Monday, November 12, 2007

Austin, Day 2: LIZA

Liza is originally from New York, moved to Austin after her Americorp service in New Mexico, and now teaches at a public high school. She is also a member of a mostly male anarchist soccer team--“One day, a woman player told me she was sick of playing soccer and not having enough confidence for it, like what happened in soccer was the same as the way we are in life.” She told us her thoughts about feminism in Bookwoman, one of the only feminist bookstore in the South:

“The idea of feminism is almost part of my invisible knapsack—I have always taken it for granted that all genders should be equal. In my life, it’s always seemed like kinda of a moot point. Only when I come up against a challenge do I think about it, but that doesn’t happen often. I don’t feel limited by my gender all that much.”

--Nona

5 comments:

Matt said...

I wonder if anarchist soccer leagues have referees, or rules...

Rena said...

Honey, a lot of people would argue about Austin's being in the South at all and some folks in Atlanta (and some in Huntsville) would disagree with you about the feminist bookstores: http://charis.booksense.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp
I used to live in the ATL and hope you'll get a chance to visit there.

Meg said...

Ditto Rena's comment; Texas really is an entity all to its own, not quite Southern, not quite Southwestern. But while Bookwoman is the only strictly feminist bookstore in Texas, it's far from being the only feminist bookstore in the south. A quick google turns up: Southern Sisters Feminist Bookstore in Durham, NC
(http://www.insiderpages.com/b/3717457818)
plus this handy page with listing by state(http://users.rcn.com/seajay.dnai/fbn/stores/stores.html#georgia) Plus, most GLBT bookstores I've been in have a reasonably large feminist section.

GIRLdrive said...

Good point, ladies. See changes.

Anonymous said...

"invisible knapsack" - peggy mcintosh...i didn't realize people ACTUALLY used that term outside of the first day of a race theory class.