Sunday, April 13, 2008

Love Is A Verb. Superlove Is A Movement

Below is an excerpt from today's post at Feministing, about the V-Day Event of The Decade in NOLA. I took this away with me to tuck away here for future thought.

I hope you check out Feministing, if you have not done so already. My twenty year old daughter, Supergirl I and I both read this blog. In fact, she turned me on to it. Shared reading of the blog gives us fodder for discussion. After frequent requests from SPI that I stop burying my head in the sand and get back to form on issues of importance, I can now say at least that I am trying.

I have tremendous respect for you, SPI, although your sharp mind works way too fast for your aging mother to keep up with! And thanks, darlin', for your constant vigilance on behalf of justice and freedom.

Then came Eve. After a few moments of pumping us up with rah rah vagina VAGINA, she got down to the overall mission of Superlove. She began by reminding us that in our daily interactions we often fail to listen to the full stories of individuals. We avoid this to bypass the yucky feelings of guilt and responsibility that arise when we come in contact with injustices. “We need to take a deep breath this weekend and listen to everyone’s stories,” she pleaded. She encouraged us to see each panel, performance, dance, and song as an offering that we could take or leave. To resist the urge to pick apart something we did not, or could not, relate to and just let Superlove be.

Click here to the video Until The Violence Stops. It's well worth the view. I cried.

"It's the time to believe in yourself."


  1. excellent post! thanks for the links and for showcasing these issues.

  2. This is a beautiful post, as is the one Feministing put up. The V-Day events are so inspiring, and it's incredibly exciting to know that these things are going on around the country and the world!

    It's disappointing to notice that the backlash from V-Day events by conservative religious groups has been extremely harsh these last few years. I don't have access to any of the links at this moment [I'll try to find them for you if you're interested], but there was a campaign staged to counter productions of The Vagina Monologues, which are a part of V-Day celebrations in many areas [including MHC!]. The conservative campaign was "Take Back the Date"--a play on words from "Take Back the Night", which, if you don't know, is an annual event held around the country to give a forum to victims of sexual assault. Apparently feminists are ruining traditional dating rituals by refusing to stay silent as sexual assaults occur en masse. How horrible of them, really. *eyeroll*

    Thanks for the lovely post, and the sweet compliments. You keep up with me juuuust fine, I promise. <3

  3. P.S. - Now that I online know you and R. and now one of the supergirls, all I can say is that I hope that my family turns out as beautifully as yours has.

    Feministing is one of my favorite blogs. I need to encourage The Dancer to read it.

  4. Hi, Dcup
    That's very nice of you to say and I thank you.

    Having gotten you online, I have every confidence that your family will turn wonderfully. Looks like they're already on their way. :-)

    When The Girls were the Dancer's age, I think they were more into the social stuff: prom, getting together with their friends and preoccupation with relatiohnships. They always cared about things but I've really seen a huge leap with Supergirl I in the last two years. Supergirl II is just hitting that stage now.

  5. Supergirl: do send me those links when you catch your breath. Thanks for coming by.

    Check out your dad's blog - there is something very touching there for us.
    I love you,

  6. Great post! I checked out the links and found them interesting, especially the Feministing site. Thanks!

  7. Thank you so much for posting this. Your daughter and you have beautiful hearts.

  8. Thanks for the links. I will explore

    check out my blog please, Gina. I gave you an award today.


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