From Huff Post: 8 Hollywood Women Who Have Called Out Industry Sexism

This is a very interesting article to read:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/25/sexism-in-hollywood-women-problem-inequality_n_4867219.html

Often we forget that media includes movies. The perception of women in film is almost just as important as in news media. We are constantly being influenced by the things we see, including in fiction. Read the article above and see what a few actresses have to say about it!

Non-anonymous: Rape victim stands up against a fraternity by suing the whole lot

Last semester at Wesleyan College, a freshman girl went to a pledge strip show party at the school’s Pi Upsilon house. During the party, she was raped as several onlookers stood by and watched.

Today, she is bypassing the bureaucratic tape by taking them all to civil court. Cabri Chamberlin, now a sophomore, has filed a lawsuit against her assailant and 11 other members of the fraternity.

In a previous post, I discussed how rape cases like these aren’t taken seriously enough on college campuses. Chamberlin has gone past that by going past criminal legislation and taking it straight to civil court.

Even if the boys don’t get jail time, a civil case means that they will still have to face what they have done. They may not be tried by a criminal court, but as this case goes further I am sure that the court of public opinion will vilify them appropriately.

The way Chamberlin is handling this situation is extremely brave and presents cases like this in a new light. She requested to have her name released to the media. By putting herself out there in this way she has effectively gained control of the way this case will be perceived. Chamberlin set her own frame when she stood up and described how much this experience has “altered her life” and expressed her ultimate desire to use the lawsuit to “create changes that protects others.”

Because she got in front of the situation, it will be very difficult for anyone to dispute her credibility or for the boys to defend their actions. Wesleyan has already released a statement expressing their sincere regrets about what happened to Chamberlin; had she not been so forthcoming about her situation, the college may not have been either.

Chamberlin may not realize exactly how important this lawsuit, and the subsequent media attention, is for changing the perception of rape cases on college campuses. Indiscretions can’t be swept under the rug when brave girls like her take action beforehand.

Article about the case:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/14/justice/wesleyan-university-rape-lawsuit/index.html?c=us&page=0

Shattering the perception of women on birth control

News is all about perception. For women, a few topics immediately come to mind when it comes to what shapes perception, not the least of which is birth control. Including birth control in health insurance has become a controversial subject since the dawn of ObamaCare. One of the main concerns is that providing free birth control will encourage promiscuous behavior and do little to prevent abortions. This reflects on the restraints women have when it comes to media perception; too often are we defined by birth control, abortions and other things men are not vilified for. According to this study, that’s a misleading idea. Check it out:

Women Don’t Have More Sexual Partners When They Use Birth Control — But Why Do We Care?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amanda-duberman/birth-control-risky-sexual-behavior_b_4920363.html

A Feminist Mix for International Women’s Day

A little late, but in honor of International Women’s Day

The WordPress.com Blog

This past Saturday was International Women’s Day, a day to inspire girls and celebrate women’s achievements and, in many countries, an official holiday.

There are many fascinating feminists using WordPress.com to share thoughts on sex, gender, and equality — here are a few of our quirky favorites.

Nursing Clio

On the collaborative blog Nursing Clio — named for Clio, the muse of history — a cast of writers explores issues of gender and medicine, focusing on the ways medicine has historically been used to reinforce sex and gender inequality.

nursing clio

Depending on the day, you might read a dissection of a 1968 Disney-produced film on birth control, an analysis of why women’s ski jumping wasn’t allowed in the Olympics until the Sochi games this year, or an exploration of environmental factors linked to intersex babies.

We also enjoy their tagline, “Because the personal is historical” — a…

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