Category Archives: Vagina Warriors

Dare to go Bare!

Take it off.

…Take it ALL off…

Would you dare?

Could you leave your house without a speck of makeup on?

Imagine a day when you could sleep in a whole half an hour longer.  A day when you got up, took a shower, and left your house.  No eye-stabbing mascara to apply.  No coats and coats of foundation, concealer, pressed powder.  A brush with no blush.  A coat of lip balm to protect your lips from wind and sun exposure, but no gloss, liners, or sticks.

Could you leave your house naked?

We dare you!

We are reclaiming Mondays for naked faces everywhere!  Leave off the makeup and reclaim your face!

 

Naked face! No Makeup Monday!

Here I am, blemishes and all.  But you know, why do I need to cover them?  Frankly, I don’t notice a huge difference between wearing makeup and not.  Piling on the petroleum and alcohol and sodium hydroxide only further irritates my face requiring even more makeup the next day.  It takes me longer to get ready, and I have to wash my face harder with harsher chemicals at night to remove the waterproof mascara (that still manages to run and make me look like a raccoon).

We were inspired by a group of girls in Texas who declared Tuesday’s at their high school a day to give up makeup.  Their club is called: Redefining Beautiful as a way to encourage young women to feel confident in their own skin and to see the beauty within themselves.

The Vagina Warriors are hoping to begin a similar campaign at Iowa State.  So leave your makeup off on Monday mornings, because you’re worth it!  Prove to Maybelline that you were born with it!  And love the skin you’re in!  All of the slogans that makeup companies use to convince us we are not beautiful until we use their products.  But the reality is, we’re gorgeous without it.

Become a Warrior for natural beauty!  We have buttons for sale at the Sloss House to help support the No Makeup Movement.  They are a dollar each and vary in text from: “Reclaim Your Face” to “Reveal Your Inner Beauty” to “Inner Beauty is Sexy” to “No Makeup Monday”.  Stop by and pick one up!

Join the Warriors on Facebook, and or visit our meetings every Tuesday from 8-9pm in the Women’s Center.  Let your beauty shine!

Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.  ~Rosalind Russell

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The Vagina Monologues!

Well friends, we are officially in V-Season!  The Iowa State ({2011}) V-Day campaign to end violence against women is in full swing.  For those of you unfamiliar with The Vagina Monologues, do we have a treat for you!

Here’s a sneak peak from the playwright herself, Eve Ensler:

Since 1996, The Vagina Monologues have been shocking and delighting audiences across the globe.  The Vagina Warriors at Iowa State are proud to perform this year’s show.  For the past month, we have been talking about vaginas, creating paper vaginas, selling chocolate vaginas, and rehearsing monologues about vaginas.  Through the sisterhood of the cast, we are excited to bring you a show that not only promises to entertain, but raises awareness about the very serious topic of domestic and sexual violence.

The mission of the V-Day campaign is at the heart of each Vagina Warriors:

V-Day is an organized response against violence toward women.

V-Day is a vision: We see a world where women live safely and freely.

V-Day is a demand: Rape, incest, battery, genital mutilation and sexual slavery must end now.

V-Day is a spirit: We believe women should spend their lives creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities.

V-Day is a catalyst: By raising money and consciousness, it will unify and strengthen existing anti-violence efforts. Triggering far-reaching awareness, it will lay the groundwork for new educational, protective, and legislative endeavors throughout the world.

V-Day is a process: We will work as long as it takes. We will not stop until the violence stops.

V-Day is a day. We proclaim Valentine’s Day as V-Day, to celebrate women and end the violence.

V-Day is a fierce, wild, unstoppable movement and community. Join us!

Performances in the Memorial Union Maintenance Shop:

Thursday, February 10th @ 5:30pm – Join us for a brief discussion after the show to learn how you can work to end violence throughout the year.

Friday, February 11th @ 6:00pm – We are proud to provide American Sign Language interpreters at this show!

Friday, February 11th @ 9:00pm

Tickets are on sale at the M-Shop.  Students pay $12 with an ISU i.d. and community members pay $15.  Chocolate vaginas will be available for purchase at all shows.  Visit us in the West Student Office Space booth on Monday, January 31; Tuesday, February 1; Thursday, February 10; and Friday, February 11 to purchase “I Respect Vaginas” t-shirts and chocolates.

All proceeds from the show go to benefit the Ames Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS).  Last year we were able to raise $5,000.  Help us surpass that this year!

Questions? Contact Liz Steinborn at the MSWC: eas123@iastate.edu

Spring 2011 Zine

A Zine is an underground publication that gives voice to the silent.  It is an opportunity for art and literature to crash together. It is a chance to be political through a variety of mediumsIt is an opportunity to express yourself.

The Zine’s theme for 2011 is BODY: Redefining the Standard of Beauty. We are collecting submissions NOW in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, sketches– any way that you want to express your thoughts, rants, or raves about BODY and the redefinition of beauty standards. Just email your submissions to isuwomenzine@gmail.com by January 17, 2011!

Some questions to guide you:

What is beauty?

How do you feel about your body?

How do others treat your body?

Who is beauty for?

What is your body for?

What is your body capable of?

If you are interested in helping out with the production of the Zine, please email Ashley Schmuecker – ashley.schmuecker@gmail.com or stop by the Women’s Center on campus and talk to Liz or Petey!

We look forward to your submissions!

For an example of a Zine, click on the image below:

Self-Love: need we say more?

Two Vagina Warriors were published in the Iowa State Daily today.  Because heterosexual sex has been a hot topic in the Daily the past couple of weeks, the Warriors wanted to respond with the notion that sex doesn’t always have to be with a partner and can be just as fulfilling (if not more so) on your own.  So here’s what our Warriors had to say:

By Ahna Kruzic and Liz Steinborn – guest columnists

In an attempt to ward off any criticism about being man-hating feminists, sex with a partner can be great. That said, the next 500 or so words are dedicated to the date that will never let you down: your own two hands and Duracell.

Guess what? Women touch themselves — and not just when they’re in the shower. Masturbation is a natural and empowering way to feel good about your inner-most self. We do it. We like it. Get over it.

My hands are perfectly capable of opening my own doors. They are also capable of getting into my own pants; I may or may not ask for help. But that’s for me to decide and you to find out.

Ladies first is good in theory and on paper. Sometimes, it’s good in bed. Most of the time it’s a half-hearted attempt at “seducing” us into letting you go all the way; it ends up being about you, not us. I can tell the difference between your best efforts at making me orgasm and you just wanting to get off.

Hot tubs and warm baths are great for self-love. And you ought to love yourself.

I can fake it and you can’t tell, because sometimes I’d rather just get it over with and go watch TV than have to put up with some lame attempt at mind-blowing cunnilingus. If you’re certain your partner has never faked it, check out the orgasm scene in “When Harry Met Sally,” it may change your mind.

I’ve been touching myself since kindergarten. So stop trying the crap you learned in men’s health magazines, and let me show you how to get it done.

Here’s a gender dichotomy to deconstruct: Women hate sex and men can’t get enough. Women hate sex because men can’t get us off — or at least aren’t very willing to try. Frankly, women spend more time talking about sex with their friends and preparing for it than our male counterparts.

Women: We would like to challenge you to speak out. Liberate your labia: Talk about your vagina and clitoris. Talk about touching it. Talk about what feels good and talk about what doesn’t. Your vagina will thank you.

And yes, we used the word “vagina” twice just then. Go ahead, say it. Because you shouldn’t be afraid to use the actual word for your genitals. Seriously.

Ladies, if you want to spend a satisfying night in, all it takes is clean hands, short fingernails, the Energizer Bunny and some comfy pillows — and explicit instructions for your roommate to knock. You can take as long as want. You can make it as quick as you want. And you don’t have to worry about any “refractory” periods.

For all you relationship people: Sex is only as exciting as you make it. Change it up, spice it up, but always do so safely.

If you think condoms are gross, stick with someone you can absolutely trust: yourself. If he won’t put it on, you shouldn’t have to put it in.

You can get from 0 to 60 in 30 seconds on your own. With someone else, you’ll have to allot 10 or more minutes unless you have a three-way with you, yourself and your partner.

Stay tuned for the next installment — The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Sex Toys and You.

Posted in , on Sunday, November 14, 2010 3:48 pm. Updated: 5:08 pm

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