07 May 2014

#veganmoms tweet chat on mother's day

 I, @maryaveganmom, will be doing a tweetchat this Sunday (Mother's Day) @3pm EST. #veganmoms with @jessicaveganmom and @amyveganmom. join us! if you're a vegan mom, share your stories. if you are curious, get answers to your questions. #veganmoms

Please share with friends!

I found image here.

27 March 2014

11 cyclists accept 5 cyclists challenge

In early March, 11 cyclists biked from New York to Washington, DC arriving in time to attend the National Bike Summit.  Made up of cyclists from both cities, they were motivated by the 5 cyclists who biked that same route in 1928 and challenged women 21 years and older to beat their time.

Check out John Kelly's column in the Washington Post for the recent ride and my take on the 5 cyclists.

This is a Scurlock photo courtesy of the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution,

07 January 2014

Jim Morris @77 poses for PETA


Jim Morris, who recently turned 78, is a vegan bodybuilder.  He's one of the most recent to pose nude for PETA. I believe this ad was just posted on PETA's website.  Here's an accompanying interview.

I have a barrage of thoughts about this ad:

Does the fact that Morris had a successful bodybuilding career posing (almost) nude for decades make this ad primarily a continuation of his public life?

Is it cause for celebration that Morris and PETA are offering an almost-80 year old man as eye candy?

How does his nude pose differ from those of women--Taraji Henson, Nia Long, Angela Simmons, Wendy Williams--who have also posed nude for PETA?  (And did Tia Mowry refuse to pose nude?)

Are there deeper meanings to this remix of Rodin's "The Thinker"?

What are your thoughts?

02 January 2014

CFP: Neither Man Nor Beast: Patriarchy, Speciesism, & Deconstructing Oppressions, Web Conference

You are invited to attend a WEB-based conference on 23 February 2014 to empower minds, bodies and communities. Moving beyond the typical boundaries of social justice activism, this conference will be advocating for intersectional liberation across species and social identities.

By creating a space to discuss critical feminist theories and offering our unique experiences under patriarchy, we will be re-evaluating how oppressions relate in our lives and our communities and how best to integrate this into advocacy for the rights of non-human and human animals alike. Critiquing the limitations of popular and mainstream animal rights campaigns currently, and by offering solutions, we hope to advocate for a more unified and diverse movement.

Ultimately, we wish to develop a more complete understanding of oppression and justice. Creating allies aware of the intersectionality of oppression can afford us more opportunities to collaborate in meaningful and mutually inspiring ways. Our diversity of ideas and experiences offer potential to build a more comprehensive, sustainable and effective movement against oppression. We need to strive for creating safer communities and more responsible allies, in hopes of beginning to truly break down the existing hierarchical power structures, rather than reinforcing them. This conference will function as a platform for dialogue, networking and organization with others in creating a more resilient rights liberation movement for all.

*Call for Presentations:*

We are accepting abstract submissions for presentation topics on the following intersecting issues: veganism; women/womyn empowerment; queer rights; hetero-normative privilege; feminism; trans and gender-queer rights; racism and perspectives from women of colour; white male supremacy; patriarchy; ableism; sexism; sizeism; sexualities; gender and cis privilege; colonialism; indigenous rights; eco-feminism and environmentalism; anarcha-feminism; animal rights and radical self-care.

This is a conference welcoming academic and non academic presentations alike. Presenters are encouraged to use webcams, and powerpoint visuals during their presentation, as well as to engage in Q&A after with attendees.

Please submit your abstract proposal with your name, presentation title, a 200-300 word abstract, and location that you currently reside. You are welcome to include any additional information about yourself and why you would like to participate. Presentations should be maximum 20 minutes long, with additional time for Q&A.

Email submissions to animalliberationontario@gmail.com

Deadline for submission is January 31st, 2014
This event is hosted by Vegan Feminist Network http://veganfeministnetwork.com/
and Animal Liberation Ontario https://www.facebook.com/animalliberationontario;