Weekly Feminist Happenings August 19th-25th


Thursday, August 21st

Film screening of  Growing Up Green: Make sure to include us in your back to school plans! Bring your family for a screening of “Growing Up Green,” a film about incorporating environmental education into school systems. We will also hear from Recycle Utah’s educators about incorporating more environmentally-conscious behaviors into our individual lives and homes. Details: From 7-8:30 at Swaner Eco Center (1258 Center Drive, Park City). Space is limited; please register to ensure your spot: email swanerecocenter@usu.edu or call (435) 649-1767.

Film screening of The New Black: The documentary “The New Black,” which looks at how the African-American community handles the campaign to legalize gay marriage – looking at homophobia in African-American churches, and how the Christian Right exploits that for its own agenda. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at Brewvies Cinema & Pub (677 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City). 

Film screening of Alive Inside: The documentary “Alive Inside,” which follows a social worker who works to help nursing-home residents with dementia by playing them music of their youth. Presented by the Utah Film Center. Details: Starts at 7p.m. at  Star Hall (58 E. 300 South, Moab).

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Our Big Fat Feminist Wedding

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It’s totally reasonable to start this series of posts off the way any rom-com would start: How we met.

Bentley and I met in 2009 while training at Absolute MMA, a mixed martial arts gym in West Jordan. He overheard me tell an incredibly lewd joke, and knew he wanted to get to know the “innocent looking lady with a mouth like that.” It’s not exactly a “traditional” first encounter, and my mother would make me eat soap if she only knew the things I said to catch his attention. Bentley messaged me on Facebook (how very millennial) and we scheduled a date.

He stood me up for the first date, but I wasn’t too concerned, and agreed to go out for ice cream and a walk in the park a week later.

Our relationship blossomed during hours of intense punching, kicking, choking, and interval training. We casually dated for about one year before deciding on monogamy. After a few months in a committed relationship, we moved in together, because I was dealing with a super shitty living situation.

Here we are almost five years later, and we just got engaged.

He didn’t propose with a ring. He didn’t get on a bended knee. He didn’t ask anyone for permission.

He didn’t do any of those things because my feminist ideology (and his) has always made our coupling look and feel a bit different. This series of posts is going to discuss the process of entering into the institution of marriage. It’s going to cover how we navigate super archaic traditions (white dresses, “giving away” the bride, etc.). It’s going to be contradictory, and full of pleas for help. It’s an honest peek into us getting married, because one day you might wake up and find yourself (your body-posi-sex-posi-bell-hooks-loving-self) looking one of the most heteronormative and patriarchal institutions in the face, and maybe these posts can help.

Welcome to our big fat feminist wedding.


Weekly Feminist Happenings August 5th-11th


Tuesday, August 5th

Film screening of The Newburgh Sting: The documentary looks at the case of the “Newburgh Four,” and the FBI’s role in targeting Muslim communities in poor neighborhoods and luring believers into committing acts of terrorism. After the screening, directors David Heilbroner and Kate Davis will take part in a discussion moderated by KUER’s Doug Fabrizio. Part of the “Through the Lens” series, presented by KUER and the Utah Film Center. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Library (210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City). 

Wednesday, August 6th

“Moksha: Photography by Fazal Sheikh:” This exhibhit weaves the artist-activist’s portraits and the stories of a community of widows in the Hindu pilgrimage site of Vrindavan. A marginalized segment of Hindu society since ancient times, widows have few places of sanctuary. In Vrindavan, a city holy to the Hindu god Krishna, these women chant and pray every day in the hopes of obtaining moksha, release from the constant cycle of death and rebirth. Details: The exhibit runs July 11–Nov. 30, 2014. Visit the UMFA website for more information.

The documentary Forward 13: Waking Up the American Dream: Filmmaker Patrick Lovell’s personal take on the millions who lost their homes to foreclosure as a result of the global financial crash of 2008. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Broadway Centre Theater (111 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City). 

Friday, August 8th

Annual Friendly Island Festival: The National Tongan American Society will present the 17th Annual Friendly Island Festival, a two-day celebration of the music, arts and culture of the Tongan islands. Details: Aug. 8-9, 2014. Visit here for information or call 801-467-8712 or email info@ntasutah.org.

Saturday, August 9th

Yard Sale to Fight Ovarian Cancer: Come and help support the fight against ovarian cancer with this yard sale. All proceeds go to “Run for her Life: Run for Ovarian Cancer,” which is put on by The Ovarian Cancer Education, Awareness and Research Fund supported by the University of Utah School of Medicine. Details: From 7am-9pm (Andrea Southwick, 1595 S. Milton Ave., Salt Lake City). Visit here for more information.

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4 Things the NFL Hates More Than Beating Women

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[Ed. note: This is a guest post from Mary Dresser who says, " I am a senior at the University of Utah, I play club Ultimate Frisbee and am an avid Crossfit enthusiast.I have always been passionate about gender issues and gender equality. Sometimes it gets me in trouble, like the time I punched a boy in 5th grade for not letting me on his kickball team on account of my gender. I have since curbed my childish violence into adult activism.]

This post isn’t about rape, or how some people try to blame people for rape or the drugs associated with it. This is about a much more universally accepted issue (it’s sad that I have to refer to rape as disjointedly understood). The topic I speak of is physical abuse. Everyone would agree that it is never okay to hit a girl. Young men are taught that from a very young age to not put their hands on a woman.

“No, Johnny it’s not okay to hit your sister even if she took your Spiderman and flushed him down the toilet.”

“But mom that’s not fair!”

“Now Johnny you are a boy and boys don’t ever hit girls no matter what. Do you understand me?”

We understand that conversation.

It seems like every one knows and accepts this as true in our society. Everyone Ray Rice and the NFL.

Let me clarify, there are men who don’t understand this basic concept and they often have restraining orders put on them, they lose their jobs, and end up in jail. These are understood consequences of domestic abuse, unless you’re a star football player and the company you work for is the National Football League. Ray Rice was caught on camera dragging the unconscious body of his fiancé out of and elevator in a casino. She wasn’t passed out from drinking too heavily (not that it would’ve justified the behavior), but was unconscious because he hit her like “you’d hit a dude” one witness says. Now I don’t know about you but I feel like if you strike someone nearly half your size because she was being ferociously rude you deserve to lose your job, and the respect of those around you.

The National Football League does not agree. Rice was given a slap on the wrist with a two game suspension.

Now let me just touch on some of the things the NFL sees as more reprehensible than beating your fiancé unconscious.

  1. Smoking weed: 4 game to entire season suspension
  2. Getting tattoos paid for in college: 5 game suspension
  3. Taking Adderall: 4 game suspension
  4. Hitting helmet to helmet: 2 game suspension

The NFL sees domestic violence on the same level as helmet to helmet hits in a game. They just aren’t taking the issue seriously, and Rice’s suspension makes that very clear. The NFL is comfortable having women’s money and support for tickets and gear but isn’t comfy standing up against domestic violence.

Our call to action:

1. Tweet NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and tell him you’re pissed (@nflcommish)

2. Boycott the NFL’s breast cancer awareness gear and support breast cancer research another way. 

Weekly Feminist Happenings July 29th to August 4th

PIoneering Women

Tuesday, July 29th

Review of Utah Library Media Standards for Public Schools: On Friday, May 9, the Utah State School Board reviewed and discussed the Utah Standards for Library Media (grades 6-12). They voted to allow the Standards to move forward to public comment. On Monday, May 19, the Standards were posted on the USOE website for all interested members of the public to comment after reading them. Review, insight, and comments from all stakeholders in Utah—teacher librarians, teachers, administrators, and parents—are a critical part of this public comment session! Please read them and submit your feedback before August 17, 2014.

Wednesday, July 30th

Pioneering Women in Utah’s History Tour with Utah NOW: Come learn about Utah’s interesting history of women in politics with Utah NOW. One of our members has designed an amazing tour to help engage women of all ages with the history of our foremothers and their influence in Utah’s political landscape. Details: From 6-7 p.m. at the Utah State Capitol 30 spots are available! Reserve your spot by emailing nowutah@gmail.com with your name and phone number.

Thursday, July 31st

The 3% Road Show: Kat Gordon, founder of the 3% Conference, will give a seminar on the business value that diversity delivers to agencies, advertisers, and their clients. She will be followed by a panel discussion, with time set aside for cocktails and mingling. Details:  From 4:30-8: 30 p.m. at the Gallivan Center (239 S Main St., Salt Lake City). Register here.

Friday, August 1st

Park City Kimball Arts Festival: Make sure to visit the Kimball Arts Festival in Park City from August 1-3. Check out more event info on the Kimball Arts Center Festival page.

Film screening of Twenty Feet from Stardom: The annual Sundance Institute Summer Series is back and our 2014 line up has something for everyone. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic, and bring your friends to enjoy Sundance Film Festival favorites under the stars. All screenings are free and open to the public. No ticket needed. Details: From 9-11 p.m. at City Park (1354 Park Avenue, Park City). 

Saturday, August 2nd

Slutwalk: Join us for our 4th annual march and rally to end victim blaming and slut shaming. This year we will be holding a five hour festival event with entertainers, resources, activities, vendor booths and food along with our traditional rally and march.
This year START BY BELIEVING those who disclose their experiences of sexual violence and learn how to support them! This event is FREE and open to everyone. Bring your entire family and your friends.


Details: From 12-5 p.m. starting at Washington Square (451 South State St).

Dash for Donation: Honor organ, eye and tissue donors and celebrate transplantation by participating in the Dash for Donation 5k dash/2k walk. Proceeds will go to support donation education efforts and to maintain Utah’s Celebration of Life Monument. Details: Register here. A Fine Line: Understanding Our Everyday Borders: UMOCA educators will use a variety of creative tools to shed light on borders, real and imagined, in everyday life. Little artists will discover the borders they have created in their lives, whether they are walls, painted lines, or barriers between school and home life, and express what these divisions mean to them through games, discussion, and creating their own assemblage art. Details: From 2-4 p.m. at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (20 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City).