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MAY 2014

 
 

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"This media we call social is anything but," Turk says in the video, where he encourages people to "learn to coexist." Turk criticizes the online generation for "living like robots" by constantly relying on devices for human connections. In the video, characters are seen left sitting alone while their friends stare at their phones. "We're becoming unsocial; it no longer satisfies to engage with one another and look into someone’s eyes," he warns. The video has gone viral thanks to the number of users sharing it on social media sites. Is social media ruining your social life? Perhaps we should all take into consideration Turk's words: "When you're in public and you start to feel alone; put your hands on your head, step away from the phone.” Watch It Here

 

SAVE THE INTERNET

The nationwide drumbeat in support of real Net Neutrality is getting louder and louder. Two FCC commissioners raised doubts about a plan that would kill Net Neutrality. Close to 150 Internet companies — including Amazon, Facebook, Google and Twitter — told the FCC that online innovation requires strong rules that protect the open Internet. And nearly 100 organizations — including Consumers Union, Free Press and MoveOn — also came out against the FCC's plans. Next up: We go straight to the FCC’s doorstep on May 15th. The FCC intends to propose rules that would enable phone and cable Internet service providers to discriminate both technically and financially against Internet companies and to impose new tolls on them. This Commission should take the necessary steps to ensure that the Internet remains an open platform for speech and commerce so that America continues to lead the world in technology markets. FCC #WaveOfAction is just beginning... The People's Firewall is setting up an encampment at the FCC to SAVE THE INTERNET!!  Join us at the FCC in DC, or participate in solidarity actions at FCC locations in your area. The crowdsourced #FCCvsNetFreedom meme campaign has also just begun. You can get updates and follow the action on the WaveOfAction.org People's Firewall page. (View Action Info) GET INVOLVED For more details here is an article from The Nation Net Neutrality Can Be Saved IF Citizens Raise an Outcry

 

THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO #BringBackOurGirls

Girls are our future. Extremists know this and want to deprive the world of the hope adolescent girls embody. This is not only about Nigeria – it is about protecting the rights of every girl, everywhere to reach her fullest potential without the threat of violence. -Equality Now

It's been three weeks since armed attackers stormed a school dormitory in Chibok, northern Nigeria and abducted nearly 300 girls—most of whom have not been seen since and are feared to have been sold into sexual slavery in Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad. Just yesterday, it was reported that eight more girls between the ages of 12 and 15 were abducted from Warabe in north eastern Nigeria. In a video message obtained Monday, the militant group Boko Haram is said to have officially claimed responsibility, stating: "Western education should end. Girls, you should go and get married…I will sell them in the market." For weeks, activists have taken to the streets and social media to protest the Nigerian government’s sorely lacking efforts to locate the girls and prosecute their abductors, and the slow response of mainstream media to cover the situation. After weeks of silence, that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan publicly pledged to find the girls. Shortly after, however, it was also reported that the First Lady of Nigeria, Patience Johnathan, ordered the arrest of protest leaders calling for the return of the girls. Read More. Violence against women and girls knows no boundaries. We need to pass this crucial piece of legislation, so we can protect all women and children from violence—whether it's in Nigeria, or our own hometown. Click HERE to send a message to ask for your Senator's support.

 

RAPE CULTURE MADE ME DO IT

by Robert Jensen

By the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, two key questions were on the table for those who not only are aware of rape but would like to end men's violence against women. First, do we live in a rape culture, or is rape perpetrated by a relatively small number of predatory men? Second, is rape a clearly definable crime, or are there gray areas in sexual encounters that defy easy categorization as either consensual or non-consensual? If those seem to be tricky, or trick, questions, don't worry. Read More.

 

TELL CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS: REJECT RACIST AB2336

AB 2336 is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. As with similar bans spreading across the country, the people behind AB 2336 consistently vote against women’s rights- including reproductive rights, equal pay, and freedom from gender-based violence. They say this "sex selective abortion ban" is about gender equality, but it’s really about banning abortion. They're doing it under the pretense of equality, to pass it through without a fight. Worse, AB 2336 stereotypes the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Without conclusive evidence, anti-choice politicians are saying Asian immigrants are bringing backward values to the U.S. and practicing sex-selection because they prefer boy children. They're relying on what is happening in India and China, and on anti-immigrant sentiment, to try and pass this bill on the backs of AAPI women. If this bill passes, doctors in California may scrutinize AAPI women's health decisions in ways other women wouldn't be subject to. They may even decide not to provide us abortion care, out of fear of going to jail and paying heavy fines. This is unacceptable. Tell California lawmakers to vote NO on AB 2336. Click here to add your name to this petition, Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

 

NEW FAPSTRONAUTS

Why I stopped watching porn is a TedX Talk by Ran Gavrieli who lives in Tel Aviv and studies gender. He works with youth and adults all over the country in sex and gender studies and in building positive self image in a world inundated by sexual imagery with negative connotations. Watch Video. NoFap hosts challenges in which users abstain from pornography and masturbation for a period of time. Whether your goal is casual participation in a monthly challenge as a test of self-control, or whether excessive masturbation or pornography has become a problem in your life and you want to quit for a longer period of time, you will find a supportive community and plenty of resources here. Check out these resources for a semi-scientific look at why some of us are quitting pornography; however, Fapstronauts choose to partake in our challenges for a variety of reasons. NEW FAPSTRONAUTS • Read through posts on NoFap to learn about porn addiction, porn-induced sexual dysfunction, excessive masturbation, and what to expect after you cut PMO out of your life. Learn the vocabulary commonly used on NoFap. • Obtain a day counter badge next to your user name by composing a message to BadgeBot. • Get an accountability partner, someone who will hold you accountable during your challenge. Post a thread here. • Sign up for a challenge by replying to a moderator's sign up thread. These are usually "stickied" as the first post or linked on the sidebar. Visit Site.

 

STOP WEBCAM CHILD RAPE

Dangerous perpetrators use webcams, forcing girls as young as 6 years old to engage with users from all over the world for paid sex. So far they've gotten away with it, leaving the girls struggling to recover from this horror. If enough of us ACT today we can stop this new form of abuse on the internet. Every day an estimated 750,000 pedophiles are online, yet only 6 men have been convicted of paying young people to perform sex acts in front of webcams. Investigative research has lifted the lid on this emerging vile practice, and shown the devastating psychological trauma and horror it inflicts. We must call on police and child protections authorities to crack down on these webcam predators to ensure that everyone knows they will be caught. To Justice Ministers, Police Chiefs and Child Protection Chiefs: As citizens concerned about children's mental and physical welfare, we call on you to crack down on Webcam Child Sex Tourism. This will require announcing a plan for intercepting potential predators in public chat rooms, initiating prosecutions and challenging intermediaries who enable and profit from this disgusting trade. We expect you to act fast, decisively and accountably, to prevent more young lives being ruined. Please sign and Watch this video

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