Slut-Kerchief Project Participants

seeley

i'm a genderqueer mixed class oaklander with disabilities, recently actively studying permaculture and excited to learn more.  this photo with chickens is from my backyard.  i perform and write, lately mostly theater, song, and poetry, and have been organizing shows with other performers for years; one project i'm involved with is Sins Invalid.  i bike to commute, and my scarf doesn't fit under my new jacket, so it's great to have the slutkerchief for daily neckwear.  i'm a bibliophile and interested in the place of words in our lives, like how the slutkerchief shares text through an alternate medium.  i'm also keen on durable goods which maintain utility and are produced with minimal environmental impact, so i appreciate geana's personal production scale and design using linen. 

What is your favorite outfit and why? 
for the winter it's jeans and comfortable tee layers with this sweater which fits well.  i like earth tones, lots of black, sometimes more vibrant colors but most often i don't bother with anything fancy nowadays.  it's hard for me to handle lots of patterns/details in a visual field of clothing ensemble, even though i can appreciate a variety of attire as my mom is a historical costume designer.  my dress is mainly utilitarian, but still expresses more fanciful aspects occasionally.

What does wearing a slut-kerchief mean to you?  
it's important for me to participate in this project as an ally, and represent that anyone regardless of gender can promote thought about this term.  it's notable that the original definition is so class-inflected; i want to spread awareness of it.  my butchy queen likes how this shade of blue can also signal interest in oral sex; i can hanky flag according to mood.  this highlights both playfulness and the political import of engaging with the meaning of "slut" and actively deciding how we want to relate to it.  which ties to the fourth definition: being a vehicle for illumination!

What's your best advice to a young person?  
go for it, the world needs you to be bold.  do the best you can by the earth, by yourself, and by all other beings.  you can be passionate and express it at whatever level is right for you.

kacy I love and respect the freedom to pursue an introspective life of one's self, the environment and other lives that are mutually symbiotic. What does a slut-kerchief mean to you? The slut-kerchief is a functional and beautiful object that advocates women's rights and was created by someone dear. It's imperative to be communicative about what needs to be, not only improved, but relished. I appreciate that the piece of cloth is a humorous way to denote the root of an issue, which is the most important part to consider and is often disregarded.  What is your favorite outfit and why? Being dressed for the right weather. Layers that are embedded with differential textures are the most appealing. What's your idea of fun? Fun is a feeling that comes from gratefully being challenged. What/who makes you laugh till you cry? Looking at old foreign language textbooks! The photographs of people in artificial situations from varying decades experiencing emotions that illustrate the concept being taught creates a strange severance that is ridiculous and endearing.  What inspires you most these days? There is a backlog of inspiration and everyday just layers it on. I was watching a wave crash into a rock in the distance today and you had to wait indeterminately for the next set to see a glimpse of a soft spray of water; that was exciting.

kacy

I love and respect the freedom to pursue an introspective life of one's self, the environment and other lives that are mutually symbiotic.

What does a slut-kerchief mean to you?
The slut-kerchief is a functional and beautiful object that advocates women's rights and was created by someone dear. It's imperative to be communicative about what needs to be, not only improved, but relished. I appreciate that the piece of cloth is a humorous way to denote the root of an issue, which is the most important part to consider and is often disregarded. 

What is your favorite outfit and why?
Being dressed for the right weather. Layers that are embedded with differential textures are the most appealing.

What's your idea of fun?
Fun is a feeling that comes from gratefully being challenged.

What/who makes you laugh till you cry?
Looking at old foreign language textbooks! The photographs of people in artificial situations from varying decades experiencing emotions that illustrate the concept being taught creates a strange severance that is ridiculous and endearing. 

What inspires you most these days?
There is a backlog of inspiration and everyday just layers it on. I was watching a wave crash into a rock in the distance today and you had to wait indeterminately for the next set to see a glimpse of a soft spray of water; that was exciting.

lisa In the moment of writing this, I find myself in Oakland, a lover of Lake Merriment, a student of anthropology, also of photography, devoted to moving between Koreas, thinking about power and Soviet socialism. What does a slut-kerchief mean to you? A gathering together around a loaded word--slut--and pulling it apart, reassembling it, and playing with it. It is meaning-making at its best! What does the word 'slut' mean to you? Well, I can't remember what I thought it used to mean. Now it means to walk around Berkeley with hot coffee and pistachio lemon pastry in belly, making photos in outdoor showers and beautiful corridors. What's the most satisfying (or difficult) part your anthropological work? Finding the sweet spot between ground and free falling, then being able to stay there long enough to form a story. I guess it helps me be more mindful and slow, and those things are important to me. What is your favorite outfit and why? For me: black velour long-sleeved shirt on navy velour leggings. It's a lot of velour, but it somehow works. For my lover: a short sleeved pant suit with extreme shoulder pads in battleship gray. It's austere, yet sexy, which is a challenge to pull off.

lisa

In the moment of writing this, I find myself in Oakland, a lover of Lake Merriment, a student of anthropology, also of photography, devoted to moving between Koreas, thinking about power and Soviet socialism.

What does a slut-kerchief mean to you?
A gathering together around a loaded word--slut--and pulling it apart, reassembling it, and playing with it. It is meaning-making at its best!

What does the word 'slut' mean to you?
Well, I can't remember what I thought it used to mean. Now it means to walk around Berkeley with hot coffee and pistachio lemon pastry in belly, making photos in outdoor showers and beautiful corridors.

What's the most satisfying (or difficult) part your anthropological work?
Finding the sweet spot between ground and free falling, then being able to stay there long enough to form a story. I guess it helps me be more mindful and slow, and those things are important to me.

What is your favorite outfit and why?
For me: black velour long-sleeved shirt on navy velour leggings. It's a lot of velour, but it somehow works.
For my lover: a short sleeved pant suit with extreme shoulder pads in battleship gray. It's austere, yet sexy, which is a challenge to pull off.

genevieve I'm a lover of the spoken and written word, the natural world, and an advocate for civil and human rights.  As a writer, I'm drawn particularly to female relationships and female power because I think they are too often diminished in our society, in spite of our collective belief that discrimination (of all forms) is decreasing in the world.  As an attorney, I am most interested in working at the intersection of human and environmental rights because it is frequently ignored by the bottom-line-driven companies and vote-driven politicians that wield power and shape policy.  Otherwise, I revel in physical exertion and creative output.   What does wearing a slut-kerchief mean to you?  Wearing a slut-kerchief means reclaiming a word that is grossly overused and mis-used in our society.  It means empowerment, both for women and for language.  It means encouraging people to think more about words, symbols, attire, and unacknowledged gender bias. What do you do on Saturday mornings?   Some weekends, I make a pot of coffee and finish a book or write for a few hours.  Other days, I go for a long bike ride in Marin--nothing like starting your morning with a 50-mile tour of one of the most gorgeous landscapes in the world.   What is your favorite outfit and why?   My favorite outfits are comfortable: Oversized cardigans, cotton T-shirts, jeans and shoes that let me power up the hills in San Francisco.  I also have a weak spot for vintage wear, and I've abused my relationship with my vintage shop-owner aunt to amass a tiny collection of vintage dresses that I love. What/who makes you laugh till you cry?  Friday nights out with my best girl friend in San Francisco are the surest way for me to end up crying laughing: first over recounting the ridiculous events of the week, and then over some of our sweet new dance moves.  My sister is also ridiculously funny and whenever we're not fighting, we're killing ourselves laughing.  

genevieve

I'm a lover of the spoken and written word, the natural world, and an advocate for civil and human rights.  As a writer, I'm drawn particularly to female relationships and female power because I think they are too often diminished in our society, in spite of our collective belief that discrimination (of all forms) is decreasing in the world.  As an attorney, I am most interested in working at the intersection of human and environmental rights because it is frequently ignored by the bottom-line-driven companies and vote-driven politicians that wield power and shape policy.  Otherwise, I revel in physical exertion and creative output.  

What does wearing a slut-kerchief mean to you? 
Wearing a slut-kerchief means reclaiming a word that is grossly overused and mis-used in our society.  It means empowerment, both for women and for language.  It means encouraging people to think more about words, symbols, attire, and unacknowledged gender bias.

What do you do on Saturday mornings?  
Some weekends, I make a pot of coffee and finish a book or write for a few hours.  Other days, I go for a long bike ride in Marin--nothing like starting your morning with a 50-mile tour of one of the most gorgeous landscapes in the world.  

What is your favorite outfit and why?  
My favorite outfits are comfortable: Oversized cardigans, cotton T-shirts, jeans and shoes that let me power up the hills in San Francisco.  I also have a weak spot for vintage wear, and I've abused my relationship with my vintage shop-owner aunt to amass a tiny collection of vintage dresses that I love.

What/who makes you laugh till you cry? 
Friday nights out with my best girl friend in San Francisco are the surest way for me to end up crying laughing: first over recounting the ridiculous events of the week, and then over some of our sweet new dance moves.  My sister is also ridiculously funny and whenever we're not fighting, we're killing ourselves laughing.  

maria I am an artist and illustrator working in Oakland. I like to surround myself with lots of color and pattern. I love to cook elaborate dinners and I make calendars. I make other stuff too. I like to paint living things--food, plants, people and on occasion an inanimate object or place will make the cut. What does wearing a slut-kerchief mean to you? The slut-kerchief is a subtle but clever statement/reaction to the threat imposed on women's reproductive rights time and time again. The slut-kerchief is sly. It looks like a dainty, lace trimmed linen scarf until you spot a word like "sluttish."  I like making fashion statements. This one is close to home being that I am a woman who is pro-choice and wants to defend our right to be a 'slut.' What's more, I believe in our right as women to present ourselves to the world in whatever way we choose--be it wearing a mini skirt with stilettos or basket-ball shorts, without being on display for male attention. I think we should be empowered to wear and do what we choose, even if it's at times shocking. What is your favorite outfit and why? My favorite way to dress is with a shocking amount of patterns and colors. I like to throw together unlikely combinations. I have this floral dress I like to wear with my well-loved floral quilted jacket paired with these tights that have criss-crosses drawn on them. If it's extra cold I'll wear my florescent red sweater too. What inspires you most these days? Right now I am really inspired by vintage stationary and Marimekko. Sunsets too. The best place to watch killer sunsets is the Mountain View Cemetery. I recently saw one where the sun was tricolor and looked like it was being squeezed by the silhouette of SF's skyline.

maria

I am an artist and illustrator working in Oakland. I like to surround myself with lots of color and pattern. I love to cook elaborate dinners and I make calendars. I make other stuff too. I like to paint living things--food, plants, people and on occasion an inanimate object or place will make the cut.

What does wearing a slut-kerchief mean to you?
The slut-kerchief is a subtle but clever statement/reaction to the threat imposed on women's reproductive rights time and time again. The slut-kerchief is sly. It looks like a dainty, lace trimmed linen scarf until you spot a word like "sluttish."  I like making fashion statements. This one is close to home being that I am a woman who is pro-choice and wants to defend our right to be a 'slut.' What's more, I believe in our right as women to present ourselves to the world in whatever way we choose--be it wearing a mini skirt with stilettos or basket-ball shorts, without being on display for male attention. I think we should be empowered to wear and do what we choose, even if it's at times shocking.

What is your favorite outfit and why?
My favorite way to dress is with a shocking amount of patterns and colors. I like to throw together unlikely combinations. I have this floral dress I like to wear with my well-loved floral quilted jacket paired with these tights that have criss-crosses drawn on them. If it's extra cold I'll wear my florescent red sweater too.

What inspires you most these days?
Right now I am really inspired by vintage stationary and Marimekko. Sunsets too. The best place to watch killer sunsets is the Mountain View Cemetery. I recently saw one where the sun was tricolor and looked like it was being squeezed by the silhouette of SF's skyline.

robert Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence has 38 years of experience in the field of sex education. He has a Doctorate of Education degree in Human Sexuality and holds a second doctorate degree in health care. He has served as a sex industry consultant, educator and academic author and lectures both nationally and internationally about human sexuality and health. He is the co-founder of theCenter for Sex and Culture in San Francisco where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Robert stands before the Grace Alley Mural Project which is currently in process on the exterior of the Center for Sex & Culture building on the wall at Grace Alley.

robert

Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence has 38 years of experience in the field of sex education. He has a Doctorate of Education degree in Human Sexuality and holds a second doctorate degree in health care. He has served as a sex industry consultant, educator and academic author and lectures both nationally and internationally about human sexuality and health. He is the co-founder of theCenter for Sex and Culture in San Francisco where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors.

Robert stands before the Grace Alley Mural Project which is currently in process on the exterior of the Center for Sex & Culture building on the wall at Grace Alley.

carol I’m a writer, a pleasure activist and sexologist, and a fan of trying to integrate the past into the present and future. What does wearing a slut-kerchief mean to you? It means two things to me. One, it lets me represent a challenging idea to the world for everybody's learning potential. And, it lets me come into contact with more complicated history of the word "slut" than our modern historical moment acknowledges, and puts the sexuality that we associate with “slut” into a bigger historical picture. What’s your best advice to a young person? Learn as much as you can about everything, question the attitudes and knowledge presented to you as normal, learn who you are as an individual and find the right place in the world for you to thrive. What’s your idea of fun? My idea of fun is learning things I never knew before, and being challenged by complicated ideas. What inspires you most these days? Having lived through some historical times, I’m inspired by the challenge of documenting and explaining those times especially to people who get most of their information from the internet, which is broader than it is deep, and doesn’t have as much information going back in time as it does about the present moment. (In case you are wondering, yes, Carol's shirt does say "I heart female orgasm." The highly recommended book pictured is Our Bodies Our Selves.)

carol

I’m a writer, a pleasure activist and sexologist, and a fan of trying to integrate the past into the present and future.

What does wearing a slut-kerchief mean to you?
It means two things to me. One, it lets me represent a challenging idea to the world for everybody's learning potential. And, it lets me come into contact with more complicated history of the word "slut" than our modern historical moment acknowledges, and puts the sexuality that we associate with “slut” into a bigger historical picture.

What’s your best advice to a young person?
Learn as much as you can about everything, question the attitudes and knowledge presented to you as normal, learn who you are as an individual and find the right place in the world for you to thrive.

What’s your idea of fun?
My idea of fun is learning things I never knew before, and being challenged by complicated ideas.

What inspires you most these days?
Having lived through some historical times, I’m inspired by the challenge of documenting and explaining those times especially to people who get most of their information from the internet, which is broader than it is deep, and doesn’t have as much information going back in time as it does about the present moment.

(In case you are wondering, yes, Carol's shirt does say "I heart female orgasm." The highly recommended book pictured is Our Bodies Our Selves.)

leslie I'm a girl gone wild, but not that kind of girl gone wild. The only thing you'll ever find me flashing these days is a smile and my middle finger. I spent my late teens and the majority of my twenties crisscrossing the United States. I lived in Utah, Virginia, and California, and saw a good bit of the Midwest and the South. I have very strong urges to pack up all of my belongings and move to a place where no one knows me. I enjoy the feeling of being unknown sometimes. I've always been a maker, and I like the things I make to have meaning. I started sewing at the age of 8, if not earlier, and designing around 11. I learned from my mother and was making shirts, shorts and hats by the time I was 9. I loved coral paisley at that time. I also spent a lot of time playing dress up in my grandmother’s old clothing. She was a beauty queen and gave me all of her old party frocks. My favorite thing to do was dress my only boy neighbor up in her gowns. Sometimes we'd have to hold him down to get the lipstick on. Fashion makes me come alive, and gives me a chance to put lipstick on boys.       What does wearing a slut-kerchief mean to you? The slut-kerchief is a symbol of defiance and self-possession in a very unassuming package. It's kind of ideal actually. I generally like my acts of defiance loud and bold, unmistakably what they are. The slut-kerchief gives me a chance to wear my protest without making a big deal of it, which at times can also be important.       What is your favorite outfit and why? The pants I designed for Confederate Articles (and am wearing in my slut-kerchief photo) are topping my list right now, mostly because I made them, but also because they are completely unique. The garment never looks the same twice, is easy to wear and care for, and was designed from shapes found the Confederate Flag.   What childhood friend is most memorable? Why? My friend Nadia sticks out in my head the most. She was a couple of years older than me, and we became besties when I was about three. We'd play house, which basically meant that we'd spank our baby dolls with spoons in her playhouse backyard. We weren't allowed to watch TV in my house, so going to her house was extra special. She had cable. She was half black, half Mexican, stunningly beautiful, with green eyes and a killer sense of style. I remember borrowing her clothes when I got a little older. They made me feel extra sophisticated on the playground.      What/who makes you laugh till you cry? My best friend from college, Kathleen Brady makes me laugh until I want to pee my pants. I was on the phone with her Tuesday night and was practically rolling on the floor. We got matching tattoos one year (a tiny skull and crossbones in a very secret place), and I think that this seemingly insignificant gesture has actually worked to forever bind us on a similar trajectory. We won't talk for months and then will reconnect over some mundane experience we are both having. Last night we talked on end about Twerking. We want to make an exercise video called Twerkout. Does this exist already? Probably, but if not ours will be brilliant. Ratchet, but brilliant.

leslie

I'm a girl gone wild, but not that kind of girl gone wild. The only thing you'll ever find me flashing these days is a smile and my middle finger. I spent my late teens and the majority of my twenties crisscrossing the United States. I lived in Utah, Virginia, and California, and saw a good bit of the Midwest and the South. I have very strong urges to pack up all of my belongings and move to a place where no one knows me. I enjoy the feeling of being unknown sometimes. I've always been a maker, and I like the things I make to have meaning. I started sewing at the age of 8, if not earlier, and designing around 11. I learned from my mother and was making shirts, shorts and hats by the time I was 9. I loved coral paisley at that time. I also spent a lot of time playing dress up in my grandmother’s old clothing. She was a beauty queen and gave me all of her old party frocks. My favorite thing to do was dress my only boy neighbor up in her gowns. Sometimes we'd have to hold him down to get the lipstick on. Fashion makes me come alive, and gives me a chance to put lipstick on boys.      

What does wearing a slut-kerchief mean to you?
The slut-kerchief is a symbol of defiance and self-possession in a very unassuming package. It's kind of ideal actually. I generally like my acts of defiance loud and bold, unmistakably what they are. The slut-kerchief gives me a chance to wear my protest without making a big deal of it, which at times can also be important.      

What is your favorite outfit and why?
The pants I designed for Confederate Articles (and am wearing in my slut-kerchief photo) are topping my list right now, mostly because I made them, but also because they are completely unique. The garment never looks the same twice, is easy to wear and care for, and was designed from shapes found the Confederate Flag.  

What childhood friend is most memorable? Why?
My friend Nadia sticks out in my head the most. She was a couple of years older than me, and we became besties when I was about three. We'd play house, which basically meant that we'd spank our baby dolls with spoons in her playhouse backyard. We weren't allowed to watch TV in my house, so going to her house was extra special. She had cable. She was half black, half Mexican, stunningly beautiful, with green eyes and a killer sense of style. I remember borrowing her clothes when I got a little older. They made me feel extra sophisticated on the playground.     

What/who makes you laugh till you cry?
My best friend from college, Kathleen Brady makes me laugh until I want to pee my pants. I was on the phone with her Tuesday night and was practically rolling on the floor. We got matching tattoos one year (a tiny skull and crossbones in a very secret place), and I think that this seemingly insignificant gesture has actually worked to forever bind us on a similar trajectory. We won't talk for months and then will reconnect over some mundane experience we are both having. Last night we talked on end about Twerking. We want to make an exercise video called Twerkout. Does this exist already? Probably, but if not ours will be brilliant. Ratchet, but brilliant.

kamala I'm a graduate student living in Oakland, CA. I like walking and conversation. I pride myself on my sense of direction and culinary abilities.  What does wearing a slut-kerchief mean to you? For me the slut-kerchief is a reminder to not be afraid to speak and not be too polite and accommodating for other's sake. Being an impudent hussy. It’s also always good to have something with me I can use to wrap up persimmons if I need to keep them safe on the way home from the grocery store! What do you do on Saturday mornings? I enjoy waking up and feeling like I'm at the bottom of a bowl—feeling comfortable surrounded by the Oakland/Berkeley hills and the highway that wraps around my house. What are your favorite works to translate?  I love translating because it’s very patient work. There are always really big cool looking old dictionaries involved. Right now for a class I'm translating pieces of Classical Arabic texts. My favorite things to translate are old things, things that are really a puzzle either because the language is archaic or the actual script is hard to read (papyrus shreds). I think it’s interesting just how things in the same 'language' are to read after 500 years.

kamala

I'm a graduate student living in Oakland, CA. I like walking and conversation. I pride myself on my sense of direction and culinary abilities. 

What does wearing a slut-kerchief mean to you?
For me the slut-kerchief is a reminder to not be afraid to speak and not be too polite and accommodating for other's sake. Being an impudent hussy.

It’s also always good to have something with me I can use to wrap up persimmons if I need to keep them safe on the way home from the grocery store!

What do you do on Saturday mornings?
I enjoy waking up and feeling like I'm at the bottom of a bowl—feeling comfortable surrounded by the Oakland/Berkeley hills and the highway that wraps around my house.

What are your favorite works to translate? 
I love translating because it’s very patient work. There are always really big cool looking old dictionaries involved. Right now for a class I'm translating pieces of Classical Arabic texts. My favorite things to translate are old things, things that are really a puzzle either because the language is archaic or the actual script is hard to read (papyrus shreds). I think it’s interesting just how things in the same 'language' are to read after 500 years.

sierra What does the word slut mean to you?  while attending CCA i took this class called "Mad Girls, Bad Girls." it was a literary analysis class that had us reading and discussing works of literature that "extended the boundaries of a women's role in society." this is when i fell in love with the word slut. we began with early writings concerning women who were considered insane or dirty because they were not behaving within the limitations a woman had at that time. i feel like "slut" is a way that people describe a woman who is going over the boundary that society has set for her. but without the sluts of the world, we would never be where we are now.  What is your best advice to a younger person? make stuff.  i don't care if it's making dinner, or building a house. just make stuff.   the more we build an understanding of how things are made, the better we can understand our selves, our intentions, and improve the objects that already exist in the world.  What is your favorite outfit and why?  my blue jeans because i can do anything in them, they fit like a glove, and i love the way i've worn them in. they are made from raw selvedge, so i love seeing how i've created my own worn-lines within the denim.   What's your idea of fun?  a room filled with people i love. i love talking and working with people–so if i had the opportunity for all of those beautiful and talented friends and collaborators to then meet and collaborate with each other?! greatness.     What makes you laugh until you cry?  my grandma.   she tells people what's up–puts them in their place–without batting an eye. and, i love it! i don't know if it's their response to a 4' 10" elderly woman telling them that what they said was crap, or the fact that she just does it that makes me smile until my face hurts. i just can't get enough of it.    Who/What inspires you the most these days? i teach in-school and after-school textiles/fashion classes to high school students and those young adults inspire me every day. experiencing art for the first time, and just beginning a new phase of their lives while they're preparing for college–it's an exciting time and the major steps that they're taking are really inspiring me in my own life-goals.   Who/What makes you want to take off your clothes?  swimming holes.   there is nothing better than going on a hike in the spring/summer and stumbling upon a place to take a dip. sometimes i just get insane cravings to swim.

sierra

What does the word slut mean to you? 
while attending CCA i took this class called "Mad Girls, Bad Girls." it was a literary analysis class that had us reading and discussing works of literature that "extended the boundaries of a women's role in society." this is when i fell in love with the word slut. we began with early writings concerning women who were considered insane or dirty because they were not behaving within the limitations a woman had at that time. i feel like "slut" is a way that people describe a woman who is going over the boundary that society has set for her. but without the sluts of the world, we would never be where we are now. 

What is your best advice to a younger person?
make stuff. 
i don't care if it's making dinner, or building a house. just make stuff.  
the more we build an understanding of how things are made, the better we can understand our selves, our intentions, and improve the objects that already exist in the world. 

What is your favorite outfit and why? 
my blue jeans because i can do anything in them, they fit like a glove, and i love the way i've worn them in. they are made from raw selvedge, so i love seeing how i've created my own worn-lines within the denim.  

What's your idea of fun? 
a room filled with people i love. i love talking and working with people–so if i had the opportunity for all of those beautiful and talented friends and collaborators to then meet and collaborate with each other?! greatness.    

What makes you laugh until you cry? 
my grandma.  
she tells people what's up–puts them in their place–without batting an eye. and, i love it! i don't know if it's their response to a 4' 10" elderly woman telling them that what they said was crap, or the fact that she just does it that makes me smile until my face hurts. i just can't get enough of it.   

Who/What inspires you the most these days?
i teach in-school and after-school textiles/fashion classes to high school students and those young adults inspire me every day. experiencing art for the first time, and just beginning a new phase of their lives while they're preparing for college–it's an exciting time and the major steps that they're taking are really inspiring me in my own life-goals.  

Who/What makes you want to take off your clothes? 
swimming holes.  
there is nothing better than going on a hike in the spring/summer and stumbling upon a place to take a dip. sometimes i just get insane cravings to swim.

luisa What is your favorite outfit and why? I had a favorite outfit, but I don't have it anymore. It was this amazing yellow sweater, really big, kind of frayed. I'd wear it with really tiny shorts underneath so I could pretend to just be in the sweater. It got eliminated after a mistaken clothing purge, and I miss it. What does wearing a slut-kerchief mean to you? Wearing the slut-kerchief is such a lovely feeling for me. It reminds me of the woman who gave it to me, and makes me feel close to her. I love wearing it to work and twisting it so the script becomes indecipherable to our patients, but remains vivid for me. What/who makes you laugh till you cry? Crazy people who ask you to do crazy things, at work. What does the word 'slut' mean to you? It brings up a lot of associations; teen pop, slutwalks, Victorian scullery maids. It's totally lost the effect it had when I was fifteen, when it struck terror in my heart.  What do you do on Saturday mornings? I sleep more than anyone I know. Well, besides my mother. What childhood friend is most memorable? Why? Valerie Czapla, my childhood best friend in Nebraska. We shared the same birthday. My parents moved to Nebraska after leaving the military in Alaska (having been placed there shortly after my birth in Puerto Rico). I remember Val's phone number, 6616. The town was so small, you only had to dial the last few digits. Valerie had blue eyes like broken car-window glass and eyelashes so long that they tangled. She was adventurous, and loyal, and wild.

luisa

What is your favorite outfit and why?
I had a favorite outfit, but I don't have it anymore. It was this amazing yellow sweater, really big, kind of frayed. I'd wear it with really tiny shorts underneath so I could pretend to just be in the sweater. It got eliminated after a mistaken clothing purge, and I miss it.

What does wearing a slut-kerchief mean to you?
Wearing the slut-kerchief is such a lovely feeling for me. It reminds me of the woman who gave it to me, and makes me feel close to her. I love wearing it to work and twisting it so the script becomes indecipherable to our patients, but remains vivid for me.

What/who makes you laugh till you cry?
Crazy people who ask you to do crazy things, at work.

What does the word 'slut' mean to you?
It brings up a lot of associations; teen pop, slutwalks, Victorian scullery maids. It's totally lost the effect it had when I was fifteen, when it struck terror in my heart. 

What do you do on Saturday mornings?
I sleep more than anyone I know. Well, besides my mother.

What childhood friend is most memorable? Why?
Valerie Czapla, my childhood best friend in Nebraska. We shared the same birthday. My parents moved to Nebraska after leaving the military in Alaska (having been placed there shortly after my birth in Puerto Rico). I remember Val's phone number, 6616. The town was so small, you only had to dial the last few digits. Valerie had blue eyes like broken car-window glass and eyelashes so long that they tangled. She was adventurous, and loyal, and wild.

caitlyn A native Californian with roots that run deep in the Gold Rush country and shtetls of the Pale of Settlement. I’m a poet, which took me many years to admit, and overall, just someone who does her best thinking on paper. I spend a lot of time thinking about first sentences, happenstance, language, injustices, (language injustices?), my childhood, gender equality and patriarchy and reclaiming female desire and gender/social constructs and applying these to my own life because the personal IS political; and what will make me happiest and hurt everyone else the least. What does wearing a slut-kerchief mean to you? It’s the grown-up version of wearing political buttons on your backpack in high school. It makes a statement but it doesn’t stand alone; it requires conversation. Unlike a button, the words on my slut-kerchief are not easy to read, so someone has to ask what they say. I love that this opens up a conversation about the word “slut.” I am also actively working on choosing my clothing conscientiously—buying items that are locally made, fairly sourced and built to last. I’ve always acquired most of my clothing second-hand, whether from a thrift shop, my grandmother or friends, but I’ve filled in the gaps with mass-produced, inexpensive pieces that I thought were “good enough.” As I read more about the impact of the fast fashion industrial complex on working conditions and the environment, I see this as a global human rights and sustainability issue, and I’m doing my part to support the artisans who are making things within moral parameters. The slut-kerchief is made by Geana right here in the Bay Area. The carbon footprint of this scarf is minimal, and I know exactly who made it and what conditions she was working under. What is your favorite outfit and why? It’s not a cohesive outfit, but pieces that work across my often eclectic wardrobe choices. My grandma bestowed upon me pretty much every scarf she had, so I’ll often tie one around my neck to carry her memory through my day. One in particular is a silk-blend square scarf from Valentino depicting a birch forest—it’s all viridian and violet melting into one another, and it’s my favorite thing in the world because it’s like wearing the woods and a painting of the woods at the same time. Another favorite piece is my black leather jacket; I saved up for it for years. It gets softer and sweeter with time, and I can wear it over frilly dresses or black jeans and it makes me feel tough and safe. I also feel tough and safe in my favorite ring, a rose gold two-finger bar I wear on my left hand every day. What's your best advice to a young person? Don’t take my advice.   What's your idea of fun? This is largely dictated by my mood. Sometimes it’s the familiar I want: an intimate dinner at someone’s house with a group of my closest friends, a dozen homemade dishes and red wine. Sometimes it’s solo time: barreling through the Ferrante novels on a park bench, or going cross-eyed researching my family’s genealogy. And sometimes it’s newness and the unexpected: traveling somewhere I’ve never been, hiking to new vantage points, tasting a food for the first time.

caitlyn

A native Californian with roots that run deep in the Gold Rush country and shtetls of the Pale of Settlement. I’m a poet, which took me many years to admit, and overall, just someone who does her best thinking on paper. I spend a lot of time thinking about first sentences, happenstance, language, injustices, (language injustices?), my childhood, gender equality and patriarchy and reclaiming female desire and gender/social constructs and applying these to my own life because the personal IS political; and what will make me happiest and hurt everyone else the least.

What does wearing a slut-kerchief mean to you?
It’s the grown-up version of wearing political buttons on your backpack in high school. It makes a statement but it doesn’t stand alone; it requires conversation. Unlike a button, the words on my slut-kerchief are not easy to read, so someone has to ask what they say. I love that this opens up a conversation about the word “slut.”

I am also actively working on choosing my clothing conscientiously—buying items that are locally made, fairly sourced and built to last. I’ve always acquired most of my clothing second-hand, whether from a thrift shop, my grandmother or friends, but I’ve filled in the gaps with mass-produced, inexpensive pieces that I thought were “good enough.” As I read more about the impact of the fast fashion industrial complex on working conditions and the environment, I see this as a global human rights and sustainability issue, and I’m doing my part to support the artisans who are making things within moral parameters. The slut-kerchief is made by Geana right here in the Bay Area. The carbon footprint of this scarf is minimal, and I know exactly who made it and what conditions she was working under.

What is your favorite outfit and why?
It’s not a cohesive outfit, but pieces that work across my often eclectic wardrobe choices. My grandma bestowed upon me pretty much every scarf she had, so I’ll often tie one around my neck to carry her memory through my day. One in particular is a silk-blend square scarf from Valentino depicting a birch forest—it’s all viridian and violet melting into one another, and it’s my favorite thing in the world because it’s like wearing the woods and a painting of the woods at the same time. Another favorite piece is my black leather jacket; I saved up for it for years. It gets softer and sweeter with time, and I can wear it over frilly dresses or black jeans and it makes me feel tough and safe. I also feel tough and safe in my favorite ring, a rose gold two-finger bar I wear on my left hand every day.

What's your best advice to a young person?
Don’t take my advice.  

What's your idea of fun?
This is largely dictated by my mood. Sometimes it’s the familiar I want: an intimate dinner at someone’s house with a group of my closest friends, a dozen homemade dishes and red wine. Sometimes it’s solo time: barreling through the Ferrante novels on a park bench, or going cross-eyed researching my family’s genealogy. And sometimes it’s newness and the unexpected: traveling somewhere I’ve never been, hiking to new vantage points, tasting a food for the first time.