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MARCH 2012



Celebrate, do something to shift the paradigm for the women in your life. Speak up, Get Involved, Take Action. Occupy Cultural Media in favor of dignity and respect for females over the hyper s-xualization of women and girls in the media. They will be holding an event April 21, 2012 in New York City's Chelsea Park to educate the public and circulate petitions demanding advertising standards and for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Please also check out their YouTube videos.



Here is a blog we hope you will check out.
This blog is a composite of writings and referrals to blog posts written by survivors of prostitution/trafficking. It’s a place to find the writings of members of Survivors Connect, the International Online Leaderless Network of Trafficking/Prostitution Survivors. When we act together it is much easier for us to speak the truth about the sex industry.   We no longer have to do it alone. If we join voices, we’re stronger and harder to ignore. It’s time for us to lead the anti-CSE movement and speak for ourselves. Here’s what survivors have to say:
"They kept me vulnerable with other girls who barely spoke English, but our tears of both sadness and hope became our new language."  — Chong Kim
"I think we will push an open door if we speak the reality of prostitution, especially if we focus on it being a human rights issue first and foremost.  It is so important that we start striking out on our own, not always waiting for the movement to catch up with our passion and the urgent need for survivors to have some leadership."   –Rebecca Mott
"Together we are stronger. It is so easy to feel hopeless and overwhelmed with it all on your own".   – Angel K




March 5th riot police were sent in to handle a group of non-violent demonstrators protesting Virginia’s newly passed forced ultrasound bill. This kindler, gentler violation is over the belly and not through the vagina. Police arrested 30 people, some of whose trials started March 6th. Here are some moving photos and video (via The Atlantic and Political Carnival) of the arrests.



Just last week, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney asked “Where are the women?” when calling out the Government Oversight and Reform Committee for a hearing on birth control that didn’t allow any women to testify. This week the online magazine VIDA released it’s report on male and female bylines in major news publications and we are forced to ask this question again.
The publications surveyed included 14 thought leader publications that shape public conversations around literature and politics. For many publications the outlook is bleak, for example, at The Atlantic the ratio is three to one, men to women, The New Republic four to one and Harper’s, five to one. But not all publications are on the wrong side of the numbers–the progressive publication Mother Jones had a 50/50 split of male to female by-lines and former Feministing editor Ann reported that GOOD has a 50/50 split in a survey of their past three issues.( From the newsletter.)



Catcalls, sexually explicit comments, sexist remarks, groping, leering, stalking, public masturbation, and assault. Most women (more than 80% worldwide) and LGBQT folks will face gender-based street harassment at some point in their life. Street harassment limits people's mobility and access to public spaces. It is a form of gender violence and it's a human rights violation. It needs to stop. Inform yourself, your school, your community. Take a sign into the street.





  1. Six suggestions on how to talk to a harasser:
    1. Use strong body language. . . show assertiveness and strength.
    2. Project confidence and calm. . .
    3. Do not apologize, make an excuse, or ask a question. Be firm.
    4. Do not respond to diversions, questions, threats, blaming, or guilt-tripping.
    5. Do not swear or lose your temper. . .
    6. Decide when you’re done. . .and you’re ready to leave, do so.
    Twelve ideas for what you can say to a harasse—see the full article here.
    And check out the videos on the topic for inspiration.






We link to Jezebel which uses a sort of silly image for this article but hey--it is an issue rarely discussed and worthy of more attention.
Unless she's had a feminine hygiene product malfunction, you can't usually tell when a woman has her period just by looking at her. And, of course, that's the way most of us prefer it. For any number of reasons, we tend to view our menstrual happenings as private (or worse, if you had a particularly scarring junior high experience). But by keeping our crimson tides shrouded in mystery, we may have been depriving ourselves of a special kind of female bonding—call it the Sisterhood of the Bloodstained Pants.



Application deadline: April 10, 2012
Through the Anti-Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance for Tribal Law Enforcement solicitation, BJA is seeking to provide training and technical assistance for tribal law enforcement and criminal justice authorities in identifying, investigating, and rescuing victims of human trafficking on tribal lands. (BJA)


Download the application today



"Gentleman, this is our time. Today, right here, right now. It is our time to take a stand and stop violence across the country. We are here to say, that enough is enough and sexual assault and violence against women is not just a women’s issue. We all have our reasons for being here, our unique and varying stories. But somewhere along the line we found one another and turned our causes into movement. And as our movement grew, we broke down the silos among our communities and our universities. And what happens here will not end at this event in DC. We have this chance to make a difference to ensure that 100% of our society mobilizes for this cause. We have this chance to find ways to make our campus safe, to find ways to create a culture of action and not just talk. Every campus needs to make this a priority and engage as many men as we can. As we stand, so must others. And to this mission we will be unrelenting, unyielding to a culture of violence. We are not just men of families, or friends, or peace, we are Men of Strength."


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