The Owned Project was created by Arelia Johnson while she was studying gender and sexuality as a graduate student at Texas Southern University. Her masters thesis, Bound By Desire: Suppressed By Thought, explored African American female sexuality and its expression through spoken word poetry. Now, Ms. Johnson is writing her doctoral thesis, at Howard University, and is focused on the adequacy of state and police departmental policies and practices as it pertains to transgender people. Over the last ten years, she has discovered that people were not engaging in healthy sexual discourse as much they were engaging in sexual activity, that gender is not examined separate from sexuality, and that the expanding gender spectrum is not part of common discourse.
Therefore, a vehicle for education and personal development had to be created. The Owned Project is a community conscious organization that offers a variety of resources to members of the community with a focus on women and girls. We offer workshops, seminars, book discussions, demonstrations and our signature event, Pillow Talk. Additionally, we work we organizations and institutions around issues of gender and sexuality.