I was reading an article for class, out of the Textbook for International Health, in the “Societal determinants of Health and Social Inequalities” chapter, when I came across gender and race and how it related to health.
Gender inequalities and gender discrimination are an important determinant of health. Gender refers to social conceptions and roles rather than biological differences. In other…
From www.equalityforher.com. Meet the latest HER Artist of the Week, singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor and her song “All About That Bass”. Trainor is a 20 year old from Massachusetts who has written songs for the likes of Rascal Flatts and others. “All About That Bass” is her breakout song as a singer songwriter. The song is about body acceptance, with lyrics like, “Yeah it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size 2”, “I see the magazines working that Photoshop/We know that s–t ain’t real/Come on now, make it stop/If you got beauty beauty just raise ‘em up/‘Cause every inch of you is perfect/From the bottom to the top” The song promotes body acceptance and celebrates men and women of all shapes and sizes. Read more at www.equalityforher.com
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HER Artist of the Week is a weekly feature on musicians and songs that encourage fair treatment of women and do not advocate for violence against women. After all if all you’re listening to is music that has a negative message toward, you may start repeating it. So, Equality for HER is featuring music that sends a healthy message.
"I woke up earlier than I intended this morning, so I logged on to Tumblr under the Equality for HER account and updated a few articles. I realized I had failed to post the Sleeping Beauty and Consent article on the Tumblr account so I swiftly corrected that issue. After attaching the appropriate tags, a brief introduction, and a preview I hit publish and proceeded with my morning routine. As I brushed my teeth I heard my phone notifying me that the article was being re-blogged. (For those of you who are not Tumblr savvy, it a website where users can blog and interact with other blogs through liking, reposting and commenting.) Awesome! The Internet was reading and appreciating what I had to say, and maybe by talking about my process I someone else could benefit. I looked at the comments one person posted to narrative,
“Jesus H Christ, you’ll shit yourself if you ever read the original [opposed to the Disney version]!”
My inner dialogue was along these lines: Hmm that’s not really a productive or relevant response. Maybe they are really into original stories that Disney has adapted. Let me check out their page. (Checks page) Oh wow.
This person’s blog was devoted to ‘anti-feminist’ and demeaning statements. A brief scan of the Tumblr page revealed the user’s damaging rejection of the existence of rape culture and the need for feminism.”
Check out the whole story at http://bit.ly/1nWZmAd
Sleeping Beauty and Consent
While many people argue that Disney movies are the last place to look for relationship advice, the truth is that this is the first place that children observe and idealize relationships. Consent is a key part of intimate relationships yet it is often dismissed and overlooked. I am a survivor of sexual assault and as a part of my personal healing process I have started to look more closely at the way the media undermines consent. When my young cousin pointed out the lack of consent in the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty, I began to see the consequences of this oversight. As we watched the crucial kiss, she said to me, “Blair, the princess was asleep and the man kissed her. Are boys allowed to kiss girls while they are sleeping?” I assured her that you should always ask someone before doing something like that. But I could not shake the thought that maybe movies like Sleeping Beauty do some harm to teaching healthy relationships. The following poem is a satirical interpretation of Sleeping Beauty.
Check out the full version here: http://www.equalityforher.com/blog/sleeping-beauty-and-consent/
It’s a bit late but we want to congradulate Adore Delano on her amazing recod sales with her album Till Death Do Us Party. We know our chief blogger, Mariah, is addicted to nearly every track. The album has broken many records including surpassing any other drag race contestant in Drag Race herstory! Her singles have even broken the top 40 on the Billboard Dance/Electric charts. Congrats babydoll you earned it. Keep persuing your dreams you adorable mermaid you.
If you haven’t gotten a chance to listen to Adore’s music check out these links and prepare to be amazed.
"Dear Ursula" - Melissa May
Ursula, queen of the ocean
You were never just a witch to me
You were perfect
Every pound, every inch, every swell
And I pity the poor, unfortunate soul who would dare paint you
As anything less
Great message and very powerful
In Louisiana, abortion is such a controversial and prevalent topic it is nearly impossible to exist publicly without having a clear and advertised position on the subject. This personal and private decision is separated into two egregiously simplified groups. From my personal experience it seems there is never a productive discussion about abortion between people with opposing views.
That’s me holding a sign that says, “Trust Louisiana Women.” This picture was taken on May 8, during a lobbying day for Planned Parenthood. I attended that day because I believe women’s personal choices should not be dictated by legislation. Since this photo has been circulating on nola.com I have been receiving emails, calls, and texts shaming me for not avoiding the camera. Each message I received warned of the political implications of my appearance in the photo. These messages also managed to diminish a woman’s right to choose a political statement. It seems a large portion of our society has yet to realize women are autonomous beings with our own lives and decisions. To those ‘warnings’ I would like to say the following:
"My name is Blair Elizabeth Brown, and I will always stand up for a woman’s right to choose what happens to her body.”