About

 

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Callie Garp. Founder & Director.

Callie Garp has a bachelors degree in Fine Arts with minors in Womens Studies and Art History from Plymouth State University and Masters of Fine Arts from Tufts University.

To me, feminism cannot function without access. Fabulously Feminist is my attempt to explore social justice in a way that translates theory through the lens of art, activism and daily life.

I am an artist, an illustrator and a would-be-writer. I am a collaborator.

Support my work by purchasing my handmade intersectional goods in the Fabulously Feminist Etsy Shop.

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Stay connected through regular studio updates on my blog and on Instagram.

 

Meet The Fabulously Feminist Community

Akiko Surai. Contributing Contemporary Art Editor.

Joined September, 2014.

I’m a newcomer to feminism and an even newer comer to intersectional feminism (which so far as I can tell should be the only kind). For a long time it was something I didn’t pursue any knowledge about because, like many others, I didn’t see how it was relevant to me and my life. I’m interested in the conversations that surround visual culture both in an outside of the formal art world.  As those conversations continue into issues about race, gender, sexuality, and privilege, I’m doing my best to educate myself and hopefully open channels for other people to do the same.

akikoAkiko Surai has a bachelors degree in Studio Art from San Diego State University. She has completed a graduate program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and currently lives on the West Coast.

Christine A. Banna. Editor. Listened On Repeat.

Joined July 2015.

Feminism has always manifested simply as my desire to be treated equally. I never understood growing up why I couldn’t be one of the boys or why it was unusual for a little girl to be interested in scifi or be smart about ancient history. Nothing creates a fire within me as much as the phrase, “You can’t do that…”

I find that sexism has integrated itself in society most pervasively in minute ways, in the kind of way that we should gracefully brush off and move on with our days. I would argue it’s the multitude of minor aggressions/discriminations toward women which are the most destructive. On their own they are small and insignificant but when you take a step back and look at the bigger picture or add up all of what you experienced it shows itself as a huge societal problem.

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Christine received her BFA in Painting with minors in Art History and Photography from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.  She received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in conjunction with Tufts University.  She is currently a faculty member at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA and is teaching in the Animation and Interactive Media department there.

Jennifer MacMartin. Contributor & Blog Coordinator.

Joined May 2015.

Check out Jennifer’s work on the Fab Feminist Blog over on Tumblr!

My feminism sprouted as happenstance, and grew to be a substantial and defining piece of my life. As a science-oriented individual whose course quickly shifted to social justice and activism, I feel I have finally found where I truly belong. I believe feminism is a process, and a movement in which we are all growing and learning together. Communication is key to making a difference, and I believe our generation has a unique opportunity to use these new social tools and change the world for the better.

jenniferJennifer is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sociology, with a minor in women and gender studies, from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She has dreams of living in the Pacific Northwest, pursuing a higher degree, and consistently working to improve herself and her surroundings. Check out Jennifer’s personal blog here.

Nicole Mazzeo. Contributor.

Joined November, 2014.

I became interested in feminism when I stumbled upon a Bitch Magazine article that dealt with sexual shame and common cultural messages about sexuality. The article really resonated with me and I was thrilled to find a whole section on their website of sexuality-related articles. These articles said so many things I needed to hear about unlearning harmful ideas about sex and reclaiming your own sexuality. I write about my experiences with sexuality and gender in hopes of supporting others in their journeys to sexual and gender empowerment and freedom.

nicoleNicole is a sex positive activist and sexuality educator. She founded the activist platform Pleasure Pie in 2014, through which she makes zines and other alternative sexuality education materials. You can see more of her work at pleasurepie.org.

Gabriela R. Contributor.

Joined March 2015.

Though I have always had a very feminist mindset, I can definitely say that it took me a long time to identify as an intersectional feminist mostly because society gave me the idea that feminists were hairy man-hating women. Although I now know that that is not an accurate characterization, as I’ve grown as a feminist, I’ve learned that some women* may be hairy (power to you!) and some may not be super fond of men (because of horrible experiences that they’ve had with men). As I’ve begun unlearning harmful behaviors and deconstructing my own unconscious prejudices, I’ve begun to feel a sense of lightness and freedom. As a Mexican American, intersectional feminism is a perfect space to share my own experiences and the experiences of those around me. I hope to use my privilege to create spaces where other women* can feel comfortable and free in the expression of their identity. If all feminists are still seen as hairy-man-haters, I’ll wear the label proudly, because within this movement I have seen strength, kindness, and intelligence that will not be stopped.

gabyGabriela is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Writing Seminars and English with minors in Marketing and Communications and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Beth Wood. Illustrator, Designer.

Joined April 2015.

I’m not too sure when I first discovered feminism, but I understood from a young age at a dinner table conversation one evening that my views could be considered ‘radical’ when my mother said to me that “Your problem is you want everyone to be happy” (I never, to this day, understood the problem with that). I became more actively feminist, however when I was introduced to the punk scene in 2012 and discovered other women using creative mediums as a tool in the fight for equal rights and I thought “This is for me!!”.

 

beth Beth Wood dwells in the forgotten dystopia of Teesside in the North East of England in a pokey flat with her partner. She has a foundation degree in Film and Moving Image and is currently studying Illustration for commercial application Ba(Hons) at Cleveland College of Art and Design. She loves writing and drawing comic-strips and illustrations to entertain but also as a platform to express her views on feminism and other things, sometimes directly and other times through fictional characters.

Rizza Gonzaga. Contributor.

Joined July 2015.

Feminism saved me. For any action I take, I have always been asking myself if it is a proper thing to do, if it is acceptable for a girl to do it, if I am conforming to what being a girl means?. For years there has always been a doubt in whichever I wished to pursue but ever since I have discovered what Feminism is, I have understood that it’s okay to be different and it’s okay just to be who I am. My dream is for Feminism to be something everyone may claim as an aid for a better world.

 

rizzaRizza Gonzaga received her BS in Computer Science at University of the Philippines. She is mostly focused on developing automated systems and web designing. She is also an actress, an aspiring filmmaker, and basically just someone who is on the road towards self-improvement.

Rudy Gandara. Editor. Extended Play.

Joined March 2016.

Extended Play will highlight artists who are not only making great music, but using their stage as a platform to make a difference in the issues they care about. This column will show how artists utilize their voice, even after the song stops playing.

While pursuing my degree in media studies I became aware of the many double standards women face both on camera and behind it and that this treatment was not exclusive to tv & film but all creative avenues. I have since been a strong believer in intersectional feminism, latinx activism, and body image activism. I am an advocate for diversifying media and making sure the underrepresented get their voices heard and their art recognized.

As a male I know that all genders benefit from a better understanding of feminism. I came from a conservative town that was set on what being a “real man” meant and was often criticized for my weight or the way I dressed. This was my own experience with socially constructed gender roles but I understand how unfair and harmful they can be for everyone. On top of that I was told that i wasn’t a “real” Mexican American because of my poor spanish and again for how I dressed. I believe that feminist activism creates opportunities for everyone to be who they want to be, it allows women a safe space to create art, to make a living, and to love without threat or scrutiny from patriarchy. My role models have primarily been women creators (thank you Karen O) and I constantly look to my feminist heroes to learn how to be an active part of change rather than a passive cheerleader.

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Rudy has a BS in Television, Film & New Media from San Diego State University with a minor in Theatre Studies.

I serve as a dramaturg to any theatre production I can as well as advise on screenplays when I am not writing my own. Outside of that I’m probably at a show or making music of my own, but you don’t have to hear that.

You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

Elizabeth Gallien. Copy Editor.

Joined August 2015.

I believe that feminism is an integral part of society focusing on equality of all people. Marginalization affects people much deeper and holds more layers than many people realize. As a Women’s Studies, Queer Studies, and Comparative Ethnic Studies student at Washington State University, I enjoyed looking at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Working in the mental health field, I see layers of privilege and work extensively with those who experience multiple layers of marginalization. I believe feminism is a necessary conversation and activism that serves to help bring positive change to the world.

Untitled designElizabeth Gallien received a Bachelor of Arts in English Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies as well as minors in Comparative Ethnic Studies and Queer Studies  from Washington State University. Elizabeth is currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work degree from Simmons College.

Elizabeth Engle. Copy Editor.

Joined October 2015.

As probably the oldest member here, I spent my high school years making Riot Grrrl mixtapes with my friends and going to pro-choice marches in DC. Feminism has always been a part of my life. I’m getting older and my anger has gone from teenage rage to focused determination and my feminism has become more intersectional. For the past few years, I’ve run a parenting blog with a strong feminist bent and spend most of my time explaining to people who don’t think about feminism why it is still relevant.

Untitled designElizabeth Engle is a proud college dropout. She lives in Richmond, VA with her husband and stepsons.

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Keena Tarrant.

Feminism for me is very similar to how I feel about religion, which is just a vehicle to bring enlightenment to the masses. There isn’t one way to get there, and there isn’t any specific feminist study that fits us all, and sometimes none of them work. Debates continue to rage on what mainstream feminism looks like, who the primary beneficiary is, but Intersectional feminism is more cognizant of appreciating and even validating the work of many types of people. I speak from the space of a woman of color, i.e. Black, descended from the institution of slavery in the United States. I tend to philosophize through various forms of communication, writing and visual arts. I view things from a space of Existential psychology. A person is a gestalt, the sum of many parts that form one’s self proclaimed identity.

keenaKeena Tarrant has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Kansas.  She has a Masters of Science in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School, and a Masters of Fine Arts  in Studio Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and their partner school Tufts University.

Darci McFarland.

Darci McFarland, M.A. is an intersectional feminist, community activist, event organizer, artist, and teacher. She has organized various feminist activist events, groups and fundraisers, including: Southern Woman’s Bookstore Zine, The New Women’s Movement tumblr, Feminist Activism in Arkansas, FAIA fundraiser for the Arkansas Rally for Reproductive Justice 2013, Arkansas Tech University Earth Day Free-Cycling Clothing Exchange 2012, SURFACE Drag Show Fundraiser for LGBTQ homeless youth 2012, and Arkansas Walk for Choice 2011. In her free time, she makes social justice art, writes, and spoils her puppy. Darci can be contacted via email.

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Untitled designDarci has earned a BA in Sociology from Arkansas Tech University and a MA in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University, and her Reproductive Justice research has been published in the International Journal for Humanities and Social Science.

Shannon Barnsley.

Shannon Barnsley is a fantasy writer, poet, and lifelong feminist from New Hampshire, currently living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Wolf Warriors: the National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology, The Concord Monitor, Redhead Magazine, and The Climax.  She currently runs two blogs: one about banned books and censorship, the other about writing, mythology, and invisible illness.

Her first book, Beneath Blair Mountain, was published by 1888 in Fall 2015. Check it out here!

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SHANNON BARNSLEY: TURN AMBIVALENCE INTO EMPOWERMENT THROUGH POETRY

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Shannon graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in Creative Writing/Mythology & Religion. 

Josh Gannon-Salomon.

I aspire to feminism. I realized while at Hampshire College that it wasn’t enough to slap that label on myself like a military decoration. Feminism seems to be a verb, something to do as opposed to something to be, and I wanted to do something about it. I still do. The so-called ‘real world’ regularly writes off the arts, the humanities, the storytellers, the personal, and the spiritual as irrelevant to important things like the economy or politics. What they don’t realize is that the economy is a story written in fiat currency, a financial fiction, and politics is a legal fiction. We are expected to sacrifice ourselves endlessly at the altar of these fictions, no matter the violence that they do to us. I see feminism questioning the underlying assumptions of these stories and creatively remixing them toward an economy worth working for and a society worth fighting for.

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BIG BOSS MAN: THE GENDERED POLITICS OF THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN

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joshJosh went to Hampshire College for theater, writing, and music, receiving his degree in the spring of 2011. Since then, he has been a puppeteer, a director, a teacher, and a playwright, among other things. When he’s not here, he can be found playing folk music with his band or at Renaissance Faires, writing and acting in plays, cooking, brewing beer, and learning the secret language of cats.  
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