Episode 8: A Creative Experiment

Content warning for this episode: This episode includes discussions/mentions of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, suicide, self-harm, eating disorders, and other assorted mental health topics. Dear listeners, please take care of yourselves. It is totally valid to skip this episode or fast forward through that section of the podcast. The host gives additional warnings right before the section that requires the warnings. Again, please please take care of yourselves. National Suicide Prevention Hotline

In this episode, our resident feminist poltergeist veers from our regularly scheduled content to try something a bit experimental, a bit performative, a bit creative non-fiction-y. 

The Gif of the Moment

Reading list from creative research class:

  • Nelson, R. (2006). "Practice-as-research and the problem of knowledge." Performance research 11(4): 105-116.
  • Gallop, J. (2000). "The ethics of reading: Close encounters." Journal of curriculum theorizing 16(3): 7-17. 
  • Harding, S. "Rethinking standpoint epistemology: What is strong objectivity?" The centennial review 36(3): 437-470.
  • Haraway, D. (1988). "Situated knowledges: The science question in feminism and privilege of partial perspective." Feminist studies 14(3): 575-599.
  • Sullivan, G. (2006). "Research acts in art practice." Studies in art education 48(1): 19-35.
  • Klein, J. (2010). "What is artistic research?" Originalmente publicado en Gengenworte 23.
  • Lerman, L. & Borstel, J. (2003). Liz Lerman's critical response process: A method for getting useful feedback on anything you make, from dance to dessert. Liz Lerman dance exchange.
  • Mäkelä, M. (2007). "Knowing through making: The role of the artefact in practice-led research." Knowledge, Technology & Policy 20(3): 157-163.
  • Young, I. M. (2009). "Five faces of oppression." Geographic thought: A praxis perspective. 15-21.
  • Harm, B. (2000). "The cycle of socialization." Readings for diversity and social justice. 15-21.
  • Lorde, A. (2003). "The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." Feminist postcolonial theory: A reader 25: 27.
  • Anzaldúa, G. (1987). Borderlands: la frontera, Vol. 3. San Francisco: Aunt Lute.
  • McIntosh, P. (1998). "White privilege: Unpacking the invisible knapsack."
  • Gwaltney, J. L. (1976). "On going home again -- Some reflections of a native anthropologist." Phylon 37(3): 236-242.
  • Katz, J. (2001). "From how to why: On luminous description and causal inference in ethnography (part I). Ethnography 2(4): 443-473.
  • Stanley, L. (1994). "Narratives, lives and autobiography." Knowing the difference: Feminist perspectives in epistemology.
  • Muñoz, J. E. (1996). "Ephemera as evidence: Introductory notes to queer acts." 5-16.
  • Pearson, M. & Shanks, M. (1997). "Performing a visit: Archaeologies of the contemporary past." Performance research 2(2): 41-53.
  • Conquergood, D. (2002). "Performance studies: Interventions and radical research." TDR/The drama review 46(2): 145-156.
  • Cooper, A. (2013). "25 Questions for possibly bleeding performance artist Tameka Norris." Huffington post
  • hooks, bell (1989). "Choosing the margin as a space of radical openness." Framework: The journal of cinema and media 36: 15-23.
  • Weidhase, N. (2015). " 'Beyoncé feminism' and the contestation of the black feminist body." Celebrity studies 6(1): 128-131.
  • Edward, S. (1996). "Thirdspace: Journeys to Los Angeles and other real-and-imagined place."
  • Yosso, T. J. (2005). "Whose culture has capital? A critical race theory discussion of community cultural wealth." Race ethnicity and education 8(1): 69-91.
  • Auslander, P. (2006). "The performativity of performance documentation." PAJ: Journal of performance and art 28(3): 1-10.
  • Jones, A. (1997). " 'Presence' in absentia: Experiencing performance as documentation."  Art journal (56)4: 11-18. 

Galactic Suburbia

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Episode featured music:

"Thank You For This World" by Borrtex

 

Feminism in the Everyday: A Photo Essay

Hello dearest listeners, this post is a variation from our norm here at Feminist Poltergeist. It is serving as a creative assignment for a course on creative research, social justice, and feminist practice. As the essay relates to Feminist Poltergeist and gives you a sneak peak of our studio space (aka the nicest of incorporeal bedrooms) we decided to host it here on our site. Hope you enjoy this look at our studio and art practice plus cats!

 Me and my mentors. Learning how to create queer feminist works by being in community with women who learned by doing and from each other. (visible on ipod screen Witch, Please!, Fangirl Happy Hour, Fansplaining, Feminist Frequency Radio, and Radio Free Fandom. links to each at the bottom of this post)

Me and my mentors. Learning how to create queer feminist works by being in community with women who learned by doing and from each other. (visible on ipod screen Witch, Please!, Fangirl Happy Hour, Fansplaining, Feminist Frequency Radio, and Radio Free Fandom. links to each at the bottom of this post)

 Our shared space. Created by me and Francis (not in picture) for our relaxation, inspiration, and community building. Featuring Borbie (center) and Fiona (left).

Our shared space. Created by me and Francis (not in picture) for our relaxation, inspiration, and community building. Featuring Borbie (center) and Fiona (left).

 My studio, minus the artist. Featuring Fiona in her typical spot. I curate this space over the past three years to be cozy, comfortable, and full of feminist art, writing, and inspiration. The curtains were made by my mother, an artist in her own right. While the cheerful curtains serve the purpose of helping with sound quality they were originally created due to Borbie destroying the blinds like a true cat.

My studio, minus the artist. Featuring Fiona in her typical spot. I curate this space over the past three years to be cozy, comfortable, and full of feminist art, writing, and inspiration. The curtains were made by my mother, an artist in her own right. While the cheerful curtains serve the purpose of helping with sound quality they were originally created due to Borbie destroying the blinds like a true cat.

 A closer look at the studio (still featuring Fiona who due to her proximity and chattiness during recording is often credited as contributor and guest editor). This is a better view of what I see while setting up to record a podcast episode.

A closer look at the studio (still featuring Fiona who due to her proximity and chattiness during recording is often credited as contributor and guest editor). This is a better view of what I see while setting up to record a podcast episode.

 What I see when I look up from the mic lost for words while recording. My convention badges with their ribbons and medals from charity races remind me what I've achieved since I started being an activist and advocate and began doing feminist research. The calendar with it's stickers awarded for meeting writing, recording, and research goals encourages me to keep going. And coincidentally, the stickers were something I started doing after learning about it from other feminist podcasters and bloggers. The prints were both created by feminist artists. The print on the lower left was from a show featuring art by survivors of sexual assault. The print of Emma Goldman was made by Ruth Bryant, a bookmaker who lived in Iowa while completing her PhD work at the Center for the Book (she's rad, y'all. her books are beautiful and heartbreaking. I had the pleasure of working with her on a couple different projects).

What I see when I look up from the mic lost for words while recording. My convention badges with their ribbons and medals from charity races remind me what I've achieved since I started being an activist and advocate and began doing feminist research. The calendar with it's stickers awarded for meeting writing, recording, and research goals encourages me to keep going. And coincidentally, the stickers were something I started doing after learning about it from other feminist podcasters and bloggers. The prints were both created by feminist artists. The print on the lower left was from a show featuring art by survivors of sexual assault. The print of Emma Goldman was made by Ruth Bryant, a bookmaker who lived in Iowa while completing her PhD work at the Center for the Book (she's rad, y'all. her books are beautiful and heartbreaking. I had the pleasure of working with her on a couple different projects).

 My view while recording. My beautiful Snowball mic. The Snowball and the Yeti are the two mics I most heard recommended from other pocasters, and as the snowball is less expensive (though still a hit to the pocketbook, yeah, I still carry a pocketbook. What of it?) it's the one I went with. Out of focus on the laptop screen are the two things I need to record, my script and Garageband (Garageband is considered an inferior software by most podcasters, but I don't have room for anything else on my laptop).

My view while recording. My beautiful Snowball mic. The Snowball and the Yeti are the two mics I most heard recommended from other pocasters, and as the snowball is less expensive (though still a hit to the pocketbook, yeah, I still carry a pocketbook. What of it?) it's the one I went with. Out of focus on the laptop screen are the two things I need to record, my script and Garageband (Garageband is considered an inferior software by most podcasters, but I don't have room for anything else on my laptop).

 What it all comes down to in my studio practice. My voice. In one of my favorite episodes of Witch, Please!, a Harry Potter podcast hosted by two Canadian academics, they discuss the power and importance of women's and queer folks' voices. Putting my queer trans disabled feminist voice out there is a radical act and is at the center of my art practice. Putting other queer trans voices out there is one of the goals of my work, and I try to do that by talking about their work, how it has influenced my ideas, and giving them credit both vocally and by linking their work in my posts.

What it all comes down to in my studio practice. My voice. In one of my favorite episodes of Witch, Please!, a Harry Potter podcast hosted by two Canadian academics, they discuss the power and importance of women's and queer folks' voices. Putting my queer trans disabled feminist voice out there is a radical act and is at the center of my art practice. Putting other queer trans voices out there is one of the goals of my work, and I try to do that by talking about their work, how it has influenced my ideas, and giving them credit both vocally and by linking their work in my posts.

 Finally, after hours of unseen editing my work is out there and hopefully will work to lift up the work of the people who inspire me.

Finally, after hours of unseen editing my work is out there and hopefully will work to lift up the work of the people who inspire me.

Episode 7: What Have We Been Watching?

In this very belated episode, our resident feminist poltergeist discusses 2017 in film and television with a special guest.

This episode is full of spoilers, so beware.

Reviews of The Last Jedi mentioned in this episode:

Toxic Masculinity is the True Villian of Star Trek by Kayti Burt http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/star-wars/269657/toxic-masculinity-is-the-true-villain-of-star-wars-the-last-jedi

Desi Geek Girls Episode 19 The Late Jedi http://desigeekgirls.libsyn.com/episode-19-the-last-jedi

Not Now I'm Watching the Last Jedi https://nnirpodcast.wordpress.com/2017/12/25/not-now-im-watching-the-last-jedi/

Overinvested The Last Jedi episode http://www.overinvestedpodcast.com/episodes/star-wars-the-last-jedi

Episode 6: BOOOOKS (of 2017)

In this episode, our resident feminist poltergeist tells a special guest(!) about their favorite books they read in 2017! Please prepare yourself for a truely incredible amount of squeeing.

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(This episode went up before our intrepid poltergeist read two other wonderful books that they wholeheartedly recommend: Girl Reporter by Tansy Rayner Roberts and Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant)

Mentioned in this episode:

Spinning by Tillie Walden https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33163388-spinning

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33259027-the-duchess-deal

Bearly a Lady by Cassandra Khaw http://booksmugglerspub.com/2017/07/bearly-a-lady/

The Book Smugglers 

Trade Me by Courtney Milan https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23566506-trade-me?ac=1&from_search=true

Hold Me by Courtney Milan https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32672889-hold-me

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28209634-autonomous

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31944679-in-other-lands

Feedback by Mira Grant https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22359662-feedback

The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31817749-the-stone-sky

The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27370017-the-starlit-wood

Knit One, GIrl Two by Shira Glassman https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35053703-knit-one-girl-two

Women in Refrigerators 

Women in Refrigerator (Tropes vs. Women) from Feminist Frequency

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32714267-the-refrigerator-monologues

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30206050-the-unbeatable-squirrel-girl

A Scot in the Dark by Sarah McLean https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27067875-a-scot-in-the-dark

(Mentioned in passing: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23587120-when-a-scot-ties-the-knot?from_search=true)

Difficult Women by Roxanne Gaye https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28818921-difficult-women

All Systems Red by Martha Wells https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32758901-all-systems-red

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28962996-six-wakes

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29475447-a-closed-and-common-orbit

You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29496435-you-can-t-touch-my-hair

"I'm not like other men" 

Brothers Sinister Series by Courtney Milan https://www.goodreads.com/series/74729-brothers-sinister

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland 

The Heartland Bombshells website and facebook

About the Patreon Oopsie https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/12/15/patreon-backs-down-from-new-fee-after-uproar-from-creators-and-patrons.html

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Happy Reading in the New Year Dearest Listeners!!!

Special Episode: Pride Rock IC

In this special episode, our resident poltergeist talks with special guest Kai about Pride Rock IC, a new summer camp for LGBTQ+ folks in Iowa City!

Check out Pride Rock IC !

Support the Pride Rock IC Indiegogo!

Mentioned in this episode:

Lumberjanes https://www.goodreads.com/series/162356-lumberjanes-collected-editions

As the Crow Flies http://www.melaniegillman.com/?p=96

Fun Home Original Cast Recording https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsGw3wo0ypeQ_XU-9pS5wkPSlk0XKX72T

 

 

Episode 4: A Large Amount of Gay

In this episode our resident poltergeist is joined by a special guest to talk about Steven Universe, masculinity, and being in queer communities.

Gif of the Moment https://twitter.com/AMAZlNGNATURE/status/931893353603514369

The Crystal Clods http://intoitpodcasts.com/

Pop Culture Detectives 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvj9ebIePIM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z5ICVEIRIk

Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee

 

Episode 3: Soothing Cephalopods

In this sorely belated episode, our resident poltergeist talks about their experience at WisCon, thoughtfully creating and maintaining feminist communities, and Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg.

Mentioned in this episode:

This episode's gif of the moment https://twitter.com/LuvKittensDaily/status/849064131932160005

Iowa N.E.W. Leadership https://wrac.uiowa.edu/programs-and-services/initatives/

WisCon http://wiscon.net/

Galactic Suburbia http://galactisuburbia.podbean.com/ 

GS Twitter https://twitter.com/GalacticSuburbs

The Secret Feminist Cabal by Helen Merrick https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7462855-the-secret-feminist-cabal?from_search=true

"How to Report Sexual Harassment" by Elise Matthesen http://www.jimchines.com/2013/06/how-to-report-sexual-harassment-by-elise-matthesen/

"It's Not Just Them Over There" by AlisaK http://champagneandsocks.com/2013/06/29/its-not-just-them-over-there/

"WisCon...This is How We Fail" by Karnythia http://theangryblackwoman.com/2014/07/20/wiscon-this-is-how-you-fail/

Continuum GoH Speech by N.K. Jemisin http://nkjemisin.com/2013/06/continuum-goh-speech/

WisCon GoH Speech by N.K. Jemisin http://nkjemisin.com/2014/05/wiscon-38-guest-of-honor-speech/

WisCon Safer Space for Trans/Genderqueer People http://wiscon.net/spaces/safer-space-tgq/

Verity! Podcast https://veritypodcast.wordpress.com/

Fangirl Happy Hour http://www.fangirlhappyhour.com/

Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/139569.Stone_Butch_Blues?from_search=true  http://www.lesliefeinberg.net/

Song during Stone Butch Blues except is "Moonlight Reprise" by Kai Engel https://kaiengel.bandcamp.com/

Crime Time Podcast https://crimetimepod.com/

The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/91661.The_Beekeeper_s_Apprentice?ac=1&from_search=true

 

Episode 2: Queering Race in Star Trek: Discovery

In this episode, our feminist poltergeist gets us all on the same page by defining some terms and examines race in the first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery.

Mentioned in this episode:

The gif of the moment https://twitter.com/femepoltergeist/status/915056999720726530

On call in culture https://everydayfeminism.com/2015/01/guide-to-calling-in/

Jay Smooth's video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0Ti-gkJiXc

Additional Star Trek: Discovery reviews (that were not mentioned in the episode, but that our feminist poltergeist enjoyed, or based on the lack of disturbances lately, we assumed they enjoyed):

Episodes 1&2 https://no-award.net/2017/09/28/star-trek-discovery-in-space-everyone-can-hear-you-whitemansplain/

http://chrysreviews.com/index.php/2017/09/28/star-trek-discovery-season-1-episodes-1-2-recap/

Episode 3 https://no-award.net/2017/10/05/star-trek-discovery-1-03-context-is-for-kings/

http://chrysreviews.com/index.php/2017/10/04/star-trek-discovery-season-1-episode-3-malfoy-vs-weasley/

Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary M. Talbot, Kate Charlesworth, Bryan Talbot https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18364789-sally-heathcote?ac=1&from_search=true

Hunger by Roxanne Gay https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22813605-hunger

No Coast Knitting https://www.nocoastknitting.com/

Politically Reactive https://www.politicallyreactive.com/

 

Feminist Poltergeist Underway!

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Hello folks! While the site is now up the podcast it still underway. We've got our incorporeal hands and brains working away at podcasts episodes, finding semi-vacant rooms for the particularly unruly ghosties among us, and are going full blast into research, research, research!!!! Our friendly neighborhood feminist poltergeist, Ellen @butnotdegeneres, has been seen haunting in a couple of local libraries and several cafes so we are hopeful that they are in the midst (not mist, our little joke) of the recording and editing process. We're looking forward to foraying into feminism and fandom with you.