Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Girl Rising (film)

Check out this new film about girls seeking their right to education and explore possibilities to host a screening in your area: Girl Rising.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

Andrew Brown

“It’s a Girl”: Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

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Pro-Life and Pro-ChoiceThe Atlantic just published a review of It’s a Girl titled “Neither Pro-Life Nor Pro-Choice Can Solve the Selective Abortion Crisis” by Noah Berlatsky. It’s an excellent review that delves into some of the critical questions that must be addressed in order for the world to really see a global movement to end female gendercide.

Berlatsky accurately points out “In the United States, the discussion of sex selection and gendercide inevitably gets pulled into the gravitational pit that is the abortion debate.”
At nearly every Q & A we’ve done as part of the International Screening Tour of the film, the question of abortion rights comes up. Some accuse the film of being pro-life while others accuse it of being pro-choice. Each side is suspicious of the other, and a film that touches on sex-selective abortion seems to have left both liberals and conservatives hunting for a hidden agenda.
So for the record, let me say here what we have said repeatedly at events around the world. The It’s a Girl documentary and action campaign are opposed to sex selective abortion and forced abortion, but neither the film nor our action campaign take a stance on abortion in general. As those who have seen the film can attest, we have a laser sharp focus on these two issues (as well as the other forms of gendercide).
This focus is intentional and essential, because as demonstrated by our list of screening events, it has allowed organizations across the spectrum of abortion rights to join in this fight against gendercide. Leading pro-life and pro-choice organizations have hosted screenings of It’s a Girl. As an example, a pro-life student group in the UK is working to partner with feminist student groups to host screenings of It’s a Girl on university campuses.
We believe this is enormously significant. What other issue today can bring together pro-choice and pro-life organizations in a shared goal?
Gendercide is an area of common ground. Just imagine the potential if both conservatives and liberals can embrace this reality and work together in opposition to such extreme violence and discrimination against women and girls.
The risk of course, is for one side or the other to hijack the issue. Let’s be honest, the idea of common ground on the abortion issue has historically been laughable. What issue is more divisive, especially in the US?
So here is our challenge to each side:
Pro-lifers: We call on you to genuinely oppose sex selective abortion and forced abortion, without trying to exploit the opportunity to push for further abortion restrictions. We are not asking you to give up your deeply held convictions, but we are asking that you honestly focus on these areas of common ground in a way that invites support from those with opposing views on abortion.
Pro-choicers: We call on you to acknowledge that your push for abortion rights has never been about the right to choose the gender of the fetus, and that forced abortion is certainly not a choice. Sex selective abortion and forced abortion are issues you can oppose with confidence, while still holding to your convictions about a women’s right to elective abortion. As champions of women’s rights, your silence on these issues is incredibly loud.
The Atlantic’s review ends with this:
From a pro-life perspective, you could condemn the use of abortion in China as a systematic government-sanctioned murder of children, especially girls. From a pro-choice perspective, you could condemn the way the government robs women of autonomy and choice, taking away their ability to make decisions about their own bodies and their own pregnancies. But really, it seems like It's a Girl doesn't buttress either pro-life or pro-choice—or, at least, doesn't buttress one at the expense of another. Instead, the film shows that children's rights rest upon women's rights and that women's rights, in turn, rest upon those of children. If women aren't respected under the law, children won't be, and if children aren't, women won't be either. That's an insight, it seems, designed to make all sides in the abortion debate uncomfortable.
To this fair summary, I can only disagree with the closing statement, which also relates to the title of the review. It’s a Girl isn’t designed to make the two sides uncomfortable. Rather, it’s intended to move both sides to action!
Only pro-life and pro-choice together can solve the selective abortion crisis.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Anti-Trafficking Bill

Anti-trafficking bill headed for president’s signature

Congress has passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, a comprehensive law to combat human trafficking in the United States and globally. It now goes to the White House for final approval by the president.
At the World Vision Trauma Recovery Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, girls who have been rescued from brothels or who have been raped are provided with support and counseling. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)At the World Vision Trauma Recovery Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, girls who have been rescued from brothels or who have been raped are provided with support and counseling. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)
The Trafficking Victims Protection Reathorization Act (TVPRA) is headed to the White House to be signed by the president, after passing the U.S. House of Representatives today and the Senate earlier this month.

Hope for millions of exploited men, women, and children

The TVPRA — a comprehensive federal law to combat human trafficking in the United States and abroad — was passed as an amendment to the Violence Against Women Act.
CNN reports that President Barack Obama is eager to see it. “I look forward to signing it into law as soon as it hits my desk,” Obama said.
Jesse Eaves, World Vision’s senior policy advisor for child protection, applauded Congress for setting aside political differences and passing the bipartisan bill.
“The vote in the House not only gives hope to millions of exploited children, women, and exploited men around the world, but also to the thousands of advocates around the country who’ve worked tirelessly to push this legislation through,” he said.

What the TVPRA does

The reauthorization act strengthens the provisions of the original Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which became law in 2000. The act was reauthorized in 2008 to expand its scope and address new tactics traffickers have devised to circumvent its provisions.
The last reauthorization expired in September 2011. World Vision, which helped draft the original act, has fought vigorously for it to be reauthorized again.
Jesse says the reauthorized legislation offers important gains in the effort to combat trafficking and provide support to those who have suffered abuse, including:
>> Providing survivors of trafficking in the United States better access to support services
>> Strengthening efforts to prosecute American child-sex offenders living abroad
>> Allowing the United States to provide support to countries trying to combat trafficking within their own borders
Jesse says many countries have laws in place to combat trafficking but lack the resources to do so effectively.
The TVPRA will provide the training and resources to ensure that offenders are successfully prosecuted in such countries and that services are available to protect the vulnerable and give help to trafficking survivors.
The act will also be cost-effective by streamlining existing U.S. anti-trafficking efforts, and by building the capacity of countries to ultimately administer their anti-trafficking laws independently.

Advocates persevered

Jesse praised the work of advocates for the legislation, saying their efforts had been vital to ensure passage of the bill.
“When the voices of citizens got loud, things started to change and the bill started to move,” he said.
“It may have taken longer than we wanted, but the fight against modern-day slavery is stronger for it,” Jesse added. “They spoke truth to power, and today, power gave the voices of the people a big nod of respect.”

World Vision’s work to combat child trafficking

World Vision has extensive programs to protect children and combat human trafficking and slavery in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Romania.
Programs include providing safe havens for trafficked children; providing counseling and vocational training to help children recover from their experiences; reuniting trafficked children with their families; and partnering with authorities to identify and prosecute traffickers.

Three ways you can help

Praise God for the passage of this critical legislation. Pray that it would effectively provide the needed tools to combat trafficking and provide support for trafficking survivors. Thank God for the citizens who voiced their support for the bill.
Call your members of Congress and thank them for passing the TVPRA. By expressing your appreciation as a constituent, you’ll show them that you take notice when they support just policies — setting the stage for them to do the same in the future.
Make a one-time donation to help provide safety for a formerly exploited child. Your gift will help prevent further abuse and restore physical, emotional, and spiritual health to those who have faced terrible experiences.

Monday, February 18, 2013

If You Don't Want Girls Judged by Their Hemlines, Stop Judging Them by Their Hemlines by Amanda Marcotte


teen girls
Slate published this article: "If You Don't Want Girls Judged by Their Hemlines, Stop Judging Them by Their Hemlines"  by Amanda Marcotte this past Friday, which goes along with the notion that we should stop putting the responsibility for the behavior of boys/men on girls/women.

(from the article) "Lahey claims that she only wishes for girls to see that they "are not the measure of their hemlines, but the sum of their strong minds, kind hearts, and unlimited potential." That's a noble goal that I fully support. I recommend that Lahey start sending the message that she doesn't measure girls by their hemlines by 
not measuring them by their hemlines. Try ignoring their bodies completely and getting directly to the work of cherishing those minds and those hearts instead."






Monday, December 3, 2012

Distractions

http://everycollegegirl.com/top-ten-study-distractions/

This link above is to a website called everycollegegirl.com and this goes on to explain the top 10 distractions for a college girl.
1.Facebook and Twitter
2. Blogs
3. Youtube
4.Comics
5. Texting/Talking
6. Cleaning/Organizing
7. Online Games
8. Google
9. Music
10. Likealittle

Like a little is something I have never heard of, it seems like it is a website for college students who have crushes on other people/ they are attracted too and can connect with one another.

Women in Power

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2011/08/29/worlds-most-powerful-women-politics-hillary-clinton-angela-merkel-michele-bachmann/

This is a link to an article that was posted on forbes.com last year talking about powerful women in the political realm. This website is a dedication to the strides that women have taken in the past 50 or so years to make a stance world wide and show that they are equal to men, I found this very interesting. The most powerful women according to this website is a German Chancellor by the name of Angela Merkel who directly controls $2.9 trillion GDP.

Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter

http://www.forbes.com/2010/02/08/inspirational-women-twitter-forbes-woman-leadership-social-media.html

This is a link to an article from 2010 on the Forbes website that gives a list on 20 very inspiring women to follow on twitter. All of the women listed are not full blown celebrities, but they are women who have taken control of their lives and are making a difference in the world. For example, one of the women they introduce is Jesse Daniels is a sociologist and a professor that is researching how the internet is changing social equality.

3 things to empower women-Oprah

http://www.oprah.com/money/3-Things-You-Can-Do-to-Empower-Women

I found this interesting, this is from Oprah's book club and this article talks about 3 ways in which you can empower women. The first thing to do is to "Make Girls Smarter" and they talk about ways to eat when pregnant that can help your child come out with a better IQ. The second step according to the link is to support a womens business. Lastly, they tell you to keep girls in school by donating money to less privileged nations to help educate young women.

Violence against women face sheet

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs239/en/

Above is a link to a website, the World Health Organization (WHO) and it talks about the statistics and facts about violence against women, in particular intimate partner and sexual violence directed towards women. An interesting note is that it is not only the women whom is affected, it is also her children, and women face horrific health problems, mentally and potentially physically from rape and other forms of sexual violence. Click the link to find out more.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Toy Store Rant Love It

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srnaXW9ZgZc
I needed to post this before the end of class. Riley is an amazing little girl that tells it like it is.
Big Business and Gender rolls watch out. This is a must see
Gerri

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Rock N Roll Camp

http://girlsrockorlando.wordpress.com/

Check out the Rock N Roll Camp for girls website!! This is such an awesome camp in Central Florida! I volunteered with it this last summer and had an amazing time!!! You should volunteer too!

An awesome mother in the media.


Original post HERE

I saw this and just felt like it was the most perfect beautiful thing...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012



How do we truly find an identity? This is the ultimate question for any girl, right? We know media gains money off of image. We know it is okay to be different, unique, and free thinkers. But what is the next step? I think this is what this course wants us to understand. Yes we have made it this far for girls, women, and the ongoing generations. But there is more! We as women still are not equal and until then we must fight.

Booty Rocking Everywhere

Booty Rocking Everywhere

nicki minaj two face booty
http://weknowmemes.com/2011/10/30-pictures-of-nicki-minaj-booty/

Recognize the booty? Sure you do. None other the infamous Nicki Minaj. Not the first to obtain butt injections but definitely the one to put them on the map. But what do people on average think of this? I, personally, am not a fan. I'm all for "improving" yourself if you feel the need (one day I will), but why would a beautiful young woman feel the need to enhance her derriere past sensibility? What makes her feel like she needs to? As a woman in her male-dominated industry, its either be a sex-symbol or be a dyke. It's called playing the game? But does this justify her actions? As someone who young girls look up to (even though not the best role model), would you not feel the responsibility of presenting yourself in a way that is appropriate for your extreme fans? When asked if you feel you are a legitimate role model to young girls can you say without laughter yes? It's not to knock the hustle but the integration of women into hiphop has majorly been sexual aside from Queen Latifah, Salt 'n Pepa, etc. Today, that sector is purely sexualized and no female rap artist is working  to dismantle this organized regime because SEX SELLS! So while she and other famous individuals continue altering their bodies to extreme measures with the purpose of being noticed beyond average, this idea is planted into girls heads. The same way nose jobs and breast implants have crossed the age barrier, so have butt injections/implants. So how do we fix this? Better yet, is this fixable?

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

http://www.seljasini.com/2010_10_01_archive.html

Who thought of this phrase and what can them the right? I always thought it was cute but did not realize its implications in this sexist society. What are little girls made of?: sugar, spice, and everything nice. The photo above is of Pippi Longstocking who I grew up watching. Pippi was absolutely amazing. Though she sat on money, she always looked like a rag but her heart was kind and loving. According to the definition, Pippi is a girl yet why was she and outcast? She was nice except to criminals who continually tried to rob her and she ate sweets all the time; doesn't that count for sugar? Now let's dissect spice. What exactly did they mean by that? When people think of a spicey woman they think the sassy speak-her-mind type. Check mark for Pippi. So if she passes, why is she not the model we teach our girls to be? Why is the model we emphasize today the basis on the medieval time princess who does what she's told, marry who she's forced to, and remain loyal to the men in her life foremost. Something isn't adding up. The influence of this phrase is no longer as girls have found their power, so why still use it?

UN Committee Calls for Ban on Female Circumcision

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/committee-calls-ban-female-circumcision-17815276#.ULbFAI5MY20

I came across this article and felt I should share it. Female genital mutilation which has been occurring for centuries is finally on the road to being banned! Although this will not be implemented overnight it is about time that an initiative is taken to eliminate this heinous act.

Inspiration

Sarah Kay began her career as a spoken word poet at age 14 and presented her first TED talk at age 22.  Titled "If I should have a daughter, " Kay tells of the things she wants her future daughter to know: life, love and navigating it all.  She shares her experiences with performing to an audience and breaks it down into three steps.  I think the first is something we all need to remember:   "Step one was the moment I said, 'I can. I can do this.'"  For the complete talk, please listen at:  http://www.ted.com/talks/sarah_kay_if_i_should_have_a_daughter.html 

Dove, Still Marketing.

There are inspirational blogs, videos, sites, songs and books; some independent, others affiliated with products.  The Dove campaign challenges traditional beauty ideals with diversity in size, shape, skin tone but we have to remember they are still a company and they are still out to sell us a product.  We still need to measure up someone else standard of beauty and theirs are products to get or keep us there. Look at the women in the Dove campaign, now look again.  The women in the campaign are all attractive by mainstream standards with  no physical attributes that might detract from beauty, no expansion of sex and gender ideas.  While they have taken a step in the right direction, we need to keep in mind that we are still seeing a media campaign.

Think outside the (gender) box for holiday gifts.

'Tis the season and all that jazz.  We are inundated with marketing, at this time of year more than ever.   Before plopping down the plastic on something a store or manufacturer proclaims is the perfect gift for your daughter, sister, niece, etc.,  think about her interests, spend some time talking about subjects you enjoy and maybe you'll discover a shared hobby.  One place I like to browse for ideas is the http://www.amightygirl.com site.  The same idea applies to adults as well;  that dremel rotary tool on my wish list would a welcome surprise under the tree.  I might use it to make a piece of jewelry but that's okay too.  Girls don't have to eschew all "traditional" girl toys and activities, but they need to know they aren't limited to them.

No Means No: A Lesson in Consent for All Ages

http://feminspire.com/no-means-no-a-lesson-in-consent-for-all-ages/

It's an unfortunate outlook that seems prevalent in our society today: "Don't take no for an answer." Persistence is certain areas of life can be a good thing, but when it comes to consent, no always means no. As this article points out, "Society as a whole has a huge problem with accepting the fact that no means no." It's prominent in the media, on TV, in the movies, and all around us every day, and it's an extremely problematic way of thinking.