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Sporadic Staff

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hello Again!

As promised we are marinating on what we're going to do next and in conjunction with F4BMag; but also as promised we're still accepting entries! We're lucky to have one such for you peoples!

Introducing the "Sporadic Staff." How fortunate for us that these people feel moved to share with us/you! They may be sporadic, but we're not willing to allow them to stand alone in their expression. That is why we provide a venue and platform that is intended to be shared!

Don't forget to check out the entry!

And as always, to all, holler: fems4bm@gmail.com
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Sporadic Staff: March 2011


Sheera washed up on the shores of Venice Beach, California soon after flowing out of the womb of her mother. From her first breath on, she was invigorated by the prospect of freedom. Taking to dance and music at an early age, Sheera cultivated her liberating musicianship in the schools of Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Burt Bacharach, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu - and in the depths of her own knowing. Discovering first that she was a natural drummer, and that she was not to be thrown off the steady beat of her own heartsong, Sheera learned by ear and by feeling what many only begin to understand through reading and study. Music, song, spirit and movement are natural to and flow steadily from Sheera’s perspective. She writes what she sees, exposing what has happened for her in her life experiences, and shares this knowledge for the betterment of our planetary consciousness. If song can spread itself around the world, touch many and manifest as inspiration through them, Sheera knows from her own honed musicality that it is Universal Love that gives that song voice. And it is her intentional presence in that Universal Love that works through Sheera in order to provide us with her truth.
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Sandbox

MUSINGS
Sheera


 


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The November 2010 Staff

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Present,

With the arrival of our new topic "Musings" we've manifested new interest, entries and talent. It's thrown in there with that nice consistency we've built up over time. We're pretty excited about it and encourage all to dive in and participate! We don't know how you're feeling, but it's good to be regular again!

Other than that, do check out the November Staff below, as well as their articles! And as always, to all, holler: fems4bm@gmail.com
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The November 2010 Staff

 
DEEBS is a kindly spirit that was given a gender role, kissed it, and let it go. Deebs derives great pleasure from mischievous thoughts and actions and believes that humor is the elixir of life. When Deebs is not making you buy things you don't need, she enjoys reading poetry, playing guitar, and spending time with people who inspire deep-belly laughter. Deebs loves you.
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Marcie Alyse is an environmental justice activist from the Appalachia/Piedmont region, currently moonlighting as a waitress. Her life's work revolves around understanding the intersection of postcolonialism, ecofeminism, agrarianism, and security studies - and ultimately communicating her insights to other people.

Despite the preceding statement she feels irritated at the alienating effect of "-isms" (and perceived division generally). Her grail is that great nameless thread of unity that spans history, gender, culture, religion, species, and so forth.
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David "Judah 1" Oliver 

Published Author. Seasoned Performer. Poet.
Philosopher. Mentor. Teacher. Friend. Minister. 2007 PodSlam.org All-Star Grand Slam Champion. Member of the LA Slam Team 2005 and 2006. Slam Master and Coach of the Empire MindState Slam Team 2009-2010 (made Semi-Finals at the National Poetry Slam in their 1st year. Group Peice Finals in their 2nd Year Earned 2nd in the Nation). Host and Founder of LionLike MindState. Revered amongst students. Respected amongst peers. Student of all things art and faith.
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Homesick: Part III

NATIONAL NEWS
Marcie Alyse

Segment Three

The implications that capitalism-industrialism has for the household, and specifically for marriage, are truly devastating.  Again, and still against better judgment, a list:     
  1. Let’s begin with the principle of extraction:  as the industrial marketplace teaches its citizens to define and value objects and ideas based on their extractive potential, so they define and value their mates.  Industrial citizens are taught to gauge the health of their household economy just as they do the economy at large, basing it on the tangible benefits they receive (consume) – whether it’s emotional stability, financial means, social status, or companionship – rather than the quality or quantity of what they are contributing (producing).  This is a terrible blow to the loving marriage, for, as Erich Fromm explains, “Love is primarily giving, not receiving.  Giving is the highest expression of potency.  Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is depravation, but because in the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness.” The result of an extractive mentality is a condemned marriage, condemned because both spouses take more than they give, creating an unsustainable household deficit. 
  2. As for manipulation:  the marketplace teaches us from a very young age that achieving our desires as quickly as possible, regardless of the means, is the ultimate virtue, the ultimate expression of success.  If this requires manipulation, in any of its sundry forms, our marketplace provides the orthodoxy to justify it.  In the industrial marriage, manipulation is manifest as well.  It is commonplace, seen in quotidian dishonesty, emotional ‘hooks’, and thinly veiled (or wholly naked) threats.  The result is a marriage in which both spouses avoid frank and open communication and instead resort to the marital equivalents of gerrymandering and blackmailing to satisfy their desires. 
  3. The desire of the capitalist-industrialist market (limitless growth) is essentially insatiable.  Industrial citizens inherit this insatiability and introduce it into their households.  We continually desire bigger and better versions of our lives, complete with bigger and better versions of our spouses, our children, our jobs, and our community.  The reality often is, however, that those bigger, better versions do not and cannot exist and our insatiability will leave us hungry ghosts.  Old neuroses have a way of finding us wherever we run.  We can leave a marriage or leave a town, but that doesn’t mean that the root causes of our dissatisfaction will be remedied.  Selfishness, pride, and hatred are things that we carry.  A spouse of a decade may know how to aggravate these energies, but they come from within us.  Finding a new lover or spouse won’t magically make that energy disappear, but capitalist-industrialist logic suggests that it will.  There are plenty of good reasons for ending a relationship, but abandoning a partner to avoid important forms of growth and self-work is a classic choice of the capitalist-industrial mind.
  4. Now we arrive at the problem of alienation in the industrial marriage.  Rather than operating on the biologically sound principle of interconnection, the industrial marketplace teaches us, à la the Great Chain of Being, that hierarchy is essential to Father God’s Plan, thus normalizing inequality, power struggles, and violence.  Translated into the home space, spouses either struggle for the upper hand in the household economy, or slavishly submit to a master, forgetting that the fate of the household relies on cooperation and mutual commitment to its health.  In short, we become alienated from that of which we are a part.
  5. Ultimately, the industrial, capitalist marriage is as unsustainable (in an institutional, evolutionary sense) as is the industrial, capitalist economy at large.  Ultimately, both ignore a central natural law upon which survival is predicated, interdependence.  This is beside the fact that both the industrial, capitalist marriage and the industrial, capitalist corporation fail to satisfy the most basic of human longings, the deepest and most persistent of the mysterious, spiritual aches: for love.  Who the hell knows what that means, really – does it mean compassion, selflessness, peace, contentment, or clear-seeing? – but it is nevertheless there.  We are confident it is there because its shape is outlined by its foil: abuse.  I struggle to even read the newspaper; it offends love.  There are only stories of abuse – abuse of self, our neighbors, and our home.  “The industrial economy is inherently violent,” writes Wendell Berry.  I said it before and I will say it again, this industrial, capitalist economy, the roots of which lie way back in the Neolithic Revolution, is unsustainable – this is not a value judgment, it is an empirical statement – for excess is its lifeblood and its offspring, inequality.  Nature will not – cannot – bear either indefinitely.   

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Electric Boogaloo (acespace.org)

Electric Boogaloo

Check out this post on how to take the energy we create on the dancefloor and turn that into power! Written by one of F4BM's founders in one of her many alter-identities: Climate Educator

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