One part of advocacy work is being conscious of current events and developments. From taking a stand against pop culture icons spouting problematic lyrics to advocating for healthy relationships, there are many ways to be activists and cultural critics in our movement.
Take a few minutes to catch up, get inspired, and maybe share a laugh with us. We’re going to bring you a weekly round-up of topics related to anti-violence and anti-oppression work, so stay tuned to our blog and our Facebook page for updates!
And without further ado, here’s this week’s round-up:
You probably love Beyonce Knowles, force of nature, self-proclaimed feminist, certified babe. Her Grammy performance of “Drunk in Love” with her husband has but one flaw: Jay-Z’s lyrics make light of traumatic domestic violence. This article about Beyonce and domestic violence perfectly describes why those lyrics matter. After all, when one of your faves messes up, it’s important to hold them accountable.
President Obama recently announced that he is starting a task force on sexual assault on college campuses. On the To the Sexual Assault Task Force Tumblr, students are telling their stories and asking that their voices be heard on the task force.
Do Something is accepting applications for their Youth Health Advisory Council — a group that will be dedicated to spreading health information throughout their communities. High school and college students can learn more and apply here.
In the mood to be inspired by a wonderful artist? Check out Es Devlin, the woman behind Kanye West’s acclaimed Yeezus tour. You may not have heard of her, but you’ve probably seen her work on Lady Gaga’s tour or the Spice Girl’s performance at the 2012 Olympics.
Next time you’re rolling your eyes at someone who is perpetuating rape culture take notes from Keke Wyatt, the undisputed queen of eye rolls. But maybe don’t watch this in public, because it will make you cackle.
Alice Wilder is our Social Media Intern. She works on a variety of outreach projects for education and advocacy.