Thursday, January 23, 2014

WHAT IS SEXUAL OBJECTIFICATION?....FIND OUT HERE!

This video TOTALLY links to the article Rape Culture in Holiday Advertisements...When Will We Stop Blaming the Victim?"I just wrote..BEST BREAKDOWN OF WHAT SEXUAL OBJECTIFICATION IS, HOW WE LEARN IT & HOW WE CAN UNLEARN IT! View it here...http://www.upworthy.com/sexual-objectification-what-it-is-why-its-damaging-and-how-we-change?c=ufb1

Here are just a few images that help you to further understand the tangible evidence that women and girls ARE IN FACT sexually objectified and viewed as "less than." Don't forget to share your thoughts!  










Rape Culture in Holiday Advertisements....When Will We Stop Blaming the Victim?!

Earlier today I viewed these "Anti-Rape" advertisements developed by Police Officers in the U.K. as warnings to women during the holiday season when alcohol consumption is at its highest. While the intention to promote awareness about the correlation between drunkenness and sexual assault may have been good, when viewing these advertisements, it's GLARINGLY obvious that the tone places the responsibility solely on women, rather than the rapists or assailants themselves.

When trying to eradicate the issue of sexual violence, you MUST place the attention onto those that seek to commit the crime, NOT the victim. The problem that so many individuals and institutions, like the police force fail to recognize is these visual images implant messages that the perpetrator has ZERO responsibility in the matter; this subtle ideology or belief system furthers the continuation of men abusing women in inhumane ways.

Should women be proactive in taking precautionary measures to protect themselves?....ABSOLUTELY! As human beings, WE ALL SHOULD! But if the termination of rape and other forms of sexual violence is to ever be actualized, our schools, religious institutions, television programs, films, multimedia sources and legislative systems MUST redirect the messaging of women as sexual objects and "the weaker sex" into an overarching ethos and cultural practice where women and girls are regarded as human beings and patriarchy is a relic of the past!

View the video here and SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS!

http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/archive/segment/police-offer-gives-sexist-advice/52a8fe29fe344438aa00031f

http://www.theunlearningproject.org/2/post/2014/01/rape-culture-in-holiday-advertisements.html 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Visuals of Oppression: Is it Just Art or Ideologies of Hate?

One of my friends and very talented artist sent me this picture today and asked that I share it with the online community. When I opened her email, a wave a shock, sadness, disgust and speechlessness came over me like a flood.

I'm a firm believer that visual imagery is a powerful tool in propagated ideologies, belief systems, fear and the continuation of racism, sexism and homophobia. Visual imagery ALSO has the power to shift perspectives about the status quo, raise consciousness, inspire social action and promote social transformation.

This picture encapsulates all of those negative aforementioned sentiments and it is beyond infuriating that an image such as this would somehow be seen as artistic or fashionable.

This image symbolizes the intersection of racist and sexist objectification, while uplifting (literally) a person of European descent. The problem here (which is glaringly obvious) is this image tells the story of a time in era of colonialism in Africa and slavery in the U.S. where European-American/White slave owners used their marginalized counterparts as footstools to rest their bodies.

Are we (the viewer) suppose to take this image and what it truly represents lightly? Should we question the intentions of the photographer or models? What are your thoughts when viewing this image?....SHARE YOUR VOICE!
 
 
http://www.theunlearningproject.org/blog-post.html

https://www.facebook.com/theUNLEARNingproject?ref=hl 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Happy 2014! The UNLEARNing Project Announcement!

Hi everyone! Happy New Year to All of you!

I know it's been a while since I've posted anything here on this blog...I've been working so hard with my social justice project over the last couple of years and some things are finally starting to come together.

So, what's my new project? It's called "The UNLEARNing Project℠, a social change initiative with a mission to use social and digital media to UNLEARN racism, sexism and homophobia. Just a little description about this wonderful initiative:

"The UNLEARNing Project℠ is a Washington, D.C.-based project that is a fiscally sponsored initiative under Media Alliance, an Oakland, California-based non-profit. Media Alliance serves as a media resource and advocacy center for media workers, non-profit organizations, and social justice activists. Formed in 1976, Media Alliance’s mission has been excellence, ethics, diversity, and accountability in all aspects of the media in the interests of peace, justice, and social responsibility.

Rooted in social justice education, The UNLEARNing Project℠ enables users to digitally exchange information and materials related to social and cultural issues in an effort to UNLEARN the varying stigmas, prejudices and resulting discriminations existing in the forms of racism, sexism and homophobia. This site is a space that anyone can use as an educational resource, global networking tool, and/or a digital landscape to create meaningful dialog on relevant topics and to highlight one's own personal or professional mission to social transformation and eradicating racism, sexism and homophobia."

I've also been working on producing my first social change film with an amazing Pastor here in Southeast, DC who has a mission to enact social change through his inclusive and affirming church and humanist ideology. The film production process is SO exciting and as a novice to this world, I'm so thankful and blessed to be in a place where I can learn so much! 



Make sure you all go to my website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages below. Can't wait to hear your feedback and am so happy to get back to engaging with all of you! Happy Saturday to everyone!

https://www.facebook.com/theUNLEARNingproject
https://twitter.com/TheUNLEARNingPr
http://www.theunlearningproject.org/
Instagram: @theunlearningproject