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What Motivates Solo Women Street Performers?

In 1992 (pre-google days), I spent 3 months in college doing individual study/research on the historical documentation of women street performers. Not only was there nothing on women street performers in library archives, sans a tale or two of women troubadours from long ago, but there was a serious lack of documentation of street performer (or “busker�) history altogether. The lifestyles of street performers are romanticized or shamed, but the fact remains: there is a mystique around street performance since so few know who we are, why we became street performers, and why we keep doing it. Solo women street performers are especially mysterious to the mainstream, as we break gender stereotypes. I have started getting firsthand interviews with all the street performers I have known in my 25+ year career as a busker, so that more documentation will exist for students in the future. This article evolved from interviews with two infamous women street performers that I have shared venues with over the decades.

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Announcement :: Gender & Sexuality

Women in Islam Week

msa.gifThe UC Santa Cruz Muslim Student Alliance presents "Women in Islam Week." All are welcome to this week-long event of educational talks, dialogue, and a poetry performance to challenge and deconstruct stereotypes and misconceptions of Women in Islam.

On Tuesday, April 20, there will be a Question and Answer panel of four Muslim women from different backgrounds sharing their unique experiences.

Wednesday's event, Women and Islamic Law (Shariah), will be presented by Stanford Professor Hina Aza.

On Thursday, April 22, there will be a spoken word performance by an artist collective based in the Bay Area called Calligraphy of Thought.

UC Santa Cruz Muslim Student Alliance
 
 

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Santa Cruz March for Women's Lives

The UCSC chapter of The Feminist Majority hosted the Santa Cruz March for Women's Lives on April 16 to support the national March for Women's Lives in Washington D.C on April 25, marking the largest collective pro-choice event in the past decade. Different organizations from all across the nation are participating in the March, including N.O.W. and The Feminist Majority.

The pro-choice march is meant to combat conservative legislation that has been milling through congress in the past few years and publicize important causes that are in dire need of attention. Such legislation includes the partial-birth-abortion law, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA), and The Cupid Project.

The Santa Cruz March for Women's Lives began with a rally at 2:00 p.m. at Porter Meadows where students gathered before marching through the theater arts center, by McHenry library, and on to the Quarry Amphitheater for speakers and musicians at the main event.

Photos and Audio: Your Body is a Battle and Trouble in Paradise

[ Women's Reproductive Rights Continue to Crumble I Indybay's Womyn page ]
 

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Santa Cruz March for Women's Lives

The UCSC chapter of The Feminist Majority hosted the Santa Cruz March for Women's Lives on April 16 to support the national March for Women's Lives in Washington D.C on April 25, marking the largest collective pro-choice event in the past decade. Different organizations from all across the nation are participating in the March, including N.O.W. and The Feminist Majority.

The pro-choice march is meant to combat conservative legislation that has been milling through congress in the past few years and publicize important causes that are in dire need of attention. Such legislation includes the partial-birth-abortion law, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA), and The Cupid Project.

The Santa Cruz March for Women's Lives began with a rally at 2:00 p.m. at Porter Meadows where students gathered before marching through the theater arts center, by McHenry library, and on to the Quarry Amphitheater for speakers and musicians at the main event.

Photos and Audio: Your Body is a Battle and Trouble in Paradise

[ Women's Reproductive Rights Continue to Crumble I Indybay's Womyn page ]
 

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Sahar Saba of RAWA in Santa Cruz

mazar.jpgSahar Saba, a soft spoken young woman, stood firmly as darkness fell. She spoke of the hell that is her home; where 'everyone has a story to tell’ about a sister, a brother, a parent, or a child who was tortured, raped, killed; sometimes before their eyes.

She repeated several times that the problem of fundamentalism persists in Afghanistan. That RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, sees the persistence of fundamentalism as the major problem for women, children, and the Afghani culture in general. That the US attack and presence has done little to improve the situation, that indeed the situation has gotten worse under the US supported warlords.

Audio: Rockin' the Boat: Interview with Sahar Saba

[ Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan I Afghan Women's Mission ]
 
 

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News :: Gender & Sexuality

Insex Cult Leader Calls It Quits!

Insex.com the #1 BDSM web site in the world shut down this week after the new release of documentary WWW.XXXEXPOSE.COM cracked and decoded the cult leader, PD's formula (check out the link www.insex.com/new/sale/default.asp, it's selling for 4 million, any takers?)! Unlike the digital photos and videos of abuse shot at Abu Ghraib, which has the nation in an uproar, the filmed activities of REAL sadistic tortures found on the sight Insex.com have gone reasonably unnoticed, operating under the guise of a legally operating BDSM modeling business.
 

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LOCAL News :: Education & Youth : Gender & Sexuality : Peace & War : Resistance & Tactics

MILITARY OFF UCSC - MARCH & RALLY TUESDAY!

 

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Commentary :: Environment & Food : Gender & Sexuality : Globalization & Capitalism : Government & Elections : Health & Drugs

Banning ASPARTAME In New Mexico Advances From Food Products to Children's Pharmaceuticals and Vitamins

ASPARTAME, the artificial sweetener which is found in 6000 products in the USA, including diet drinks, chewing gum, coffee sweeteners, low fat yogurt, and childrens' vitamins and drugs, even though it turns to formaldehyde, is in a heap of trouble in New Mexico with effort to ban it in toto.
 

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LOCAL Announcement :: Civil & Human Rights : Gender & Sexuality

Protest the Governor's Veto of Equal Marriage (AB849) (9/29)

Join us at the Town Clock at 5:30 p.m. (Friday) to protest the Governator's termination of equal marriage rights for members of the glbt community!
 

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LOCAL News :: Arts & Culture : Civil & Human Rights : Gender & Sexuality

PIX: Protest Against Catalyst and Sizzla's Hatred

Sunday, Sept 11 -- Holding signs and distributing literature, several dozen people protested in front of the Catalyst nightclub where reggae artist Sizzla was playing that evening. In his songs and stage dialogue, Sizzla has repeatedly called for buring and shooting queers and he brags of doing it himself.
 

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