Mujeres Creando Comunidad: Writing

Julieta Paredes, like Gloria Anzaldua and Cherrie Moraga, sees herself as a multiplicity of intersecting identities (Paredes 2011).  This is evident in the way she understands the politics of writing and language.  On one hand, she laments the way the Spanish language has been used to de-culturize her people, the way that she must fight... Continue Reading →

Mujeres Creando Comunidad: Centering the Body, Blurring Borders

“La piel se vuelve frotera debido a un sistema patriarcal e individualista que ha hecho del cuerpo un Estado, ha hecho del cuerpo una Iglesia, ha hecho del cuerpo una religión, ha hecho del cuerpo una propiedad privada” (Paredes 2011) In seeking to decolonize itself and its communities, Mujeres Creando Comunidad simultaneously centers the body... Continue Reading →

Mujeres Creando Comunidad: Warmi-Chacha

Each human being exists at the intersection of a plethora of identities.  Mujeres Creando Comunidad is more than aware of this fact, and because of that, seeks to recognize systems of oppression that exist within their various identities in order to subvert them.  An example of this is Warmi-Chacha.  In the Andean indigenous tradition, Chacha-Warmi... Continue Reading →

Mujeres Creando Comunidad

Because of ideological disagreements, Julieta Paredes split from Mujeres Creando in 2002 and created the group Mujeres Creando Comunidad, a collective of women committed to an ideology of communitarian feminism that engages in many of the same methodologies as Mujeres Creando, but from an indigenous lens that is more connected with the realities people are... Continue Reading →

Public Poetry: Mujeres Creando’s Graffiti

The graffiti messages that Mujeres Creando writes around La Paz are composed of short sentences and phrases written in cursive and signed Mujeres Creando that call attention to existing injustices, motivate the fight against these injustices, and envision a different reality.  The graffiti of Mujeres Creando is distinct both from traditional political street paintings and... Continue Reading →

Mujeres Creando: Creative Resistance

The ideology and practices of Mujeres Creando is grounded in anarchism and feminism; thus, the group actively opposes all power structures which operate by oppressing certain types of bodies.  One of their graffiti messages calls attention to this fact: “No adentro de la galeria / No adentro de la institucion / No adentro de la... Continue Reading →

Mujeres Creando: Queering Social Justice

When Mujeres Creando was first created, Maria Galindo and Julieta Paredes were in a relationship.  The queerness of this relationship was integral to the political strategy of the group, as it inherently rejected dominant norms of heterosexual relationships (García-Pabón 2003).  In one of Mujeres Creando’s public actions, Galindo and Paredes painted a heart on the... Continue Reading →

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