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Photographing The Butch Women Of San Francisco

Photographing The Butch Women Of San Francisco
Photographer Meg Allen celebrates “those who choose to exist and identify outside the gender binary” through a series of stunning portraits.

“It is a celebration of those who choose to exist and identify outside of the binary; who still get he’d and she’d differently throughout the day.”

"Who get called out in bathrooms and eyed suspiciously at the airport.”

“Who have invented names for themselves as parents because [neither] ‘Mom’ nor ‘Dad’ feels quite right.”

See more of these stunning photos here:


‘Law And Order’s Mariska Hartigay Teams Up With Amy Poehler And Other Celebrities

Let me start off by saying I haven't watched this show in years because it's a part of rape culture IMO. I might watch an episode to see if it's changed-- according to the article it hasn't-- I think there is another post on this, but these pictures are badass.

‘Law And Order’s Mariska Hartigay Teams Up With Amy Poehler And Other Celebrities To Fight Rape Culture

The messages in NO MORE’s ad campaign echo much of the recent activism surrounding sexual assault prevention. This week, after an op-ed published in TIME Magazine argued that rape culture is a myth, feminists pushed back with a Twitter campaign that reaffirmed the realities of survivors’ experiences. “Rape culture is when you go to friends for support and they ask you what you were wearing,” Zerlina Maxwell, a feminist activist and writer, tweeted to kick off the #RapeCultureIsWhen hashtag — which spread rapidly and ended up flooded with similar stories about the impact of victim-blaming.

This is hardly the only work that Hartigay has done in this space. Ten years ago, she founded her nonprofit specifically to advocate for policies to address domestic violence and sexual assault. Much of that activism has focused on ending the nation’s rape kit backlog. She recently partnered with law enforcement officials in Detroit to process over 1,000 previously untested rape kits, an effort that helped identify 100 serial rapists.

It’s worth noting that while Hartigay’s real-life activism around the issue of sexual assault is attempting to make a real positive impact, the television show she works for doesn’t always have the same end result. Law & Order: SVU has been accused of furthering some damaging rape myths of its own — namely, the notions that perpetrators of sexual assault are usually strangers who jump out of the bushes, and that rape victims always bear physical markers like cuts and bruises. The show also depicts disproportionately high numbers of false rape cases and rape convictions, compared to a reality where only about two to eight percent of rape reports are fabricated and just three percent of rapists see the inside of a jail cell.

“The way Law & Order: SVU portrays the nature of sexual assault and the occurrence of false reporting feeds the lifeblood of rape culture by making rape out to be something rare and something that victims lie about it in the first place,” activist Sara Alcid wrote in Everyday Feminism last fall.
It’s certainly great to tell survivors’ stories through print ads, but unfortunately, they shouldn’t necessarily expect the same reflection of their experiences on the small screen.


This Tiny Penis Sculpture Promises to Give Women Confidence at the Negotiation Table

Holly Wilson is a sculptor living in Mustang, Okla., who’s tired of dealing with gallery dudes who attempt to dismiss her expertise and undervalue her work just because she’s a woman. So Wilson crafted a secret weapon that she could keep in her pocket to give her strength when negotiating with sexist men: a 1˝-inch-long cast bronze penis. Now, Wilson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to put her prototype penis into production and help other women “bring your dick to the table,” too. Her slogan: “If all that separates us is a dick, then here is mine. Now let's get down to business.” I talked to Wilson about how a tiny penis sculpture can help women lean in, and what you find when you Google “dick” for professional purposes. Our interview has been condensed and edited.
Slate: What is the Bring Your Dick to the Table origin story?

Holly Wilson: About a year ago, I was at a gallery where I had made a contract to show my work. We’d worked out an agreement where I’d get two-thirds of the commission when I sold a piece, and the gallery would get the rest. The opening went really well. I sold a beautiful bronze piece. But when I came back to the gallery the next day, they wanted to revise the arrangement. All of a sudden, they wanted to split the commission 50/50. I had this sinking feeling. I’ve been casting bronze for 20 years, but it was clear that the gallery didn’t value what I was doing and that it treated me like I didn’t know what I was doing. I couldn’t breathe. My knees were shaking. I was just insanely mad. I called my husband and said, “What would you do in this situation?” and he said, “I would hold my own.” I realized that if I only had a dick, the gallery wouldn’t be doing this to me. The only thing coming between me and the man across the table was the fact that I didn’t have a dick.

Slate: Now, you can whip it out of your pocket and say, “Here it is.”

Wilson: To be clear, I’m not slapping it on the table or threatening people with my tiny dick. It’s more about reminding ourselves that the only reason we’re being devalued is because of this ridiculous appendage we don’t have. That day, the only thing in my pocket was a stick of ChapStick, and I put my hand in my pocket and held on to that ChapStick while I stuck up for myself through the negotiation. I made a joke about it to my husband: I told him I should have a little bronze dick that I could put in my pocket, so I could hold on to the little dick whenever I had trouble. Though there’s humor there, there’s also real statement—wow, here’s what’s been keeping me from this job, this thing right here in my hand. Bringing your dick to the table has more to do with yourself. It’s not going to change a gallery owner’s opinion of me, but it could remind me that I am good enough and deserve to be sitting at that table.

Slate: What was the design process like?

Wilson: Well, first I would recommend never Googling the word dick, because it will scare you! It’s really frightening. I Googled, and I found myself seeing things that were like, “Wow, that’s not really a normal thing, someone needs to help that guy.” Luckily I’ve had a lot of figure-drawing classes, so I could use some of my sketches for it. I got a couple of photos on the sly. Then I started experimenting with a wax mold—the first one was too big, the second was too small, but this one fits perfectly in your hand. You can get a dick that bends to the left or right depending on your politics. If you’re feeling shy that day, you can get a grape leaf for it. If you feel your dick is really that important, you can put it on a pedestal. You can get it in bronze if you want to be brassy, or sterling silver if you want to be precious.


Men for Equality smash rape culture on campus

On a chilly day, an old, beaten car sits near the flagpole. The words “rape culture” cover every inch of the vehicle. A sharp bang reverberates through the air, leaving a dent in the car’s hood. A student sets a sledgehammer on the ground, removing her safety goggles. More students anxiously wait in line for their chance to smash the car.

“This is the first time I’ve seen this done ever,” SMU student Quyen Tong said.

Men for Equality hosted “Smash Rape Culture on Campus” at the flagpole Wednesday. A car from Twin Lakes Auto Salvage was donated for the event, allowing students to beat it up for $1 per hit. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of rape culture on campus. By hitting the car, students were symbolically beating up rape culture and its effects.

“Rape culture is a culture that silences and blames victims for the violent crimes that are committed against them,” Women’s Interest Network member Audrey Gill said. “[This event] is a great way to raise awareness and encourage and empower people to make campus safer for victims of sexual assault.”

All proceeds earned from the event were donated to the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center (DARCC).

“I’ve been wanting to do something for DARCC since the fall of my freshman year,” Kyle Swartz, president of Men for Equality, said. “It feels like something this symbolic should go straight to the people who need it.”

DARCC is a non-profit organization that helps victims of sexual assault and works to prevent sexual assaults in the Dallas area.

“I think it’s so amazing for…an organization on campus to raise awareness about rape culture [at SMU] and do such a bold showing at an event that incorporates lots of people and that gets a lot of attention,” said Monica Urbaniak, counselor and outreach director at DARCC.


Middle School Girls protest Sexist Dress code

More than 500 students have signed onto a petition protesting the new dress code policy, which they say is sexist because it’s only targeting girls’ clothing. Some female students have chosen to defy the ban and are wearing leggings and yoga pants to school in protest. A poster plastered in Haven Middle School reads, “Are my pants lowering your test scores?”
“Not being able to wear leggings because it’s ‘too distracting for boys’ is giving us the impression we should be guilty for what guys do,” one of the students participating in protest, 13-year-old Sophie Hasty, told the Evanston Review. “We just want to be comfortable!”

It’s not just the students who are getting involved, either. Two parents, Juliet and Kevin Bond, sent a letter to the school principal arguing that this approach toward the dress code is furthering unhealthy attitudes about sexuality. Targeting tight pants rests on the assumption that girls must work to prevent themselves from being ogled, rather than teaching boys they should work to avoid objectifying their female peers. The policy also links girls’ clothing to boys’ inability to control themselves.

“This kind of message lands itself squarely on a continuum that blames girls and women for assault by men. It also sends the message to boys that their behaviors are excusable, or understandable given what the girls are wearing,” the parents wrote. “We really hope that you will consider the impact of these policies and how they contribute to rape culture.”

Haven Middle School isn’t the first institution to struggle with these issues. Last year, a junior high school in Northern California banned tight pants to prevent girls from distracting the boys. More recently, a Boston-area high school enacted the same policy. And across the country, school dress codes regulate girls’ hemlines and necklines without putting equal restrictions on boys’ clothing — sending girls the message that their bodies are an invitation for sexual aggression unless they properly cover up.


Women at GLAAD speak: Being women in the LGBT movement

"Women's voices have long led the LGBT movement. On the ground and in the public eye, behind the scenes and at the forefront – women have been shaping the narrative, shining a light on the multiplicity of experiences and driving success. Women bring a distinct set of leadership skills to the movement that encourage collaboration and empower the movement to reach new heights." - Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO

"For me, being a transgender woman was a little bit like being an immigrant. Early in transition I "spoke with an accent," and bore with me the customs of the land of my birth, even if it was a land I was bent on fleeing. In time, as I have become a naturalized citizen of this gender, I think I have found an immigrant's sense of pride--call it patriotism--for womanhood. As the Irish song goes, 'When we cross o'er, we shall surely discover, that place is the land of sweet liberty.'

There are tens of thousands of women--and men--trying to find the courage to set out upon similar journeys. It is GLAAD's mission to help all of us find safe passage, from a world of hurt to lives of meaning, and truth, and solace." - Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU, and GLAAD national co-chair.

"Women's History Month is as important to LGBT women as it is for all women, not simply because our experiences contribute to the understanding of all women's lives, but also because so many admirable LGBT women have empowered and improved the lives of all women. The example of a social reformer like Jane Addams certainly inspires me to this day at the same time that, as a sportswriter, I remain so very grateful to Billy Jean King, Martina Navratilova, and Fallon Fox for their willingness to blaze trails in sports." - Christina Kahrl, ESPN.com sportswriter and editor, GLAAD board member

More: http://www.glaad.org/blog/women-glaad-speak-being-women-lgbt-movement


Anita: Still Speaking Truth to Power

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power, a beautiful new documentary by Academy Award-winning director Freida Lee Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision), is a history lesson for some audiences and a site of memory for others.
Millennial girls and women who didn’t witness firsthand the spectacle of sex and race during the 1991 Senate Judiciary Committee hearings to confirm Clarence Thomas for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court get to bear witness to Anita Hill’s testimony, an act that changed American perceptions of workplace sexual harassment. Even those of us who watched the drama unfold on our television sets–those for whom the blue-suited black woman seated alone and facing a panel of white men is imprinted in our memory–get a different perspective on the trial and its aftermath in Mock’s film. Significantly, Mock’s film reveals the woman behind the icon.
The film opens with the voicemail message Ginni Thomas, the justice’s wife, left in 2010, advising Hill to “consider an apology” for what she’d done to Clarence Thomas. We watch Hill play that peculiar message in her office at Brandeis University (where she’s senior advisor to the provost and professor of social policy, law and women’s studies) before the film revisits the events that unfolded in 1991. That’s when Hill wanted to write a letter in “her own words” about Thomas’ inappropriate behavior when he was her boss. That letter, which was leaked to the media, rerouted Hill’s life on an unexpected course.


GOP candidate for governor is a registered sex offender

(In keeping with my Shi* republicans day theme--gratuitous corrections welcome)

One of four gubernatorial candidates introduced to California Republicans recently is a registered sex offender who spent more than a decade in state prison, convicted of crimes including voluntary manslaughter and assault with intent to commit rape.
Glenn Champ, 48, addressed hundreds of GOP delegates and supporters Sunday at the site of the state party's semi-annual convention. Introduced by party chairman Jim Brulte and allotted 10 minutes, Champ spoke in between the main GOP candidates, former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari and state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of San Bernardino County.
Champ, a little-known political neophyte from the Fresno County community of Tollhouse, did not directly mention his criminal past during his speech but said, "In my life, I've been held accountable because of my stupidity. I do not want anyone else to be enslaved because of their lack of knowledge."

Champ's rap sheet is lengthy. Court records show that in 1992, he pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed firearm. In 1993, he was convicted of two counts of assault with intent to commit rape and as a result was placed on the state's sex-offender registry.
In March 1998, he accepted a plea deal on a charge of loitering to solicit a prostitute; later that year, he pleaded no contest to a voluntary manslaughter charge after hitting a man with his vehicle, for which he was sentenced to 12 years in state prison, according to court records.

In March 1998, he accepted a plea deal on a charge of loitering to solicit a prostitute; later that year, he pleaded no contest to a voluntary manslaughter charge after hitting a man with his vehicle, for which he was sentenced to 12 years in state prison, according to court records.
In an interview Friday, Champ acknowledged his criminal record, which was reported by KMJ radio in Fresno.
Champ said the assault case "was just for picking up some underage prostitutes" and resulted in a 90-day jail sentence. He said he turned his life around after the incident.


Bill Forces People Going Through Divorce To Get A Judge’s Permission Before Having Sex

( I feel like posting "crazy shi* Republicans say" today)

There’s nothing that sets the mood for a romantic evening like petitioning a judge for permission to have sex at the end of the night.
If Massachusetts State Sen. Richard J. Ross (R) gets his way, that’s exactly what many women (and men) would have to do if they have children and are going through a divorce. In fact, not only would permission-less coitus be banned, but so too would the romantic evening and many dating activities.
Ross’ bill seeks to amend Massachusetts divorce law with the following provision (emphasis added):
In divorce, separation, or 209A proceedings involving children and a marital home, the party remaining in the home shall not conduct a dating or sexual relationship within the home until a divorce is final and all financial and custody issues are resolved, unless the express permission is granted by the courts.
The legislation, S787, was first filed in early 2013. On Thursday, it received an extension for consideration in the State House until June 30. In its current state, the bill does not specify what the penalty is for pre-divorce copulation.
Massachusetts law currently mandates a waiting period of at least 120 days for divorces to become finalized, and that’s only after a judge has approved the separation agreement. In other words, it could take at least four months, if not longer, before a person getting a divorce is legally allowed to fornicate.
Ross, who serves as Minority Whip, took over former Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-MA) state Senate seat in 2010.

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