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What: A Dove commercial.
Why: It seems to have been made for me, personally.
Warnings: Women speaking out against all kinds of isms - so triggers for all except assault.
Note: More about the Real Women in this commercial. (Yikes, by 'real' I mean not actresses! Lords, I hope no one took that the wrong way.)

Personal Note: Phrases I hear on a regular basis at the age of 43 in 2016  -  "but you're too/so pretty/thin"; "young looking"; "why don't you wear make-up/skin tight clothes/heels/jewelry, but not that jewelry because it's strange looking. " "But where were your parents/grandparents really from?"  "I'd never known you were black (or white) if you hadn't said anything." - this is usually meant as a compliment, depending on the 'race' of the person speaking to me.  "You'd.....if you didn't have to be so different/wieird/masculine/geeky..." You all get the idea. I completely expect to get "dress your age" if my hair ever goes grey. And all of the above is why I never show my picture on LJ anymore. I prefer to be judged by the contents of my mind and heart, rather than how my genes combined to produce my body type, and the symmetry and melanin count of my facial features.

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::Waves at flist I have been neglecting::

It's been over a month since I posted something socio-political. So naturally, this post is over the top with something completely triggery and inflammatory. I am sorry about that. It's my day off, which gave me lots of time to get into trouble. Let's start with the good, shall we?

The Good: LGBT in the media.

Matrix Director Larry Wachowski Transgender.

London sees the largest number of out athletes of any Olympics so far.

The Disturbing is under the cut.

Warnings: Triggers, mentions of sexual assault.

From the perpetrators POV. )
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

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Author of Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, Courtney Martin discusses feminism in the 21st Century. Born in 1979 to two feminist activists, Courtney likens blogging to the consciousness raising workshops of her parent's generation.  She touches on the differences between feminist ideas and activities in the seventies and eighties to now, as well as the accusation against her generation for it's apathy. Video from Ted Talks: Ideas Worth Spreading

Reinventing feminism )
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Here is another short video from TED Talks:Ideas Worth Spreading.

**Warnings** disturbing and graphic imagery, rape, war, child abuse

Summary: Even though it has a disturbing moments, particulary about the Congo, it is thought-provoking and empowering. Eve Ensler, the creator of The Vagina Monologues talks about the girl in everyone which has been suppressed by society. She also shares how she came to this point, which included a stay in war-torn Congo, as well as abuse from her own life. 

Embrace Your Inner Girl )


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