29 Amazing Women @TEDGlobal 2013 Stage

Shereen El Feki 1Amazing and brilliant women are everywhere, including on TED and TEDx stages worldwide. There just aren’t enough of them on those stages.

At TEDGlobal 2013, in Edinburgh, 29 of the 85 speakers (about 36%) are women (see alphabetical by first name bios and links below).

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More Truth. Less Tits & Ass Please.

Cup-Size Choir“Ridiculous hey?”

Saskatchewan University students quip about two-thirds of the way through their going-viral video on sexist advertising (see below).

Well, yes. The fact that women continue to be objectified, sexualized (often violently), and unclothed (often appearing essentially naked) in mainstream advertising to sell everything from cars to cod IS ridiculous. Continue reading

See me?

See me?

I’m writing.

I’m writing a play. A book. A blog post. A dozen blog posts. Articles and particles, bits and pieces, nuts and bolts.

A lifetime. I’m writing a lifetime.

I’m writing a lifetime in which the main character is invisible. Unseen. Unheard. Unnoticed. She barely exists in her own story. Or so it would seem. At times. Continue reading

Facebook, food & feminism (Days 5, 6, 7 & 8)

Margaret Mead small groupThis week’s three “F” words!

Yes, I have continued on Susan’s Last 10 Days in May Magic Bullet Muffin & Fat Back Buster UnDiet & Weight Release Thing, even while I was madly blogging against big bad corporate Facebook and its misogynist treatment of women — fighting  the good feminist fight as it were.

I wrote five posts which so far have a combined viewership of 6,000+ (2,700 on one day alone in the heat of the battle!). Not bad for my little upstart blog. Now things will return to normal (i.e. quiet) of course. Anyway, here are the five posts; #3 is my personal fave: Continue reading

Yes, @Facebook, it IS graphic violence (Trigger warning)

Domestic abuseOne of the issues central to the campaign to have violently misogynist and completely inappropriate content removed from Facebook is the question of what constitutes:

  • hate speech or symbol
  • graphic violence
  • nudity or pornography

Four paragraphs below this one is a screenshot. At the top of the  screenshot is a “poster” of a woman who appears to have been shot in the head and is either bleeding to death or has already bled to death. The caption says: “I like her for her brains.”

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Some down. A long way to go. (Trigger warning)

Report_ I like her brainsOn May 25, shortly after I posted “I’m confused Facebook….”, Facebook took down the “tape her at rape her” image for which I was temporarily blocked after I posted it with a link to the open letter (demanding “swift, comprehensive and effective action addressing the representation of rape and domestic violence on Facebook),”  on my AmazingWomenRock Facebook page.

In fact, Facebook went one step further and took down the entire Offensive Humor at its Best page, on which the original image (as well as the one at right) had appeared since February.

Facebook has also removed many of the images depicting, inciting, and legitmizing violence against women that were originally identified in the open letter created by  Women, Action, & Media (WAM), The Everyday Sexism Project and writer/activist Soraya Chemaly. 

Thank you Facebook, for removing those images. Continue reading