It’s like my main man Joe Biden knew it was my last Feminist Friday and came out with an awesome new website and PSA for the White House’s “1 is 2 Many” campaign, which is all about sexual assault on college campuses. Love you, Joe.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month just came to a close, and it’s a great time to look back at our events from the Shout Out to Cupcakes & Cocktails to Hollaback’s awesome screenprinting events. With these events we combined the catharsis of storytelling with self-care and direct action. When you work in violence prevention, it can seem strange to have a month for awareness when it feels hard not to be aware of interpersonal violence. But I think it’s helpful to think of SAAM as a time to heal and bring our passion for this work into parts of our community where awareness isn’t so high. It felt so gratifying to see people stopping in their tracks to read the shirts on the clothesline project, and I heard many of my friends say that they went out of their way to walk past the shirts on their way to class.
If you’re busy wrapping up the end of the school year, this is a great work/study playlist that’s instrumental but still really energizing.
One last time, tell all of the teenage girls in your life to apply for SPARK Movement, a rad activist group that’s working against the sexualization of girls in the media. Click here to hear more about why SPARK is wonderful, and then apply here!
A group of Nigerian school girls have been kidnapped and are being forced to marry their captors. Nigerians are asking their government it take action under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.
Ilana Glazer of Broad City went up to New Yorkers and asked them about their first time having sex. It’s great.
Speaking of awesome comedians, I’ve been obsessed with Chelsea Peretti, one of the greats, American Treasure, for a long time and in this clip she sums up what it’s like to live in a rape culture.
I have so much love for the students at Smith College who are currently protesting the school’s trans* exclusionary policies. Trans women are women, and they deserve to be admitted to women’s universities.
Alice Wilder is our Social Media Intern. She works on a variety of outreach projects for education and advocacy.
A huge thank you to Alice for all her hard work this semester! We’ll miss you!