Reflection from the Post-Production of That Takes Ovaries

By Ruth Sybil May

A few weeks ago, I participated in the feminist play titled, That Takes Ovaries: Bold Women, Brazen Acts by Rivka Solomon and Bobbi Ausubel; of which I was a cast member. The play is an adaptation of the book similarly titled, That Takes Ovaries: Bold Females and Their Brazen Acts, edited by Rivka Solomon. The framework of the book/play is a collection of true stories submitted by ordinary people recounting an experience in which they acted of courageously and bravely, told through first-person narratives. The play was organized by recruiting a cast of diverse community members to enact these true stories on stage in front of an audience, mixing activism with performance art in a way that is humorous, yet serious and inspiring at the same time.

Within the play, I played the part of Drake, a young, transgender man on a path of self-discovery and emotional bravery. During his scene, Drake works up the courage to come out to his mother as transgender despite knowing his mother would not react well. After sharing his truth, his parents are apprehensive at first, but soon do their research so they can better support and love their son no matter what, bringing their family even closer together than before.

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Special Edition: Critiquing the Critique

Women on Wednesday is a critical program with a rich, 26 year history of highlighting the voices of diverse, intelligent, savvy and  creative people, especially women working to end sexist oppression and promote a safe, inclusive and engaged community through advocacy, education, alliance-building and women’s leadership.

On March 30th, the Women’s Center hosted Vednita Carter and Joy Friedman from Breaking Free, one of the nation’s leading organizations for working with victims and survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution, at a Women on Wednesday session titled “Sex Trafficking 201: Dynamics of Prostitution and Sex Trafficking.” We’re excited to report a record-breaking audience of 157 for this engaging presentation from two survivors about the realities of the sex industry and the experiences of prostituted women. (Follow this link to listen to an audio recording of the session and hear their powerful stories yourself!)

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Minnesota Nice?

By Melissa Anne Frank

Diversity has the power to make communities stronger.  But in order for that strength to exist, there needs to be an integration between people.  Our community has been divided for too long.  After attending the Mizzou rally on campus, I was reminded of the fact that our entire community is missing this significant aspect in our lives.

I often ride my bike through downtown St. Cloud on my way to campus.  I bike past people and say “good morning,” because that is the kind of person that I am.  I was raised in this state, and I was taught that people in this state are nice.  We say good morning to our neighbors, we are there for each other, and we create safe spaces for those around us…at least that’s what I was taught.

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You Speak So Well

By Sean Schlosser

“Well you know, you just speak well. I mean where are you from?”

“Minnesota.”

“No, but really. Where are you from?”

These types of conversations are, unfortunately, not new to me. It comes with the territory. I’m Korean, but to society I’m just Asian, and because I don’t “broken English” my way through conversations, this is something I have to address (actually if I did have trouble speaking, that’d be addressed by another form of microaggression that I’ll talk about later).

I take a deep breath, then that special thing happens, the one from the movies. You know, where a conversation happens and a thought bubble pops up with different alternatives for me to respond with. There are a few ways I could respond, and to me the first one would be the most justified, which includes but wouldn’t be limited to making a scene, yelling, “What the hell kind of voice were you expecting to come out of my mouth?!?!?” arms flailing. I would make them as uncomfortable as the question made me feel. It’d be right, right?

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Need a break? Need a book?

It’s that time of the semester for college students…we only have a few weeks left of classes!  There are a multitude of ways to celebrate, but (arguably) one of the best is reading for fun. When classes are in session, it can be difficult to find time to really enjoy reading, and as awesome as reading about theory and practice is (it is, right?), sometimes you just need something else.

If that’s the case, we’ve got you covered.

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