Feminism is many things to many people. It lives out loud in the arts, environment, holistic health field, media, music, popular culture, and spirituality. It is woven into the fabric of individuals’ beliefs and life practices. It makes its home in diverse communities. It explores its theories in the halls of academia. It tests its application and elasticity in businesses, governments, and institutions. It invites comment and critique wherever it goes. It seeks to bridge the gap between its first, second, third, fourth, and fifth waves. It comes online and dances with complexity backed up by a rainbow chorus of voices, some of which go unheard.
The Digital Sisterhood Network’s Feminism Online Project celebrates the rainbow chorus of feminist voices in the digital world through its web site, Talkshoe.com radio show, Twitter page, and Tweetchats. Through these efforts, a diverse group of feminist voices are profiled and a range of feminist issues are discussed. They will be included as research for author Ananda Leeke’s book Digital Sisterhood, a memoir (December 2011).
The Digital Sisterhood Network is using an excerpt from Leeke’s Digital Sisterhood, a memoir as its definition of feminism for the Feminism Online Project:
Feminism is a
F – Freedom of choice that encompasses a movement, practices, and beliefs that promote social, political, and economic equality and
E – Empower women, girls, men, and boys to
M – Move through their daily lives, the Internet, and society as
I – Individuals who are treated as equals and
N – Nurtured and respected for the diversity of their
I – Identities as human beings who
S – Share the responsibility of
M – Making their daily and digital lives, communities, organizations, businesses, governments, countries, and societies oppression-free zones.
See the schedule of events below.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- March 2 – #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Twitter Celebration: Women in social media will be invited to tweet about their favorite feminist activists, bloggers, and organizations.
- March 3 @8:00-9:00 pm ET – Digital Sisterhood Radio: Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor Kerrie Martin, Founder of Live In Rhythm, will discuss feminism and food. Kerrie’s discussion will explore natural eating strategies that honor our appetite, desires, rhythm, intuition, and need for pleasure. She will look at the idea of nourishment versus nutrition and how deepening your self-care can release stress and support your health. She will also discuss stepping into your feminist power by honoring your body wisdom moment to moment so that you may experience more joy and peace and claim your rightful metabolism.
- March 7 @8:00-8:30 pm ET - Digital Sisterhood Radio: The topic is “Being a Feminist in the DC Social Justice Community.” The guests are Greg Bloom, Development Associate for Marketing and Communications at Bread for the City; Justin Rodriguez, Community Organizer for United Community of Earth – and , and Kelli Shewmaker, Co-Founder/Organizer of Social Justice Camp DC.
- March 9 – #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Twitter Celebration: Women in social media will be invited to tweet about women activists, bloggers, and organizations that promote HIV/AIDS awareness in the lives of women and girls.
- March 9 @9:00-10:00 pm ET – #DigitalSisterhood Monthly Tweetchat: The topic is why women do or do not embrace the feminist identity online and offline.
- March 10 @7:00-7:15 am ET – Online Yoga Honoring National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- March 13 @7:30 pm ET – Digital Sisterhood Radio: Blogger-in-Residence Kamaria Richmond will launch her debut show.
- March 14 @8:00-8:30 pm ET – Digital Sisterhood Radio: Treva Lindsey, Assistant Professor in the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, will discuss what it means to be a diva feminist and her work to promote “diva feminism” through her Diva Feminist blog and Twitter page.
- March 16 – #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Twitter Celebration: Women in social media will be invited to tweet about their favorite women bloggers and organizations that promote nutrition.
- March 20 @8:00-8:30 pm ET - Digital Sisterhood Radio: Shayne Lee, Sociologist, Tulane University Professor, and Author of Erotic Revolutionaries: Black Women, Sexuality, and Popular Culture, will discuss “The Prince of Third Wave Feminism Online and Offline.”
- March 23 – #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Twitter Celebration: Women in social media will be invited to tweet about their favorite South by Southwest (SXSW) social media women who attended, tweeted, and spoke at the SXSW 2011 Conference.
- March 29 @8:00 pm ET – DC She Writes Meet Up @ Teaism, 400 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC (1 block from National Archives Metro on Yellow Line) – Individuals are asked to purchase a beverage and/or entree. The group will meet on the lower level and share six-word memoirs about feminism as ice breakers. The event will feature a book reading by poet Yael Flusberg, author of The Last of My Village.
- March 30 - #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Twitter Celebration: Women in social media will be invited to tweet about their favorite women writers.
- March 30 @8:00-8:30 pm ET – Digital Sisterhood Radio: Dr. Goddess, American & Africana Studies Scholar, Blogger, Poet, Playwright, Performing Artist, Organizer, Activist, Producer, and Filmmaker, will discuss feminism and her 2011 South by Southwest conference experiences.
- March 31 @9:00-10:00 pm ET – Digital Sisterhood Radio: The theme is “Heart of Haiti Digital Sisterhood Travels to Haiti.” Guests include: Sloane Berrent, Humanitarian, Kiva Fellow, and Founder of The Causemopolitan; Deana Jirak, Designer and Photographer; Danica Kombol, Managing and Founding Partner at Everywhere; Johnica Reed, Travel Tastemaker, Writer, and Founder of leisureStrategy; Willa Shalit, Artist, Author, Co-Founder of V-Day, CEO of Fairwinds Trading, and Founder of Touch Foundation; and Heather Whaling, PR/Social Media Expert and President of Geben Communication.
- April 6, 13, 20, and 27 (all day) – #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday Twitter Celebration. The theme for each celebration is: 1) April 6 – Honoring National Poetry Month by tweeting about favorite women poets; 2) April 13 – Honoring Sexual Assault Awareness Month by tweeting about women and organizations that promote awareness; 3) April 20 – Honoring Earth Day (April 22) by tweeting about women and organizations that promote awareness; and 4) April 27 – Honoring National Financial Literacy Month by tweeting about women and organizations that promote awareness.
- April 14 @9:00-9:30 pm ET – Digital Sisterhood Radio: The theme is”Feminist Family Values.” The guest is Joy Rose, founder of Mamapalooza.com and the Museum of Motherhood.
- April 19 @8:00-8:30 pm ET – Digital Sisterhood Radio: The theme is “Walking the Black Male Feminist Path Online & Offline” The guest is Mychal Smith, African American male feminist and writer Mychal Smith. The show will focus on Smith’s feminist journey, lessons learned, March 22nd article on Root.com, and insights about feminism and the Internet. .
- April 20 @9:00-10:00 pm ET – #DigitalSisterhood Monthly Tweetchat: The theme is “Honoring Earth Day, Mother Earth, Green Living, and the Environment.” The chat will include a discussion about Earth Day, green living, and ways to protect Mother Earth and the environment. It will also include a sharing circle of Twitter poetry (140 words or less) about Earth Day, Mother Earth, green living, and/or the environment.
- April 21 @8:00-9:00 pm ET – Digital Sisterhood Radio: The theme is “Digital Civility & Shayne Lee’s Response to Crunk Feminist Open Letter.” The guest is Shayne Lee, a Black male feminist, sociologist, Tulane University Professor, and author of Erotic Revolutionaries. To learn more about the Crunk Feminist Collective’s Open Letter – Your Revolution Will Not Happen Between These Thighs that was addressed to Lee and posted on April 19, click here. The show will begin with a discussion that explores the practice of digital civility in the feminism online space as it relates to Lee’s use of Facebook. It will also include a discussion about Lee’s recent clash with Black feminist scholars, misconceptions about his approach to female sexuality, the mechanics behind his feminist theorizing, lessons learned, and teachable moments.
- May 1 @2pm ET – Jacqui Chew
- May 5 @8pm ET – Melanie Friedson
- May 9 @8pm ET – Arielle Loren
- May 10 @8pm ET – Julie Diaz Asper
- May 11 @8pm ET – Lauren Brown Jarvis
- May 12 @8pm ET - LaShanda Henry
- May 12 @9:30pm ET – Ileana Jimenez
- May 16 @9:30pm ET – Monica Coleman
- May 17 @8pm ET – Maggie Arden
- May 18 @8pm ET – Jeshawna Wholley
- May 18 @9:30pm ET – Stacey Milbern
- May 19 @8pm ET – Heather Coleman and Tamara Rasberry
- May 19 @9:30pm ET – Carolyn Cook
- May 20 @8pm ET – Maura Hernandez
- May 22 @2pm ET – Danica Kombol
- May 23 @8pm ET – Kristina Silvestry
- May 23 @9:30pm ET – Daryn Strauss
- May 24 @9:30pm ET – Karon Jolna
- May 25 @8pm ET – Takeyah Young
- May 26 @8pm ET – Karen Minors
- May 27 @8pm ET – Ariel Donahue
- May 31 @8pm ET- Tara Joyce and Christine M. Dionese
- May 31 @9:30pm ET – Ebony Utley