaces & the work of unions
Sexualized violence as a weapon for colonialism (past & present)
Skill-based workshops
Sterilization of poor/disabled women/women of color
Systems of violence (Non-Profit Industrial Complex, Prison Industrial Complex, etc)
Transformative Justice: building social movements
Transphobia, Genderism
Youth organizing