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"Valentines day encourages men to get their women things like diamonds, chocolates and flowers. But the best thing you can do for your female partner is to become cliterate."
http://sundial.csun.edu/2014/02/women-take-control-of-your-sexuality-in-the-name-of-fighting-sexism/
I was devastated to learn in meetings with students and faculty during programming for my solo exhibition of CLITERACY at Samek Art Museum, that the reported sexual assault rate at Bucknell University is one out of every 3 female identified students. 1 in 3 ?!!!! Which means the number is actually much higher since many do not report. I was happy to see many male students viewing CLITERACY not once but multiple times. I hope it can have an empowering effect on students.
I also want to note that while this piece is written from a cis perspective, it is still highly valuable and needed on college campuses. That said, some men have clits, some women don’t have clits. One’s genitals do not define one’s gender.

"Valentines day encourages men to get their women things like diamonds, chocolates and flowers. But the best thing you can do for your female partner is to become cliterate."

http://sundial.csun.edu/2014/02/women-take-control-of-your-sexuality-in-the-name-of-fighting-sexism/

I was devastated to learn in meetings with students and faculty during programming for my solo exhibition of CLITERACY at Samek Art Museum, that the reported sexual assault rate at Bucknell University is one out of every 3 female identified students. 1 in 3 ?!!!! Which means the number is actually much higher since many do not report. I was happy to see many male students viewing CLITERACY not once but multiple times. I hope it can have an empowering effect on students.

I also want to note that while this piece is written from a cis perspective, it is still highly valuable and needed on college campuses. That said, some men have clits, some women don’t have clits. One’s genitals do not define one’s gender.

Posted on Friday, February 14th 2014

The Shepard Fairey Mural on campus tagged with aka Solid Gold Clit Photo by Rose Abella Tags like this were spread on structures all over campus. Photo by Rose Abella Notification of $250 imposed on the student body living on campus.

http://jackalopemagazine.com/2014/01/28/solid-gold-clit/

SOLID GOLD CLIT

"If you’ve walked around campus in the past week, you may have seen a string of gold-lettered graffiti tags reading “SOLID GOLD CLIT” on various buildings and structures. A movement started by artist Sophia Wallace,the “SGC” tags themselves(the most “controversial” of which were on the Shepard Fairey mural on the quad) were spread around campus by an unknown person(s). On  Jan. 19, a community fine of $250 was imposed on every resident living on campus. Both the tagging and the fine soon sparked strong responses on the Student Life Facebook page.

Initially, the SFUAD student life Facebook page lit up with frustrated students voicing their concern with the fine. Eventually, the comments turned bitter over the entire situation, with some students calling out their peers and staff members with rather heavy and hateful language. “People were running around campus trying to figure out who it was and people got really nasty on the Facebook page in terms of body-shaming (people saying clits,[which are] something as natural as an elbow, are dirty and inappropriate),” said Katie Collins via email. Collins, a sophomore film student, participated in Wallace’s discussion when the artist visited last semester.  Full the story by Nicholas Beckman here.

Posted on Thursday, January 30th 2014

My school recently just went through a lot of controversy when they issued a $250 fine to each student after someone went around the school writing “Solid Gold Clit” in gold marker on windows and walls. Some people considered it vandalism and others saw it as a form of activism. Regardless, no one wanted to pay the fine and it was wrong of the school to do that since last year’s fine for vandalism was only $50. The fine since has been lifted and they are on a “manhunt” for the perpetrator(s). 
This comic is actually a sticker that I will place somewhere on campus as a humorous way to wrap up this week and celebrate the fact that the fine will no longer be charged to everyone’s accounts. 
Btw. If you are not familiar with “Solid Gold Clit” or Cliteracy, I suggest you google Sophia Wallace and the movement she started. It’s rad stuff and everyone needs to be informed. Educate the masses. 

By awkwardshelbycomic a student at Santa Fe University of Art and Design SFUAD.

My school recently just went through a lot of controversy when they issued a $250 fine to each student after someone went around the school writing “Solid Gold Clit” in gold marker on windows and walls. Some people considered it vandalism and others saw it as a form of activism. Regardless, no one wanted to pay the fine and it was wrong of the school to do that since last year’s fine for vandalism was only $50. The fine since has been lifted and they are on a “manhunt” for the perpetrator(s). 

This comic is actually a sticker that I will place somewhere on campus as a humorous way to wrap up this week and celebrate the fact that the fine will no longer be charged to everyone’s accounts. 

Btw. If you are not familiar with “Solid Gold Clit” or Cliteracy, I suggest you google Sophia Wallace and the movement she started. It’s rad stuff and everyone needs to be informed. Educate the masses. 

By awkwardshelbycomic a student at Santa Fe University of Art and Design SFUAD.

Posted on Friday, January 24th 2014

Reblogged from Awkward Shelby

SFUAD explains controversy over #SolidGoldClit

From a student at Santa Fe University of Art and Design #SFUAD,

"So a student at my school has taken a gold sharpie and has been tagging “Solid Gold Clit” and “SGC”everywhere. I was like, cool, dandy. Sophia Wallace had recently visited our campus and she’d been a hit, and everyone loved the whole deal. 

And like, you gotta understand that I go to an art school. There is TONS of graffiti. SO MUCH. There are tags and spray paint EVERYWHERE. We have a graffiti garden and one time it was positively covered in cartoon penises. Like. Administration does not give a single shit. 

That is. 

Until.

It says the word clit. 

Then suddenly.

They’re threatening to fine every single person in the school $250 for the tags. 

What the actual fuck is happening. 
Are they serious?

It’s sharpie

It comes off with fucking rubbing alcohol. It’s like $10 and a half hour of the janitorial staff’s time if they want if gone SO DAMN BAD. Like. I actually can’t. Since when is there anything so urgently explicit about the word ‘clit’ that it out-prioritizes an entire cinderblock wall full of penises.”

via: http://jellyfishjulie.tumblr.com/post/74041845039/so-a-student-at-my-school-has-taken-a-gold-sharpie

Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd 2014

Reblogged from Juliefish

Reviewed in today’s Sydney Morning Herald,"… the women steal the show with their strong sense of metaphor and appeal to feminist history. Sophia Wallace, for example, recalls the imaginative cyberfeminist group VNS Matrix from the early 1990s in her Cliteracy project. Wallace’s text-based works react to the denial of the clitoris in language and even medical science, noting that “though we cannot see the brain or the heart, we do not negate their vital function”. One work asks “can you draw a clitoris?” A brilliant question, because it’s natural enough to draw a penis, an organ happily recognized and celebrated in the prevailing culture. The male form mistakenly becomes, as Wallace says in one work, “the axis of sexuality”, in the same way that primitive science saw the Earth as the spindle for the rest of the universe”Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/review-new-perspectives-emerge-in-feminist-artworks-at-midsumma-festival-20140121-316w9.html#ixzz2r4XBJ6AR

Reviewed in today’s Sydney Morning Herald,
"… the women steal the show with their strong sense of metaphor and appeal to feminist history. Sophia Wallace, for example, recalls the imaginative cyberfeminist group VNS Matrix from the early 1990s in her Cliteracy project. Wallace’s text-based works react to the denial of the clitoris in language and even medical science, noting that “though we cannot see the brain or the heart, we do not negate their vital function”. One work asks “can you draw a clitoris?” A brilliant question, because it’s natural enough to draw a penis, an organ happily recognized and celebrated in the prevailing culture. The male form mistakenly becomes, as Wallace says in one work, “the axis of sexuality”, in the same way that primitive science saw the Earth as the spindle for the rest of the universe”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/review-new-perspectives-emerge-in-feminist-artworks-at-midsumma-festival-20140121-316w9.html#ixzz2r4XBJ6AR

Posted on Tuesday, January 21st 2014

I hold Dan Savage in the highest regard, and have for many years. I grew up in Seattle. As a young lesbian, his radio show and column in The Stranger were foundational threads in the tapestry that became my sense of queer self-hood.

Recently, I had the honor of being a guest on his podcast (espide 371, magnum edition). And just today I woke up to this nod from Dan for
#CLITERACY in his column. This story he shares is 100% true. Enclosed is the xerox I made of the original column. I must have been about 17 years old at the time. This is one of my most precious pieces of ephemera. 

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/45153/my-girlfriend-doesnt-come-when-we-have-sex-well-have/

Speaking about CLITERACY with Dan on SavageLoveCast.

http://www.savagelovecast.com/episodes/371#.UrM3JmRDty4
** My part is only on the Full Edition, not the micro, 45 min version.** 

Posted on Thursday, December 19th 2013