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  • Today, Loesje International is having a text writing workshop on the theme of feminism. In the Poster Archive, you can find an already existing series on the subject. The way people deal with this day, sure does create a debate. One day a year, it exposes how gender-norms are questioned or if they are questioned at all. Here is an article related to the subject of Loesje addressed as a girl. Leave your comments and reactions for further debate. This is possible today and the rest of the year.

     

     

     

    Reflections on Loesje as a girl

    Loesje recently turned 27 years old, but is still very often referred to as a girl. Even though Loesje is very independent and travels all over the world, where she initiates so much, and engages with many people, this descriptor confines her to the status of a child. She is not the only one who has this problem. Many women who are clearly years beyond the ages of puberty, are often referred to as girls. The belittling of an independent and active person that such a descriptor produces does not remain static, but also has an impact on the behavior of the designated person. In other words, the more media, language and education support the idea that women should stay childish, the more of an impact it has on the minds of many girls, and limits them in their exploration and engagement with themselves and the world. They learn to pay less attention to what they want, and more to how they would like to be perceived. Innocent, passive and harmless.

    Stereotypes?  Perhaps. Let's consider the medium of advertisements for example. How often are girls and women presented in poses that make them seem smaller, so that they don´t occupy so much space. How often are they seen holding on firmly to objects or other people (mostly men or boys), creating thus the impression that they can not stand alone. Unable to engage alone, and hence always dependent on the help of others. How often do we see eerily thin bodies of girls and women, so that it gives us the impression as if they are almost disappearing from the surface of the picture –  as if they don´t belong there at all.  Exaggeration? Not really.

    Conduct an experiment.  Walk down the streets, and observe the pictures surrounding you – pay attention to the surface of the advertisement. Who is in the picture? How much space are they taking up? Make a note of these observations. Write them down here. Conduct another experiment. The next time you are using the subway or bus, pay attention to how people around you are sitting. Who occupies the most place? Who makes themselves small or draws their legs close, who sits with their legs stretched out? This is not about making generalizations across groups, but more about highlighting acquired behaviors. Generally, how are girls/women taught to behave? Make a note of these observations. Write them down here:

    But back to Loesje and the question of why girls are still called girls, even when they've been referring to themselves as women for a long time. Well, maybe the idea behind this naming is that they should never grow up. Instead they should always remain small and invisible, and not take up so much room. Not talk too much, but listen to others – not interrupt too much, even though they are often interrupted themselves. Language here is a powerful product – literally. It creates and regulates power structures. It makes it possible to perceive the world, order experiences and understand them. Language is always integrated into social relations – it reproduces everything that is seen as a norm. It can confirm dominating images and norms, or change them and break them. When people in the minority or in an undesirable/unprivileged position are devalued or oppressed even in the language, there can be no real change in how this group is regarded. Not name a group means to not think about them.

    Never girls again. Well, not entirely. Many women like referring to themselves as girls, but dislike it when others do so. Descriptors are always embroiled with and in social positions – it is always about the issue of: who is speaking, and from what political/societal/privileged/minoritized point of view. Others appropriate the term, by taking the marginalizing term and all that it entails, and use it to name themselves – similar to the terms  'queer'  and 'black', that became empowering through subversion. The political/musical riot grrrl movement, along the same line of thinking, empowered women to go on stage and claim it for themselves, as opposed to leaving it to their male colleagues. The term grrrl – not least because of the three 'r's – is undermined and re-conceived. Many female artists play with the stereotyped attributes that are generally ascribed to girls, question them and transform them in radical ways for themselves.

    So what would Loesje do? How would she refer to herself? How about simply Loesje? Not Loesje is a young girl, who has already completed 27 years – but Loesje is a person, a group, a figure, a character – perhaps also you? And then Loesje can choose who to be – girl or woman or even boy or man – who knows? Everything is possible.

    Lucy, Serbia

  • En er werden nóg meer posters geschreven. Ditmaal was het Antwerpen dat in haar pen kroop, om volgende teksten te schrijven:

    • VERBODEN LIEFDE / ZIJ KWAM UIT EEN NVA-GEZIN / HIJ SPRAK FRANS
    • ZO'N BAKFIETS IS WEL HANDIG OM ILLEGALEN DE WIJK IN TE SMOKKELEN
    • ALS DIT LAND NOG MEER NAAR RECHTS VERSCHUIFT VALT HET OM
    • JE SUIS GAUCHE DE MES MAINS / JE SUIS DROIT  DANS MES BOTTES / MAIS JE VAIS OÙ BON ME SEMBLE

    Je vindt deze en andere posters in het posterarchief. Print uit, hang op, deel uit!

  • Loesje International asks a favor from you. Please vote for this Loesje text, if you want to see it printed on threadless t-shirts.

    http://loesje.org/files/posters/big-INTen0906_2.jpg

    You can vote using the following link:

    http://www.threadless.com/slogans/2347869/I_M_SEARCHING_FOR_A_FREE_TIBET_T_SHIRT_MADE_IN_CHINA

    Thanks for your vote in advance!

  • De schrijfbijeenkomst in Brussel had gevolgen: 5 nieuwe posters zagen het levenslicht en schreeuwen om adoptie.

    • EEN ECHTE FILOSOOF HEEFT ZIN IN HET LEVEN
    • PRIVATISERING POST / IS ER AL EEN BEDRIJF DAT ZICH SPECIALISEERT IN LIEFDESBRIEVEN
    • FACEBOOK / MIJN BROERTJE BLEEF MAAR KLIKKEN OP DAT MOOIE MEISJE MAAR ER GEBEURDE NIETS
    • LEVENSSNELHEID / ALS HET LEVEN TE SNEL GAAT DOE IK HET EVEN POOTJE LAP
    • DEMOCRATIE / ALS IEDEREEN EEN WOORD OPSTUURT MAAK IK ER EEN REGEERAKKOORD VAN

    Je vindt de posters in het posterarchief. Print uit, hang op, deel uit!

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    Loesje International invites you to:

    Board meeting and assembly 25th to 26th of March, Berlin

    Do you also want to be part of forming the future of Loesje? Do you have ideas and plans that you want to share? Would you like to meet Loesje’s from other countries? Then the Assembly is the place to be!

    For a few days Loesje’s from all over Europe will meet at the international Loesje office and create future plans together, share experiences and evaluate past activities. If you have something you would like to share at the Assembly email Rola on rola@loesje.org and she will fit it into the agenda. On the agenda already are:

    • Oddstream June 2011
    • Future projects applied for
    • Summer camp 2011 in Estonia
    • Evaluation, new ideas and brain storm on ‘Web: further improving Loesje’s web presence’
    • Financial situation Loesje International and plans for the future
    • New international Loesje book 2012?
    • Evaluating the international series of the last 6 months
    • What is actually happening with the Masta project? Some Masta’s will tell.

     

    Practical stuff:

    You have to pay your own travel costs to the Assembly, but the Berlin Loesje’s will offer their sofas and mattresses so you can sleep for free. We will partly cook together at the office and partly go out to eat at some of the cheap and nice Berlin restaurants. So food will be cheap but at your own cost. Beer as well.

     

    Confirm your participation on Facebook Event Page

    See you in March!
    /Rola, Artur, Petra and Safaa

  • We are happy to annouce that Loesje International got the Administrative Grant in the amount of 35.000€, what is 51,86% of our yearly budget.

    Source

  • De schrijfbijeenkomst in Gent heeft 4 posters opgeleverd, en de schrijvers zaten blijkbaar met hun hoofd in de feestdagen. Dit zijn de teksten:

    • In de strijd tussen Sint-Maarten en Sinterklaas vielen al 2178913 mandarijnen

    • kerstmarkt; kunnen er niet beter daklozen wonen in die chalets

    • familiefeesten; ik kweek al eelt op m'n wangen

    • ik ga dit jaar schoolrapporten verbranden in plaats van kerstbomen

    Je vindt de posters in het posterarchief. Print uit, hang op, deel uit!

  • Voor het eerst hebben we geëxperimenteerd met online Loesje-teksten schrijven via een groepschat op Skype. Het resultaat kan je wel succesvol noemen: 7 nieuwe Loesje-posters. Je kan ze in het posterarchief bekijken en uitprinten. Dit zijn de teksten:

    • zul je zien dat de kerk over een paar jaar de Léonardprijs gaat uitreiken voor strafste uitspraak

    • onbossing; maar het bos knipt zichzelf toch al elke herfst bij

    • onderhandelingen; en rond kerstmis bleek dat de Walen alle kerstbomen hadden

    • winteractie bij de NMBS; alle daklozen gratis naar het warme zuiden

    • liever mensen zonder papieren dan nog meer bureaucraten

    • in afwachting van een regering kunnen alle daklozen terecht in Wetstraat 16

    • toen ze de files als polonaises gingen omroepen, werd iedereen een stuk vrolijker

    Maar natuurlijk gaat er niets boven gezamenlijk met z'n allen rond de tafel Loesje-teksten bedenken. Dus kom zeker zondag 28 november meeschrijven in Gent!

  • Hoera, er is een nieuwe serie Belgische Loesje-posters geboren!
    Je kan ze in het posterarchief bekijken en uitprinten. Dit zijn de teksten:

    - voor elke gevallen regering mag je een wens doen
    - voor ik ga slapen vertel ik mijn indiaanse zorgenpopjes over België
    - België; vanwege geen regering, vrij zicht
    - oproep aan iedereen die moe wordt van de regeringsonderhandelingen; maandag a.s. sleep-in voor het parlement
    - verkiezingen; als je ergens in trapt, blijf er dan niet in staan
    - plotseling dreigden de onderhandelingen over liefde, aandacht en zelfontplooiing te gaan

     

  • Voor 36 euro per jaar kan je vanuit België lid worden van de Nederlandse Vereniging Loesje.
    Je krijgt dan elke maand de nieuwste Nederlandse posterserie op A3 toegestuurd, samen met een bulletin vol leuke actie-ideetjes, verslagjes van plakacties en schrijfbijeenkomsten.
    Zo heb je zeker voldoende inspiratie om België een stuk vrolijker en meer Loesje te maken! Bestel je lidmaatschap in het Nederlandse webwinkeltje.