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body poetics: part 7 – rebelikaˣ /// on r e a p p r o p r i a t i n g

Poem by Gertrude Stein pamela varelapavamere.la My body is my territory, and it was conquered, just like the Americas. Several parts of the human body are named after white, European men: Fallopian tubes1, G-spot2, Bartholin’s glands3, Skene glands4, to name a few. All the body parts mentioned above belong to the female reproductive system. It […]

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body politics: part 6 – transnaturikaˣ /// on “nature” and “the family”

Photo: Mónica González Islas pamela varelapavamere.la Ophelia Pastrana is a Colombian-Mexican trans woman. She is a physicist, technologist, and media personality who, despite being the relative of two ex-presidents of Colombia from the conservative party, transitioned into a trans woman and became an advocate of the LGBTQ+ and women+technology movements. She recognizes having used her […]

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body politics, body poetics: part 5 – electrikaˣ /// on gender, technology, and the cyberspace

Illustration: Ines DeRu pamela varelapavamere.la Feminism and cyberfeminism in Latin America are a praxis of their own. The lack of privilege and education that runs through the region generates a collective dissociation from the academic and conceptual feminisms of North America and Europe. I recently attended an online workshop1 held by Argentinian feminist hacktivists Sol […]

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body politics, body poetics: part 4 – latinikaˣ /// on Latin American feminisms and the streets

Poem: Gloria Anzaldúa pamela varelapavamere.la   In Mexico, it is common to hear the phrase se la robaron1. This means a woman was taken by a man and forced to mate with him and bear his children. This was a common practice in the generations before my grandparents. My great-grandmother–poor, with Cora indigenous roots, and […]

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body politics, body poetics: part 3 – corporikaˣ /// on the body, marginalization, and patriarchy

pamela varelapavamere.la Our body, our first territory, is unknown to us. We are not encouraged to get to know it. We are not taught about its parts, especially girls, especially genitals. And because everything is so internal, it is hard to see, to understand its cycles. When adulthood starts and processes like menstruation arrive, confusion […]

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body politics, body poetics: part 2 – initiation

Photo: Emma Grima  pamela varelapavamere.la I am sitting in a room1, writing, writing from a room of my own2. My body tries to express my mind’s interpretation of what my spirit truly wants to say. Multiple layers form the Self, form us, form ourSelves. All these layers have been shaped by transgenerational experiences; neither of […]