Weekly Feminist Happenings August 4th-10th


Thursday, August 6th

Womenpreneurs Panel: What does it take these days for women to reach to their maximum potential in business? Join the conversation! We welcome both women and men into a safe space of learning, story-telling and mentorship to discuss the tough questions about women’s leadership that will ignite conversation and prompt change.

This evening for womenpreneurs is designed to connect women within the Salt Lake community to uncover hidden barriers, plot their careers paths and develop the courage to be unabashedly themselves at every stage in their careers, all the way from entry level to the C-suite. Details: Make sure to RSVP with the Impact Hub. The event is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Impact Hub (150 South State St, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111).

Pacific Island Heritage Month Celebration: Friendly Island Festival This event begins August 6th and the last day is Augus 10th. Details: Starts at 9 a.m. at Jordan Park (1060 S. 900 West, Salt Lake City).

Thirsty First Thursday: Plant based menu will be offered along with beer and wine! A portion of proceeds go to Sage Mountain! Special guests from One Single Act andAnimal Liberation Racing will speak on behalf of farm animals, our health, and the planet! Soften your #FoodPrint Park City and get buzzed about#AnimalWelfareDetails: Starts at 7 p.m. at Este Pizza Park City (1781 Sidewinder Dr, Park City, Utah 84060).

Sunday, August 9th

Q Lagoon Day: Our 12th Lagoon Day. Wear red to stand OUT. Bring your picnic an drinks and join us at the Pioneer Pavilion. Group photo at 4pm at the pavilion. Discount coupons are now available at Club Try-Angles, 241 W 900 S, and get you $9 off for up to 8 people at the gate the day of the event.

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When Did We Learn That It’s A Man’s World?


Man’s World

By Carli Darlene Trujillo

When did we learn

to hide our desires,

keeping them inside ourselves

like coke in a cough drop?

When did we learn

the word no

is a debate sparkler,

even when commanded?

When did we learn

lipstick on our teeth

is a mark of failure?

I’m tall, so you can wear heels?

I’m big, so you can feel small?

Shove it.

Want to Change the World? Give Women Your Money

Give Women Your Money

Take a look through your iPhone and peek at your latest music, podcast, and book purchases. How many of those purchases are from women? How about women of color, trans* folks, or someone with a disability? Where you spend your money sends a very clear message about who you think is smart, creative, and valuable.

So take a look. Is it pretty dismal? Make a change and buy from women for your next twenty (or more) purchases. Hell, make it a full year of female-only purchases. Knock yourself out and find a WoC OBGYN, a local female clothing maker, and perhaps a new female photographer? Put your money in the hands of women, and see the change that happens.

Do you have a favorite female-owned business you support? Share this and tell your friends to support them!

Bisexuality Is the Most Common—Say Goodbye to “Born this Way”

Image: Kim Raff

Image: Kim Raff

University of Utah Professor of Psychology, Lisa Diamond, researches sexual fluidity, which describes a person’s sexuality as it varies over time, and her conclusion is that most people are bi-sexually inclined versus strictly homosexual or heterosexual. Her conclusion, along with other researchers, contradicts the widely accepted “born this way” narrative activists use when fighting against harassment in the LGBTQI community.

Lisa Grossman interviewed Dr. Diamond for the site New Scientist this week, and below are some of the highlights.

Why is the “born this way” tagline so popular? 

To put it simply: it’s difficult to argue with someone if you eliminate all options. For instance, you can’t tell someone to “pray the gay away” or shock them to bits if their sexuality is immutable. Diamond explains:

“It really dates back to a campaign against the gay community back in the 1960s and 70s, led by American singer and activist Anita Bryant. Her whole argument was that gay people were a threat because they were going to recruit young people to be gay. She specifically said homosexuals are made, not born; they can’t reproduce, so they’re trying to recruit our children. Gay people said, that’s ridiculous, we’re not trying to recruit your children – that wouldn’t even work! This isn’t something you can be recruited into. It’s just the way we are.”

Does that mean gay folks can choose heterosexuality?

Most folks have heard of the Kinsey Scale but in case you haven’t here’s the deal–sexual experiences, including interactions and attractions, can change over a lifetime. However, the scale is quite rigid for some folks, and some heterosexual and homosexual people do not ever experience much variance. This means that although some people may choose hetero, or homo, sexuality for a variety of reasons, a person must possess those inclinations to begin with. Diamond explains:

“I think all the evidence suggests that we’re born with an underlying capacity, and then that capacity interacts with a whole bunch of other influences. Some of them are prenatal; some maybe in the first year of life. We still don’t know whether there’s a point at which things become more fixed.”

So is it time to abandon the “born this way” tagline and Lady Gaga altogether, or is there still some room left for the concept in our community work? Read the full interview with Lisa Grossman and Dr. Lisa Diamond here before you decide. 

Weekly Feminist Happenings July 28th-August 3rd

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Tuesday, July 28th

Screening of I am Big Bird profiles Caroll Spinney: Caroll Spinney, the 80-year-old puppeteer behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since the show’s first season. Relying heavily on Caroll’s incredible archive of home videos, dating back to the 1950s, the film captures how the love radiating from Caroll has created a worldwide cultural icon. Details: From 7-9 at the Salt Lake City Library (210 E 400 S).

Salt Lake City Mayoral Debate: Westminster will host a “Meet the Candidates” event and Salt Lake City mayoral debate. The Meet the Candidates event will include Salt Lake City mayoral candidates as well as the City Council District 6 candidates. The mayoral debate will be held at 7:15 p.m., in the same location. Details: From 6-8:30 p.m. at the Vieve Gore Concert Hall (1250 E. 1700 South, Salt Lake City). 

Wednesday, July 29th

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Discussion: Holistic physician, Bradley Nelson, will share therapies he has developed to help veterans and others heal from the physical, mental and emotional effects of emotional trauma of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, July 29, 2015. The free event will be held from 7-8 p.m. at The University of Utah’s Alice Sheets Marriott Center for Dance, Hayes Christensen Theatre. Details: From 7-8:30 at the University of Utah – Marriott Center for Dance (330 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City).

HEAL Utah Family and Friends Night: We’re doing an event specifically for families with children. A time to hang out, chat about our campaigns, get to know each other, but also have things for kids to do.
*Note: having small children is not a requirement to come to this event.

Details: From 5-9 at Liberty Park. The spot we’ve picked for our first ever HEAL Family Night — the Rice Pavilion at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City — is right next to a playground and a big open grassy area. We’ll bring some yard games and are planning on having a face painter and balloon twister as well.

Kimball Art Center Fundraiser:
 The Kimball Art Center will hold an evening of art and fashion at the Montage Deer Valley, July 30, 2015. Help us launch the 46th Annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival and support Kimball Art Center’s free exhibition and education programs. The fundraiser will include a silent and live auction, seated dinner, Porsche display, and a fashion show with the theme Modern West. Visit kimballartcenter.org/2015-artsfest-gala for tickets. For questions contact gala@kimballartcenter.org. Details: From 6-10:30 p.m. at the Montage Deer Valley (9100 Marsac Ave., Park City).Thursday, July 30th

Friday, July 31st

Postpartum Depression and Beyond: An LDS Perspective: The session description on the Sunstone website reads “Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders affect hundreds of thousands of women. In addition to providing a basic overview of PPMD, this session will explore how LDS culture currently makes it difficult for PPMD sufferers to seek help. We’ll also discuss ways Church leadership, organizations, and members can promote PPMD education, combat its stigma, recognize its symptoms, and offer support to women and families who are surviving, or have survived, PPMD.”

Join me to hear my story, and discuss what we in the LDS Church can do to help women and families who are dealing with, have dealt with, or will deal with PPMD. And if you’re in the Salt Lake City area and not Mormon, join us anyways. There will be good info that is applicable for everyone, LDS or not. Please feel free to invite your friends, share around the internet, etc.

Registration is 10.00 if you’re only attending a single session. There are a lot of other great sessions, though, so check out the entire schedule before going to the registration link. You just might want to join us for the whole day, or even the entire weekend. Details: From 10-11:30 a.m. at the The University of Utah (201 Presidents Cir, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112). Registration here: https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/registration/

Saturday, August 1st

Pacific Island Heritage Month Celebration: The Pacific Island Heritage Month Celebration will kick off at the Sorenson Unity Center. 9-10 a.m., Zumba with Emz; 10 a.m-1:30 p.m. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker; 2-4 p.m. “In Football We Trust” movie screening. There will also be music, raffles, booths and food trucks. Details: Visit the Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month Facebook page for information.

Citizen Climate Lobby: The goal of citizens climate lobby is to create political will for a livable planet. We educate people about the need to enact Federal legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and we teach people how to be citizen lobbyists to encourage their legislators to support carbon fee and dividend legislation. Details: Please join us for the upcoming CCL-Salt Lake City meeting and National Conference Call, the first Saturday of every month, 10:15am-12:15pm, Conference Room 3, Doty Education Center (building #6), Intermountain Medical Center, 5121 Cottonwood St. Murray Utah, 84157. Visit here for more information.

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