In the process of digitizing, transcribing, cataloging and editing 44 hours of film from field work done in a 2 month road trip in 2006. In discussion with several Women’s Studies and Fat Studies professors to help determine a project scope and outline for creating video companion materials for Women’s and Fat Studies coursework on the topics of size (discrimination at work, school and with insurance, counteracting negative stereotypes, relationship with food, shame), self-esteem and body image.
October-December, 2006: 13 states, 2 countries (Canada and USA)
Conducted research among women of size in two countries and 13 states over the course of two months. Recruited and surveyed over 500 potential interview candidates in order to ensure a diverse sampling based on size, class, ethnicity, age, geography and empowerment level. Completed 41 semi-structured interviews with candidates selected from sampling. All interviews were video and audio-recorded.
November, 2010: (upcoming) Guest Speaker - Fat Studies/Health At Every Size Seminar, Economic and Social Research Council – London
June, 2010: Guest Speaker invited by Kryn Freehling-Burton, M.A. (Women’s Studies) – “Feminist Organizing” – Oregon State University
March, 2010: Guest Speaker invited by Queer Resource Center – “Sexual Revolution through Rejection of Shame” – Portland Community College
October, 2009: Guest Speaker invited by Prof. Lori Patterson – “Body Image & Fat Activism”- Portland State University, Women’s Studies Course
May, 2009: Guest Speaker – “Beauty as a Social Construct – Toward Writing a New Contract.” – Portland State University, Women’s Studies Course
September, 2008: Diversity Training – “Looksism in the Workplace” – Portland Bureau of Development Services
July, 2008: Featured Author – “Excerpts from the Fat Experience Project” – QLiterati Reading Series
July, 2008: Guest Speaker – “Excerpts from the Fat Experience Project” – KBOO Radio, Portland, Ore
November, 2008: Workshop Panelist – “Women in Business” – Siren Nation Music Festival
December, 2007: Guest Speaker on topics of size and self-esteem – Bread & Roses program, KBOO Radio, Portland, Ore
November, 2007: Workshop Presenter – “Social Revolution through Rejection of Shame” – Siren Nation Music Festival
November, 2006: Guest Speaker invited by Dr. Jane Kauer @ “Fat & Society” anthropology seminar – University of Pennsylvania -
September, 2006: Workshop Presenter – “Building Fat Community” – NOLOSE Conference (National Organization for Lesbians of Size)
July, 2005: Workshop Presenter – “Grassroots Organizing for Social Revolution”- NOLOSE Conference (National Organization for Lesbians of Size)
July, 2004: Featured in syndicated national television news story via “Smart Women” series by Virginia Butler – “Right to Bare Arms”
May, 2004: Workshop Presenter – “Personal as Political – Social Action for Change”- National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance Fat Fest Conference
Editor: Stacy M. Bias / Rachel Kramer Bussel (2004) ”Up All Night: Real Adventures in Lesbian Sex”, Alyson Publications, Los Angeles, CA
Contributor: Lindsey Elder (1999) “Early Embraces 2: More True-Life Stories of Women Describing their First Lesbian Experience”, Alyson Publications, Los Angeles, CA
Magazines & Newspapers:
Regular contributor to Curve Magazine (circulation: 68,200 – best-selling lesbian magazine)
October, 2009: Quote contributor – “Seduced by Siren Nation”
July, 2009: Featured Contributor – “Greening Sex; Getting Dirty with a Clean Conscience”
July, 2009: Featured Contributor – “Sk8ter Girls: SLAG PDX (Skate Like a Girl)”
September, 2008: Contributor – “A Fat Girl Speaks”
July, 2008: Contributor – “Juicy Booty Babes: Leonard Nimoy’s Full Body Project”
May, 2007: Contributor – “Tribute to an Activist Diva”
Have also contributed articles or quotes to:
Lambda Literary Report, LOTL (Australia), Bust Magazine, Passport Magazine, Willamette Week, Portland Mercury, Just Out, The Oregonian, Portland Tribune
Digital and Media Projects:
September 2009 – Present: Author, Developer: SansLux.Com
SansLux.com is an exploration of luxury and necessity and a statement on consumerism and the culture of “need” as a whole. Each week I give up one item or habit commonly taken for granted (car, cable TV, privacy, spending money, etc.) and blog about my experience. Skills utilized: web design, web development (PHP, MySQL, CSS), social networking, marketing, writing.
January 2008 – Present: Founder, Developer, Editor – The Fat Experience Project – (thefatexperience.com)
The Fat Experience Project is an oral, visual and written history project which seeks to be a humanizing force in body image activism. Utilizing audio and video taken from my fieldwork as well as submissions collected from the website’s readership, the Fat Experience Project seeks to map the diverse experience of fat individuals. Skills utilized: video editing, audio editing, graphic design, web development (PHP, MySQL, CSS), social networking, marketing, copywriting.
January 2008 – Present: Founder, Developer – BelliesAreBeautiful.Com
BelliesAreBeautiful.com seeks to normalize the natural diversity of bellies by presenting user-submitted photographs of everyday bellies to counteract the impact that the false consumer ideal has on the self-esteem of those exposed to it. Skills utilized: web design, web development (PHP, MySQL, CSS), social networking, marketing.
August, 1999 – April, 2008: Founder, Developer, Editor – TechnoDyke.Com
TechnoDyke.Com was, for many years, the largest online publication and community for lesbians. Boasting over 50,000 unique visitors from all around the world and over 2 million page views per month at its peak, TechnoDyke was a thriving international gathering place. Original articles from a volunteer staff of over 30 writers and a weekly publication schedule as well as an interactive community forum made TechnoDyke.Com a pioneer in online community and was, in fact, the only website of its caliber that was funded solely by the donation of its members. Skills utilized: fundraising, graphic design for print and web, web development (ASP, SQL, CSS, HTML), mediation/moderation, volunteer coordination, editing, writing, copywriting, public speaking, marketing, advertising and public relations.
Summers 2007-Present: Co-Founder – ChunkyDunk PDX
With the understanding that people of size are often ostracized from forming and maintaining a positive relationship with their bodies, ChunkyDunk PDX was a seasonal, monthly, body-positive group swim which sought to create a safe, positive space for people to connect with themselves through physical movement. Skills utilized: public relations, marketing, volunteer coordination, artist booking, copywriting, graphic design for print and web, web development (HTML, CSS), contracts and venue coordination.
May, 2003, May, 2004, June, 2007: Founder and Lead Organizer – FatGirl Speaks – A Celebration of Size, Self and Sexuality
The first conference of its kind, FatGirl Speaks was a semi-annual, day-long festival featuring political and educational workshops, a fashion show and an evening of spoken word, dance, performance art and live music featuring women of size. The goal was to break through negative stereotypes about fat individuals by providing a public forum for counter-culture art and discussion. Audience grew from 350 in its first year to 850 and drew performers from Oregon, California, Washington and New York. Skills utilized: fundraising, public relations, marketing, volunteer coordination, artist booking, public speaking, copywriting, graphic design for print and web, web development (ASP, HTML, CSS), contracts and venue coordination.
January 2006 – April 2007: Founder and Lead Organizer – Cupcake PDX
With the understanding that some people of size are uncomfortable in social settings, Cupcake PDX was a monthly body-positive dance party which sought to create a safe, positive space for people to connect with themselves and others through physical movement. Skills utilized: public relations, marketing, volunteer coordination, artist booking, copywriting, graphic design for print and web, web development (HTML, CSS), contracts and venue coordination.
November 2003, April 2004, September 2005: Founder and Lead Organizer – FatGirl Frock Swap
Understanding that sizeism and classism are wholly related, the FatGirl Frock Swap sought to make plus-sized clothing affordable and accessible by providing a venue for individuals of all sizes to trade clothing. Upwards of 250 attendees at each event. Skills utilized: public relations, marketing, volunteer coordination, copywriting, graphic design for print and web, web development (HTML, CSS) and venue coordination.
Fall 1993 – Fall 1994: Mt. Hood Community College
Completed one year of undergraduate study. Major: Music. Minor: Psychology.
Fall 1991 – Spring 1992: North Salem High School
Received diploma. Special interests: music, writing.
Fall 1988 – Spring 1991: McNary High School
Completed Freshman through Junior years. Special interests: music, writing, Spanish. Honors: Music Letter.
Proficiency in: HTML/XHTML (hand-coded), Photoshop/Imageready/Illustrator, Mac/PC, WordPress and Movable Type CMS customization, paypal integration, audio editing (Cubase), SEO, and social networking tools.
Miscellaneous Skillsets: Event organization for small and large groups (850 max. experience), online community building, fundraising, marketing, musical composition and performance.
October 2009 – Present: Co-Owner – Taproot Green Web Hosting (taproothosting.com)
Taproot Hosting is a wind-powered web hosting and design boutique located in Portland, Oregon. Taproot specializes in non-profit, activist and small business hosting. Skills utilized: graphic design for print and web, web development (HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL), project management, customer service, business research and development, marketing, public relations, copywriting, advertising, public speaking.
December, 2001 – Present: Owner – DykeTees.Com
DykeTees.Com is currently the largest non-affiliate-based online retailer for lesbian-themed t-shirts and novelty items. Over 2,000 unique visitors per month and top search engine rank for several relevant keywords. Skills utilized: marketing, advertising, public relations, graphic design for print and web, web development (CSS, HTML), business research and development, customer service, copywriting.
October 2002 – December, 2006: Owner/Manufacturer – Pussy Pucker Pots and Literati Vegan Lip Balm
The Pussy Pucker Pots and Literati brand vegan lip balms were products I manufactured and distributed to hundreds of stores in 4 countries. The balms were notable for their clever, sex-positive and/or literary-themed names (Vanilla Vulva, Lemon Labia / ShakeSpearmint, PoeMegranate) and garnered international press during their run. Skills utilized: manufacturing, marketing, advertising, public relations, graphic design for print and web, web development (ASP, SQL, CSS, HTML, eCommerce), business research and development, customer service, copywriting.
August 2008 – Present: Creative Director – HostBaby Web Hosting for Musicians
Promotion to Creative Director. Oversee camp of freelance designers, manage deadlines for submission of design templates. Graphic design, UI interface design and copywriting. In charge of social networking, advertising, promotion development.
July 2003 – August 2008: General Manager – HostBaby Web Hosting for Musicians
Promotion to full-time manager. Oversaw growth of company from staff of 2 to 7, customer base from 2,000 to 13,000 and maintained a moderate and sustainable growth each month. Primary tasks include template design for ‘wizard’ system, deep-level customer service (i.e. non-standard daily support; graphic design, full site builds, customization to increase customer satisfaction and alternate forms of revenue for the business,) increasing employee accountability and identifying/solving workflow issues, identifying and implementing ways in which the company can better its service of and commitment to our customer base.
August 2002 – July 2003: Freelance Web Designer – HostBaby Web Hosting for Musicians
Graphic and web design for clients of HostBaby.com. Full site design, integration of HostBaby tools into existing site, modifications of and updates to clients existing sites.
September 2001 – June 2002: Contractor in User Interface Design – Intel – (via Wizard Technical Staffing)
Designer in charge of user interface development for retail products division; most specifically wireless routers/internal wireless cards. Ensured cross-OS compatibility of design. Worked closely with hardware/software developers, took part in UI testing with customer base. Ensured compliance with Intel’s stringent branding requirements.