Upcoming Events!

HI! It’s been a minute. I wanted to talk to you, I hope you’re well. There is SO much coming up in the next couple of months so here I am to inform you:

First and foremost we are beginning Body Art Love which is going to be headed by the fabulous VP Seth Johnstone. We’re going to begin casting THIS WEEK! (Oct 22-26) So look out for emails about that. We’re also trying to have a lil sexy casting party too so look out for that– maybe Thursday? EDIT: This is a thing. It’s happening this Th, we’ll update you all on the location at the meeting and via email if you can’t make the meeting.  (no classes on Friday hollaaa, and to my fellow Hunters- I salute you) . If ya haven’t heard, Body Art Love is a celebration of bodies. This gives participants an opportunity to cast a much loved or much hated body part in a papier-mâché like material and then paint and decorate that cast and hang it around campus as a celebratory art installment. COOL! I know you want to be a part of that so come hang out and dip your bits in some goo with us. 

-We’re trying to have another installment of the ever so popular Aphrodisiac Dinner, EDIT: the dinner will be Wednesday, November 7th!!

-Our biggest event this semester is definitely TAKE BACK THE NIGHT which will be after sundown on Sunday, November 18th. Take Back the Night is a rally that we’re putting on to raise awareness and combat sexual violence. The night will consist of a candlelight vigil, some A Capella, some bands, the incredible spoken word artist Kelly Tai, and more! So please come support the cause.

In lieu of that– we need money. So much money. And we’re definitely working on it BUT if you have any cool fundraising ideas, give a twist and a shout. PS thank you to everyone who supported the bake sale this past week!! Whether you helped bake or you bought something, you’re awesome and we made some money! 

-Last but certainly not least, we made the Skidmore Spur! (the naked calendar) I mean we were a shoe in but’s it’s still exciting. So I don’t know when that will be but start moisturizing because we don’t need any ashy knees in this calendar. Also, people are going to be looking at your naked ass for a whole month so consider that.

Here are some gems to chew on from last weeks meeting on PANSEXUALITY:

  • Pansexuals are really just equal opportunity lovers
  • Before you consider a label- can you really summarize your sexuality into one word?
  • Do you want to sleep with everyone of your preferred gender? No? Then why do you think that pansexuals are fucking everyone? Guess what. They’re not.

Here’s a cool article that was brought up on dating someone who transitioned:

The Anatomy of a Break Up

And gender-fluidity in children:

What’s So Bad About a Boy That Wants to Wear a Dress?

And here’s a song I downloaded just to put on a sex playlist. Enjoy! See you Wednesday 8PM, Ladd 206

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BARE Release Party!

This past week we had a reaaaally amazing discussion about the idea of virginity. (which will be talked about in the next post) I would even say that it was one of the best meetings we’ve had in a while. If you weren’t there then come to our next meeting tomorrow, Wednesday in Ladd 207! I forgot how cuh-ray-zay April is and how soon the publication is coming out !

Look out for the RELEASE PARTY on April 30th at 7:30 in Case Gallery. It’s also facebook event (like most things) so if you’d like to be invited to that, message or comment. Bring your friends! Bring your professors! Bring your favorite d hall worker!

Also, if you’d like to help curate the show or be involved in any other way please email one of the e board members or message/comment here.

In the gallery there will be a display of some of the art works that are featured in the publication, in addition to others that we felt would translate better in full, rather than in the magazine. More still, there will be some sort of audio/visual representation of the written work that’s guaranteed to be equal parts techie and awesome.

This past weekend we had the first art and literary meetings for the publication and despite the Diva glitter hangovers, both meetings went swimmingly. It’s honestly looking great; this could juuust be the best year yet.

here’s a picture of how much bare loves each other:

And for everyone that’s super stressed, it’s going to be all right. We love you. Come to bare for free hugs! Also, if you see me around, I personally will give you a hug because you are smart and strong and wonderful.

Here’s a little somethin somethin to make it better:

Sun’s Out, Buns Out

Hello hello! I hope you’re all enjoying this incredible weather because it’s supposed to get less summer, more spring next week :(

We have a whole lot of UPCOMING EVENTS!

  • Social Justice Week begins next week with the kickoff this Saturday at 8PM in Filene with a lot of really great fun stuff including some collaborative poems, some step team performance and other wonderful things.
  • In lieu of Social Justice Week, Tuesday is Domestic Violence Awareness Day 
    • there will be a panel on the legal system and domestic violence 
    • also a screening of Crime After Crime 
    • and a Flash Mob reading of Eve Ensler’s “Over It” poem in the Spa from 12-12:30 so pleeease come if you’re interested in helping !
  • On that same day- Tuesday if you couldn’t keep up- there will be an interest meeting for QUEER TAKEOVER at 8PM in the Spa. The actual event is next Thursday, don’t get it twisted.

BARE PUBLICATION UPDATE!!

The deadline has been extended to April 1st. So you have a little extra time to fix up those pieces that you’ve obviously already started and are dangerously close to perfecting.

If you have any art that you’d like photographed please contact our gracious art editor Victoria who has volunteered to come to the studio or even your house to take pictures of it for the publication. You may contact her at vmangani@skid!

Hope you’re all enjoying this lovely weekend :)

APHRODISIAC DINNER

So soon. This Thursday 2/23 at 8:30PM

If you signed up to make something and you haven’t been contacted about it, please email Lily at lmangani@skid or me at cwalker1@skid because it’s crunch timeee.

so far we’ve got some starters, some entrees, and some lovely desserts so it’s guaranteed to be wonderful, but don’t forget to donate! Bring a few dollars to the meeting on Wednesday to support the cause and if you forget- don’t worry, you can offer a donation at the dinner itself! You would even get a homemade aphrodisiac cookbook in return !! Hot damn.

Other cool stuff you might like:

The sneak peak of Nancy Grossman’s Tough Life Diary was amazing; the opening of her show was this past Saturday, but if you missed it- stop by the Tang. The exhibit dealt with a lot of pertinent BARE themes like the feminist movement and sensuality so I bet you’ll find it interesting. Her pieces may seem overtly sexual, but if you look a little longer there’s a lot of depth and complexity to them.

Also, the Tang is bangin seriously if you haven’t gotten to check it out it’s really lovely. After the Nancy Grossman tour we got a peak at one of Donald Moffett’s pieces which was incredible as well. His exhibit The Extravagant Vein also opened this past Saturday. Take your time with his art, granted- do this with all art, but especially his. Hopefully you’ll uncover some hidden meanings behind the works. hint

In the futaaa: 

If you missed our conversation on religion and sex or if you want to discuss it further we’re going to be having a separate meeting on it outside of the normal BARE time in the upcoming weeks in a collaboration with the Christian Fellowship and Hillel clubs- more details on that later.

Anyways, eat some sexy food, check out some art and hopefully we’ll see you Wednesday!

(By the way after the eating portion of the dinner DJ Anonymous may stop and spin that shit so get ready to grind out all that sexual frustration. How great is that?)

BARE does SlutWalk NYC!

Nearly 55 Bare and FAN (Feminist Action Network) members filled a bus from Skidmore to Union Square to march in solidarity with the people of New York City in SlutWalk NYC.  It was a powerful, meaningful, and invigorating experience for all who attended, and we hope that these pictures give you an idea of what the environment was like.  Thanks to all who sent in pictures!  After, you should go here to read the incredible speeches that were made after the two hour walk around the city.  This Saturday is Stomp & Holler in Northampton, a rally that stands with SlutWalks all around the world but with a new name! What do you think about the name change?  Email omorrow@skidmore.edu or just show up in Case Center lot at 9:30 on Saturday morning to go to Northampton with other Bare-ians!

What do you think of those Fuck Bigots and Consent is Sexy shirts?  Keep your eyes peeled for BARE selling these shirts sometime soon on campus to raise money and awareness!! THEY COULD BE YOURS!

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Get your signs ready!

FIRST: BARE is having a bake sale on Friday, Sept 30th starting at 1pm in Case Center to raise money to supplement the cost of the bus to SlutWalk this weekend.  There will be various delicious items and good company, so you should definitely stop by.

SECOND: I thought it would be appropriate to post the speech made by Salamishah Tillet at SlutWalk DC this past summer to inspire and invigorate those who are attending SlutWalk NYC this weekend.  Salamishah Tillet is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and English at the University of Pennsylvania, and the co-founder of A Long Walk Home, Inc., a non-profit organization that uses art therapy and the visual and the performing arts to end violence against girls and women.  If this speech doesn’t get you going, I don’t know what else will!

Jumpoff. Hooker. Hoe. Whore. Slut.

Good afternoon, friends.  Welcome, fellow feminists.  I am honored to take back the street, to take back our bodies, to take back the word “Slut” with you.  I say this, proudly, as a third-wave feminist and as a feminist of color.  I stand here proud and defiant as a woman who is a rape survivor.

I stand here because too many people have been made afraid to share their stories of sexual violence and exploitation.

Because too many women and girls, who look like me, haven’t always been invited to marches like this.  Because during slavery, black women, by law, were considered unrapeable.  And stereotypes about their hyper-sexuality were used to justify their rape, their enslavement.  After slavery, these stereotypes persisted. And were used to justify the rape of black women in the South.  Who were domestics.  Who were considered “Help.”  Black women were America’s original sluts.

Today, our bodies and stories still don’t count.  Crimes against us continue to be ignored.

 Skank. Groupie. Bitch. Bust-it-baby. Slut.

I am here today because the New York Post gets away with calling Nafissatou Diallo, Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s accuser, a “hooker.” Because the New York Times gets away with describing an 11-year old Texas Latina girl, an alleged victim of gang rape, of “wearing makeup and fashion” like “a woman in her 20s.”

Cause young girls, and especially girls of color, are called Jumpoffs. Whores. Sluts. Almost everyday.  By friends. By strangers. By parents. By police officers.

Cause when I took that long walk home after I was raped, my spaghetti strapped dress, was turned inside out.  And I was afraid to go to the police and be told it was my fault.  Scared of someone telling me that being trapped in a room wearing spaghetti strapped dress with a man who threatened my life wasn’t rape.

Freak. Fast-Asses. Hook Up. Slut.

Today, I am here to take back women’s bodies.  Reclaim our sexuality.  Refuse stigma.  Say “NO” to violence against women.  Fight back against centuries old slut shamming.

I am here to make sure that no young woman, like the hundreds with whom my organization, A Long Walk Home, works, believes it was her fault she was raped.

I am here to make sure that no one ever believes that what a woman wears or doesn’t wear is cause for rape.

I am here to make sure that no boy judges a girl’s worth by what she will or will not do sexually.

I am here to imagine.  To demand.

Today, we imagine that every woman, regardless of clothing or class, race or religion, job or age, lives in a world free of sexual harassment.

Today, we dream that every woman, regardless of clothing or class, race or religion, job or age, lives in a world free of sexual violence.

Trick. Exclusives. Sweet. Bitch. Slut.

Today, we tell the world, the White House, our perpetrators, our parents, our lovers, our friends, OURSELVES, that we are part of a global revolution.  We demand to be sexually free and to be politically equal. We refuse to be silent.  We will not be ignored.

We are Sluts. Outlaws. Bad Girls.Patriots. Bad Freedom-Fighters. Feminists. Survivors.

We are SlutWalk.

Lastly, some more reading material that may help you answer the question we’ve all been wondering…What to Wear to a SlutWalk.  Can’t wait to see Skidmore represented there!

Baby BARE

Look!!! We made our very first Bare Mini-Mag thanks to the wonderful Lily Manganiello and those who answered the question, “What does sex mean to you?” at our last meeting.   Below are only a few pages from the mag so if you missed it this time around make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the next neon issue lying around campus in the near future. Here’s some quick info for those who are attending SlutWalk THIS SATURDAY, OCT 1st in NYC!

Bus leaves @ 7 am

Behind Case Center

Arrive in NYC at 11am, walk starts at noon in Union Square

Bring 10$ to the meeting tomorrow if you are one of the lucky 55 people who got a seat on the bus!  

What does the word sex mean to you?

BARE supports SlutWalk

History of SlutWalk