Q & A
The conference is pretty long. Do I have to attend the whole thing?
You're right. The conference is SUPER long. However, we've broken it up into four parts for your ease and convenience, and you're welcome to stay for the entire event or come and go as you choose.
Who is the Ugly Conference for? How do I know its for me?
The Ugly Conference is for any one who has been impacted by ugly stigma as well as for those who want to be a part of creating a difference. We have strong intersectional values and recognize that ugliness shifts as our ages, bodies, health, wealth, and other things shift in life. We also understand that some people are impacted by looksism in ways that others will never understand. We're not here to police the experience of being perceived as ugly or who attends. But we do ask for your care, your conscientiousness, and your ability to compassionately respect and acknowledge your privileges if you attend. As a transformative justice centered organization, we will center those who are most impacted in regards to space, but we hope for the voices and contributions of every one who wants to create a change in our world and in the system.
Can you tell me about the conference's accessibility?
Oakland SOL has no steps from the street and is mobility device accessible. Our bathroom is scent free, but not ADA accessible.
Our next door neighbor, Peacock Rebellion's LOL space has invited us to use their ADA accessible bathroom for the conference. Their storefront is also fully mobility device accessible.
There are multiple couches and sturdy armless chairs available for people who's bodies don't fit comfortably in folding chairs.
Are storefront will be cleaned in scent-free product, and both bathrooms use scent free soap.
There will be runners to support participants who need it with food, beverages, participating in the interactive wall displays, and more.
We will have multiple trauma informed therapist volunteering their time and nurture for people who need that support.
Peacock Rebellion's LOL Storefront will be a whisper space for people to sit if they need time away from the conversation and stimulation.
Oakland SOL's Garden, which is not mobility device accessible, is another place where people can take space to breath.
How much does it cost to attend The Ugly Conference.
Pay the keynote, facilitators, and organizers a small stipend for their work
Create smaller, more focused events and workshops dedicated to unpacking ugliness in this way.
Apply for funding to generate more media that directs more attention to how beauty standards are weaponized against so many people and the harm it costs
Why is PleasureNess hosting The Ugly Conference?
Can I volunteer at the Ugly Conference?
I cannot attend on March 23rd, 2018. Will there be similar events as the Ugly Conference in the future?
Are children welcomed at the Ugly Conference?
Sat, Mar 23
The Ugly Conference
Mar 23, 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM
1236 23rd Ave,
Oakland, CA 94606
Are you familiar with the nuance and painful experience of being regularly perceived as ugly or unattractive by other people throughout your life?
Has being perceived as ugly impacted the trajectory of your life, your relationships, and/or your access to social, educational, and professional opportunities and connections.
Are you ready to have deeper, more vulnerable and intersectional conversations about lookism in a facilitated space to heal, connect with others who have a shared experience, and dream of what change can look like?
Do you want to exchange stories of healing, resilience, and resistance?
Great! Because the PleasureNess Literary Academy, and so many others amazing people and groups, are ready to have more intentional, intersectional, and generative discussions about the disenfranchising experience of the cultural myth that is ugliness – and we want to include your beautiful and critical voice in the process.
This inaugural Ugly Conference will an intimate, experiential, day-long event full of facilitated discussions and creative activities dedicated to unpacking the way concepts of ugliness have been used to justify systemic disenfranchisement, coercive isolation, capitalistic exploitation, imperialist colonization, medical violence, and so much more.
Together, we will explore the intersections and commonalities in our personal stories of ugliness, beauty, heartache, healing, resistance, and resilience. We will learn about the work others are doing to combat the oppressive history and impact of the ugly-beauty binary. And we will dream up creative solutions, societal interventions, and other steps towards change, healing, and the eradication of ugliness as we know it.