Monday, August 11, 2014

Hipster Uterus

Smoking is bad, kids. Don't be like Hipster Uterus. She's a bad influence.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Data Flow:

Imagine a way to control women's reproduction via remote control contraception. Women and men alike would eventually be able to control a woman's uterus and what it does in reproduction. It could be a miracle on one hand, but something extremely worrisome on the other. A miracle because women could easily control and even remember to take their birth control daily without the hassle of weekday pills. However, would be extremely worrisome because, dude...anyone could abuse this technology and if it got out of hand, it would become just another way to control women. That would be a mess...

...oh wait. They're working on that now.

Damn.

So, okay, at the end of the article, it is vaguely pointed out that "...it will be necessary to encrypt the chips to keep their (women's) wireless data flow private and secure." First of all, "data flow" is a perfect way of putting that because...*giggle*...uterine flow. But let's be serious about this (and whatever, maybe I'm being paranoid): our online/wireless data isn't ACTUALLY secure. Maybe I'm stepping ahead of myself and the subject as a whole when I say this, but I don't want my uterus literally wireless and online. What?

Also, just to put this out there if for some reason it did not come to mind with this subject: Why on earth are we still focusing on the woman as the "problem" when it comes to birth control? I know it's not because women and our bodies are easily controlled. Why is it that birth control on the man's side isn't being embraced or heavily discussed? Oh wait, I know why: culture. Around the world and throughout history it has always been culturally on the woman to coat check her fertility. The idea of a man using birth control is "less masculine"--it gives him an air of femininity, which of course is seen as negative by so many. Nobody wants to be female!!!

I think the idea of men taking charge of their own birth control is incredibly masculine and a sign of responsibility that is heavily desirable. People controlling my uterus remotely (even myself) is just super weird and something I think I do not want.

However, I'm going to stay tuned and not completely dismiss this idea. I mean, it's pretty cool that this is even happening as far as technology goes. It isn't like we're all being forced into a remote controlled contraception that will turn our uteri into zombies...yet.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hello and Good Day Dear Uterus Followers!

So, a few interesting things to note:

A.) I have new postcards up at Charis Books and More sitting on the free counter. Because, you know...they're free!



B.) I'm doing a survey for transgendered individuals to understand their lives better, especially with a lot of transphobia coming to the surface these days. In order to avoid any sort of cultural appropriation, I've decided to do some "footwork," if you will. I've had a few participate already in the survey, but here is the survey if anyone would like to participate.

1. What does the word "transphobia" mean to you?

2. Have you ever experienced transphobia?

3. How have your friends and family reacted to your decision to come out as trans?

4. Have you ever had or still have a uterus?

5. What does having or not having a uterus mean to you?

 6. What are people's reactions to your identity?

7. What do you do to challenge people's reactions, if you do at all?

 8. How do you feel about the LGBT community?

9. Who are some trans people I should be paying attention to as far as activism and public figures go?

10. What should people know about in regards to the different forms of trans identity in the world?

You can email answers to anisa.lewis@gmail.com

C.) Fuck Hobby Lobby. Read an extremely detailed description on why here. That is all.

Have great days! I look forward to updating y'all in the future.

--Anïsa

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Good Day All!

So, good things have been happening on the low here at Dear Uterus. After making a lot of decisions and headway, writing wise and art wise, Dear Uterus has been asked to do a reading on Sunday! Exciting! The tentative release date of the book is going to be in September (My Birthday Month!). I hope everyone is doing well! Peace, Anïsa

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Good Morning!

So, one of the essays called "The Vicious Cycle" was published yesterday in Bluestockings Magazine (which is Brown University's first feminist-minded publication). I'm pretty psyched about all this! It is awesome to know that more people will be exposed to The Dear Uterus Project!

I am pretty grateful! To some, one online publication isn't a big deal. But for me and this project...this is a feat!

Please take a look at the article and also the other articles in the zine this week!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Guess Who Hasn't Posted In Forevs?

Clearly me. That doesn't mean I haven't been working! Dear Uterus has about ten essays right now and I am working on a few more. One being about pregnancy. Because, yikes, that's a big topic when talking about uteri. That's the main reason they're there. Debatably. So...who hasn't ever been pregnant ever? That's right, again: yours truly! So what can one do about such a dilemma? How does one write about something one has no experience with?

You ask questions, that's how.

I posed some interesting but basic questions about pregnancy and hit up all my girlfriends who have babies or who have been pregnant. I got some awesome answers, by the way, which I will be posting anonymously (unless some ladies don't care if I use names...hit me up if you don't care!)

Also, I've been doing art. 'Cause you know, this project features letters (which you've seen) and essays (which you've also seen) and art (which I've only posted minimally). I'll be posting a few of those randomly as well.

Things I have to remind myself:

1.) Art and writing is hard-don't let anyone tell you different. Don't listen to people who say their art and writing are fluid life forces (what does that even mean, dog??). They're show boaters who will make you feel bad.
2.) Share it, that's progressive!
3.) Politics, positive and negative, are your friends and give you lots of fuel. We all have frienemies so use them to your advantage.
4.) No amount of coffee and wine will aid in your writing quest.
5.) Reading helps, especially funny, informative and dynamic lit!

*Deeeep breath*

Okay, let's do this!!! I'm coming after you, brain!