Today is International Women’s Day! My favorite day! When addressing the United Nations on Friday, Hilary Clinton said that gender equality is the “great unfinished business of the 21st century” and that “no country in the world, including my own, has achieved full participation.” I could not agree more! There is no way the world can develop when half of the population is not given the same rights and opportunities as the other half. Today I remind you to consider the grave inequalities that keep women around the world from marrying who they want, living free from violence, getting an education, and earning their own money. Consider what you can do to contagiously promote equality. But I also remind you to pay tribute to the important women in your life. I cannot imagine the woman I would be if it weren’t for my strong grandmas, my beautiful mother, my role model of a sister, or my inspiring friends.
P.S. also make sure you watch today’s Google logo video!
In a interesting new study done by the University of Toronto and the University of Washington, it was found that sexual aggression in men does not have a correlation to their own alcohol level. Instead, it is related to the intoxication level of women. By observing the bar scene they found that “25 percent of all incidents involved sexual aggression and 90 percent of the victims of sexual aggression were women being harassed by men.” The lead researcher, Kate Graham stated, “the fact that men were more likely to take advantage of intoxicated women shows that most of these incidents aren’t well-intentioned.” I am glad that this research was done in bars because there are different perceptions of what actions are okay when you consider this atmosphere. I also agree with the researchers as they shared their concern on bar staff not being trained to step in and stop the acts of sexual aggression.
Read more here from NPR
Now that I am done with my pop culture heavy related posts (for now) ….I read an interesting article about successful attacks against strip clubs in New York. I am very interested and involved in the work against human trafficking. Thanks to guidance from my NWU Gender Studies courses and professors, I have looked into the connections between trafficking and prostitution. I understand that many see prostitution, and other sex industry institutions such as strip clubs, as a legitimate business that women can chose to take part in.
I see it differently.
While I understand there may be a few women who honestly decide this to be their line of work, the facts are that the average age of entry into the sex industry is between 12 and 14. There is also a strong connection with the women involved in prostitution to a history or childhood of violence. Can one really say a woman selected this line of work if she was introduced into it as a child? In New York many strip clubs are being closed or are under attack by way of liquor licenses. This has shown to be quite effective in closing these businesses; take away the alcohol and they loose clients. Complaints to Liquor Authority and restrictive zoning laws have made it hard for new strip clubs to survive. I would have liked to see a mention about the dangers that strip clubs bring but am glad to read that communities are going after the tolerance of the sex industry in the US.
Read more here in The New York Times
85 years of honoring white males…
The Gender Advocacy Place is a student-run organization on campus that exists to empower and serve all persons within the Wesleyan community through programs, educational resources, and referral services. We are located in the Center for Student Involvement, room 018. This semester, each month has a focus–February is healthy relationships and sexual consent month, March is gender & sexuality celebration month, and the month of April will be focused on body image. Throughout each month, we’ll host events, hang up posters, and make Facebook posts relating to our theme. Upcoming events include a partnership with Indigo Bridge Books on March 13th for a documentary showing in honor of Women’s History Month.
Make sure you’ve liked our Facebook page (NWU Gender Advocacy Place) to stay up to date on events! If you’re interested in volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by our office!
Today I read a powerful opinion article in the Huffington Post that I wanted to share with you. Glenn Canning, a father whose daughter died as the result of being raped and bullied, wants to share with the world that being quiet is the problem. He is calling out to all, especially men, who have been quiet about rape, have let a rape happen, and those who befriend rapists. I am sad that we live in a place where rape culture is tolerated and victim blaming is an everyday occurrence. When have you heard someone make a joke about rape or blame a rape survivor for drinking too much or “asking for it,” but let it slide? I agree with what Canning that, “We need to use our voices to be a part of the solution and not let our silence continue to be part of the problem.”
Read the full article here