"Where do we begin?" and other frequently
Since its inception, Amazon Girls has heard from many
interested women and a few interested men, and their questions have generally
boiled down to these:
Q: How do I join?
A: You gather your pals together and form a tribe. Take
charge of your destiny! Your tribe can be whatever you decide to make of it.
(Brief rant begins here; youre perfectly welcome to
skip it and move on to the next question.)
There is an unfortunate tendency among Homo sapiens to
want someone else to arrange a womens center/ party/ organization/
potluck/ government/ workshop/ independent bookstore, so the rest of us can
patronize it at our leisure and criticize the creator and tell how we would
have done it.
We, the Amazon Girl founders, have no interest in doing
all this for you. Youre big kids, we assume, and know as well as anybody
how to pick up the telephone or log on and invite some friends over to chat
about forming a tribe.
This is not something to lose sleep over; its
just a fun way to organize your activities and interests. Dip into the
handbook; work on some badges if you like, or if youd rather, you can sit
around drinking tea and discussing how youd have done it better if you
were founding an organization.
You DONT need to wear dorkey uniforms. You
dont need to pay dues, drink kool-aid, meet regularly, or any of those
official things, unless, of course, thats what your tribe
Just please, whatever you all decide to do with your
tribe, do it with gusto. Pretend youre living in a beer commercial.
(End of Rant. More questions follow.)
Q: I have no pals because:
- Im new to town.
- Ive just come out.
- I have absolutely no social skills and everyone runs
away the second they lay eyes on me.
- I live out in the country and the only other lesbians
nearby are this crabby old pair of closeted bull dykes that own the local
greasy spoon and refuse to look at me.
So how do I form a tribe by myself?
A: Match the answer to the corresponding question above.
- This is a great way to meet people. Make a flyer
announcing the formation of a new tribe and hang it in your local women's
center /bookstore /women's bar /sex toy store/ UU church. Be sure to include
your contact information. Make it look cute and perky and, before you know it,
youll have lots of pals.
- This is scarier. Work on your Coming Out badge before
even thinking of doing anything else, and then youll be in better shape
to do Step 1, above.
- Read Miss Manners and then, as your act of moral will,
practice, practice, practice controlling those unpleasant impulses of yours to
do things like score points against those around you, assholean as they may
truly be. At the end of your Tomboy period, Amazon Girls hopes you will have
acquired some pals who will want to go to the playground with you.
Q: Theres a group of us that gets together twice a
year to camp out and party. Could we be an Amazon Girl tribe?
A: Sounds to us like you already are! At your next
gathering, make plans for a stomping-up ceremony to be held at the following
gathering. Smores and a fish fry, yum!
Q: Where can I get my own copy of the cool Amazon Girls
A: You can get that from your local bookstore. The Amazon
Girls Handbook, by Becky Thacker, is published by Wicker Park Press in Chicago.