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What I Have Been Up To

Well, it’s been officially two months since my last blog post. Well done, Rachel!

I’ve been a bit preoccupied with other stuff lately, specifically my new job at Girls For A Change. Girls For A Change is a non-profit organization run out of Silicon Valley that that empowers girls to create social change. Over the course of the fourteen week program, groups of middle school and high school-age girls meet with GFC coaches (female volunteers) to talk about the issues that effect their community and implement a group-designed social change project to target a specific issue. It’s an absolutely incredible organization, with “Girl Action Teams” in California, Virginia, Arizona, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and internationally in El Salvador, India, Nicaragua, Rwanda, and Uganda.

In addition to being a coach here in Santa Cruz County, I also run the social media aspects of the organization. Another big part of Girls for A Change that I am involved with is our partnership with Jennifer Siebel-Newsom and her incredible film MissRepresentation, for which I help run the Social Action component. Check out the trailer for the film here: 

We encourage people to sign up to become Social Action Representatives for the film – kind of like being an intern – and twice a month Action Reps receive an Action Alert email that gives them a special assignment, such as using the hashtag #NotBuyingIt on Twitter to call attention to sexist, misogynistic, or anti-female advertisements and products.  We provide a handy tool kit (designed by Girls For A Change) that has all the tools reps need to take their inspiration and move it into action. I work with the folks at MissRepresentation to create the Action Alerts, so much of my creative thought goes into that rather than this blog nowadays!

If you haven’t yet seen the film, I highly encourage you to do so.  MissRepresentation “exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.” The alarming facts, raw interviews with scholars and celebrities alike, and Siebel-Newsom’s emotional narrative have made this film completely eye-opening and extremely important.

So, that’s what’s been going on. There’s a lot of terrible stuff going on in the world, and I suppose it’s just too aggravating to actually sit down and write about it. Maybe in another two months!

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Always a good time when Jon Stewart appears live on Fox News

“It’s about absurdity and it’s about corruption.”

– Jon Stewart on the nature of his satirical show

Jon Stewart appeared on Fox News this morning to debate with host Chris Wallace whether or not Stewart is a “partisan, ideological activist.” Fun! Video below:

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Rachel Maddow’s takeaway message from Weinergate: Democrats and Republicans are held to different standards when it comes to resigning after sex scandals

Rachel Maddow’s response to the Anthony Weiner sexting debacle/media circus/resignation controversy is one of the only responses I’ve seen in mainstream media that comprehensively explores the idea of double standards and hypocrisy across party lines when it comes to sex scandals. The gist of it: IOKIYAR (it’s okay if you’re a republican). Despite the fact that republicans run on the platform of conservative family values and heterosexual normativity, members of the party don’t call on one another to resign when caught in a moment of sexual impropriety. Democrats, however, are held to a higher standard it seems. They’re pushed out not only by members of the republican party, but by leaders in the democratic party as well.

Rachel Maddow’s tears into this hypocrisy.

Click on the image to watch the video.

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The Round-Up: June 6, 2011

Here are my picks for today’s media/blog round up!

Michele Backmann Said What!?: Your guide to the Minnesota firebrand’s most outrageous, outlandish, and out-there remarks. — By Tim Murphy via Mother Jones

Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin Impression Is So Good, Even Fox News Is Fooled. — By Lindsay William-Ross via LAist

Do You Think I’d Be Sitting Here If They Were Called “Empowerment Walks?”: Jessica Valenti appears on MSNBC to talk about her WaPo article on SlutWalks and the future of feminism. — By Vanessa via Feministing

Anthony Weiner’s Tearful, Interminable Sexting Confession: A response to the NY Rep’s press conference today. — By Irin Carmon via Jezebel

Psychology Today Agrees to Remove Controversial Author Satoshi Kanazawa from Website: Journal had published Kanazawa’s study which “scientifically proved” that black women are less attractive than women of other races. — Via ColorOfChange

Sarah Palin Not Backing Down on Paul Revere: Palin sticking by her revisionist history — Via Slate

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Media Roudup, 1st Edition: The Strauss-Kahn Scandal

Here are some things in the media that I want to pass along regarding the Dominique Strauss-Kahn rape scandal. They deal with a variety of things, including victim-blaming, responses in the French media, the “conspiracy theories” coming from members of the French elite, and the problematic history of “the great seducer.”  Click on an image below to check out the article/video.

From Feministe:

From Bloomberg:

From the Daily Show with Jon Stewart:

And a second clip, in which Jon Stewart astutely points out that  “The head of the IMF trying to f*** an African” is “like a live action metaphor.”

 

From Jezebel: 

From Colorlines:

 

From TIME:  

 

From SLATE:

 

And finally, from the National Organization for Women:

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Conservative media continues to spread fear of “black male sexual power”

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Fox Nation, a conservative news website operated by Fox News Channel, published a piece today about President Obama’s father called “A Slippery Character”: New Details Emerge About Obama’s father. With the release of Obama’s long-form birth certificate this week, many birthers are moving on to attack a different Obama: the president’s father, Barack Obama, Sr.

See, the president’s father was a dark-skinned African and apparently a womanizer, so we (Americans) should be very afraid. I’m sure if you investigated any number of past US presidents you would fine that many were the offspring of less-than-perfect parents. But let’s just call it what it is: racism.

There is no way to silence the birthers. We’ve established that. They’re a fringe group, and though I hope they stay that way, but this Fox Nation article is absolutely terrifying and proves beyond a reasonable doubt that birthers really just hate black people. Well, black men that have worked their way up to become Commander in Chief. The GOP is really pissed that the good ol’ boys club has been infiltrated by dark skin. So what do they do? They do everything they can to spread fear and delegitimize our nation’s first black president.

Adam Weinstein over at Mother Jones wrote a response to the Fox Nation piece, which can be found here. In response to the “breaking news” that Obama’s father was a womanizer, Weinstein does an excellent job of calling to attention the historical paranoia that the white community has harbored against black men, especially when those black men are found to be having sexual relations with white women. Remember, much of the lynching that was done in the American South after the Civil War and into the mid-20th century was in response to fear of “miscegnation” or race-mixing: white men did not want black men “defiling” their white women.

People get annoyed that people “play the racism card” and are being too politically correct about the whole birtherism thing, but this just shows how ignorant they are of the history of the persecution of black men and women in America.

I really like what Mr. Weinsten has to say, so I highly suggest you head over there and check it out!

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