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OCTOBER 2013

 
 

5 WAYS WHITE FEMINISTS CAN ADDRESS OUR RACISM


Last month, the hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen erupted on Twitter. Started by Mikki Kendall, it immediately became a channel for women of color to call out how implicit racial bias, double standards for women of different races and overt racism are all baked into mainstream white feminism. If you've been following feminism for the past 150 years, you probably weren't surprised by the range of grievances. But if you're a white feminist and you were surprised or you felt defensive or you think you're not part of the problem, then now is the time to woman up, rethink your own role and help reshape feminism.
Here are five steps white feminists — myself included — can take to check ourselves, connect more genuinely with women of color and improve feminist outcomes for people of all races.

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MEDIA LITERACY: RESOURCES

If you'd like to teach your kids to be ethical online check out Media Smarts. Media Smarts has a series of resources that aims to promote and encourage ethical online behaviours with young people. The resources include a four-lesson unit on search skills and critical thinking; a self-directed tutorial that examines the moral dilemmas that kids face in their online activities and strategies for helping youth deal with them; and three tip sheets for parents on how to teach kids to be safe and ethical online. Internet & Mobile Pornography: One of the biggest concerns voiced by parents of young Internet users is the easy access to pornography that the Web provides. There are millions of porn sites online, making hardcore sexual images that were once very difficult to obtain, now just a click away. And although many pornographic sites demand credit cards for full access, there are lots of free sites and sneak peeks available online. and Link to Safe and Ethical Online Also look for her accomplishment in a documentary entitled, Link for help with online Pornography

 

IMMIGRATION REFORM PROTEST

Two hundred plus people are getting arrested in one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in the history of the nation's capital. Protesters are calling for an immediate end to deportation and for Congress to pass a just and humane immigration reform bill. Jaisal Noor: Can you just tell me why you're here today? John Lewis, Arrested Protester, Congressperson (D-GA): Well, it's important that I be here with other members of Congress to show our solidarity with this whole effort for comprehensive immigration reform. We cannot wait, we cannot be patient.
Noor: Now, President Obama has deported almost 2 million people. The Republicans are forcing–especially the Tea Party is emphasizing a piecemeal approach that will not legalize many of the 12 million people here that are undocumented. What's your response?
Lewis: My response is very simple. We do not need to deport any other individuals or any families. It's time for us to keep all of the people here and find a way to move very fast to make people legal and set people on a path to citizenship.
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HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY

The US government has spent 1.5 billion dollars promoting female virginity. It has fetched $750,000 at auction. There is no official medical definition for it. And 50 years after the sexual revolution, it continues to define young women's morality and self-worth. This hilarious, eye-opening, occasionally alarming documentary uses the filmmaker's own path out of virginity to explore its continuing value in our otherwise hypersexualized society. In a culture where "Be sexy, but don't have sex" is the overwhelming message to young women, the film goes through the looking glass to understand a milestone almost everyone thinks about but no one actually understands. A film by Therese Shechter with Women Make Movies.
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WHO'S A VICTIM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING?

Cops in the Chicago area call it a "track," a stretch of street known for its steady sex trade.
Women in tight, scant clothing stand in high heels on street corners along an industrial strip in suburban Cicero. Customers, usually men, slow their cars and roll down a window. "How much?" they ask.
Some might see these interludes as exchanges between consenting adults, or at the very least, consenting criminals, if the prostitute is, indeed, an adult and seemingly free to come and go as she pleases. They may call it a victimless crime, seeing domestic prostitution as something very different from human sex trafficking — with its cross-border abductions and brutal coercion — a scourge that's come to the forefront of news in recent years.
But are they so different, after all? Increasingly, experts in the field are saying no, and applying the label human trafficking to homegrown prostitution. And now more lawmakers, police and prosecutors across the country are starting to shift their view on this, too. Increasingly, they are focusing on arresting traffickers and customers (pimps and johns, as it were) and on getting help for prostitutes.
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SEXUAL VIOLENCE COMMON AMONG ADOLESCENTS

Nearly one in 10 of the 14- to 21-year-olds surveyed reported perpetrating sexual violence in their lifetime, researchers found. Of the 9% who committed some type of sexual violence, 8% engaged in forced sexual contact (kissing, touching), 3% persuaded someone to yield to their sexual demand (referred to as coercive sex), 3% attempted rape and were unsuccessful, and 2% completed rape, according to Michele L. Ybarra, MPH, PhD, of the Center for Innovative Public Health Research in San Clemente, Calif., and Kimberly J. Mitchell, PhD, of the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.
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FIND PEACE: END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

"Peace in the world must be grounded on peace in our homes," she said. "We cannot end armed conflict without also ending the violence against women and children at home. All violence is connected."
Darkness and autumn's first chill enveloped the crowd of 1,000 or so gathered to honor female peacemakers in Manhattan's Central Park. Musicians pounded on kettle drums and hit gongs as translucent lanterns floated by, their glows reflected in the small lake created for the Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace ceremony.
On a very different stage blocks away, world leaders were gathering for the next day's opening of the United Nation's General Assembly, there to wrestle with the resolution regarding Syria's use of chemical weapons. Would they be able to bring even a temporary ceasefire to Syria? And what about the armed massacre in Kenya? And the assassinations of female leaders in Afghanistan? Would those issues be addressed? Could the U.N. bring peace anywhere?
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