Friday, January 29, 2010

Remember that totally offensive Dockers ad?

The one that harkens us wistfully back to a time when women couldn't open doors or cross streets and men "took charge because that's what they did."

The lead exec on the campaign says it was actually the forefront of companies taking up their responsibility towards influencing social change:
Is it a lot to ask a company to be at the forefront of social change? Maybe. But I’d venture to say that companies have an obligation to be a part of it.
"Come again?" you may be thinking...
As we continued investigating, we were heartened by the fact that women have come so far. So why not encourage men to stand up and do the same? Women across the country told us: “I just want men to meet us where we are.”
That's right, by a call to reverse all the hard earned gender-equality and take up once again in the old-timey traditional roles of old, they're actually being revolutionary!

What? You missed that message in the totally misogynist and stupefyingly stupid ad? Well take off your skirt, put down the x-box, put on some big boy pants, and you can read the full explanation here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Adventures with High School

In today's Adventures with High School: Inappropriate thank you notes.

One teacher at a school I present at has the kids write thank you notes to each guest presenter. I think this is a wonderful skill and habit for kids to develop, and it's always entertaining to read what high schoolers think about a presentation on domestic and sexual violence. Many take the straight forward approach "Thank you", more these days are really thoughtful, useful, and touching. Some are inappropriate, they are high schoolers, after all.

Gems:
"Thank you! I thought you were pretty cute."

"Thank you for presenting for my class, and I thought you were a great person on the inside and the outside!"

"Thanks! It was fun to have you in class and your (sic) nice to look at"

"Thank you for coming to our class and teaching us about sexual stuff"

"Thanks for being boring" (seriously the small print was awesome)

"Thanks for the information. I might use it, I might not. I think relationships really aren't worth the trouble."
You're welcome.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

International Online Conference on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

My fabulous jetsetting, international, mega-feminist-force and I were accepted today to present our paper "Worlds Apart: How Social Networking Technologies Blur the Boundaries Between Sexual Assault Prevention and Perpetration" It will be so interesting to present about online technologies in an online conference.Wish us luck!

Here's the summary:
This paper globally contextualizes contemporary trends in discourse, teaching, and activism by highlighting the ways in which First and Third World communities outreach programs utilize virtual social networks and by examining the benefits and challenges these organizations face. From the perspectives of two gender-based violence intervention organizations, WISE victim advocacy and support center in New Hampshire, USA and the Sezim Crisis Center in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, this paper addresses the following trends in crisis intervention, education coordination, and social networking:...
Find out more about the conference sponsored by Deakin University.