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APRIL 2013

 
 

SURVIVORS STAND UP TO VIOLENCE


A self-defense group called The Red Brigade, in Lucknow has a simple message to the men who have made their lives a misery—stop it, or else. The male tormentor of the young women of the Madiyav slum did not spot the danger until it was too late. One moment he was taunting them with sexual suggestions and provocations; the next they had hold of his arms and legs and had hoisted him into the air. Read More.

 

INSULTS WON'T REDUCE TEEN PREGNANCY

Teen Pregnancy is a major concern. Young men and women are often not equipped with the skills and money necessary to raise a child, and therefore face unimaginable hardship. With teen birth rates so high we need programs which teach youth how to make choices which will help them to reach their goals, how to negotiate and navigate their sexuality and, if they chose it, how to be good parents. National campaigns shown in these links, shame young girls, women and men using hate and scare tactics rather than the education they need.
Check out these bad ads:
Use this link for educational tips.

 

LEND A HAND: OCCUPY SANDY

Occupy Sandy New Jersey is a grassroots effort dedicated to building a community-based recovery network. We are working round-the-clock to empower New Jersey communities to drive their own recovery. We aim to provide a dynamic and comprehensive support system to some of the hardest-hit and most marginalized areas. The long-term recovery work is just getting started. Warm weather is here and there is lots to be done. Join us! Phone: 609.318.4271, Email: OccupySandyNJ@interoccupy.net, Facebook: Occupy Sandy Relief NJ, @OccupySandyNJ

 

 

HELP ME, HELP ME MARIO

This Feminist Frequency video explores how the "Damsel in Distress" became one of the most widely used gendered clichés in the history of gaming and why the trope has been core to the popularization and development of the medium itself. As a trope the "Damsel in Distress" is a plot device in which a female character is placed in a perilous situation from which she cannot escape on her own and must then be rescued by a male character, usually providing a core incentive or motivation for the protagonist's quest. For more examples of the Damsel in Distress see our Tumblr for this series:
Watch this wonderful video!

 

PUBLIC APOLOGY NOW

GMCLA

We are asking our readers to request that the Gay Men's Choir of Los Angeles (GMCLA) offer a public apology to women and girls for singing "We Saw Your Boobs," during the recent Oscar ceremony in front of 4 million viewers. We ask the GMCLA to consider the importance of solidarity with all their sisters, both inside and outside of the LGBTQ community. Singing this song was, for many, an overt act of public hostility. The GMCLA needs to publicly denounce their participation in order to help create unity among those who are in, and among those who lovingly support the LGBTQ communities. We support the talented men of the GMCLA and hate to see this choir tarnished by their recent contribution to Seth MacFarlane's misogynist humor. The Oscars are about recognizing and honoring excellence, so we hope the GMCLA will promise to never again so blatantly endorse the public humiliation of all women and girls. Please Email, Call, Write or Facebook them here: GMCLA ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE, 9056 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 300, West Hollywood, CA 90069-5545, phone: 1 (424) 239-6514, 1-800 MenSing, email: mailroom@gmcla.org, FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/GayMensChorusLA Send Media Watch your correspondences.

 

ULTRAVIOLET RAYS BLAST REEBOK

#NOTBUYINGIT RICK ROSS

The cumulative efforts of groups like UltraViolet show us the extraordinary power of people standing against violence and for a safer world. Rick Ross, who brags about drugging and raping a woman in his music, is no longer a spokesperson for Reebok! We applaud the efforts of so many people who worked to resist rape culture by ensuring that rape is not glorified. While we have won this battle, the war is far from over. We must keep fighting against rape culture and misogyny and for respect and fair representation. Thanks to all who took action! Here are a many more opportunities for you to lead the campaign against Rape Culture.

 

DRONE WARFARE

harper's index 5-13

Check out the Forward from Medea Benjamin's new book by Barbara Ehrenreich: "In many ways, drones present the same moral issues as any other action-at-a-distance weapon: They allow warriors to kill at a minimal risk to themselves, thus lowering the human cost of aggression. Thus the ancient contempt for archers, as recounted in The Iliad, where the Greek chieftains deride the Trojan prince Paris for his reliance on the bow and arrow. Real men are not afraid of hand-to-hand combat; only cowards attack from a distance, often hiding behind trees or rocks.
Drones are of course the ultimate action-at-a-distance weapon, allowing the aggressor to destroy targets in Pakistan or Afghanistan while “hiding” thousands of miles away in Nevada. But this alone does not make them uniquely pernicious: Missiles and aerial bombardment can also be launched from great distances, by individuals who need not see the extent of the violence they inflict. If we are to end war, we need to take aim at all the weaponry that makes it possible and even inviting – guns, artillery, fighter planes and bombs—and at the industries that manufacture them". Read More


 

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