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MARCH 2013


FEMALE VETS: Fastest Growing Homeless Population

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The Defense Department has found that about one in three military women has been sexually assaulted, a rate twice as high as that among civilians. Follow up studies have also found men and women who have faced sexual trauma in the military are now the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, with black females disproportionately affected. According to the report 45% of homeless veterans they identified were black women, 41% white, 7.6% Latinas, and 1.3% were API. The majority of those homeless are veterans who fought in the Persian Gulf Period or after (8/90-present)—including conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read Original



"Does the sun ask itself, "Am I good? Am I worthwhile? Is there enough of me?" No, it burns and it shines. Does the sun ask itself, "What does the moon think of me? How does Mars feel about me today?" No it burns, it shines. Does the sun ask itself, "Am I as big as other suns in other galaxies?" No, it burns, it shines."-- From her book "Our Blood," Andrea Dworkin 9/26/1946 - 4/09/2005. Media Watch is just releasing a DVD of the complete memorial and celebration held at NYC's New School, May 25th, 2005. Speakers include Robin Morgan, Gloria Steinem, Catharine A. MacKinnon, Reverend Rosemary Bray McNatt and many others. Proceeds are tax deductible and will first repay production costs, then any extra will be donated to the Schlesinger Library where Andrea Dworkin's archives are currently held. $25.00 for each DVD includes shipping within USA. Let Media Watch know if you would like to order a copy of this historic celebration of Andrea Dworkin's life and work. PayPal online. Thanks in advance.



SI cover Upton with post it over her

Since it’s unlikely you will hear any popular media discuss the Swimsuit Issue’s serious blow to female equality, self-image, attack on women of color or its use of mainstream pornography packaged as “safe” for your coffee table, we are here to give you fair warning! Every week, 30 million faithful followers catch up on the latest sports news in their weekly edition or online version of SI, the self-proclaimed “foremost authority” and “most respected voice” in sports journalism. And once a year, every year, subscribers soar to more than 70 million and are joined by 250 million more online viewers for the always record-breaking event known as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue....Speak out! If the harmful ideals identified in my research bother you and you’d like to help Beauty Redefined break the silence, please comment on this post and I will send this story and your comments directly to the editors and publisher of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. And if you’d love to slap a sticky note on any issue of SI with the happy truths “There is more to be than eye candy!” or “You are capable of much more than being looked at,” DO IT! Read Original.


Allow Female Athletes To Train Alongside Boys/Men

We believe that many social ills will cease to exist when women and girls are allowed to train and compete with men in popular sporting events. This could include High School Football, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Swim Meets, Surfing and many other competitive sports. Women will quickly become more skilled athletes and will finally earn the much needed and deserved respect from their fellow athletes. Events like the gang rape in Steubenville, Ohio would be much less likely to occur as women gain men's respect in the sports world. One of the many Big Red players/rapists would have called police or sought help for the victim. Consider the skills of this 6-year-old girl as she competes for best break-dancer. Listen to Caitlin Davis Fisher, a professional football player in Brazil, who cofounded the Guerreiras Project. Fisher's project focuses on gender, body and football, and she is furthering this research as a Fulbright scholar. The evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the idea that girl's inclusion would be a win-win situation for everyone.


Ingenuity/Courage/Work = MIRACLES


The problem is, there's just not enough ingenuity going on these days. Too many of us think we don’t have what it takes. Somewhere along the way, ingenuity became the provenance of experts. Specialists took over creating new ideas and miraculous inventions. And the rest of us started shuffling our feet, looking embarrassed, and proclaiming that we were not creative when called upon. We started to avoid talking or even thinking about our own inventive capacity. The result? The majority of us dismiss our own ingenuity so thoroughly that it starts to eat away at the edges of our resilience. We turn from the ingenuity we were born with. We shrug our shoulders and dimly hope the experts can solve it all. When that happens, we lose out on something so much bigger than childlike wonder. We lose all the fearless thinking that could have come from those ingenious human minds, hard at work pumping out new possibilities. All of the wild ideas we might have had—good, bad, and brilliant—come to nothing. Read Original.



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Stop Porn Culture is hosting 2013 Summer Events which will take place in Boston, Mass. They will have a Media Institute, an SPC training, and a feminist teach-in. You can come to all or some of the events. People who want to attend but have limited means are invited to attend on scholarship (free). They are also offering inexpensive dormitory accommodations. Join us and find out how to be an effective, joyful activist who feels connected, supported and ready to take on the porn culture.

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