Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 08/4/2012
Saturday Vids: No Joke. Choice Matters. Everywhere.
The folks over at Pathfinder, a great reproductive health organization, recently launched No Joke. #ChoiceMatters. Everywhere., a campaign to raise awareness about international reproductive health care. The campaign is focused on building a movement to help more people around the globe access modern contraceptives.
Says Pathfinder about the following video: “We created this video to help people understand the reproductive health barriers women across the world experience. It’s done tongue-in-cheek, but as you know, the reality is no joke: women around the world face many barriers to reproductive health care that we wouldn’t stand for here in the US.”
If you liked this video, help spread the word. Here’s a sample tweet to get you started:
Agree #ChoiceMatters everywhere? Watch VIDEO http://bit.ly/ChoiceMatters via @PathfinderInt of #reprohealth barriers women …
Pop-Culture | Posted by Melissa King on 07/14/2012
Saturday Vids: My Body…Finally
I love to see women who are comfortable and confident in their skin despite being a different size or shape than what our society markets as the ideal. I love seeing a woman who doesn’t lose her confidence or her great smile just because she has a blemish.
I don’t think we see enough of real women’s bodies (shapes, sizes, blemishes) in a positive context. Even amongst friends, we often hide what we think are our imperfections. I think that if we were exposed to more of what is real and natural, we would all be more comfortable and confident with ourselves
The women who participated in this project are women in my life who I find beautiful and who I knew would want to speak out on this topic. …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 06/30/2012
Saturday Vids: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on Women Entrepreneurs
“Gayle Tzemach Lemmon never set out to write about women entrepreneurs. She was simply looking for a great—and underreported—economics story after leaving ABC News for MBA study at Harvard to pursue her interest in economic development.
What she found was women entrepreneurs in some of the toughest business environments creating jobs against daunting obstacles. Since then her writing on entrepreneurship has appeared in publications including the International Herald Tribune and Financial Times along with the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation.
While working in finance at the global investment firm PIMCO, Lemmon went on to write a book about a young Afghan teacher-turned-entrepreneur whose dressmaking business supported women around her neighborhood under the Taliban. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana became a New York Times bestseller and the subject of …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 06/23/2012
Saturday Vids: Mallika Dutt — The “War On Women” Is Bigger Than You Think
“As the Supreme Court considers key elements of Arizona’s SB 1070 law, which legalizes racial profiling of and blatant discrimination against immigrant communities and people of color, stories from around the country show that this and other laws like it, such as Alabama’s H.B. 56. are causing intense damage to families, communities and economies, with devastating consequences for immigrant women.
These laws leave parents unable to protect their children. They force women to choose between the threat of an abusive husband and the threat of deportation if they call the police. They send pregnant mothers to give birth in shackles with federal agents by their side.
As part of a delegation to Birmingham, Alabama with the We Belong Together campaign, Breakthrough president Mallika Dutt connects the dots between Arizona’s SB …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 06/16/2012
Saturday Vids: The Invisible War
“From Oscar®- and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Twist of Faith) comes The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem-today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 19,000 violent sex crimes in the military in 2010. The Invisible War exposes the epidemic, breaking open one of the most under-reported stories of our generation, to the nation and the world.”
The Invisible War will be released on June 22nd. Learn more here.
Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 06/9/2012
Saturday Vids: TrueCar Racing
“TrueCar is empowering high-potential women aspiring to become championship race car drivers by providing full sponsorship support, professional coaching and training, marketing exposure, and top-tier racing team opportunities throughout the U.S. with the goal of winning races and championships.” — truecarracingteam.com
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 06/2/2012
Saturday Vids: Miley Cyrus on The Conversation
I’m not going to pretend like I haven’t been critical of Miley Cyrus / the Disney machine in the past. But I was recently watching an interview with Miley Cyrus on an episode of The Conversation, and I have to say: I was incredibly impressed. It seems like Miley has grown into a really independent, interesting young woman who is trying really hard to figure out who she is despite controlling pressures, specifically controlling pressures on her sexuality. I definitely recommend checking it out here or here (it’s the first 10 minutes…but then an interview with Melissa McCarthy follows and that’s pretty great, too).
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 05/12/2012
Saturday Vids: The Truth with Hasan Minhaj
The best take on Ashton Kutcher’s racist Popchips commercial I’ve seen yet.