15 February 2013 @ 08:31 pm
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Fanworks

Title: (After)Life
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: HP/HG
Pairing: HG/SS
Rating: PG
Summary: Hermione does some getting lost, then some getting found.
AN: Written for my dearest lifeasanamazon, in exchange for her donation to LLS. Mwahmwah. Hope it hits the spot.
Can be found-- LJ

Topical Content

Spatz made a mix: on DW, on LJ

daybreak777 made a post on women and education here.
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14 February 2013 @ 08:48 pm
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Fanworks

Title: Spectrum
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: Skyfall (2012)/Eve Moneypenny
Rating: G
Summary:People say Eve slept her way to where she is.

Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, and AO3

Title: Penny Candy
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: HG/Katniss Everdeen
Rating: G
Summary: There’s a fine line between having enough and too much.

Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, and AO3

Title: No Comment
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: Avengers/Natasha
Rating: G
Summary: Media, marks, what’s the difference?

Notes: Thanks to harborshore for giving me the idea that sparked this.

Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, and AO3.

Title: Pro Bono Publico
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: Suits/Donna
Rating: G
Summary: Donna needs a favor for a friend.


Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, AO3

Title: Lifer
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: Avengers (MCU)/Maria Hill
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Maria prefers GI Joes to Barbies.

Warnings: Reference to sexual assault.

Notes: I realize this does not match with Hill’s comic-verse background.

Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, and AO3


Topical Content

Daybreak777 linked to the comm vchamber at their journal. It's a comm dedicated to fanworks about women of color.

Daybreak777 posted an excerpt from the book, Bastard out of Carolina here.

Daybreak777 posted a bit about Lara Logan here.

Daybreak777 recced/mini-reviewed TransAmerica here.
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14 February 2013 @ 08:33 pm
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From Global Education of Girls is Key to Development:

UNICEF says that, worldwide, 1 billion adults are illiterate--two-thirds of them women. Nearly 100 million children in the developing world don't have access to education. And for every boy out of school, two girls are unable to attend--70 million girls.

It starts early: Fewer girls than boys finish primary school. By the time they reach 18, girls have, on average, 4.4 years less education than boys. Put another way, 81 million girls--49 million more than boys--have no access to primary school education.

The most important single factor driving the disparity is economic. The harder it is to send children to school, the more likely girls' education will suffer. In many poor countries, families with limited funds are forced to decide whom they will send to school. Either they need help around the house or at work, or they can't afford the costs--transportation, supplies and fees--of schooling all their children. Usually, it's the daughters that miss out.

"There's these cultural beliefs that, since women are just women, no matter how much you educate them they're just going to be someone's wife," says Asabe Audu a program manager at Baobab, a Lagos-based organization promoting women's human rights.

Gender gaps can reach extremes in conservative, rural areas, where traditional practices can impede a girl's education. In northern Nigeria, for instance, early marriage is widely seen as ensuring a bride's chastity. The average wedding age is just over 15, a fact with unfortunate consequences. In 1999, a Nigerian girl was less likely to graduate from school than to drop out to get married.

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Some great resources around girls and education on an international level:

Girls Education International

United Girls Education Initiative

10 x 10, a documentary—Girls Rising—and a social movement.

The Coalition for Adolescent Girls - Poverty Ends with Her.
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14 February 2013 @ 08:32 pm
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From the UN Women web site:

War has always impacted men and women in different ways, but possibly never more so than in contemporary conflicts. While women remain a minority of combatants and perpetrators of war, they increasingly suffer the greatest harm.

In contemporary conflicts, as much as 90 percent of casualties are among civilians, most of whom are women and children. Women in war-torn societies can face specific and devastating forms of sexual violence, which are sometimes deployed systematically to achieve military or political objectives. Women are the first to be affected by infrastructure breakdown, as they struggle to keep families together and care for the wounded. And women may also be forced to turn to sexual exploitation in order to survive and support their families.

Even after conflict has ended, the impacts of sexual violence persist, including unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and stigmatization. Widespread sexual violence itself may continue or even increase in the aftermath of conflict, as a consequence of insecurity and impunity. Coupled with discrimination and inequitable laws, sexual violence can prevent women from accessing education, becoming financially independent and from participating in governance and peacebuilding.

Moreover, women continue to be poorly represented in formal peace processes, although they contribute in many informal ways to conflict resolution. In recent peace negotiations, for which such information is available, women have represented fewer than 8 percent of participants and fewer than 3 percent of signatories, and no woman has ever been appointed chief or lead mediator in UN-sponsored peace talks. Such exclusion invariably leads to a failure to adequately address women’s concerns, such as sexual and gender-based violence, women’s rights and post-conflict accountability.

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Some great resources on women and war/peace:

No Women No Peace

PBS' Women War and Peace series. You can watch full episodes online.

Peace Women - Women for Peace, Peace for Women
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12 February 2013 @ 10:37 pm
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It's probably not at all a surprise that a community with so many letters in its acronym is not entirely cohesive and fully inclusive. GLBTQ rights often are reduced to white cis gay male rights and perspectives. Lesbians, for example, have had to fight to carve out a place of inclusion within the activist community as a whole. Bisexual individuals still are lambasted by people—both within and outside of the queer community—for not being queer enough. Those whose sexualities and/or genders are not intrinsically associated with the G, L and B in the acronym feel voiceless and ignored, not just by society, but also by the queer activist community. And people of color, no matter gender or sexuality, are often not the focus of activism, nor are their issues often given priority by majority queer activists.

Trans women especially are left out in the cold. They suffer a high percentage of violence perpetrated against them, and issues, rights and problems that are crucial to their existence are not put front and center by the queer community. As a result, while many members of the G, L and B communities are gaining more widespread acceptance and protections, trans women's concerns—which are often life-threatening—don't gain nearly as much notice, attention or focus.

The Trans Women's Anti-Violence Project is a trans feminist project addressing issues of systematic, institutional and interpersonal violence and oppression experienced by trans women (those who were coercively assigned male at birth and identify or are identified as women/female) across multiple identities (e.g., race, class, dis/ability, citizen-status, nationality, sexuality, age, HIV status, and form, status, or age of transition, etc.)
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11 February 2013 @ 10:13 pm
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From the Overview page at Women's Media Center's

* According to the , 24% of the people interviewed, heard, seen, or read about in mainstream broadcast and print news were female.  Only 13% of stories focused specifically on women and 6% on issues of gender equality or inequality. What’s more, news stories by female reporters are almost twice as likely to challenge gender stereotypes than stories by male reporters and the stories feature female subjects and topics that matter to women. 

* In addition, women were the news subjects for only 23% of stories on 84 news websites monitored -- this suggests that underrepresentation of women in the virtual news world is as dramatic as in the traditional news media.

* Even at National Public Radio - considered an industry leader in engaging female correspondents and hosts - women represented only 26% of the sources in 2010.
The 2011 "Heavy Hundred" "most important radio talk show hosts in America," selected by the editors of Talkers magazine with input from industry leaders, included only 13 solo women hosts and three women who co-host shows with men.

* Women represented just over one-fifth (21.7%) of guests on Sunday morning news talk shows airing on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and Fox News in 2011 according to American University School of Public Affairs Women and Politics Institute.

* Women are a small minority in key sports news occupations with virtually no change over three years according to studies for the Associated Press Sports Editors (conducted by Lapchick et al. in 2008 and 2011).  In 2011, just 11.4% of sports editors, 10% of sports columnists, and 7% of sports reporters were women. 
According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, women accounted for 25% of all creators, executive producers, producers, directors, writers, editors, and directors of photography working on situation comedies, dramas, and reality programs airing on the broadcast networks in the 2010-11 prime-time television season.  Among writers, just 15% were women; of directors, just 11% were women; and of directors of photography, just 4% were women.

*The same study also found that in 2011, women comprised 18% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.  Women comprised just 5% of directors, 15% of writers, and 4% of cinematrographers.
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11 February 2013 @ 10:11 pm
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In America, more than half of the people in poverty are women, and women of color are far more likely to be in poverty than white women.

There are a lot of reasons for poverty—more than can be gone into here—but employment is a key factor. The gender wage gap plays a large role, as does the fact that traditional employment for women tends to be lower valued and, therefore, underpaid compared to traditionally male occupations. As well, with women often holding the role of caregiver for children or relatives, women tend to require flexible jobs/hours, which often means part time work. They also incur the majority of the cost of child rearing.

The Global Poverty Project has an international approach to poverty that has a special focus on women.
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10 February 2013 @ 11:58 pm
Hey everyone! I've run into a bit of delay with the essay posting. The daily essays for the 10th and 11th will go up tomorrow. So sorry for the delay but I had some unexpected school work to handle thanks to a non-cooperative member of my project group.
 
 
 
09 February 2013 @ 07:44 pm
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Fanworks


Title: Outside Looking In
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: HG/Johanna Mason
Rating: PG
Summary: After the dust has begun settling, Johanna goes home. Or, well, the closest thing to it.
Can be found on LJ, DW, my site, and AO3.

Title: Just Do It
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: The Unusuals/Allison Beaumont
Rating: G
Summary: Getting shot slows Beaumont down.
Can be found on LJ, DW, my site, and AO3.

Title: Hermione Granger: Minister of Magic
Author: Icarusancalion

Title: Working Girl
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: MCU/Pepper Potts
Rating: G
Summary: Pepper in the Iron Man 2 time frame.
Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, AO3

Title: .Wishing Well (Rule 63!Derek Hale).
Author: Elisera

Title: Jump up, strap in
Fandom/Character: Stargate Atlantis, Amelia Banks
Rating: PG
Summary: When Amelia signs up for Atlantis' return to Pegasus, it is not because of Ronon.
Links: LJ, DW, AO3

Topical Content

daybreak777 linked to icons of famous women in politics and more here.
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09 February 2013 @ 07:22 pm
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While there is overlap between the experiences of white women, and women of color, the truth of the matter is that women of color face different societal issues and problems than white women. Unfortunately, while fields such as feminism, GLBTQ rights, and sociology supposedly promote an intersectional examination of women, a lot of research and mainstream activism is created through a white lens, with a focus on cis white women. This acts to further marginalize women of color (both cis and trans), not just in society, but in activism and social justice movements.

The numbers for violence against, and sexual assault on, women are higher for women of color. The gender wage gap is larger for women of color than it is for white women. Representation in media of women in color is far less than for white women. As well, GLBTQ women experience more harassment and discrimination, with less focus from GLBTQ groups and activists.

INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and our communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing.

Based on ongoing discussions with women of color (primarily with African-American, Asian, Hispanic and Native- American women), across the country whose opinions we valued, The Women of Color Foundation learned that all of us felt it was critical for us as women to share our successes, triumphs and yes, our failures with our peers and younger women coming along behind us.

The Professional Women of Color Network, a diverse multicultural organization, facilitates and encourages strategic connections and reciprocal networking relationships for  all women of color.
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08 February 2013 @ 06:12 pm
I totally messed up and accidentally put the wrong content essay up initially for today’s essay! It’s now been corrected. Thanks so much to podfic_lover for the heads up!
 
 
 
08 February 2013 @ 05:58 pm
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Many thanks to druidspell for providing this essay!

I wanted to make this essay broad and informative when I first volunteered to write for this topic. Then depression resurfaced, and that's just not going to happen. Instead, this essay is going to be deeply personal.

In addition to major depression, I suffer from depersonalization disorder. What this means, for me, is that I don't feel like I inhabit my own body; I don't recognize myself in photographs or in the mirror; I feel like I'm living my life as if I'm watching it on a screen--two dimensional and distant. I'm awful at reading body language and non-verbal cues. I feel deeply disconnected from my emotions and from other people; what's more, I'm aware that these feelings aren't "real" which can make them worse.

My depersonalization affects my life in myriad physical ways, as well as emotionally. I don't feel as if I fully inhabit my body so it's easy to ignore signals like pain, exhaustion, hunger, or thirst--sometimes to extreme consequences (like the fallopian cyst I had to have removed last year that was large enough to place my fallopian tube at risk of rupture: I didn't realize anything was wrong until I couldn't move without a burning pain in my abdomen). I very rarely wear makeup because it makes me into a stranger in the mirror. I can't watch 3D movies because it escalates the sensation of watching my life on a screen and can trigger a dissociative episode.

I became a part of fandom because I needed something to focus on that wasn't the sensation of losing my grip on reality. I relied on this community of fen to carry me through when I couldn't feel my legs to carry myself.

My favorite health organization is the World Health Organization. They are working to reduce the incidence of disease, improve the health of women and children internationally, and decrease the suicide rate among all demographics.
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08 February 2013 @ 05:54 pm
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Many thanks to verstehen1 for providing today’s essay!

One of my personal heroes is a woman most people have never heard of: Mary Harris Jones. I don’t blame people for never having heard of her; that’s not exactly unusual when it comes to history. Much of the work of women has been dismissed or forgotten or even assigned as the accomplishments of the men around them and in their lives. That’s only one reason she’s forgotten.

The other is that Mother Jones was a successful union organizer.

In the world of 2013, especially in the economically developed perspective of America, we’ve forgotten who and what unions are and do. Many of the things we take for granted about work in 2013 – lunch breaks, overtime pay, 40 hour work weeks, 8-hour work days – were fought and won with blood and bodies of union picketers, strikes, and agitators. Mother Jones, in her fifties when she started working with the United Mine Workers, became a central and inspirational figure of the late 1800s and early 1900s worker’s rights movement. Her most famous quote from her autobiography, “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living,” is one union organizers still use today.

Modern-day conceptions of what unions are and do are essentially founded on the work Mother Jones and other union activists of her time did. “Private sector,” or unions founded within privately owned businesses, was how unions started, particularly for trade unions. In the U.S., unions became a necessity following the injustices and abuses of the industrial revolution. Over time, though, private sector unions became “less relevant” as corporate culture changed. First, the value of the worker dropped as technology began to replace human labor. When the unions fought this change and failed, confidence in unions dropped. Second, the cultural climate changed. Unions were for “blue collar” workers and we were becoming a nation of “white collar” workers who were better paid, didn’t work in dangerous jobs, were used to all the benefits unions had, and started to believe they didn’t need unions.

At the same time, the growth of the information industry led to an expansion of the public sector – people whom work for government agencies – and the beginning of public sector unions. Until the 1960s and 1970s, most public sector unions were actually illegal (Wisconsin was the first state to make public sector unions legal in 1959). And those unions – particularly teachers unions – exploded with membership. They had an advantage many of the private sector unions did not: the presence of minorities.

Mother Jones is a personal hero because of all the passion and work she had for the early labor movement. Her energy, her speeches, and her work inspired thousands during her lifetime and literally changed workplaces for the better. But the reason she did all this work was because she believed that if men had better jobs, women would be able to stay at home with their children. She was not a suffragette and famously said that, “You don’t need a vote to raise hell!” and believed that – despite her actions – women did not belong in politics and should stay at home with their children.

That’s where I disagree with Mother Jones, as much as I respect and admire all the work she did for the early labor movement. I disagree with her because I believe women should be able to stay at home or go to work. They should have the choice of either path or even both without any sort of penalty. Unions are a very effective vehicle to make sure that can happen.

There is a historical link that as union membership decreased and attacks on collective bargaining and basic union representation increased, the number of hours citizens work rises even as their pay stagnates. Unions fight to keep a living wage – and higher – for their members. Department of Labor statistics, workers represented by a union in 2011 have a median salary, on average, of $200 more a week than non-union workers (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012). This contrast is even starker when you look at the numbers based on sex and race where for women of color the averages jump to around $250 more per week than non-union workers.

Unions also gave us sexual harassment laws and fought for “luxuries” that make it easier for women to work – like paid maternity/paternity leave or on-site childcare – and work to create more inclusive workplaces. Unions, by their very nature, are about fighting oppression and inequality – and the workplace has traditionally been a place of severe class inequality. Only more recently have we begun to really explore the "inequality regimes" are set through the business practices of institutions and organizations and perpetuate divisions between different race/class/gender groups within those organizations (Acker 2011). This happens regardless of the organization and is repeated in education (Carter 2011; McGuffey and Rich 2011; Thorne [1993] 2008), health care (Wingfield 2009), the service industry (Williams 2011), and even within strip clubs (Trautner 2011) – all typically female dominated industries. These business practices constrain the ways in which people are able to "do gender" (West and Zimmerman 1987) by creating situations where only certain gender expressions are acceptable. Moving even further outward beyond organizations, gender holds a visible presence within societal institutions such as "work," "family," or "religion." Acker (1992) calls these "gendered institutions" because gender is present within all of the practices, ideologies, and the way power is distributed within those institutions. She also argues that many of these institutions were traditionally defined by the lack of women (family being the sole institution where women have a central, if subordinate, role). She differentiates the workings of these institutions into practices, which are the overt decisions that construct and control gender (e.g., segregation), construction of ideologies which legitimate those practices (e.g., hegemonic masculinity), processes of interaction (e.g., "doing gender"), and internal processes that have been constructed by the other three (e.g., defining yourself male or female). In terms of specifically gendered research, the idea of social control is particularly apparent within the institutions of work and family, as well as research into the struggle to balance the two.

Marriage, for example, is accompanied by several cultural assumptions. The heterosexual relationship is an exchange of resources, with men contributing economic resources and women contributing household resources. Tichenor (2011) points out the unequal balance of power between men and women within marriage, even as women contribute more economically to the family. Women are still socially expected to contribute the same amount of household labor as if they were not working and their jobs often do not encourage or allow for a better balance of work and family. These norms are, however, very culturally specific. In the case of the cultural assumption of breadwinner/homemaker, Hill (2011) points out that black couples are unable to fit these norms. Black women are celebrated for being strong and confident; however, white/dominant relationship norms call for women to be submissive. Further, black men are also often economically disadvantaged and are beginning to earn less than their black female partners; this is a direct contrast to the "breadwinning" male head of household. The tension between the dominant (white) norms and the reality of the black experience create fragile relationships and bitter acrimony between black women and men. For both Tichenor’s (2011) and Hill’s (2011) participants, we see how the cultural assumptions regarding gender in the institutions of work and family dominate the choices people make. Families are now choosing to negotiate those gendered assumptions and gendered institutions in new ways, such as the rising presence of the father at home (Coltrane, Parke, and Adams 2011; Shows and Gerstel 2011) or through other non-“traditional” family arrangements (Dunne 2011).

The ideologies that inform gender presentations and gendered interactions are not just about gender either. One of the bedrock beliefs within America is the ideal of the meritocracy; that is, as Americans, we believe that everyone can earn exactly what they deserve if we work hard enough for it. Roth (2011) debunks this myth when she investigates gender inequalities in Wall Street. The myth of meritocracy actually hides and perpetuates the inequality found in those workplaces by giving a cultural justification for unequal treatment. Acker’s (2011) study of different types of work groups found that business practices perpetuate and shape inequalities. For example, she looks at the differences between team-based and hierarchical organizations and found that women do see more advancement in team-based environments – so long as the women act like the other men. The ideological construct of a “successful” businessperson is one that privileges male-coded behavioral patterns. The ideology regarding these behaviors shaped business practices which, in turn, shape behavioral patterns. Ideologies are, like gender, socially constructed and thus subject to change. In looking at technology plants within the Philippines, McKay (2011) found that companies and supervisors would purposefully shift ideologies about the factory work to pull in the type of workers they needed. Instead of a factory needing a “woman’s patience” for skilled or higher-paying jobs, the ideology was being shifted by managers to one that asked for a “man’s strength” (McKay 2011).

These ideologies influence behavioral patterns and interactions between people. These ideologies are all based on particularly cultural narratives and stereotypes surrounding the intersectional statuses we all have. For example, women in male-dominated careers often experience the “glass ceiling,” which is a spot where they cannot actually achieve more success institutionally because they are women. Conversely, men in female-dominated professions may experience a “glass escalator” that elevates them quickly to high-profile, high-pay management positions. Men are pushed onto that escalator by the women they work with. However, in Wingfield’s (2009) research on black male nurses, she found that black men did not receive the benefits of being male in a “female” profession the way their white colleagues did.

All of the scientific studies and research I just quoted, all of the knowledge we’ve gained, is recent. These are not inequalities of twenty years, or fifty years, or a hundred years ago. We have made inequality – and the privilege it grants certain members of society (e.g., McIntosh 2003) – invisible. Just because we no longer have children working twelve hours a day in sweatshops does not mean we have eradicated workplace inequality, whether that inequality is in differences of pay between men or women, the “glass ceiling” women and men of color, or even creating work spaces that make a home-life balance easier for both men and women.

Unions are, I think, despite their (admittedly somewhat historically well-deserved) reputation as bastions for white men are actually founded on feminist principles. Unions are about a group of people working together to create positive change that reduces inequality and oppression in their lives. That works always begins with consciousness raising and helping others to see their own oppression; this is intimately connected with the feminist ideals of “the personal is the political.” There’s a reason that the highest rates of union membership in the U.S. are among women and black men – and it is not just because of the types of occupations either group are traditionally tracked into working.

Mother Jones believed in unions as a vehicle for change over a hundred years ago. Regardless of her motivations for her activism, she was right. Unions – and especially women coming together to combat inequality – are one of the most powerful ways we have of making a difference in today’s world. Business may have the money but we have something much more important: the people.

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07 February 2013 @ 05:49 pm
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While women have a keen interest in participating in sports, it's very clear that society places more value on male sports endeavors.



Girl's sports were so underfunded, and given such a back seat to boy's sports, that Title IX came into being to force schools to provide equal funding and resources to girl's sports. Women's professional sports leagues receive far less attention and attendance that comparable men's leagues, and there is a huge wage gap between professional male and female athletes.



This is especially upsetting because it's well known that sports involvement helps groom people for leadership roles, and provides a number of other skills that are highly valued and crucial in employment and other aspects of life. And yet, when women's participation in sports is reduced to being the butts of jokes, so too are the skills they gain through such participation undervalued.



The Women's Sports Foundation has a number of programs to fight against this inequity, as well as research on women in sports.

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06 February 2013 @ 09:59 am


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Fanworks

Title: The Third Thing People Don't Know About Virginia Potts
Author: April-rainer

Title: Less Traveled
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: SGA/Teyla
Rating: G
Summary: One surprise, multiple decisions to be made.

Can be found on LJ, DW, my site, and AO3.

Title: Touch of Air
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: BDB/Autumn
Rating: PG
Summary: Now that she's on earth for good, Autumn's got some settling to do.

Can be found on LJ. DW, my site, and AO3.

Title: Heal Thyself
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: Rurouni Kenshin (2012 live action)/Takani Megumi
Rating: PG
Summary: Just a little Megumi-POV character piece.

Can be found on LJ

Topical Content

Daybreak777  wrote about the movie Sparkle and a little about Whitney Houston here

Daybreak777  wrote about Sharon Agathon on Battlestar Galactica 2003 here.

 
 
 
06 February 2013 @ 09:49 am

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In my first ever Political Science course, my professor said that Political Science is the study of power—who has it, and how they exercise it.

That’s a sobering thought if you’re a woman. Women make up more than half of the world’s population. But, in the United States, women have only had the right to vote since 1920. Worldwide, women hold a staggeringly low percentage of high office political seats.

Which begs the question: how can we expect power to be exercised on our behalf in a manner that we need if we aren’t the ones with the power?

The answer is that we can’t. Not fully. Those in power act in a manner to protect their own interests and privileges. In the United States, that can mean the erosion of women’s reproductive rights. Elsewhere, it can mean the legal murder of women by husbands. The situation becomes even more bleak when you consider intersectionality, and how women of color, queer women and trans women have less visibility, less political consideration and protection, and less (if any) political representation.

What I found most interesting about the lack of women in political positions is that women are most often activists for change, from the local to the global scale. We initiate and instigate policy and social changes, yet are absent from holding political power.

Often, this absence—especially in high level positions—is due to public resistance to women in political positions of power. Other times, it is because women avoid running for political positions.

The Rutgers Center for American Women in Politics has an entire section devoted to women in local level of offices, positions of power on small scale that can lead to greater presence and representation on the large, higher scale.

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05 February 2013 @ 09:13 pm
My apologies! I accidentally posted this to my personal LJ yesterday instead of the Comm! I can't believe I did that, and I'm so sorry!!

Since 2006, 14 Valentines has striven to both celebrate how far women have come, and to increase awareness for how far we still have to go for full equality, autonomy, and inclusion.

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TW Domestic Violence, TW Violence Against Women

Thank you to zao-gao/perfectivity for providing today's essay!

There are two common misconceptions that people have about domestic violence,  the first being: “Why do people abuse?”. This was a  question presented to me two years ago, and I diligently listed out all the reasons I could think of: substance abuse, mental health issues, coping mechanisms, anger issues--I came up with every single reason I could, except I the most important one: “Because they choose to.

No matter what excuse we might use to explain abuse, or to dismiss it, in the end, everyone has a choice. Violence has become such a fixture in our society, that we cannot even imagine ourselves free from its reign. Since that day, I find myself questioning more of the things that I see in  television and film, more and more of the anecdotes that my friends tell me about their significant others. I must remind myself, and other women: this is not okay. You did not do anything to deserve this--whether it is being followed, having your privacy violated by someone who goes through  your phone and computer, being slapped, hit, punch, beaten, strangled, being insulted, humiliated, manipulated. Being afraid. No one should ever  do these things to you, especially those whoclaim to love you.

A second misconception about domestic violence is that it is easy for a woman to leave an abusive relationship. This is completely untrue. It can  be the hardest thing that she will ever have to do, and that is telling as she has already lived through the abuse. There can be many reasons for  this: one of the most common is that she wants to stay for her children. After all how can you explain to a child that he or she will have to leave  their father? That their mother is afraid of the one of the people they love the most in the world? On the other hand, can you imagine making the  decision to leave your children, even if it is for your own safety?

There are many other reasons that a woman chooses not to leave her abuser and this is no coincidence. An abuser’s most powerful  weapon is  the control he has over his victim. He may be supporting her financially after convincing her to leave her job. He may have  isolated her from her family and friends and she may have no one to turn to for support.

Culture and her religion can be used as tools to keep her from leaving: an abuser could use the concept of family pride and dishonor, to prevent an Asian woman from leaving her family or speaking of her mistreatment. For those that practice Orthodox Judaism, an abuser might refuse a divorce, meaning that the woman can never remarry under her religion. These are only a few examples of why a woman has trouble leaving.  


Abusive relationships can be different for each person, so I believe the best thing you can do if you mean a survivor of domestic violence is to  meet her where she is--listen to her story: does she want simply want someone to speak to? Has she considered leaving him? Is she ready to  speak to a domestic violence counselor? Let her know that she is not alone, that she does not deserve to be mistreated, that she should not be ashamed. Call the police if she is immediate danger and advise her to do the same.

If you want to get more involved, please consider volunteering at a local domestic violence agency. Volunteers may be needed to do   administrative work, answer hotlines, spend time playing with children, help with events or a number of different things. If you are unable to  volunteer, but want to help those in your community please donate to local domestic violence shelter. Some high-need items are women’s  clothing, food, diapers and other baby items. You can search for domestic violence agencies in your area and speak to a representative about  volunteering or donating. 

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Fact Sheet:

www.ncadv.org/files/DomesticViolenceFactSheet(National).pdf


National Network to End Domestic Violence: Coalitions by State

http://www.nnedv.org/resources/coalitions.html

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03 February 2013 @ 11:29 pm
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TW Rape, TW Sexual Assault


The numbers for rape, attempted rape, and sexual assault are staggering, with an estimated 1 in 6 women reporting a rape or attempted rape. The numbers break down differently for various populations, with WOC reporting higher numbers than white women. The statistics for  trans women are hard to come by with any accuracy, but preliminary studies indicate rape and sexual assault against them to be fueled by  gender bias, anti-homosexuality, and misogyny.

But we all know that the numbers are misleading. Statistics are based on reported incidents, and rape and sexual assault are notoriously underreported, especially in populations who have poor trust in or relationships with authorities. As well, confusion and lack of consensus on how to define sexual assault on the parts of survivors, authorities and researchers means that getting even anecdotal numbers on the prevalence of sexual assault is difficult.

Education, most of can agree on, is paramount learning what sexual assault is, learning the full definition of consent, and understanding that our efforts need to be less targeted towards women practicing self-protection and more on teaching men—the majority perpetrators—not to attempt rape or sexual assault.

RAINN works in the areas of policy and education to bring truth and support to the public regarding sexual assault and rape.
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Title: Half Sentences, Daydreams and Misunderstandings

Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: MCU/Jane Foster
Rating: G
Summary: Jane's been told she was crazy her whole life.

Can be found onLJ, on DW, on my site, or on AO3.


Topical Content & Links

Trigger Warning: Please assume there will be discussion of a variety of themes around the daily topic (Physical and Mental Health).

Discussion of mental health and the Silver Linings Playbook here – daybreak777


 
 
 
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Since 2006, 14 Valentines has striven to both celebrate how far women have come, and to increase awareness for how far we still have to go for full equality, autonomy, and inclusion.

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TW Abortion, TW Reproductive Rights, TW Rape

Forty years after the victor of the Roe decision, women in America are once again fighting for bodily and reproductive autonomy as our right to chose has become more and more eroded. Currently, there’s only one state left that doesn’t impose and restrictions on abortion. Reproductive rights are worse for women in other, less developed areas of the world.

But reproductive rights and motherhood isn’t just about the right to choose whether to remain pregnant. They involve the right to choose whether or not to become pregnant at all, a choice which involves self-determination, education on family planning and contraceptives, access to reliable and safe birth control, and safety from forced sexual acts.

Women require the sanctity and health of body to prevent medical issues that could negatively affect their reproductive health. Furthermore,  they involve autonomy and choice that extends beyond pregnancy. Women require the right to healthcare to insure safe pregnancies and  deliveries, and the right to exercise bodily rights regarding their own lives as well as the lives of their fetuses.

Unfortunately, despite how long this battle has been raging, our rights are not fully our own in far too many ways.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an advocacy and policy organization focusing on extending and protecting reproductive rights of  women worldwide, and the National Women’s Law Center “champions laws and policies that work for women and families.”
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02 February 2013 @ 08:33 pm
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You're Living (in Your Skin) by elisera
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Summary: Cisgendered girl!Stiles & girl!Scott, dress shopping

Existential by arsenicjade | LJ,DW,mysite, or AO3
Fandom/Character: Arrow (TV)/Thea Queen
Summary: Thea's not sure when she began to disappear, or if she was ever even really there in the first place.


Topical Content Links
Trigger Warning: Please assume there will be discussion of a variety of themes around the daily topic (Body Image).

Link to Lesley Kinzel article titled, "“Aren’t You Uncomfortable?” And Other Bull$%!t Things We Assume About Fat People" submitted by  daybreak777

 
 
 
02 February 2013 @ 01:05 am
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Celebrating Women: Increasing Awareness

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TW Mental Health, TW Substance Abuse

While I was growing up, my mother abused a variety of substances, both uppers and downers. I was in my teens before I realized that substance abusers typical trend towards one or the other. However, it wasn't until I was in my early twenties, and in therapy, that my therapist listened to my descriptions of my mother's behavior and substance abuse issues and posited that my mother might have been bipolar. It took another two years before I broached the topic with my father. He told me that, before I was born, my mother had been diagnosed as bipolar by a psychiatrist and placed on meds. He told me these meds worked and that it was one of the only times he'd seen my mother balanced, functional, and happy.

Unfortunately, in the aftermath of that diagnoses—years after she presented symptoms, I would discover from conversations with family after her death—she relocated and switched treating physicians. At that point, she was diagnosed as depressed due to how she presented, and placed on meds for it. Of course, this resulted in her going into a severe manic episode. From that point on, she began self medicating her mood swings—uppers when she was feeling low; downers when she was manic.

My mother attempted suicide more times than I can recall. I've lost count of the number of times I had to call 911 and report on how many of what colored pills she'd taken; to scream at them to hurry up while I held a towel to her wrists; to examine the area around her and dutifully recite what illicit substances she'd imbibed. It was an endless self-perpetuating cycle that was hell on her overall mental health, her physical health, and on my own psyche.

Like a number of other physical and mental illnesses, bipolar disorder presents itself differently in men than in women. This is a seriously problematic, because research and literature is biased towards men's perspectives, quite often, or societal constraints can inform and restrict presentation to men's experiences.

As well, there are some mental health issues that are entirely female (such as Premenstrual Dysmorphic Disorder) and which don't receive the research funding or attention that issues which affect men equally or in the majority. And then there are mental health issues that present differently between genders, or require different treatment. Overall, even now, mental health—like so many other fields of study—remains examined and prioritized from a male perspective.

Like so many other things, intersectionality plays a role, too. Poor women are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than non-poor counterparts, and women of color's mental health can be directly and adversely affected by racism. Likewise, trans women's mental health is not only overseen, and their transition dictated by, mental health practitioners, but can be detrimentally affected by societal biases. Additionally, disabled women are disproportionately affected by mental illness disorders.


womenshelath.gov
has a variety of resources focused on, and targeted to, the unique needs and perspective of women, including treatment resources and help lines, and is a good starting point for understanding of, and treatment options for, women's mental health.
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31 January 2013 @ 11:56 pm

Celebrating Women: Increasing Awareness

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It's no great secret that girl's and women's body image suffer at the hands of media, marketing, and fashion, among other things.

We are inundated with a very particular type of body image, that belonging to the straight, white, cis, extremely thin women, and exceptions are hard to come by. As well, as women are confronted with this unattainable-for-many body image, we internalize it in ways that not only affect how we view ourselves, but how we view others.

We eye ourselves critically, finding flaws in comparison to images around us that aren't even of actual women, but are instead computer generated or enhanced-beyond-recognition. We look at other women with that same critical eye, and too often we speak those criticisms harshly and with judgment.


It's hard to step outside of what we've been socialized to, what we've been told for so long, in so many ways, from every industry out there.

It's hard to recognize that beauty isn't impossible and unreal perfection, but the imperfectly singular bodies that we each see in the mirror every day.

My Body Gallery tries to help break down our views of what “real” women look like through a photo project that includes numerous images of real women of all sizes, all shapes, and all colors. The women in the gallery appear to all be cis women, but everyone can benefit from these realistic images that demonstrate there is more to women's bodies, and women's beauty, than what the images around us would have us believe.

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31 January 2013 @ 06:18 pm
Firstly, if you signed up to contribute a comm essay this year, please be sure to get your essay to me for posting!!

Secondly, I wanted to go over the posting schedule for daily topic essays and link round ups.

Comm Essays: I'll post the comm essays at midnight the day of, to both Tumblr and LJ.


Link Round Ups: I'll posted these in the early evening (meaning, when I get home from work) the following day. So the round up for February 1, for example, will be posted early evening on February 2. This will allow time for everyone to provide and submit content, and for me to code the round up.
 
 
 
31 January 2013 @ 06:09 pm
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The 14 Valentines 2013 cycle kicks off tomorrow! I'm really excited to see everyone's contributions this year!


For information on how to contribute content to the community, see this Tumblr post or this LJ post


Remember, the only restriction on fanworks content (fic, art, graphics, fanmixes, recs, etc) is that the work be female-centric. And keep in mind that we don't adhere binary gender definitions here at 14 Valentines.


For topical content (essays with personal content, info posts about the daily topic, links to resources, etc), there is no restriction on what you  write about, or how, so long as you remember that the goal here is to bring women's issues to the foreground of a fandom community. Also,  please be mindful and aware of the fact that fandom is, by and large, a community of women, and these issues are often directly applicable to our daily lives. I urge you all to act with respect and care of that when providing content.

On a related note, trigger warnings ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL CONTENT, be it fanworks or topical content. For topical content, please  include your trigger warning at the very top of your topical content and bold it. For fanworks, include trigger warnings in the tags/headers/notes (it should be prominently included prior to the start of the fanwork). If you're not sure if something should be warned for, err on the side of caution and warn. If you're not sure how to include a warning for something, please check with me and we can figure out the best way to handle it.


LJ Links: About 14 Valentines | Comm FAQ | Ask

Tumblr Links: About 14 Valentines | How 14 Valentines Works | Comm
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Contacting the Mod: Email | LJ | Personal Tumblr
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10 January 2013 @ 06:37 pm

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There’s about 2.5 weeks left until the start of the 2013 cycle of 14
Valentines! Since we’re so close to starting, there are a few
housekeeping details I wanted to go over.


Comm Essays


If you’ve signed up to provide an official comm essay, please note
that they’re due to me by January 15! (If you need an extension, no
worries, just let me know via email). If you’re interested in writing an official comm essay, there are still a bunch up for grabs over here.


Blog Contributions (Non Fanworks)


One of the goals of 14 Valentines is to share information and
resources on women’s issues. The comm essays mentioned above are the
lead ins for the daily topics. 14 Valentines has always generated
topical content outside of the official comm posts, as well, though.


For those who want their topical content included in the comm
activity, you simply need to link us to your content on the daily comm post. If your content is on Tumblr, you can skip the linking step simply by tagging your relevent post with 14Valentines. I
track the tag and will include—either through reblogs or link round
up—all 14 Valentines non-fanworks content.


Fanwork Contributions


A major aspect of 14 Valentines has always been fanwork creation to
promote the community and generate interest. Last year, we changed comm
requirements so that all contributions, including fanworks, be
female-centric in some manner. We’ve had some really amazing creators
contribute some wonderful fanworks over the years, and we hope that will
continue.


To better facilitate linking and archiving fanworks contributions,
I’ve created a collection on AO3 for 14 Valentines. This includes a
general 14 Valentines parent collection, and a specific subcollection for the 2013 cycle.


Fanworks posted to the 14 Valentines 2013 cycle subcollection will be
linked to on daily round up posts. This content can include anything
you wish to create that falls within the posting guidelines of AO3.


Fanwork creators who don’t have an AO3 account, or don’t wish to post
to the collection, can leave a link to their fanwork at the LiveJournal comm as a comment to the daily topic post.


Other Contributions


If you have a contribution to make that falls outside of essays or
fanworks, that’s fine! Tag them with 14Valentines on tumblr, or
provide a link in a comment at the LJ comm as a comment to the daily
post.


Links


About 14 Valentines | Comm FAQ | Ask

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01 December 2012 @ 06:29 pm

Below is the listing of daily 14 Valentines topics for 2013.


To sign up to write an essay for a particular day, please do the following please comment to this post and indicate which day you'd like to claim. I will reply to confirm your claim, and ask you to provide me with your email address. You can provide it to me in a comment, via a message, or email it to me at tonguesandtales@gmail.com

Day 1 – Women and Body Image

Day 2 – Women's Physical and Mental Health
Day 3 – Women and Reproductive Rights and Motherhood
Day 4 – Women and Sexual Assault
Day 5 – Women and Domestic/Partner Violence
Day 6 – Women and Political Action
Day 7 – Women and Athletics
Day 8 – Women and Work/Employment
Day 9 – Women of Color
Day 10 – Women and Economics/Poverty
Day 11 – Women and Media
Day 12 – GLBTQ Women
Day 13 – Women and War/Peace
Day 14 – Women and Education

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to writing community essays for daily topics.
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18 November 2012 @ 09:08 pm
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Hi Everyone! The time has come to start gearing up for the 2013 cycle of14valentines.

As mentioned previously, the major change this year is going to be the inclusion of a tumblr platform for participation. If you would prefer to participate via tumblr, you can. If you'd like to remain a participant via LJ, you can do that, too.

I've the start of a project blog set up at tumblr (14 Valentines on Tumblr), which will be used as things like the topic list are finalized. You can follow it now, if you'd like! I'd also be very, very grateful for any reblogging/promotion you're willing to do on tumblr.

All information will be cross-posted to the Tumblr and the LJ comm so that you can remain in the loop no matter what platform you choose for participation.

I encourage you all to check out the recent About 14 Valentines/How it Works and FAQ posts here on LJ (these same posts are linked as pages at the top of the Tumblr), which break down the purpose of the project, and also explain how to submit contributions to the project (such as fanworks, craft posts, etc) via the tumblr platform--LJ process has remained the same.

Also, some information as far as timeframes go....
  • Obviously, the 2013 project cycle will run from February 1, 2013 through February 14, 2013
  • Daily Topics will be posted on December 1, 2012
  • Sign ups for official project essays will run from December 1, 2012 through January 15, 2013. They will be first come, first pick.
  • A word/phrase prompt list will be posted for fanworks inspiration around December 1, 2012 (I'm aiming for that exact day, but I'm not sure how adding Tumblr to this is going to affect things, so I'm hedging my bets.)
As always, if you have questions or suggestions, please let us know via comments, private messages, emails, or whatever.
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