Tag Archives: Feminism

Disenchanted – A Feminist Family Musical

Ever wonder what happened to the Disney princesses? They all grew up and went “Off Broadway” in this amazing musical, running for 8 more weeks in NYC.

GO SEE THIS. TAKE YOUR CHILDREN TO SEE THIS! THIS ROCKS! [LINK]

Disenchanted

Mothers Unite To Break Down Barriers

By Joy Rose and Mamapalooza

Reprinted from First Wives World (See My Blog Here)

Last Saturday in Toronto, the Motherhood Movement was officially launched. Camera in hand, juggling cables and questions, I shot 30 hours of video, from the hip, as I tried to get answers from some of the world’s foremost feminists. The subjects included mothering, violence, militarism, war, and social justice; mothers for equal rights; virtual mothering; feminists for a gift economy; maternal depression, and queer parenting.

“Wow,” you say? Or, maybe “Why”?

Perhaps I’m trying to sort through my own confusion and ambivalence about terms like “feminist mother,”  “single mother,” and “girlfriend,” and to capture this unique moment in Herstory.

After three days at the conference, sponsored by the Association for Research on Mothering at York University in Toronto, I was inspired and exhausted.

Let me say, I was the only one there with pink hair.

Some 300 women met in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, to initiate the suffragist movement and win the right for women to vote, a right that did not come to be until 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment. This gathering was much larger, the first International Motherhood Movement meeting. Here were women who cared passionately about their roles as workers, wives, and mothers. What’s amazing is that the subject of partnering was just as hot as the subject of parenting.

There wasn’t one attendee who spoke of wanting to erase the entire male population. Generally speaking, participants had a warm spot for the opposite sex.

With 20 organizations and hundreds of individuals presenting papers, studies and speeches, there were, of course, bound to be differences.

But primarily attendees were looking for commonalities. We were passionately looking for ways to make the world a better place. For a glimpse of some of the participants, taek a look at this short video I shot.

Among the groups participating were Momsrising.org, LiteraryMama.com, Mamapalooza.com, MuseumOfMotherhood.org, MamaZine.com, MothersCenters.org, MothersandMore.org, and MothersActingUp.org.

We listened and learned. Sometimes we merely tried to listen. Amy Richards, author of Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself, talked so fast I could barely keep up.

I will be working to edit the 30 hours of video I shot to show those who weren’t there highlights of what she said, and outline some of the defining academic ideas today on motherhood. I’m back at my desk simply marveling that I have a business card of a feminist ambassador from Uganda.

I’m so glad I went, and I’m also glad I’m back home with the kids. The children were pestering me for dinner while the new boyfriend was chatting with me on the phone. It was back to the multitasking of working, mothering and partnering.

Sexism Sells, But We’re Not Buying

Return: Mamapalooza

Republished: From The Womens Media Center
Carol JenkinsMay 23, 2008

In this most rigorous of primary seasons the subjects of gender and race have been pummeled, the youngest voters and oldest-ever candidate minutely scrutinized, and now we are required to sort ourselves by class.

In fact, the fracturing of our identities into gender, race, class, and age has been so thorough that the main task we have as a nation now is pulling ourselves together into a whole. If we’re lucky, this new nation will be an improvement on what we had. If we don’t exert every effort at reconciliation, these historic breakthroughs in political participation will be for naught. Media’s involvement in our division–and its responsibility in the healing–cannot be underestimated.

Our concerns here at The Women’s Media Center are just that–women and media: how women participate and how they are portrayed. For the past several months we  have been monitoring comments made during this campaign, as have others (see Marie Cocco’s Misogyny I Won’t Miss).  There has been a disturbing element that goes beyond disagreement with the issues-and steps into the territory of outright sexism.

Sexism in the MediaWith several partners, including the National Women’s Political Caucus, we have pulled together a video compilation of some of the most egregious remarks that aired recently on television. We call it “Sexism Sells, But We’re Not Buying.”  Not all the clips are aimed at Hilary Clinton, but a lot are.  As a non-partisan organization, we do not support any candidates.  But this isn’t a partisan issue: it’s about making sure that women’s voices are present and powerful in our national dialogue. If you haven’t already, please click on the image at right to watch the video, and sign our petition. We’ll make sure the media executives get your responses. Together we can and must win this fight.

P.S. I love Hilary Clinton – Sincerely, Joy Rose www.mamapalooza.com

MAMAPALOOZA = FUN

Its been an amazing month. Early October took us to Boston with a MAMAPALOOZA Rocks Stage in Harvard Square. Rocktoberfest in Boston with witches, parades, Mom-Music and crowds of kids. HRT Band, Housewives On Prozac, Joy Adler and Lisa Martin were just a few of the bands to grace the stage and SING LOUD!

Mid-October I traveled to Great Falls Montana and played to a fabulous crowd of 900 at the ‘What Women Want’ Expo. HOP Band played to a full house and Saturday events took me on a personal speaking tour with ‘Live Loud – Becoming Women of Unlimited Self-Esteem’. We explored our love, loss and journies of discovery together.

Toronto was the next stop for the ARM Conference, led by Dr. Andrea O’Reilly, founder & director for Association for Research & Mothering. MAMAPALOOZA artists Alana Ruben Free, ‘Beginner At Life’ and Christin Clifford ‘BabyLove’ also performed moving presentations that explored their respective motherhood paths.

Last stop – Chicago, for the Marketing2Moms Conference with Disney, Motherwork, Hybrid Mom, Hot Moms, Moms Easy Chair, Cafe Moms, About.com and a host of others. Programs were intended to educate and inspire while attendees convened to network with head-buzzing speed.

IT WAS ALL A GRAND ADVENTURE! Everyday I had a chance to talk about how much I LOVE what I do! Extending opportunities to women who are artists, educators and performers ROCKS MY WORLD! Joy!