Heya Class Members!
I’m emailing y’all this morning about our class next week on Gender + Sexuality! Sweeee! I’m really excited for this class as this is one of the ‘topics’ that I’ve seen left out of reproductive justice conversations way too many times. So we’re gonna SLAM IT DOWN and make up for time and space wasted.
Note our location change for November 16th! We will be in Room 2134/35 in the Student Life Centre at UWaterloo (down the hall from the window room where we usually meet.)
Here are a couple of things to attend to in preparation for our adventure into the glittery spider webs of gender + sexuality:
- Ask Yourself: “What is my gender? How do I relate to it? Is it important to my understanding of myself?” Bring your answers to our class. There will be time to share your answers and thoughts (or further questions!) if you wish to do so.
- Reading #1! “The Seam of Skin and Scales” on the blog Taking Steps (blog post)
- Reading #2! “Why Queer Justice and Reproductive Justice Movements Should Work Together” by the abortion gang (blog post)
- Reading #3! (This one isn’t listed on our class schedule so pay close attention!) “Credit Card Babies” by MEN on youtube (You can find the lyrics here)
- Delicious Diversion! Butches + Babies! *melt* (Pictures of studs/AGs/MOC folks/butches holding babies!)
Over and out of the freakin’ closet,
aka *Glitter Cream Supreme*
Ever wondered how folks are able to push BABIES out of their bodies? (How is this even physically POSSIBLE?!!) Ever thought about how folks learn how to breastfeed? Or change diapers? Or find five minutes of rest while living with a small, screaming creature?
*dun-dun-duh-DAH!* Cue: BETH MURCH! From her website: “My name is Beth Murch and I am a professional Antenatal, Labour, and Postpartum Doula and independent Placenta Service Provider in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, as well as a director for the Kitchener-Waterloo Doula Collective.” PLUS she’s a fantastic human being and she gives the best hugs ever.
Beth is a member of our community class – “A Critical Survey of Abortion Rights and Reproductive Justice in Canada.” This week she will be facilitating our time together and welcome us into the wonderful world of doulas!
For those who won’t be there to witness the fireworks in person, you can check out the readings that Beth had us all explore before today’s class! The first is a resource list of sorts – a smorgasbord of delightful links, videos, and other things to introduce us into the world of ‘alternative’ birthing practice. (“Alternative Birth Readings”) The second is a story, written by Beth, that offers us a small glimpse into her day-to-day practice. (“Birth By Hand”)
If you want to connect with Beth, you can call or email her! Telephone: 519-998-3204 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org