Awareness | Posted by Liz P on 10/20/2010

The Clothesline Project

October isn’t just Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Instead of sharing statistics that you can easily find online to show how prevalent domestic violence and interpersonal violence is, I’m going to share a story:

Last spring, my university’s chapter of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance co-hosted the Clothesline Project.  The Clothesline Project raises awareness about interpersonal violence by physically showing how many people have been affected as represented by t-shirts. You can decorate a t-shirt for yourself, for someone you know, or for someone you don’t know. Our event happened to be the same week that a senior girl had been tragically murdered by her ex-boyfriend, so we got a lot of her friends coming by to make t-shirts. Sadly, it brought the project …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Nellie B on 01/19/2010

Burn Your Bra Color Status Updates

I was wondering why, starting on about Thursday, my Facebook friends were posting words like “black,” “hot pink,” and “beige” as their statuses.  Then I got the mass message: “Cancer awareness: Write the color of your bra in your status.  Just the color, nothing else. And send this on to ONLY girls, no men …. It will be neat to see if this will spread the wings of cancer awareness. It will be fun to see how long it takes before the men will wonder why all the girls have a color in their status.”

I started to sneak a peek under my own shirt, but then the radical feminist analysis of the message ran through my head.  Let’s break this message down.

1. Write just the color, nothing …

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