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what.gif (1525 bytes) This year's More Than Music Fest is going to be womyn-centered. This means we are working to highlight and appreciate the achievements of womyn in our communities as well as create an environment that womyn feel is truly theirs. We have chosen bands, workshops, artists, etc. that showcase womyn doing amazing things and exemplify strong feminist/womanist politics.
By prioritizing womyn's perspectives, our goal is not to make people feel uncomfortable or alienated, although this may be inevitable for some people who have never experienced a feeling of being marginalized. For people who have spent their entire lives within a patriarchal culture and environment that focuses only on their needs and desires, this is going to be awkward.
Such awkwardness is a good place from which to start analyzing privilege which is a starting place for rejecting such unfair positions of power. Female and feminist/womanist perspectives deserve to be valued and supported. And an event planned around what some womyn in the d.i.y. community are interested in, believe in, value, love, and enjoy should appeal to womyn and men.
A lot of people have questioned our selection process for bands this year.
Having a strong presence of womyn on stage is important in creating a womyn-focused space, so yes, we looked for bands with womyn in them to play the fest. To say that celebrating the work womyn have created is mere tokenism (that's one of the words that's been thrown around a lot) is undermining and belittling of their talent and creations. And of course, we took into consideration much more than a person's sex in our selection process! In general, we like bands that don't just sound good, but also think about stuff (i.e. rights of queers, womyn, immigrants, animals, humans...anti-capitalist and anarchist stances, racism, the prison-industrial complex, womanism, etc.) We take feminist politics seriously (plus so much more), and we expect them to be present on stage and elsewhere in our communities. And we look for them from womyn and men.
Also, please don't forget that there's more to d.i.y. than bands; our lives are not JUST music. We get excited about so much more, so we don't want to overemphasize bands at the expense of workshops, discussions, activism or interaction. And let's continue the dialogue!

  
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karma
the sparklers
lovesick
everyone asked about you
reversal of man
kill the man who questions
(local)
tel quel
ereshkigal
the lazarus plot
nineteen/nineteen
former members of alfonsin
world inferno friendship society
red monkey
(local)
yum yum tree
nymb
retsin
bread & circuits
morser
anti-product

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-abortion access
-body image (includes sizism, eating disorders for womyn and men, etc)
-domestic violence
-girl army self-defense
-mental health (support group for womyn)
-men's workshop focusing on men recognizing, talking, & dealing with social
interactions & conversational sexism
-prison labor
-sex positivity
-sex workers
-womyn in the labor movement
-womyn's health

these
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-automotive 101
-how to support survivors (of all abuse -sexual assault, violence, etc.)
-men's health
-men talking to men about rape
-midwifery
-radical child raising
-sewing
-support group for sexual abuse survivors
-vegan pregnancy
-welfare reform
-womyn in Palestine
-womyn in prison

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performance art, speakers, a womyn's breakfast, womyn's art show, children's workshops, 80s dance party, challenging and impromptu discussions, new friendships, and old friendships renewed! *also the queer pride march that will take place on sunday of the fest weekend again this year!*

*childcare will be available! contact 614.294.3957*

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PROCEEDS GO TO:
CENTRAL OHIO ABORTION ACCESS FUND which is a grassroots organization that assists low income womyn with everything they may need if they choose an abortion like housing, transportation, childcare, etc. The fund works to remove economic/class restraints from access to reproductive choice and freedom.

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$25/3 days or $10/1 day (workshops are free)

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The action begins on Friday, the 25th at NOON. The Womyn's Breakfast will be on Saturday at 10 a.m.

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we finally have a confirmed space for the fest!!! yahoo! everything is going to be taking place at this place called MEKKA which is a dance club/concert space. lots of room for workshops, bands, etc. etc. (it's in a big warehouse building) here's directions-

from 71 N or S:
TAKE 670 WEST TO THE NEIL/GOODALE EXIT. TURN LEFT ONTO NEIL AVE. GO SOUTH ON NEIL UNTIL YOU REACH THE DUBLIN AVE. INTERSECTION. TURN RIGHT ONTO DUBLIN AVE. 382 DUBLIN AVE.


to contact us:
E-MAIL= morethanmusic@hotmail.com or girlmilitia@hotmail.com
PHONE= 614.421.9746 or 614.421.1269 or 614.291.4805