Alison Gardner

VenusPlusX Job Openings (10/24/11)

Join us in our mission aimed at ushering in “The New Age of Sexual Freedom” – a world free from the global culture of racial, sexual, and gender oppression and violence driven by governments, religions, corporations, and social customs. You can view the job openings currently available at VenusPlusX here. Some are based in DC and others are not dependent on geography. Take a look for yourself or forward this on to friends who may be interested. VenusPlusX is a great place to work, where self-starters are rewarded for innovation.  

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Wartime Sexual Abuse — of Men and Boys

“Everybody has heard the women’s stories. But nobody has heard the men’s," says Stewart M. Patrick, a senior fellow at the DC-based, non-partisan think tank The Council on Foreign Relations, writing for The Internationalist. His recent report was widely circulated this summer on the startling 22% of males and 30% of females who have been sexually assaulted as a terror tactic and weapon of war used throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lisa F. Jackson's award-winning documentary,  The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, likewise offers disturbing data on this nascent crisis. The film won the Special Jury Prize at ...

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Running Out of Time (video)

We were really impressed with this video which brings into sharp relief some of the dissonance and hypocrisy of American politicians' sweeping calls for democracy and equality abroad, through the UN, in the US Congress, and from the White House. They take seriously the populist rebellions in repressive foreign nations, at least the ones that might be useful to the US, but our political leaders dismiss 0r only limply support the successful "Occupy" movement in our midst that is already altering the national conversation of government's role. The effectiveness of this movement is scaring them because it flips the paradigm in ...

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What’s Hot Right Now (10-11-11)

Arse Electronic Wrap-up, Occupy Everything, New National Campaigns, plus  We're back from 2 weeks on the road, participating in and filing blogs on Atlanta's Southern Comfort Conference and then from San Francisco for Arse Elektronika. Arse Elektronika is a production by Monochrom, an Austrian collective of futurist artists describing themselves as "an art-technology-philosophy group" and "an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science, context hacking and political activism." They have been producing the European version of AE for many years and are now in their fifth year bringing this parallel one to the United States. This week's ...

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Arse Elektronika: Come for science!

Jack Diehl, Alison Gardner, and Dan Massey contributed to this article. VenusPlusX attended the Arse Elektronika conference in San Francisco (September 29 - October 2), hosted by the Austrian “art-technology-philosophy group” Monochrom. This energetic collective has run the European AE for many years, and this is the fifth year in a row they have brought its parallel to San Francisco. The call for entries last February gives some insight to what unfolded. This year's theme was Sex and Technology. It was hard to know what to expect from the schedule of four days of programming over three ...

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This Revolution Will Not Be Privatized

One of the best signs at the Occupy Wall Street's ongoing protest that is spreading like wildfire across the country right now said, "This revolution will not be privatized." Well, what do we actually mean by that? In the last 24 hours, Occupy Together has increased by almost 200 more cities, up from 749 to 928 cities, including Washington, DC. Wildfire. It's about effin' time. A movement like no other that has been 40 years in the making by my clock. This week, Occupy Wall Street's NYC General Assembly issued an official declaration. This is the American people standing up for the ...

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Southern Comfort—Historic Gathering

What is "gender non-conforming?" "What does a transexual person have in common with a part-time cross-dresser? or with a transgender person who identifies as neither?" "Can transgender and gender non-conforming people, cross-dressers, transexual men and women who have undergone Sexual Reassignment Surgery (SRS), and other segments of this diverse cohort group ever speak as one?" To feel the power of collective action that is sleeping beneath us? "What are the limits of working in coalition with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and interesex people?" "What are the shared policy priorities we can all work on together, in unity without uniformity? These are just ...

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This week’s hot stuff (9-22-11)

The Take Back the American Dream conference, organized by the Campaign for America's Future with support from Rebuild the Dream, will be happening on October 3 - 5 in Washington, DC. Find out more and register online. The American Dream Movement is growing stronger by the day, and it’s not going away until everyone can find jobs, afford to go to college, retire with dignity, and secure a future for our children and our communities. Rainbow Response Coalition in DC is a grassroots organization addressing the needs of LGBTQ people with regard to domestic violence. This deeply sensitive work joins ...

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This week’s hot stuff (9-15-11)

Voto Latino along with the National Council of La Raza are playing an increasing central role in advocating for progressive causes across a spectrum of stakeholders, not just for immigration, but all struggles for economic and social justice including labor rights and equality rights. These are the leaders of America's new majority and so much the target of the old white men who would have it otherwise. We will soon be hearing from Gloria Nieto who will be writing on the intersection of race, gender, and sexual politics. In doing research for a story Zain Rivzi is preparing ...

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Newly expanded VenusPlusX rolls out

We are expanding with our retooled website to fulfill VenusPlusX's mission to help usher in “The New Age of Sexual Freedom” – a world free from the global culture of racial, sexual, and gender oppression and violence driven by governments, religions, corporations, and social custom. We aim to do that with the site's new utilities and capabilities, bringing the voices of our diverse allies via our campaigns, initiatives, educational and advocacy programs, and grassroots organizing. Some highlights . . . New videos daily as part of our Sexual Freedom Project. LilMike will bring us videos, poems, essays, artwork, and other original submissions from ...

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