Pop-Culture | Posted by Lauren and Victoria C. on 07/6/2013

Saturday Vids: TBYT Summer Dares

Our names are Lauren and Victoria Coaxum. We are teen sisters who run the anti-cyberbullying and positive self-esteem campaign, Think Before You Type. TBYT is here to raise awareness about cyberbullying and to inspire other young people to use the internet for good. Our campaign is social media, blog, and YouTube based.

This summer we’re starting a contest of sorts through our blog and YouTube channel. Just for some background, every Sunday we we post a video that challenges our viewers to do something that will have a positive impact on those around them. We call them our TBYT Dares of the week. We decided to build off this and start something new called TBYT Summer Dares which will be replacing our weekly dares over the …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 06/29/2013

Saturday Vids: The Equal Pay Act Turns 50

In honor of the Equal Pay Act’s 50th anniversary, BTRtv talked with Patricia Gatling, Commissioner and Chair of The New York City Commission on Human Rights, and took to the streets to ask men and women how they feel about equal pay — and why there’s still a gender wage gap.

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 06/22/2013

Saturday Vids: Pretty Little Liars “Food Horror”

Graham Kolbeins recently created this mashup of PLL scenes displaying the characters’ food issues on his blog Future Shipwreck. He says:

In ‘Food Horror,’ I set out to examine the many moments in “Pretty Little Liars’” first three seasons that stigmatize food, whether it’s presented with a feeling of unease, danger, or overt rejection….It’s important to consider cultural messaging about health, body image and beauty embedded within entertainment targeting young girls. In 2012, Internet outrage lead social networks like Tumblr and Pinterest to adopt policies censoring individuals with eating disorders from sharing “thinspiration” tips. Silencing these organic online communities is an easy way to feel like we’re addressing eating disorders, but it does nothing to fix the systemic problems that allow body shame to permeate for-profit entertainment products

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 06/15/2013

Saturday Vids: “Ask A Grown Man” Featuring The Lonely Island

I assure you that everything about this video (part of Rookie‘s “Ask A Grown Man” series) is perfect. The Lonely Island officially gets the FBomb’s seal of approval.

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Awareness | Posted by Julie Z on 06/1/2013

Saturday Vids: Victims of Acid Attacks

[TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENT IMAGES]

According to Stop Acid Attacks, acid attacks are “a prevalent way for a man to inflict revenge on a woman, who has either turned down his interest or insulted him some way.” Women are attacked with sulfuric acid by men, often in public, and men are rarely charged. To learn more about this violent act of misogyny, check out this video recently posted. To learn more about what you can do, check out Stop Acid Attacks’ website (linked to above) and Facebook page. To learn more, check out Huffington Post’s coverage of this growing phenomenon.

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/30/2013

Saturday Vids: Women’s History Month

Women’s history month is coming to an end, but here’s a reminder that, really, every month is a good time for women’s history.

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 03/2/2013

Saturday Vids: End The Silence – National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

In honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, here’s one young woman’s message about having an eating disorder. To learn more, visit the NEDA website.

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 01/26/2013

Saturday Vids: Trade of Innocents

I recently came across a movie that takes on the issue of human trafficking called Trade of Innocents starring Mira Sorvino and Dermot Mulroney. Although it doesn’t look like the film is getting wide distribution, it is available for individual screenings and seems like a perfect film to create an event for a human rights-based or anti-human trafficking club. The film also has other resources available. Check it out:

 

 

Trailer

Synopsis:

In the back streets of a tourist town in present-day Southeast Asia, we find a filthy cinder block room; a bed with soiled sheets; a little girl waits for the next man. Alex (Dermot Mulroney), a human trafficking investigator, plays the role of her next customer as he negotiates with the pimp for the use …

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