Dear Straight People

The title of this slam poetry was kind of concerning to me, but once I gave it a listen I thoroughly enjoyed it. She made it very humourous while hitting some very important points. I didn’t like how she made it seem as if all straight people were like this, but it’s still a great video.

Sex Ed: Inside and Outside the Home

Danielle has already brought up a great point about how often issues pertinent for LGBT kids and teens are left out of sex ed and what that means for their self-esteem (among other things).

As a follow-up, here are two posts from the Good Men Project about sexual education:

“7 Things Sex Education Should Have Taught Us But Didn’t”

“Healthy Sex Talk: Teaching Kids Consent, Ages 1-21”

I find the second one very interesting, because you can see the ways that non-sexual, and sometimes even non-gendered, parts of our socialization can have an effect on how we approach sexual relationships.

 

Discussion of Rape and Male Victims

The Rape Double Standard

This thread from Andrew Sullivan’s blog. It’s his discussion of Chris Brown’s story of his first sexual encounter (which many have called rape/sexual assault. See Sam’s post about it here.) This thread is interesting because Sullivan comments on the original story, but he also shares many comments from the post which include men discussing their own experiences coerced sex (which by legal definition is rape).

“I am a monster”

“I am a monster”

“I am a monster”

In light of Halloween week and all the various costumes that portray many meanings when worn by certain people these 4 girls find a great way to underline some important issues when it comes to women and halloween. I personally loved it, and couldn’t resist not sharing it. This is poetry from the Brave New Voices Grand Slam Finals 2013 round 4 in Washington, D.C. 

Oh and by the way, the ”being a monster” bit is a reference to a great Nicki Minaj lyric.
Wait for the ultimate clapping-in-agreement-because-it’s-so-amazing moment at 2:10.

Thee Michelle Obama

The link I wanted to share with the class is about Michelle Obama. It’s a Huffington Post article on 5 Reasons Michelle continues to inspire us. 

1. She’s a High Achiever in a Male-Dominated Society

2. She’s Has Been Married for 19 Years

3. She’s Herself

4.  She’s an Advocate for Healthy Living

5. She’s Determined to Raise Her Girls the Right Way

In all, I just thought the article was awesome. I think Michelle Obama is someone a lot of women in this country can relate to. She always stays classy and doesn’t try to be someone she’s not. No matter your political beliefs – I think everyone can find a reason they are inspired by Michelle. 

RESPECT

RESPECT

Throughout the week we’ve been talking about rape and abuse. It’s so sad to think about any girl I know being raped. The pictures we saw today really made me think about how evil and disrespectful a rapist is – they truly disgust me. That being said, I also think it’s important to always respect ourselves and never let a man belitte us. As women, we are subject to many things and it’s important to put our foot down whenever we feel uncomfortable or put in harms way. That being said – respect yourself enough to know you deserve the best.