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Save the Date!

Hello Nasties!

We know it's been too long since we all got together to party against the patriarchy, and the wait is finally over!

Save the date, mark your calendars, postpone your trip home for the holidays, because on Saturday, December 9, from 7–10pm we're getting nasty!

This time we're honoring one of the nastiest women to ever organize a bunch of Californians. From the Delano Grape Boycotts to the Women's March, she has been a model of community activism, feminism, and plain badassery for over 60 years. We couldn't imagine honoring anyone else for our last event of the year—let's keep the momentum of resistance going into 2018!

September 24, 1965, Delano, CA, Grape Strike, Dolores Huerta. Photo by Harvey Richards. Copyright Harvey Richards Media Archive

 

Dolores Huerta!

Honestly, this woman is so inspiring it hurts. Unfortunately, it took some of us until this year to learn about her because THE MAN has been actively writing her out of our education. But don't worry, we'll be posting all month to get everyone all caught up and pumped up.

We'll also post updates on tickets, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, so don't miss out and follow us on all the things!

DONATE!

That's the most important. That is the surest way to ensure you have an AMAZING party. Donate now, and write it off on your taxes later (that basically means Trump is getting the bill, that's how taxes work ... right?).

And, as always,

 

#StayNasty

xoxo

NWP

Erin J Douglass
#FBF

Hello Nasties!

Last week we had the absolute honor to partner with two other amazing women lead organizations, ResisterhoodLA and She Is... 

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ResisterhoodLA is a volunteer organization that offers community service opportunities every month. In August they produced a PSA for She Is, a truly inspiring org that uses dance to empower young women who were victims of sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and sexual assault. Last week we all got together to throw a party to support She Is. 

We love being able to support these organizations but to keep doing what we do we need support from you. You know what that means, donate, donate, donate! 

Donate

And, as always, #StayNasty

Erin J DouglassComment
Too Legit To Quit

Hello Nasties!

We have some super exciting news to share! If you’ve been with us from the beginning you’ll know that Nasty Women Portraits started as a gut reaction to the election of Donald Trump, and if there is one good thing to come out of that election it’s this amazing wave of activism. Every day we are awed by the amazing things women are doing to fight back and support each other. As we move further and further away from that first gut reaction it’s so great to see that the fire is still burning. We’re still out in the streets, we’re still fighting, we’re still passionate, and we’re all prepared to keep doing the work for as long as it takes. Which is why we’re so excited to announce that ...

Nasty Women Portraits is officially a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization!

 

So what does that mean?

First, it means that we are a legit charity and donations given to us are tax deductible. So give to us and get that fat return in 2018!

Donate!

Second, it means that there are a lot of things we need to learn. Our tax-exempt status didn’t come with a nonprofit fairy godmother who sprinkled knowledge of tax codes and city regulations down on us (but if you know of someone like that, put us in touch). For the next few months we’re going to be hitting the books hard. We’ll be doing all that under-the-hood work so that we’re equipped to make this organization the best and most badass it can be.

Third, this means we’re pushing back our next event. We might have told you to look forward to something this fall, but realistically, we need to get all of our ducks in a row before we can put together an event that’s as dope as you deserve. We still plan on having another awesome event this year, but it will likely be closer to the end of the year.

We know that last note is a bit of a bummer, but don’t fret! We’ll still be doing fun feminist things in the meantime. We’re meeting with some great orgs and building some partnership opportunities, which means we should have some exciting little mini events for you!

What can you do to help during this building period? You’re so nice to ask!

Donate! Donate! Donate!

We might not make any profit but we still need that cash money to make things happen. And other than that, talk to us! We want to hear from you—what do you want to see from us? Are there any Nasty Women you think we should know about? Are you or do you know a feminist organization doing great things? Tell us about them!  Are you a photographer who wants to give back? Let’s work together! 

We know that we would not be here today without the support of so many strong, smart, inspiring people. We want to thank all of you for your support in getting us to this next level. We also have to thank, from the very bottom of our hearts, Aura and the USC Small Business Clinic. They believed in our “cool” organization and put in hours of hard work for free. Without them there is a 0% chance we’d have made it to today. So thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

As always, stay tuned and #StayNasty.

 

Xoxo

Nasty Women Portraits,

Erin, Sarah, Bria and Margo

Pride, Belated

Hello Nasties!

One of the many perks of operating 3/4 out of Los Angeles (and now 1/4 out of Amsterdam! But more about that in a later post) is that it's always a version of summer. The downside of that is that we have no concept of what time of year it actually is. Which results in a blog post about Pride in the middle of July. 

WeHo Pride may just be the Mecca of Pride (we may also be a little bit biased). But this year, instead of the famous parade, the LA LGBTQ+ community marched. We're super proud of our community and #ResistMarch for speaking out against discrimination and speaking up for the rights of every person. It would have been very easy to have the classic parade, to party, to drink, and to ignore the toxicity bubbling up everywhere. So, yeah, we're wicked proud of Los Angeles and all the marchers across the country who used this month to not only celebrate the LGBTQ+ community but to fight to "ensure our futures."

We have to thank Nasty Woman Rachel Fox for marching with us and grabbing some of these amazing photos. She is a badass camera woman who tweets about sexism on set and just wants to read sci-fi with strong female leads.

Looking for ways to support the LGBT+ community outside of pride?

Check out these organizations that do amazing work all year long.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

The Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

The ACLU

The ACLU fights for the rights of everyone. We love them. Always give to the ACLU.

GLSEN

School can be tough for any kid but it can be especially hard for LGBTQ+ youth. GLSEN's mission is "to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression."

 

Keep an eye out for more stuff from us in the future! In the meantime, Stay Nasty!

 

Oh and PS - Donate! <3

Erin J Douglass
June!

HELLO NASTIES!

First things first, hi! How are you? We miss you. Thank you for being so nasty.

We know it's been a minute since you've heard from us. We took some time off but are back at work to make the world a little nastier. But before we get into the cool stuff we've done, watched, heard, and read, it wouldn't be a newsletter from a non-profit without a DONATE button! Click that button, every donation helps make our events bigger and better.

Donate!

 

COOL STUFF WE DID

We officially donated to The Southern Poverty Law Center! Thank you so much for coming out to the event and supporting us and this amazing organization. Your donations will have a profound impact on their fight against hate and support the amazing work they do in classrooms and courtrooms throughout the country.

We have a store! Missed the chance to buy the dope art we had at our event? Fear not, all that amazing art is available to buy online right here! Right now we’re only set up for local pickup/delivery in LA, but we’re working on getting shipping from coast to coast. (If you just can’t wait to get your feminist swag, don’t fear, hit us up privately and we’ll work some magic). All money earned goes right back into the organization so that we can create more great events.

Lexy Nair - Nasty Women Jacket

Lexy Nair - Nasty Women Jacket

 

COOL STUFF WE WATCHED

 

THE HANDMAID’S TALE

Horrified by the current state of politics in the US? Well this show won’t make you feel any better! A too-timely portrait of a world in which women have lost all agency and independence but are still resilient. Badass woman Reed Morano directs the first three episodes and the whole series has a distinctly feminist gaze. Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Alexis Bledel kill it. Watch it on Hulu!

via @reedmorano insta

via @reedmorano insta

via Hulu

via Hulu

AMERICAN GODS

Another show based on a book, and it’s a surreal trip. We love the diverse casting and the hella complex characters. If you only watch one episode make sure it's ep 4, “Git Gone” - it centers on Laura Moon and we love a woman who looks death in the face and says "Fuck you." The show airs on Starz which is a pain but pro-tip: Wait until the end of the season and sign up for a 1-week free trial. Boom, whole season for free. Thank us later.

via Starz

via Starz

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2

Not only is this sequel just as fun as the first action packed film, this one tackles some deep themes like family, sisterhood, and what happens when white dudes have too much power. It passes the Bechdel test with flying colors, has an amazing soundtrack (it might be playing on repeat as we write this!) and Baby Groot is the best thing of 2017 so far.

via Marvel Studios

via Marvel Studios

COOL STUFF WE HEARD.

POD SAVE AMERICA

We’ve got major crushes on all the guys over at Crooked Media and it all started when we first heard this podcast. Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor are all super smart dudes who used to work for President Obama. Now they host no-bullshit podcasts about domestic and international politics. They do a great job of making politics accessible to everyone and cutting through all the media spin. They’re also really great at podcast ads #abetterwaytopod

DAMN.

Kendrick Lamar’s new album is fire. We’re also on the “Humble is an Amazing Music Video” Team.

OUTSIDE PODCAST’S XX FACTOR

Outside magazine’s podcast has been doing a mini-series called XX Factor, featuring stories by and about women “doing cool stuff in the outdoors.” Check out this interview with Mona Seraji, the first snowboarder from the Middle East to compete professionally at the Freeride World Qualifier. When asked how a girl from Iran, where women aren’t allowed in sports stadium, becomes an international athlete, she replies: “Ambition.”

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COOL STUFF WE READ

THE SKIMM

Want to stay up to date on everything happening in the world but also want to live your life? Check out The Skimm! This lady-owned company reads all the news for you and lets you know what you need to know.

THE HANDMAID’S TALE/American gods

Can’t wait to find out what happens in your new favorite TV series? Well lucky for you it’s based on an amazing book. Read it in a weekend and get all the spoilers you could want. 

SOLANGE’S LETTER TO HER YOUNGER SELF

A powerful essay about the joys and struggles of being truly and honestly yourself. Read it while listening to A Seat at the Table for the full experience.

INSIDE HILLARY CLINTON’S LIFE AFTER THE ELECTION

Essential reading. In the words of the first female candidate of a major political party in the US: “Oh, I am pissed.” There’s so much in this profile to infuriate and light a fire under our asses.

PROFILE OF NYT REPORTER MAGGIE HABERMAN

Maggie Haberman is one of the hardest working political reporters today, and she takes no shit. She’s equally respected on the left and the right, and strictly sticks to the facts (however unbelievable they may be at times). It’s encouraging to know these are the journalists holding the administration accountable.

COOL THINGS WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT

PRIDE

We're proud of our LGBTQ+ friends every day of the year but especially proud of the LA community who are turning their annual Parade into #ResistMarch. "Instead of a Pride Parade meant to celebrate our past progress, we are going to march to ensure all our futures.  Just as we did in 1970's first LGBTQ+ Pride, we are going to march in unity with those who believe that America's strength is its diversity."

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Wonder Woman

Do we really need to explain why we're excited about a superhero movie starring and directed by a woman? Not to mention that so far it's tied with The Incredibles as the highest rated superhero movie ever (take that Iron Man). We are STOKED.

YOU

We wouldn't be here without you and we don't want you to ever forget how grateful we are. Your strength, determination, and fight inspire us everyday. Whenever things seem like they can't get any worse (and then do) we remember you and have a little hope for the future.

We know it's hard to stay active day after day after day and it's ok to take a few days off. But we can't be complacent, we can't let this be our normal. Lucky for us there are so many great ways to stay active that don't take all your energy. We love Resistbot and 5 Calls. Two services that make contacting your representative hella easy.

You can also always donate to us - it's very easy!

 


We love writing you long newsletters but nothing beats seeing your wondrous faces. We've got some irons in the fire and some fun new events in the works but want to hear what you want! So let us know what you want to see from us in the future. What kind of events would get you out the door? What amazing women inspire you? Historical, famous, or just your best friend. We want to know about and promote ALL feminist women.

Until next time, stay nasty! (and donate!)

 

xoxoxo

Nasty Women Portraits

 

PS This is the only unsolicited newsletter you'll get, if you want to stay in the know be sure to subscribe right here. You'll get monthly emails like this one and be the first to know about new events! 

Erin J Douglass
The Michelle Obama Event

Nasty Women Portraits is back with another event!

honoring Michelle Obama and the Southern Poverty Law Center

Kwaku Alston/Getty

Kwaku Alston/Getty

Come hang out with us at Lure Films on March 25th from 7-10pm and have your portrait taken in the style of Kwaku Alston’s photo of feminist icon Michelle Obama looking like the badass woman we all fell in love with!

Both Obama and the SPLC are dedicated to helping marginalized groups realize their full potential. Nasty Women Portraits wants to help build a community that empowers women to stand up for themselves and be an ally to others. Donations to NWP will be encouraged, with event profit going to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded, “to ensure that the promise of the civil rights movement became a reality for all.” Throughout her career as a lawyer and public servant, Michelle Obama served this mission as well, working on behalf of the vulnerable and less fortunate; as First Lady, she came to personify the promise itself. From her time with Public Allies in Chicago to Reach Higher to her final White House address, Obama has worked to empower young people, to let them know that they matter and belong. The SPLC fights tirelessly to defend the defenseless, secure equal opportunity for all, and make sure everyone knows their hopes and dreams are valid and worth fighting for. NWP seeks to follow the example set by Obama to empower and enrich the lives of those around us, and support an organization that protects those negatively targeted by policies.

Feminist artists and DJ will be featured at the event, and all denominations of gender identity, religion, race, age, size and shape are invited to step into Obama’s portrait. All are celebrated and safe at Nasty Women Portraits!

RSVP here!

Can't make it to the event? You can still take part by donating here! All donations go directly to funding NWP events and all profits go to charities that benefit the lives of women.

Donate