It’s a Fem*Extravanganza!
On Tuesday, June 26th, 2012, the DC-based women’s empowerment group Fem*ex (female experience) had their second ever fem*extravaganza event. It was a night of story-telling, music, and making connections to celebrate all things feminine. Held at the Spooky Action Theater in northwest DC, the evening encouraged women to get up on stage and share their stories and experiences, and to connect with the people in the audience who had probably gone through similar situations.
Fem*ex is an organization in DC whose purpose is to engage with and explore different aspects of the female experience, in service of women’s empowerment everywhere. They offer classes, events, and workshops in which people can grow together through exploration, discussion, and experiential learning. In their 16-week long courses, they discuss a wide range of topics, including anatomy, sex & gender, body image, communication, relationships, and more. Nothing is too taboo, which means people have an open, judgment free space in which they can connect with others through mutual understanding.
The fem-extravanganza was a huge success. The room was packed with people, most of whom were women but there were a handful of men, too, and they even had to bring in extra chairs to make sure everyone had a place to sit. The night’s performances included a group of women who each recited a creative piece they had written about something personal in their lives, an instructional self-defense demonstration, a performance from SongRise, which is a social justice a capella group, a woman who recited her poem entitled ‘Ode to Thickness’ that celebrated curvy women everywhere, and a guided meditation from an experienced yoga instructor to cap off the evening. Most of the performances were interactive and encouraged audience participation. The atmosphere was light, interspersed with moments of deeper connection when some of the women discussed the more serious experiences they had been through. Other organizations also had tables set up around the edge of the room that the crowd could peruse before and after the show to get more information, and there was even a bake sale!
The fem*extravaganza was a very enjoyable evening full of people from all walks of life sharing their experiences and making connections. If you weren’t there this time around, make sure you go to the next one! You can learn more about the fem*ex organization here.
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