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Feminist Art Gives Middle Finger to Misogyny, Opens Tonight

A golden Buddha sits cross-legged in front of a mold of the vagina of Japanese artist Rokudenashiko. In Japan, her genitalia themed works are considered obscene and in 2014 they landed her in jail for a week.    But feminist, artist and San Francisco State University associate professor Tanya Augsburg said the vagina mold captures the essence of a dialogue...

Ladies’ Night at a Center for the Homeless Builds Community

For many of the Mission’s homeless and marginally housed women, Ladies’ Night at the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center are where it’s at. “It” being hot dinner, good company, conversation, and the occasional game. It’s a tradition that’s been upheld at the center for 14 years. These are fixtures of any evening gathering, but in this case ladies’ night also offers...

Rally for Women’s Rights in SF Met With Some Sexist Heckling

At a rally for women’s rights to mark International Women’s Day, a few passerby shouted “bitch” and “shut up” at speakers who assembled in the rain on Saturday afternoon at the 24th Street BART Plaza. “You’re a bitch,” one man shouted at Frank Lara, a teacher at Buena Vista Horace Mann school nearby and one of a handful of men to attend the...

Mission Women Join One Billion Rising Against Gender Based Violence

Women and girls from Mission nonprofits met at the Women’s Building Friday evening to join in the international movement “One Billion Rising,” and to accept a proclamation honoring local organizations from state senator Mark Leno.   The name “One Billion Rising” is drawn from the statistic that one in three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime, an estimate...

Sexual Battery Victims Frustrated At Police Response

After Margot Kenney was followed to her home and groped last year, she immediately called the police. And then, she waited. It took weeks, she said, to finally hear from the investigator assigned to her case. When he spoke with her, she offered suggestions of where to look for video footage. Weeks later, he still had not collected new footage or...

Women Fed Up With Assaults, Fight Back, Speak Out

Two women were sexually assaulted this weekend, within two blocks and about an hour of one another. Their cases are exceptions in the narrative of sexual assault: Both women were accosted from behind by strangers with whom they had had no contact before. But more importantly, both women chose to speak out about their experience. Margot Kenney, the first of...

Tech Host on Gaming, Women and the Mission

Veronica Belmont looks like any ordinary 31-year-old, sipping her cappuccino at Four Barrel Coffee. Her bangs are coiffed (she trims them herself) and her nails shine with a purple-glitter manicure. And then she opens her mouth. “Maybe it’s not 50-50 in ‘Call of Duty,'” she says referring to the split between male and female users of a video game that...

Latinas Discuss Gender Issues in the Comic World

Crystal Gonzalez says that when people see her comic books, they often assume a man created them. “From an early age, I would draw imaginary that is considered not female,” Gonzalez said, referring to the dark, disturbing and mutilated creatures that she would cast in horrific, profane and sometimes uncomfortable stories. “[People think] it’s OK if you’re a boy, but...

Holiday Shows, Dirt, Bubbles, y Más!

It’s official, holiday season is in full swing! The city is teeming with bubbles, baubles, bunnies and elves.  Check out the events listing below, as well as SFKids’ copious holiday events flyer and best bets of this week. Kids re-enact the first Thanksgiving on video, in a more accurate portrayal of race relations, warm fuzzies and all. Nancy López reports...