Girls for Gender Equity Helps Girls Take Aim at Sexual Harassment [Clutch Magazine, by our very own Tami Winfrey Harris!]
Catcalls were such a common experience to Kayla, a youth organizer with Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), a Brooklyn-based, grassroots organization devoted to the development of girls and women, that she did not view those things as sexual harassment. In Hey Shorty, GGE’s guide to combatting sexual harassment in schools and on the streets, Kayla says, “It’s this thing that happens to you, because you’re a girl.”
Supporting young women of color in combating harassment is just one way that GGE enacts its mission. GGE and its allies are among those doing real work to help the next generation of women grow up strong and self-assured. According to its mission, GGE is addresses the physical, psychological, social and economic development of girls and women through education, organization and physical fitness.
Joanne Smith, group founder, says GGE arose from her work with young girls and the realization of how few outlets and services were available to them. Smith wanted to help protect girls from unsafe streets and provide a place where they “could express themselves and feel a sense of agency and freedom.”
While this is a discussion worth having, the one question we rarely debate is about whether or not men have it all. Do they want it all? Do they care? And how do we create a society where the questions about tackling the issues of parenting are ones that are shared equally by mothers and fathers? I know that my husband, the guy I affectionately call “Mr. PunditMom” doesn’t have the same expectations of where and when he’s supposed to be at work vs. doing the dad thing. And he doesn’t struggle with it. There’s no question that parenting is a team sport. And my husband has definitely done his share of all sorts of parenting duties. But someone needs to stay in a job with insurance benefits and that has a salary to pay the bills. And, yes, that could have been me if I’d stayed on the professional path and he’d been the one to step off. But we made a decision that worked for us, without me realizing that there would be a whole lot of judgment going on in the world of moms and the media.
I’m just glad I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t take it to heart (much) anymore when others share their disappointment over how my personal life decisions impact the feminist movement and the advancement of all women.
“Dear White People”: Hollywood, are you listening? [Washington Post]
“Dear White People” is the brainchild of Justin Simien, 29, who started writing a screenplay about the cultural nuances that come along with being “a black face in a very white place”after he graduated from Chapman University, where he studied film. Two years ago he claimed the Twitter handle of the same name and started a chorus of tweets and retweets.
His screenplay features four black students and their experiences at the fictional, predominantly-white Manchester University, where an “African American”-themed party thrown by white students results in a riot.
Simien used Twitter to fine-tune the voice of “Sam White,” one of the main characters. In the trailer, Sam echoes some of the Twitter account’s quips. “DearWhitePeople. No need to start a Dear Black People. The programing on @VH1 has made us acutely aware of what you think of us.”
[Note: You can help fund "Dear White People" at Indiegogo.]