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Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard made it to the semi finals in the Australian Open. On the court directly after her win did the reporter choose to ask her about her training or her headspace? Nope. She was asked who in the whole world she would like to go on a date with.
That’s what British sports reporter Samantha Smith, herself a former tennis player who really ought to know better, asked Bouchard seconds after the match ended. A lot of people are pissed off about what Smith asked, and rightly so – it completely disregarded Bouchard’s abilities and achievements as a tennis player
Kiera Obbard wrote a great piece for the University of Ottawa’s paper, Fulcrum, about what sexual assaults get covered in the media and the tips that women are given to keep safe.
In addition to creating more inclusive spaces, Msosa would like to see a focus on community accountability and ways that people can help stop sexual assault, including practical strategies for intervening.
“In an ideal world, I want the community accountability to be there for survivors,” she said. “I would love to see the conversation shift from being, ‘This incident happened, women beware,’ to, ‘This incident happened, let’s all come together to figure out how we can keep our community safe.’”
Longtime activist Beth E. Ritchie writes about her ‘journey as a Black feminist activist working to end gender violence for the past 20 years, during which the United States was engaged in building itself up as the world’s leading prison nation’ and how that lead her to question how we respond to violence in our culture.
It means investing in a new kind of community, especially within communities of color, where those who are most disadvantaged are in leadership of sustained, base-building activities for justice. Concerns about gender justice and sexuality liberation would necessarily be included. Strategies to address the harm caused by violence would be grounded in these stronger, more equitable communities. Safety would come from communities, and, therefore, prisons could eventually become obsolete. Here, in a feminist prison abolition project is where I find the best possibility of the kind of liberation that I have been working towards for so long.
Media critic, anti-racist feminist, founder and executive director of Women In Media and News, Jenn Pozner (@jennpozner) has a simple tip for white progressives &male allies to ensure diversity in speaking events:
Do you need a reason to come to SACHA’s Chocolate Fest on February 6th? Here’s FIVE!