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JULY 2012

 

“The victim who is able to articulate the situation of the victim has ceased to be a victim: he or she has become a threat."
-- James Baldwin



 

SEX INDUSTRY THREATENS SURVIVORS

How the Sex Industry Threatens Survivors While Pimps Pose as Sex Worker Activists, by Stella Marr, survivor of prostitution.

"I had no idea how threatening my voice was until I started to make it heard. None of us trafficking and prostitution survivors did, until we started to write about the brutality we've experienced and these big players within these pimp-dominated 'sex worker activist' groups started to do everything they could to silence us and deny we exist. Survivor bloggers are cyber-stalked via Facebook, email, Twitter and hateful blog comments. Our email accounts are hacked and private information that could endanger us is tweeted or revealed elsewhere online. Spiteful emails about us are sent to people we work with. Supportive activists who feature our writing on their blogs are similarly swarmed with vilifying emails and comments." Read more.

 

FAILED ATTEMPT TO MAKE SCIENCE APPEALING TO FEMALES

Media Watch agrees with the EWL's decision to denounce, "Science: It's a Girl Thing" video clip. It was created in hopes of attracting more women into science careers, but comes off as a commercial for makeup, heels, nail polish or sunglasses. It is a sad reminder of the disconnect between a young woman's image in popular culture and a female's inherent thirst for knowledge and learning. It was removed due to overwhelming popular outrage over its sexist content. Read the full story. Watch the video.

 

TEEN VOGUE: GIVE US IMAGES OF REAL GIRLS!

The 14-year-old ballet dancer, Julia Bluhm, who led a crusade against altered photos in Seventeen magazine is now focusing on Teen Vogue. Please sign the petition below and remind them that even if they stop manipulating images, they need to portray more women and girls who resemble REAL female humans. According to the staff at 17 magazine they promise to feature healthy girls regardless of clothing size. Let's hold them to their word. (Sign the petition.)

 

SPARKIT PROJECTIONS

Prompt: If you could talk back to the media, what would you say?

“I am a CANVAS. Every day society projects certain standards, messages, and images UPON ME. Society tells me how I should look, act, and feel. So when you ask me who I am, I don’t always know what to tell you. But I am learning to step away from these projections, and use them to make a statement of MY OWN.”

Check out Hardy Girls and Healthy Women. (Watch the video.)

 

NOT ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

We are just recovering, in the United States, from the entirely predictable kerfuffle over a plaint published by Anne-Marie Slaughter, former Director of Policy Planning at the State Department and a professor at Princeton University, called “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All.” The response was predictable because Slaughter’s article is one that is published in the US by a revolving cast of powerful (most often white) women every three years or so. The article, whoever has written it, always bemoans the “myth” of a work-life balance for women who work outside the home, presents the glass ceiling and work-family exhaustion as a personal revelation, and blames “feminism” for holding out this elusive “having-it-all ideal.”

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SUPREME COURT FAILS BLACK WOMEN

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, there is a higher concentration of HIV in black communities than in others. Black women account for a staggering 57% of all new HIV infections among women; unprotected intercourse with black men is the most common form of transmission. African American women also bear the brunt of new AIDS cases among women—64%.

 

(Full story here.) 

 

TRUTH IN ADVERTISING LAW STRUCK DOWN

A Federal court ruled on Monday that Baltimore and Montgomery County, Maryland, cannot require crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to post signs indicating what types of services they provide. In a 2-1 vote, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's decision that the requirement was unconstitutional. Baltimore and Montgomery County had required that the signs must state whether the CPCs provide abortion and contraceptive services, as well as maternity and prenatal care, infant supplies, and adoption services. (Full story.)

 

DANCING MESSAGE IN RED LIGHT DISTRICT

So you think you will dance? Sometimes things are not what they seem. Men, women and children are trafficked - tricked, forced and exploited in the sex industry. Awareness campaign created by Duval Guillaume Modem and produced by monodot in support of STOP THE TRAFFIK. Read the story. Watch the video.

 

WRITE A LETTER: RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Does your paper run stories about human trafficking or commercial sex? Are they writing about the issue but describing it incorrectly? Do you know about legislation or events regarding human trafficking?  The “Letters to the Editor” section of almost every paper is the most read section of almost any newspaper, providing an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about human trafficking and even help pass legislation.  If you have a few minutes to give to this issue, view our online toolkit for tips on how to write a successful letter to the editor to spotlight human trafficking. (Tips and best practices.)

 

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