More good news this week: Young Lakota took home two awards last weekend at Cine Las Americas Festival in Austin! The Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature and the Audience Award for Documentary Feature! Let’s keep the momentum going! http://cinelasamericas.org/
This is Retaeh Parsons, and we failed her. She was 17 and on Sunday her family took her off life support 4 days after she hanged herself. A little over a year earlier, she’d been raped by 4 boys and pictures of the assault spread across the internet. She endured blaming, shaming, and bullying from her peers while police refused to press charges against her rapist. Now her family is demanding an independent investigation into police conduct in the case: https://www.change.org/Rehtaeh This won’t bring her back. This won’t end sexual violence as a whole. But we have to start somewhere. We have to make a better world. For Retaeh, for Jane Doe, for every known and unknown casualty of our sick rape culture.
Rehtaeh Parsons hanged herself in her bathroom four days before that, because Rehtaeah Parsons was gang-raped by four boys a year ago.
They took pictures.
It took weeks for the police to even talk to them.
The atrocity they…
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In 1979, Black socialist feminist lesbian writer, scholar, and organizer Barbara Smith stood in front of the National Association of Women’s Studies and said the following,
Feminism is the political theory and practice that struggles to free all women: women of color,…
When athletes are accused of rape - and this is not the first or, unfortunately, the last time - often their teammates and coaches will scramble to defend them. That’s wrong. Athletes receiving preferential treatment is not uncommon and is undeniable at schools across this country, and in the case of Steubenville the safe haven of a team ready to go up to bat to defend two rapists has effectively squashed discussion around the central problem of the case: it doesn’t matter who rapes, or who is raped. It matters that a rape has occurred and that it occurred on camera and on the Internet and with great pride and joy from those allegedly involved. It matters that when these boys were publicly scrutinized for this behavior, which is undeniably tasteless and violent behavior stemming from probably equally tasteless and violent attitudes toward women, their teammates and coaches defended them publicly and privately. It matters because the only way people learn is by being told the truth - and the truth is that Coach Saccoccia and all of the Steubenville Big Red team should have stood in solidarity with what is right, and not who they know.
The real horror here is that Boys Don’t Cry was based on a true story. Brandon Teena was a real person, who was really brutally raped and killed. The scene that McFarlane is making a sexualized joke out of really happened to a real human being who really died. Because according to McFarlane, breasts exist for men’s amusement, and the total violation and murder of people with breasts is just a big joke because the bodies of women and FAAB people are just hilarious.
When McFarlane reduces Swank’s amazingly powerful performance down to a punchline about her body, he’s doing more than making light of her talent. He’s literally inviting people to laugh at rape and murder. He’s construing breasts as existing for men’s pleasure, whether sexual pleasure or just to make fun of, all the time—even when they belong to people, like Brandon Teena in Boys Don’t Cry, who identify as men. Even when they are exposed as part of a badly injured body, like Charlize Theron in Monster—another film based on a true story. Even when they symbolize the racist sexualization of black women by white men, like Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball. Even when they’re visible during a violent gang rape, as passerby cheer the attackers on, like Jodie Foster in The Accused, once again based on a real-life attack. Even when, like Scarlet Johansson, another target of the boob song, personal nude photographs of them were leaked without consent.
Interested in women’s history? Watch the story of how women changed America over the last half-century — “MAKERS: Women Who Make America” narrated by Meryl Streep TONIGHT at 8:00 PM EST on PBS (check your local listings). And join the #MAKERSchat on Twitter — @MAKERSwomen.
1858: Lavinia Dock, nursing pioneer who wrote history of nursing & general manual, suffragist & women’s rights activist, born.
1859: Louise DeKoven Bowen, helped establish separate justice system for juveniles, suffragist & Hull House president, born.
1879: Mabel Dodge Luhan, wealthy US patron of the Taos art colony, author of her memoirs & books on artist friends, born.
1906: Edith Madeleine Carroll, English actress, famous “Hitchcock blonde,” gave up career to work as nurse in WWII, born.
1944: Sue Dauser, Director of the Navy Nurse Corps, becomes the first female Captain in the U.S. Navy.
1950: Helen Clark, 2nd female Prime Minister of New Zealand and the 1st to have won office at an election, born.
1987: The Church of England’s General Synod voted to support the ordination of women priests. http://bit.ly/xEhEBD
2012: Danica Patrick becomes the 3rd woman to start the NASCAR Daytona 500 race.
“The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” - Anaïs Nin, French-Cuban writer born on this date in 1903.