Mama Vi - why you should know her
V. M. (Viola M.) Johnson (born 1950) is an American leatherwoman, activist, author and archivist who embarked on her journey in the leather and BDSM scenes in the early 1970s. A strong advocate for the necessity of preserving leather/fetish/erotic history, Johnson speaks and writes on the broad spectrum of issues that concern her and her community.
- 1995: National Leather Association Lifetime Achievement Award
- Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2000: Pantheon of Leather Woman of the Year
- 2001: Lesbian Sex Mafia Legend Award
- 2005: Master/slave Conference Slave Heart Award
- Pantheon of Leather Forebearer Award
- SouthEast LeatherFest Jack - Stice Memorial Community Service Award
- 2007: Black Beat Lifetime Achievement Award
- S.W.E.A.T. Legacy Award
- 2012: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Leather Leadership Award
This woman is amazing!! If you haven’t met her yet, make it a point to.
There is little precedent for fat androgyny. Generally our androgynous icons are svelte and lacking in secondary sex characteristics. David Bowie, Tilda Swinton, Katherine Hepburn; these small-bodied, predominately white figures of androgyny have created an aesthetic with little room for deviation. This means that for those of us with bodies that do not conform to traditional standards of androgyny, we are often misread and misunderstood, even in queer spaces. — Fat Queer Tells All: On Fatness and Gender Flatness - By Allie Shyer (via cassket)