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Pro-feminist New Years Resolutions for Straight Guys

30 Dec

We came across “bill’s profeminist blog” Bill Patrick, the author of the blog, describes himself:

“I am a man who has decided that I can no longer sit idly by while men’s violence remains such a hugely destructive force in the lives of so many women and girls around the world. It is time for us as men to step up and begin to support our sisters in working to end men’s violence.”

His post: “Pro-feminist New Years Resolutions for Straight Guys” is a fantastic list of some beautiful and logical recommendations that all humans should live by.

Here are some of our favorites. Go to his blog to read the full list of 15.

1. To take care of ourselves. For far too long, many of us have been neglecting our physical, mental, and spiritual health. And for many of us who have women in our lives, we have been all too quick to leave these responsibilities in their hands. Women often make our medical and dental appointments for us, and they insist that we take better care of ourselves. And what do we do in response? We get mad at them for nagging us! So let’s take back the responsibility for doing the things that are designed to keep us happy and alive. If we want the women in our lives to be there for us, then we need to ensure we are doing the things that will allow us to be there for them!

5. To do the laundry correctly. You and I both know that we all know how to do the laundry. It’s time to stop feigning ignorance. And for those few guys who actually don’t know how: you can learn to do it! It’s a lot easier than changing the oil, tapping a keg of beer, fixing a leaky toilet, or hooking up that new plasma t.v.

9. To only have sex that we know for certain is consensual. That means that she isn’t drunk, confused, or fearful, and that we aren’t, either. That she hasn’t been manipulated or bullied into it. And neither have we.

11. To settle any conflicts we have in a nonviolent, non-abusive way. This should go without saying. But the reality is that society would be a lot better off if more of us lived this way.

13. To work to eliminate our homophobia. Homophobia destroys our connectedness with all other men. It stops us from loving each other. And we need to be able to love each other deeply. As men we are deserving of being able to give and receive such love – and not just from women.

Bravo Bill for sharing this much needed sentiment.

Learning that there are men out there like you gives us all strength to continue to work towards a society of peace & equality.


Pictures & Videos Galore

15 Dec

Its been tough with all the holidays but all the pictures are finally making their way onto here!

Special thank you again to Photographers  Elia L Alamillo of Foto ChicasAllison Glenn who shared their expertise and took shots at Venus 2010!

You can find some of the pics on our Venus 2010: Just be: Soul Revival page where you can also find this video by Kebi Morales of Ajanta Chakraborty performing a Bollywood Dance

Venus Collective announce Rape Victim Advocates as the recipient of proceeds of Venus 2010 ~Just Be: Soul Revival~

9 Oct

The Venus Collective are more than honored to have RVA as the recipient of proceeds from Venus 2010…


RVA is an Illinois not-for-profit organization made up of many individuals with two primary goals: to assure that survivors of sexual assault are treated with dignity and compassion; and to affect changes in the way the legal system, medical institutions and society as a whole respond to survivors.


RVA focuses on both social service and social change. Through our presence in Chicago area emergency rooms, we provide nonjudgmental emotional support to victims of sexual violence, enabling them to become survivors. By providing basic legal and medical information, and referrals to other service organizations, we help the survivor make informed decisions. We also offer survivors continued support through telephone follow-up and our staff of counselors and legal advocates. Through these services, we enable survivors to regain control over their lives as quickly as possible. Through our work with the Chicago Police Department, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and other area institutions, we strive to improve the treatment of survivors as a group in our society.  RVA offers three distinct program areas: Counseling (individual and group), Advocacy

(legal and medical) and Education & Training.

For more info about Rape Victim Advocates please visit their website:



Featured Comedic Artist: Gwen La Roka

9 Oct

The Venus Collective are very excited to have GWEN La ROKA as our first comedic artist, and organizer of Venus 2010…

Gwen La Roka has just recently grabbed a hold of the microphone,

but since then she has managed to take the comedy scene by storm.

Skilled in the arts of break-dancing, emceeing, writing, spoken-word,

and acting; Gwen seamlessly combines these talents and others to

keep crowds laughing with her highly energetic comedy routine.

Never forgetting her Mexican/Guatemalan cultural roots, Gwen holds

nothing back while entertaining crowds with stories about her

escapades growing up in a Latin household to living as a skinny girl in the Windy City.

Gwen’s commitment to grassroots activism and social justice has

inspired her to keep crowds laughing while giving a voice to many

often marginalized communities.  Similarly, Gwen finds audiences

enjoy her often quirky, real, yet clean viewpoint on touchy topics such

as body image, sexual identity and her scoliosis diagnoses.

Gwen recently claimed 1st place in Mikey O’s Annual “Last Loco

Standing” comedy competition, making her the first female Last Loca

Standing to win the title. Additionally, she has shared the stage with

some of comedy’s most loved and respected comics such as Patti

Vasquez (TBS), Alex Ortiz (BET), and Shayla Rivera (Comedy Central).

Gwen also appeared as one of Chicago’s 2010 “Comadres of

Comedy”, alongside Ana Belaval (WGN News) & Patti Vasquez.

Gwen’s honest comedic approach, meshed with her physical humor,

enables her to bring together diverse crowds from all ethnic

backgrounds in solidarity, while reminding us that we are all one in

the same, here to live life with a little laughter in our hearts.

Club Appearances:

• Zanies – Chicago, Illinois

(Queer Queens of Comedy)

Corporate & University Events:

• HISLEA – Hispanic Illinois State

Law Enforcement Association

Chicago, Illinios

• Northeastern Illinois University –

The Black Heritage Month of

Northeastern Illinois University;

Floetry & Poetry. An Evening of

Improv and Poetry

Visit Gwen La Roka’s Facebook page:



8 Oct

We are so thankful to have La Pixie as a performing poet at Venus 2010!

La PiXie Urban Poetess Bio

Sandra Posadas, “La PiXie,” is a Puerto Rican woman born and bred in Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois.She has her B.A in Early Childhood Eduction form Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. Sandra is currently finishing her M.A. in Bilingual/Bicultural education at De Paul University in Chicago. She is a teacher, published artist/illustrator, artisan, performance poet and actress. As an original cast member of the Vida Bella Ensemble,she successfully co-wrote her first production in 2007, Brown Girls Singing, which was successfully staged at University of Chicago and Jane Addams’ Hull House  as part of Teatro Luna’s Women of Color Playwritng competition(curated by Dr. Coya Paz). As a cast member of the Vida Bella Ensemble, she has also traveled to Colorado, California, and New York performing the award winning play, The Brown Girls’ Chronicles: Puerto Rican Women and Resistance.  She participated as a cast member of the Teatro Luna’s 10 x10 project. Currently,Sandra is part of  two other projects; The Guild Complex’s Poetry Performance Incubator series titled Tour Guides as an ensemble member of writers/perfomers and part of the rotating ensemble cast of Beast Woman Performance Series at The Green House Theater.

Sandra  has published her poetry in several anthologies including Stray Bullets; An Anthology of Chicago Saloon Poetry(Tia Chucha Press) and The Journal of Ordinary Thought (Fall 2009 and Winter 2010) She also performs at various Chicago venues and has presented her art work at various local venues including The 2010 Logan Square Arts Festival, Wright College, The University of Illinois at The Chicago Symposium for Women of Color and The Creative Feminist Alliance at De Paul University. She was recently the featured poet at Proyecto Latina. She’s not afraid to live life authentically and is all about telling it like is. Sandra believes strongly in that art can educate. She believes in using art as knowledge and transformation so that all participants and spectators examine themselves in relation to their place in society. Through different modalities that she uses, whether visual, interactive, or the performing arts, the audience can explore, reflect, analyze and transform the reality in which they are living.

For more info please go to La Pixie’s Website:


Missed the Broadcast? You can still hear the Show!

3 Oct

Big Ups to Harv Roman & Club Kids Radio @ WCEV 1450 AM and for featuring Venus Collective today. Thank you to our supporters who called in!You can hear the podcast at to hear it!

Featured Photographer: Allison Glenn

3 Oct

We are so thankful to have the artistry of photographer Allison Glenn at this year’s Venus!

She will be shooting at a special photobooth during the night so that y’all can have tangible memories of  this incredible night later!

Allison Glenn is commencing the second year of a Dual MA degree in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism + Arts Administration and Policy at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 2005 she graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, with a BFA in Photography. Shortly after Glenn started her photography company and began traveling to Chicago to shoot for magazines and publications, most notably The Chicago Sun Times and The Natural Athlete.

Glenn currently works as a Project Manager for the SAIC Office of Exhibition Practices, and is completing a curatorial fellowship at the Hyde Park Art Center.

She is currently interested in facilitating exhibitions in mid-level, non-collecting contemporary art institutions, sustainable art projects that address community needs, temporary and site-specific exhibitions, satellite spaces, new audience development and inclusion beyond the institutional space. ”

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