Hey there friendlies! Here is your long awaited longer-than-usual list of intriguing information and ideas from around the World Weird Web:
- Do not trust my silence was my fourth film which was produced in April and it is one of my favorites. When I first joined the Afghan voice’s media training, I had the vision of making a documentary about street harassment. This documentary for me is more than just a 10-minute film, there is a lot in it. There is a big pain in it that all women, especially Afghan women, can feel. This documentary shows only a little of what we see, feel and experience every day. When I made this film, I knew that both women and men should be my audience. For men to see and feel a part what we experience every day, and for women to say no to street harassment. I wanted to show that, as a young woman, I do not accept harassment as my destiny and other women should do the same. While producing this film, I put myself as the main character and I filmed most of the parts with a small flip camera. It was not easy to film men while harassing me or other women, some of them were throwing small rocks towards us. But I did not stop my work because my aim was to show harassment and how destructive it is. I totally believe that we women are strong enough to not give up and fight against it and we have the power to stop it.
PoliSci grad of the America University in Cairo, Yasmine Nagaty, has written this short piece about how any analysis of rape culture that includes racist ideas ultimately undermines itself. It is also brought to us from the Stop Street Harassment (SSH) page:
It is impossible to overlook the manner in which racist analyses of street harassment can and have undermined the fight against it. We often hear and share stories about negative perceptions to street harassment, the most important of which is denial. Denial functions on many levels, the most condescending of which involves a certain blindness to the parallels between Tahrir, Delhi, Steubenville, and many others. Sexual violence is not a problem inherent to any one culture; it is a global problem.
- Jaime Woo’s My Ethnicity Isn’t About You is an excellent follow up to last week’s link How to Ask Someone About Their Ethnicity Without Being an Asshole by Meher Ahmad.
In the end, my ethnicity isn’t about you. It isn’t a chance to demonstrate your worldliness or to prove your tolerance for people who don’t look like you. It isn’t a footnote either: don’t ask me my ethnicity like you’re asking me where I got my blazer. Race and ethnicity are complicated issues, but here’s a simple rule of thumb: ground your questions in learning more about me and not as a gauge for how I fit against your knowledge of people like me and we’ll be just fine.
- Do your animal kingdom friends support Take Back the Night? Send us a picture of an animal you love doing something in solidarity with feminism! You can see a few of our pets helping out by checking out this post: Feminist Pets Support TBTN
- Ooooh, The Friendzone, familiar lounge and plotting grounds of Nice Guys™ this continent over (see also this page with more information about what this term means). Writers at Jezebel.com have reclaimed the term and created a very interesting advice column a la Ask Ann Landers. Here is a recent post entitled What to Do With Your Barfy, Blackout Drunk Friend:
My friend has two personalities. When she’s sober, she’s very conservative and judgmental about sex. When she’s drunk, she flirts with (and sometimes sleeps with) strangers. She gets wasted every single week and never remembers it the next day. One night recently, she got away from me at a club. I finally found her in the restroom. A girl I didn’t know was with her. She told me she found my friend being carried, unconscious, out of the place by a man claiming to be her boyfriend. Thank God this stranger intervened. Something legitimately frightening happens every single time we go out. She makes herself sick and our friends have to clean up after her. It’s gotten so bad that we don’t want to invite her out to places with alcohol any longer. We all take turns babysitting her. What should I do?
What do you think of Friendzone’s advice? What do you do when this happens to you?
Compared to girls, research shows that boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s new documentary film, The Mask You Live In, asks: As a society, how are we failing our boys?
(via Miss Representation)
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