Celebrate and Activate on V-Day Today!

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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Posted by on Friday, February 14, 2014

New Feminist Lens Show January 31st!

“Ain’t Nobody’s Business” to air on WFMT January 31st at 10pm.

Following up their award winning show “Breaking The Silence,” the Feminist Lens continues the conversation on violence against women and takes the listener into the very intimate world of “domestic” violence.

Featuring the voices of Chicago actors Susan Hart, Paul Oakley Stovall, and Troy Martin plus personal stories shared from the WMG team, “Ain’t Nobody’s Business” highlights works from Shakespeare to Verdi, Billy Holiday to Rhianna, comedian Louie CK to former president Jimmy Carter.

The Feminist Lens was recently honored with a “2013 International Documentary Award of Excellence” by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television, Oslo, Norway” and we hope you will join us for our next thought-provoking program to launch us into the new year!

Posted by on Friday, January 10, 2014

The Feminist Lens Recieves IAWRT Honor!

We are very honored to have received one of the two HONORABLE MENTIONS at the 2013 International Association of Women in Radio and Television awards for excellence for our program “Breaking the Silence”

Honorable Mention #1

“Breaking the Silence” by Maya Friedler and Marilyn Campbell from USA in the series The Feminist Lens produced by the Women´s Media Group Chicago.  The program used arts to give women who have experienced violence a voice.  Instead of “facts and figures” the producers said, they sentered their show “on the personal”.  Poetry, music, a letter from a woman working with women survivors of sexual violence in the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and good use of sound, kept the jury engrossed for the entire 30 minutes duration.”

Thank you IAWRT!

We will have a new show to be broadcast on WFMT on November 23rd at 6:30 pm so stay tuned!

 

Posted by on Monday, November 4, 2013

Air Force Advice to Rape Victims–Submit

Wired magazine (May 7th 2013), released a brochure published by the United States Air Force with this advice for sexual assault victims:

“It may be advisable to submit [rather] than resist,”

At least they didn’t add: “…and try and enjoy it.”

Now, I’m not so naive to think that you can stop a rapist by simply saying “don’t rape”  but there should be some acknowledgement to that end. Something like: “You are part of a unit. You must rely on each other to survive in extraordinary circumstances. If one of you violates that bond then there will be hell to pay.”  However, this brochure provides mostly suggestions that puts the responsibility for avoiding assault or rape on victims. Watch your drink, keep your doors locked and try to walk home with a group.

Amid numerous allegations of military sexual assault that get swept aside and even more assaults that never go reported, this is pretty rich advice. Victims have been told to “expect it” and now told to “put up with it.”

Truly feels like a world run by boys for boys.

Don't get drunk you might get raped.

 




Posted by on Wednesday, May 8, 2013