The Forbidden Photos

May 18, 2009

Here are the photos your president doesn't want you to see.

The photos are too large for me to upload -- just go have a look.


Anne Grgich

 Listen to the interview here!

I wish I could write more in this blog but I am crazy busy. Nonetheless you should know that Anne Grgich is a self-taught artist who flaunts it. She filled in books since she was a child. Now her "books" are hugely 3 dimensional, made of mirrors and glass and beads and fabric, all collaged over and painted and often images of faces and people out of her imagination. She's my guest for May 19th.

Fixing Sex: On Intersex


 Just finished reading Katrina Karkazis Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience, the indepth investigation into how intersex is currently conceived, treated and experienced.  Although I've been somewhat aware of these issues before, some of the material is really mind blowing like 1) how many clictorectomies or clictorous reduction surgeries were/are done in this country, 2) how these surgeries are justified as essential to a child's gender identity despite being purely asethetic and 3) how little surgeons and other clinicians currently treating intersex children are willing to even listen to intersex activists or those who've experienced first hand the long term impact of genital surgery.

Youth Collective Recieves Sound Mixing Grant

Deonta Dorn wanted to do something for hungry students at Oregon City Service Learning Academy, so he came up with the idea for a community breakfast that would serve two purposes – it would feed students at his school and at the same time help the sophomore class raise money for Community 101.

“I wasn’t sure it would come through,” he said, but students and community members showed up and donated $165 last Wednesday.

Senior Brittany Larson also helped put on the community breakfast, and said she was pleased to see members of the community, parents and members of the school district administrative staff attend the event.

Intersex: Medicalization of Sexual Diversity

"Is it a boy or a girl?"

It's the first question asked after the birth of a baby.  But sometimes the answer isn't obvious?  In about one out of every 1,500 births a child is born so noticeably atypical in terms of genitalia that a specialist is called in. Out of every thousand birth one to two children have traditionally been exposed to surgery to "normalize" the appearance of their genitals. Even more people are born with subtler forms of sex anatomy variations some of which won't show up until later in life.
Since the 1990s intersex activists have been fighting for an end to unnecessary surgeries, especially those performed at an early age when the person can’t make their own decisions.
Tuesday, May 19th from 6 - 7 pm, Gender Blender co-hosts Rebecca Nay and Jacob Anderson-Minshall  talk with three intersex activists about their experiences and what it can teach us all about gender, sex and the medialization of natural diversity.

Quiet on the Set!

Take Two: Not Enough Women Calling the Shots

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Trista with @Large Films, Inc., a commercial production company here in Portland, Oregon. She wanted me to consider interviewing her boss on an upcoming Bread and Roses show, which airs Friday nights at 6pm on KBOO 90.7FM. I couldn't commit right away as I was scheduled to be in Las Vegas to manage a live event for a client; 300 person conference with stage production elements. What's funny though, is when I returned and had a day to run errands, I took a wrong turn and ended up in front of @Large Films' parking lot. I emailed Trista the next day and scheduled an appointment to meet with Juliana Lukasik, owner and executive producer of the company.

Juliana gave me the tour, introduced me to her staff and we proceeded to have a get to know you chat that led to a conversation about the disparity of women in the creative fields; communications and of course the film industry. More specifically, we talked about a paper Juliana wrote on her thoughts coming out of the Boards Summit, " annual event for creative agencies, production companies and media to network and learn about the industry from some of the top creative agencies of the world..." Given this paper and her interest in flushing out solutions to increase the number of women calling the shots, we decided to move forward and set a show date in June.








Tix left for Grey Gardens and Jennifer Higdon

Here's the latest Stage and Studio, a special one-hour features "Grey Gardens" at Portland Center Stage and Jennifer Higdon, the most performed composer in America, who's performing with Third Angle New  Music Ensemble.  Become a member online or add to your membership and email me to get the tix!  Take care, Dmae Roberts

First Day as Assistant Youth Advocate!


Today went suprisingly smoother than anticipated! Some talented youngsters from the Young Ladies Radio Project came down to the station to interview people from the community about Food and Food in Emergencies. Two of the ladies went for a stroll to aquire more audio for a vox pop.

I can't wait to hear the finished interviews that these ladies create! They interviewed this guy from the City of Portland who helps coordinate stuff in emergency situations- he was really animated and full of fascinating information. Before we started recording he made a comment that the Government doesn't help people- thats not what it does and thats not what it was ever meant to do. I'm a little disappointed that we don't have that recorded :)

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