Book Talk with Riot Woman author Eleanor Whitney + Cathy de la Cruz & Julia Barbosa Landois
Start your New Year off RIOT!!
Join author Eleanor Whitney, and gal pals Cathy de la Cruz, and Julia Barbosa Landois for a discussion of Eleanor's book Riot Woman: Using Feminist Values to Destroy the Patriarchy
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Eleanor C. Whitney is a writer, editor, marketer, and community builder who hails from Maine and divides her time between Brooklyn and the Mojave desert. She is the author of Riot Woman and Quit Your Day Job. She is currently pursuing her MFA in creative nonfiction at CUNY Queens College. Connect with her at eleanorcwhitney.com or @killerfemme on Instagram.
Cathy de la Cruz is a New York City based writer and filmmaker originally from San Antonio, TX. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Creative Writing MFA program and UC-San Diego’s Visual Arts MFA program. She was a member of Sister Spit’s 20th anniversary tour.
Julia Barbosa Landois is a Houston-based multidisciplinary artist whose work teases profundity and absurdity from the everyday and examines the relationship between the intimate and the public. Barbosa Landois has been featured in museums, galleries, and performance festivals in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Her awards include grants from Artpace, Artist Foundation of San Antonio, and the National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC). In addition to her studio practice, Barbosa Landois has worked in the arts as a professor, exhibitions coordinator, grant writer, and community educator. Learn more about her work at https://julialandois.com
Riot Woman is a celebratory but critical look at the Riot Grrrl subculture. It explores the movement's lasting impact while offering a complex, contemporary look at the promises and pitfalls of Riot Grrrl-informed feminism. This insightful, deeply personal history of early-2000s subcultures lovingly explores the difficulty of applying feminist values to real-life dilemmas, and embrace an evolving political and personal consciousness. Riot Woman is published by Microcosm Publishing.
Praise for Riot Woman:
"Riot Woman is a great contribution to contemporary feminist thought—Whitney's essays are vital, fascinating, and more relevant with every passing day." Emily Gould, author of Friendship and Perfect Tunes
"Whitney’s essays shine a spotlight on the relevance of feminism in each moment and corner of one woman’s life." Marisa Crawford, co-editor of the We Are the Babysitters Club anthology
"Eleanor Whitney’s Riot Woman is a collection of raw and vulnerable self-reflections on the author’s personal evolution as an intersectional radical feminist activist, which act as a very vital reminder to readers that our own personal growth as activists and conscientious human beings are often non-linear, messy, uncomfortable, and never-ending—but always worth the journey in our collective pursuit of manifesting a just and equal society." Yumi Sakugawa, author of The Little Book
Topic: Riot Woman Reading and Discussion
Time: Jan 4, 2022 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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"Growing up immersed in the feminist, DIY values of punk, Riot Grrrl, and zine culture of the 1990s and early 2000s gave Eleanor Whitney, like so many other young people who gravitate towards activism and musical subcultures, a sense of power, confidence, community, and social responsibility. As she grew into adulthood she struggled to stay true to those values, and with the gaps left by her punk rock education. This insightful, deeply personal history of early-2000s subcultures lovingly explores the difficulty of applying radical feminist values to real-life dilemmas, and embrace an evolving political and personal consciousness. Whitney traces the sometimes painful clash between her feminist values and everyday, adult realities - and anyone who has worked to integrate their political ideals into their daily life will resonate with the histories and analysis on these pages, such as engaging in anti-domestic violence advocacy while feeling trapped in an unhealthy relationship, envisioning a unified "girl utopia" while lacking racial consciousness, or espousing body positivity while feeling ambivalent towards one's own body. Throughout the book, the words and power of Bikini Kill and other Riot Grrrl bands ground the story and analysis, bringing it back to the raw emotions and experiences that gave this movement its lasting power while offering a complex, contemporary look at the promises and pitfalls of Riot Grrrl-informed feminism"--