December, 2011

Lina Srivastava: Badass Activist Friday

It’s Friday, and we all know what that means! Interviews with your favorite badass feminists and activists. Whether social media queens and kings, creative artists, sex educators, or just kick-ass personalities, these people harness righteous anger, instigate movements and inspire cultural change. We’re here to honor them and their work, but more importantly, to highlight how we can all get up, plug in, and Just Start Doing.

Today’s badass is Lina Srivastava. Lina studied law at New York University and now has her own consulting firm for transmedia activism. As a consultant, she has been involved in the production of documentaries such as Born into Brothels and The Devil Came on Horseback. Currently, she is the organizational strategist for VODO and 3Generations, and member of the Board of Directors for MobileActive and Global Grassroots.

And here is what she had to say to us!

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Rape in the US military: America’s Dirty Little Secret

The Guardian’s UK edition published an article on rape in the US military last week.

Lucy Broadbent writes,

Rape within the US military has become so widespread that it is estimated that a female soldier in Iraq is more likely to be attacked by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. So great is the issue that a group of veterans are suing the Pentagon to force reform. The lawsuit, which includes three men and 25 women (the suit initially involved 17 plaintiffs but grew to 28) who claim to have been subjected to sexual assaults while serving in the armed forces, blames former defence secretaries Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates for a culture of punishment against the women and men who report sex crimes and a failure to prosecute the offenders.

Check out the whole article here. It’s a harrowing read.

Consent 101: Northwestern University

What is sexual consent? Where do we draw the line? How do we negotiate consent in our daily lives–in our sexuality, relationships, and the millions of other choices we face in our day to day lives? What is it that makes us say “yes” and what makes us say “no”–and how do we let people know and respect our decisions?

I screened The Line at Northwestern University and asked them!

 

You’ll know when I want you.

When I lose my individuality.

When I’m ready I’ll let you know…yes means yes!

Only I can know. Only I can tell you. Listen and respect my answer.

Wouldn’t you like to know? Just ask!

Respect me for who I am and what is in my heart, not just for what is underneath my clothes.

Mine is invisible. Proceed with caution.

No social conservatives.

Twanna A. Hines: Badass Activist Friday

It’s Friday, and we all know what that means! Interviews with your favorite badass feminists and activists. Whether social media queens and kings, creative artists, sex educators, or just kick-ass personalities, these people harness righteous anger, instigate movements and inspire cultural change. We’re here to honor them and their work, but more importantly, to highlight how we can all get up, plug in, and Just Start Doing.

Today’s badass is Twanna H. Hines, writer, activist and sexual and reproductive health advocate. She has an M.A. in Sociology from New York University and her writing appears on her site, FUNKY BROWN CHICK. She has a blog on the Huffington Post and has been quoted in various publications, including New York magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Here’s what she had to say to us!

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Support Sex-Education: Scarleteen Needs Your Help

Do you remember when in your life you first learned about consent? The first time someone told you that your wants and needs are actually totally valid, and worthy of being honored? I’d venture to say that for most of us, this was not a message that we heard very often from our surroundings, but something that we had to discover and accept for ourselves slowly over time, often with a nasty experience or two in the learning process. And I’m sure that plenty of us wish, looking back, that someone had come to us at the beginning of our sexual maturation journey and told us these things:

  • You get to decide when you are ready for what kinds of sex, under what circumstances and with whom
  • You have the right to have and voice limits and boundaries, and have them be respected by your partner
  • You and your partner should work together to make sure that any kind of sex you have is something that you both want and enjoy
  • There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to relationships, and not everyone has or wants monogamous, long-term relationships

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Consent 101: Cornell University

What is sexual consent? Where do we draw the line? How do we negotiate consent in our daily lives–in our sexuality, relationships, and the millions of other choices we face in our day to day lives? What is it that makes us say “yes” and what makes us say “no”–and how do we let people know and respect our decisions?

I screened The Line at Cornell University and asked them!

 

Don’t try anything stupid.

Take me seriously when I say no. Don’t try to change my mind.

It moves. Please ask. I’ll do the same for you.

Guilt trips are not sexy.

If you don’t know me well enough to ask me.

When the basis of intimacy is no longer emotional or intellectual and physicality is demanded of me.

My purity.

Ask me. We can find out together.

 

Badass Activist Friday Presents: Shira Tarrant

Last Friday, we could not post the interview with our Badass Activist of the week, Shira Tarrant, because of power outages due to severe weather. So, as promised, we’re posting the interview now.

This interview is part of our Badass Activist Friday series. Whether social media queens and kings, creative artists, sex educators, or just kick-ass personalities, these people harness righteous anger, instigate movements and inspire cultural change. We’re here to honor them and their work, but more importantly, to highlight how we can all get up, plug in, and Just Start Doing.

Shira holds a PhD in Political Science and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State University in Long Beach. She has written and edited several books (including Men and Feminism and When Sex Became Gender) and she has appeared pulbications such as Ms Magazine, Bitch and AlterNet, among others.

Let’s hear what she has to say!

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TedxWomen Conferences

No, this is not the Badass Activist Friday interview you were hoping for. We’ve had to postpone our conversation with the wonderful Shira Tarrant due to bad weather messing with the Internet. But fear not, the interview will be posted right here on Monday. And the answers we have heard so far sound great, so tune back in!

In the meantime, yesterday was the TedxWomen Conference in both L.A. and N.Y. A bunch of fantastic speakers participated, and you should check out the videos of the talks!

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16 Days of Activism: Pixel Project’s “16 for 16″ Campaign

Our friends and allies at the Pixel Project are participating in the 16 days of Activism Campaign by featuring 16 movies that deal with violence against women – and The Line is one of them!

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