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Helllooooo everybody! It’s been a while.

This past Monday was our Case Gallery Opening and it went so well! I’m so proud of the e-board and the editors and everyone else that made the gallery SO. GREAT. thanks to everyone that made that happen.

It will be open all week, so if you missed the opening on Monday, please stop by and check it out and also pick up a copy of BARE! They turned out beautifully- congratulations to everyone who was published and all the editors for putting together such a great publication.

Special shout out to Olivia Morrow and Sarah Rosenblatt for being amazing and founding this incredible club. (And also for putting together two awesome theses).

I’m not sure if Sarah’s graphic novel is still for sale, but I’m prettyyyy sure that she was getting in a shipment this week so. if you get the chance- pick up a copy for a suggested donation of $5. it’s totally hilarious and wonderful just like Sarah.

UPDATE: Sarah will be selling them tomorrow, May 8, in Case from 2-3PM

Liv presented her film- Sinister Speech: the power of “slut” in American Culture at Academic Festival yesterday, but I believe she’s trying to do another showing sometime this week. Also, she said she’d burn a copy for whomever wants one for just the price of the DVD ($2?) so check it out, it’s a really powerful piece (and I’m totally in it. or different parts of my body.. intrigued? thought so.)

On another note, look out for the (slightly) new e-board next year —

Co-Presidents : Lily and Kyle

Vice President: Seth

Treasurer: Miguel

Secretary: Christina (me. if you didn’t know by now.)

I can’t believe the year is over :(  But next semester is going to be awesome! So we’ll SEE YOU THEN!

and maaaybe we’ll have a real partay soon?! so we can see all of your beautiful faces one last time??

I’m trying guys. I really am.

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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!