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JUNE 2014


Father's Day: DADS CAN MODEL R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Check out this radio program where a Michigan father shares his ideas about teaching respect to his sons. Almost immediately after the May 23 shooting rampage in Isla Vista, women took to Twitter to share and vent about their experiences with sexual fear, harassment and sexual assault. #YesAllWomen has been exploding since it erupted May 24. Elliot Rodger's hate-filled videos and "manifesto" expressed a sense of male sexual entitlement that struck a deep chord with women around the world. Women are sharing thoughts such as: "#YesAllWomen because apparently the clothes I wear is a more valid form of consent than the words I say". Many articles are being posted to help continue this explosion of education, for example, All Of The Things Women Are Supposed To Do To Prevent Rape Men responded to women's extraordinarily expressive tweets with the wonderful #AllMenCan If you tweet or don't it is important to check out and join in on what Twitter is sharing concerning this vital topic. Another example is, Reflections On One Of The Best Days of My Life One Of The Best Days of My Life



There are currently more than 200,000 women behind bars in the United States and more than one million on probation and parole, according to the ACLU. Their stories rarely make headlines or garner sympathy. But thanks to Netflix’s "Orange is the New Black," the second season of which starts on Friday, more people than ever are paying attention. While the show is far from perfect, it's done what no other widely watched television show in American history has managed to do: tell the stories of women prisoners—many of whom are of color—who are incarcerated in the United States. Here's where those semi-fictionalized dramas meet the real world: Recidivism: Fun-loving Taystee is back in prison for Season 2. And that's no surprise: After being released with big plans of drinking margaritas and spending time with her cousins, she met the harsh reality of life on the outside. She slept on an aunt’s floor and couldn't find a job to make the money she owned in restitution. Overall, 3 in every 4 former prisoners are re-arrested within 5 years of their release, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Read Full Article.



From Coachella to couture, the misappropriation of Native American culture has been dominating headlines in recent months — and those behind the headlines aren't so innocent themselves. Bitch Media recently posted a photo to its Facebook page comparing a Seventeen cover from 1973 to one of the magazine's fashion spreads in 2010. Whereas the 41-year-old cover featured a natural-looking smiling Native American teenage girl and included a special report about "Today's Young Navajos," the more recent issue dressed a white girl in "sunset colors and woolly knits" for its so-called Navajo fashion spread. On the Facebook post, many people expressed their disappointment at seeing what was "a pretty rad" and forward-thinking concept for a magazine feature in the '70s degrade over the decades into a cheap, commercialized fashion motif. Seventeen is not the sole offender, of course; in recent months, Harry Styles, Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio (following in the footsteps of her employers) and the singer Christina Fallin (daughter of Mary Fallin, governor of Oklahoma, which has a sizeable Native American population) all sparked controversy when they posed wearing headdresses. Heidi Klum similarly offended when she brought Germany's Next Top Model contestants to Utah to participate in a "redface" photo shoot, and just last week, Pharrell apologized for wearing an elaborate headdress on the cover of Elle UK, a stunt that had triggered the hashtag #NotHappy. Read Full Article.



The Washington Post just doubled down on rape culture. After a barrage of criticism over George Will's weekend column, the newspaper published an article titled "One way to end violence against women? Stop taking lovers and get married." The Washington Post has to stop. That starts with firing George Will. The Washington Post actually just published an opinion piece mocking sexual assault survivors and saying that women want to be raped. The author, conservative columnist George Will, goes so far as to write that colleges are making "victimhood a coveted status" by taking public steps to curb sexual assaults on campus. He even implies that non-consensual sex is not rape, when in fact it's the very definition of rape! Please sign this petition Please sign this petition requesting the removal of George Will. Will cited Misused the Data on Violence Against Women which is detailed in this article. And by this LA Times blogger This spawned the Twitter hashtag #Survivor Privilege as well.



For those of us who know and have worked with Somaly Mam throughout the years, the Newsweek cover story about her alleged fabrications shocked and saddened us. If the accusations are true, we don't know why Somaly, who commanded love and affection, would have stretched the truth so far. Some have asked whether it matters at the end of the day, knowing that she and her foundation have indeed saved thousands of lives in Cambodia. When trust is breached, those even slightly involved with the targeted fabricator panic and recoil. The fight or flight response kicks in: Does one stay silent and hide; or support and defend? We need to take a breath. The New York Times did not fold when it was revealed that that one of its reporters, Jayson Blair, fabricated stories, nor did The Washington Post or the Associated Press when similar incidences surfaced. Read Full Article. And, good news from the International Criminal Court will now focus on sex crimes. Read NY Times article.



In her own words: "I think every year has been challenging. Every day challenges. Some of the challenges were more public than others. Some so private I couldn’t even mention them in public. Some having to do with health., some having to do with prosperity, some having to do with romantic love and some having to do with my family. The same issues that face and beleaguer every human being in the world and still do, have beleaguered me and still do. So that the challenge for me to meet you this morning, to get up, defy gravity; to stand erect and to remain erect, and to be absolutely present with you so that everything I know I have here in this chair with me now. I don't know what you’re going to ask me, so I’m challenged to be as honest as possible, as courageous as possible, and as kind as possible, that's what I’m challenged [to do]. I was challenged as a young girl; at 7-years-old I was raped, and I told the name of the rapist to my family. The man was put in jail for one day and one night and released. Three or four days later, he was found dead. The police informed my grandmother that the man was found dead and that it seemed he had been kicked to death. They said that in front of me. That traumatized me so that I stopped speaking. I thought my voice had killed the man. And I thought if I spoke, my voice might just go out and kill anybody, randomly, and I stopped speaking for six years." Read Colorline’s Full Article. Watch Michelle Obama's Tribute To Maya Angelou.




Don't Miss Media Watch's new half hour program entitled: Walk A Mile in Her Shoes. Mark your calendars for Wed. 8:30 PM PST June 25th, July 2nd and July 9th. This Moving Forward program shares the voices of men getting involved to end sexual assault along with excerpts of Rebecca Solnit's Democracy Now interview after the recent Isla Vista shootings in California. Watch it here on: We the People Channel 27 LIVE STREAMING If you interested in getting a copy for your sexual assualt awareness group, just Contact Media Watch.



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