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EVERYDAY MUTINIES: Funding Lesbian Activism (Monograph Published Simultaneously As the Journal of Lesbian Studies, 3)
 
 

EVERYDAY MUTINIES: Funding Lesbian Activism (Monograph Published Simultaneously As the Journal of Lesbian Studies, 3) [Kindle Edition]

Esther D Rothblum , Nanette Gartrell

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Who are the women who struggled to form lesbian communities--and how did they fund their activism?

In Everyday Mutinies: Funding Lesbian Activism, two dozen lesbians--including well-known activists such as Martina Navratilova, Alison Bechdel, Dee Mosbacher, and Jewelle Gomez--tell the stories of their activism, with an emphasis on how they support themselves and fund their political activities. Their examples can help you deal with raising and allocating money. Less than 0.3 of all philanthropic dollars are awarded to lesbian and gay projects each year. Yet Everyday Mutinies shares amazing success stories of women surviving, thriving, and making an impact by using the resources they have with intelligence and skill. You will be moved and inspired by the stories behind Naiad Press, The Ladder, Straight from the Heart, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Everyday Mutinies presents the voices of scientists, political strategists, artists, writers, fundraisers, and community organizers. These courageous women discuss their strategies for getting and using money to pursue their visions, including:
  • funding scientific studies in creative ways
  • liberating corporate resources
  • encouraging responsible stewardship of inherited wealth
  • getting paid for working on lesbian causes
  • choosing a job to support activism
  • financing lesbian media from magazines to documentaries
  • giving time versus giving money

    Everyday Mutinies is an essential resource on the history and practice of lesbian activism. It also contains valuable ideas for any political lesbian who has wondered how she can possibly pay her bills and make the rent while remaining a full-time activist.

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  • Print Length: 214 pages
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  • Publisher: Routledge (13 Sep 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FDRBSX8
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and well written essays 9 Oct 2006
By E. B. MULLIGAN - Published on Amazon.com
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Especially well written was the thoroughly researched essay by the artist and Lambda Award winning author Tee A. Corinne `How Lesbian Artists Support Their Art".

As a bonus each of the essays are accompanied by photos of those profiled and the essayists.

Other outstanding essays -

Alison Bechdel interviewed by Marny Hall

Joan E. Biren 'JEB' Lesbian Photographer, Video producer, Activist

Elana Dykewomon `Changing the World'

The Jewelle Gomez Stories as Told to Amanda Kovattana

Barbara Grier: A Burning Love for Lesbian Literature

Daughters of Bilitis and The Ladder that Teetered Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon

From the publisher's website - Everyday Mutinies is an essential resource on the history and practice of lesbian activism. It also contains valuable ideas for any political lesbian who has wondered how she can possibly pay her bills and make the rent while remaining a full-time activist.

Who are the women who struggled to form lesbian communities--and how did they fund their activism? In Everyday Mutinies: Funding Lesbian Activism, two dozen lesbians--including well-known activists such as Martina Navratilova, Alison Bechdel, Dee Mosbacher, and Jewelle Gomez--tell the stories of their activism, with an emphasis on how they support themselves and fund their political activities. Their examples can help you deal with raising and allocating money. Less than 0.3 of all philanthropic dollars are awarded to lesbian and gay projects each year. Yet Everyday Mutinies shares amazing success stories of women surviving, thriving, and making an impact by using the resources they have with intelligence and skill. You will be moved and inspired by the stories behind Naiad Press, The Ladder, Straight from the Heart, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Everyday Mutinies presents the voices of scientists, political strategists, artists, writers, fundraisers, and community organizers. These courageous women discuss their strategies for getting and using money to pursue their visions, including:

* funding scientific studies in creative ways

* liberating corporate resources

* encouraging responsible stewardship of inherited wealth

* getting paid for working on lesbian causes

* choosing a job to support activism

* financing lesbian media from magazines to documentaries

* giving time versus giving money
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lesbian activism 1 Sep 2004
By Jeffery Mingo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This anthology proposes discussing how lesbians fund lesbian-specific activism. Activism is broadly defined here, ranging from the arts, sciences, law, non-profit groups, publications, etc. The writing styles here are diverse, ranging from personal narrative, question and answer, journalistic style, etc. Unlike other books, the variety in styles works well here.

This book will introduce readers to key leaders in the lesbian community (Kate Kendell, Jewelle Gomez, P. Lyons & D. Martin, etc.) It will also cover prominent lesbian organizations such as the National Center for Lesbian Rights and 100 Lesbians and Their Friends.

The chapters are short. Each interviewee and interviewer has a page-length photo. I am sure this was done for egalitarian purposes. Haworth Press tends to have summaries and keywords for each chapter in their books. This eats up page space. Each chapter here had lesbianism, lesbian activism, and fundraising as keywords. They could have been more concise by just mentioning these terms in the introduction.

Unfortunately, the reader has to glean fundraising ideas from this book. You won't find a "Top 10 List for Raising Money for Lesbian Causes" here. Each chapter talks more about the individual lesbian's personal journey into activism. You get ideas but you have to read for them carefully. The book is a little bit preachy. Almost every chapter urges lesbians to not fear asking straights for money and to not look as money as an evil patriarchal tool. At a time when non-profits are hiring development directors more than any other positions, this is a let-down. People not interested in activism won't like this book, but people who are, regardless of gender or sexuality, will.

This book also provides almost nothing for middle-class lesbians or those lesbians who want to stay in the middle class. The book mentions two types of activists: donors that inherit huge fortunes who can then use that money for lesbian empowerment or lesbians who forgo sturdy wages and either go on welfare or earn poverty-level wages in order to have the time to do activism. For those who are not incredibly rich or don't want to be poor, there is little here for advice.

Many lesbian activists and theorists have asked themselves, "What are we first: women or gay people?" This book solidly chooses the former. Many of the contributors started off in feminist activism and then moved to the lesbian counterpart. Work or alliance with gay men is hardly brought up at all. Many women are now running national gay and lesbian organizations right now (Urvashi Vaid, Cheryl Jacques, Joo-Hyun Kim), yet these lesbians and their work isn't brought up at all. Similarly, straight women will find this book much more useful than gay men.

This book was a novel idea. It wasn't perfect, but it's still nice. I do think lesbians interested in activism should peep it.
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