Where do you call home?
Madison, Wisconsin, USA–we’re known as “The Dairy State”
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m a writer, digital curator, media archaeologist, and trauma-informed yoga instructor.
Tell us a little bit about Guerrilla Feminism:
GF is a registered nonprofit and acts as a digital curatorial resource center for activists. We curate the internet, so you don’t have to.
You aim to empower feminist all over the world to participate in activism, how did you come up with this idea?
I created GF in 2011 while living in Chicago. I was a year out of grad school. Initially, it was a street activism campaign, but I wanted to get more people involved so I put it on Facebook (and then all other social media platforms), and it really took off.
Trauma Informed Yoga is a survivor-centered body movement practice. I specifically teach women affected by sexual violence, but TIY can be used with war veterans and anyone else who has experienced trauma (which is most of us). I got my yoga teaching certificate in 2010. I specifically became interested in TIY in 2012. I used the practice for myself to continue healing from sexual violence I’ve experienced.
Why is feminism important to you?
Feminism is important to me because oppression is real. In order to eradicate oppression of all, we need feminism, as it lends itself to critiquing the world through a lens of inclusion.
Why is activism important to you?
Alice Walker says: “Activism is my rent for living on the planet.” I fully believe this. Activism is action–whether it’s digital activism or on-the-ground protesting, or something else entirely, activism is education in action, and that’s important to the future of our world.
If you could change one thing about the state of the world right now, what would it be?
Eradicating white supremacy and rape culture.
Where do you hope Guerrilla Feminism is in 5 years?
Hopefully, we’ll be bigger and badder than ever! I’d love to be able to go into the school system (K-12 and college) to educate our youth on feminism. I’d also love for GF to be able to have a funding source, since this work takes a lot of emotional and physical labor!
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Hmm, I think being able to fly would be amazing!
What self care advice do you have for feminist activists?
Be sure to take breaks! For a long time, I didn’t take breaks, and it definitely took its toll. It can be hard to take breaks from the movement without feeling selfish, but it’s NECESSARY! You can’t pour from an empty cup! You can’t help the cause (or others) if you’re not first helping yourself.
Can you leave us with a favourite quote?