"I want Hollywood and the music industry to send the message that alleged rapists like Casey Affleck or R. Kelly aren’t welcome no matter what level of talent they have. This can be as simple as skipping a song on a playlist and explaining your reasoning behind it.
So next time you get control of the aux with friends, know it’s not just about the music. You have a chance to make change and hold media makers accountable." via @youthradio full article on our Facebook page.
“Why do so many of us, as female artists, have to go to war to tell our stories when we have so much to offer? Why do we have to fight tooth and nail to maintain our dignity?
I think it is because we, as women, have been devalued artistically to an indecent state, to the point where the film industry stopped making an effort to find out what female audiences wanted to see and what stories we wanted to tell.”
Salma Hayek, @nytimes, December 2017
This article is raw, vulnerable, brave, and definitely worth a read.
Unfortunately, the stories of sexual violence across the country are also here in Philadelphia. NO ONE should ever have to put up with any kind of sexual violence in the workplace.
While we are glad that they are investing in "comprehensive sexual harassment training" annually for the police department, the conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace and sexual violence in general needs to happen more than once a year.
If there are THREE women with stories like these,
How many more women are not sharing their stories?
What do YOU think the city should do? How can the Philadelphia Police department improve?
You know when you’re studying and your mind drifts? And since it’s the holidays, your mind drifts to that moment at family dinner where your cousin or aunt or parent or third uncle twice removed who was abducted by an alien but phoned home (that’s what twice removed means, right???) brings up…oh, anything really….that irate cheeto who apparently runs our neighbouring country, race, gender, politics of any kind. You think about that moment where your body tenses and you choose to either eat the yam on your fork or fling it in their face because you didn’t ask for a side of racism and/or (let’s be honest, it’s usually AND) misogyny with your meal. But you know that you’re going to get some flack for saying something because ~*of COOoOOOooourse the feeeeeEEEemiNist has to say something UUUHGHHHH*~. Well. Listen. You’re not alone. And honestly, if it’s unsafe for you to say something, that’s okay—remember that some people won’t change their minds, and truly cannot be reasoned with, so save your breath for singing along to the new Kesha album ok?????? If you are in a position to say something, then do. You should also remember that you’re not alone. You’re not crazy, you’re not irrational, you’re not being sensitive—you’re right, and they may never change their mind, but you don’t have to sit there and swallow your feelings with your brussel sprouts, ya hear? Now, get back to studying and remember that your feelings are valid and okay and you absolutely got this. 💖🖤
#FeministFriday “This year, the Gender Justice Legacy Wall went up at the ICC to honour all those individual women and feminist organisations who’ve worked so hard to ensure that sexual violence is treated as the international crime that it is.
The Legacy Wall featured some notable African women/feminist organisations, including Kaari Murungi (pictured, photo via #AfricanFeministForum ), Binaifer Nowrojee, Yasmin Sooko and COVAW which led the complementarity case seeking justice for survivors of sexual violence during the electoral violence in Kenya of 2007/8.” (L. Muthoni Wanyeki, paraphrased.) #Afrifem#EndSexualViolence
Make sure to follow @itsonuscsusb for reminders about the #endsexualviolence training. The deadline for all students to complete is January 24, 2018. #nomore
Make sure you know the creator of @themetoomvmt, Tarana Burke! She came up with the concept while working with young girls in Alabama in 2006. However, when #MeToo broke out in Hollywood, her work around the campaign became overshadowed by many of the famous, wealthy White women that spoke out. Rightfully so, many are now making it a point to raise her name as an example of grass-roots leadership that can reverberate throughout the world. Ms. Burke, your courage, deep empathy and vision has permanently moved our country forward and we will forever be grateful.
@afropunk Story Here: http://bit.ly/2AGrwOc
3rd interview in our 6-part series: Nest Talk with #JackieOlive ! 🙌 “Every time victims’ stories cut through the silence, they have enormous potential to be an empowering first step towards holding harassers accountable and ending abuse.” #MeToo#EmpowerYouth#EndSexualViolence
Happy to have hosted the @iamwomankind staff holiday party at my place yesterday! They are the nicest, most dedicated group of people in NYC! It takes courage, determination and nerves of steel to help survivors of sexual violence heal from their trauma. It’s a tough, often ugly job, yet they do it day in and day out, with grace and compassion. #iamwomankind#EndSexualViolence#RiseAbove
Have you gotten to know the characters?! Learn about them on our website (link in bio)✨ #TheRemnantsofEden
SWIPE ➡️ We are finally becoming conscious of a vice that has been socially accepted and has insulted and humiliated millions of girls like me, for in every woman there is a girl. I am inspired by those who had the courage to speak out, especially in a society that elected a president who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than a dozen women and whom we have all heard make a statement about how a man in power can do anything he wants to women.
Well, not anymore.
- Salma Hayek ✌🏿✌🏾✌🏽✌🏼✌🏻✌️
“In my mind, ‘molested’ meant somebody hurt you in some kind of way,” she wrote. “Like, they took something from you that you didn’t want to give. And what the old man did never hurt. It didn’t necessarily feel good, either, it was just whatever..... (click the link in bio to read full article) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Tiffany Haddish expressed what a lot of people who is molested experience. What some people don’t understand is being molested doesn’t have to be something that hurts you physically like a punch or a slap. Being molested is something that just doesn’t feel right you won’t be able to understand what it is but it won’t be a good feeling. Tiffany sharing her story helps bring awareness so those that are currently going through can be aware if they are not. It is also to help those that are aware and currently in a sexual abuse situation strength. I say to whomever going through that what happened (or what’s happening) to you is not your fault. Tell somebody. #molestation#metoo#tiffanyhaddish#nomore#endsexualviolence#endsexualabuse#endsexualassault#awareness#nonprofitorganization#thegiftofhope#thegiftofhopeorlando
"The sisterhood can move mountains" Such an inspiring evening at the launch of #skimtalks ! Thank you @jayk.frederick for your incredible vision of creating a safe space for survivors of all forms of sexual violence, and to all the other women who shared their incredible stories. Highlights: the importance of not labelling, individually owned narratives, ensuring good mental health and wellbeing, strong support networks and ABOVE ALL resilience, kindness and compassion 💜 @ms_sossou @hibowardere @leylahusseinuk #iamskim#endfgm#endsexualviolence#safespace#movingmountains#surviveandthrive#mentalhealth