Archive for February, 2014

Celebrate and Activate on V-Day Today!

February 14th, 2014 by admin

Today is a day for love but it is also a day to join the ONE BILLION RISING global campaign to end violence against women and girls!

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“February 14th is V-Day. Created by playwright and activist Eve Ensler and a group of women in NYC, V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.

ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not.  It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.”

Our Feminist Lens programming seeks to create global change through art. Creation and destruction exist in the same universe. We choose to love and create! Thank you all for your support and we hope you use this day to love yourself!

JOIN THE RISING, SIGN UP HERE >

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Re: “Feminism poses threat to watching the football”

February 11th, 2014 by admin

This letter is in response to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune by Rex W. Huppke.

Here is an excerpt:

“Nice try, ladies. Women make up about 50 percent of the U.S. population and I’m supposed to believe they’re OK with filling only 19 percent of the seats in the Senate and House of Representatives? Yeah, right.

You see what’s going on here, guys? By limiting their own pay and stubbornly refusing to rise to positions of leadership, women are preserving the inequality myth so they can continue to keep men from watching football, shooting guns and discriminating against women.”

Dear Mr. Huppke,

We want to thank you for your article recognizing the “threat of feminism” as a major threat to becoming a “real man.”  You have written outside of the prism of old definitions that define women and men.  We were excited by your rebuttal to “what feminism has delivered us is angry women and feminine men.”

The men and women who support us, The Women’s Media Group and our Award-winning radio show “The Feminist Lens” which airs on WFMT Fine Arts Radio, acknowledge the diversity of voices being heard from both men and women.  The one claim we make is that more women than men are peacemakers.  That claim comes from the disproportionate suffering by women and children in times of war.

Coincidentally, on the same day your article appeared, it was reported in the New York Times, by Adam Nossiter, that Catherine Simba-Panza had been elected interim president of the Central African Republic.  The article stated that, “as a woman [Simba-Panza] understands the suffering of the people, and as a woman, she will not tolerate this blood letting.”

Thank you!  On the same day as a woman was chosen to lead, you brought humor and facts to the feminist perspective.  All over the world women and men who believe in social change are raising their voices.  Now, please excuse us, we’re off to watch a football game.

Very truly yours,
Maya Friedler and Marilyn Campbell
Producers, The Feminist Lens
http://www.wmgchicago.com

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