This past weekend, a group of activists blanketed the National Mall with a monument to rape survivors made out of 100 quilts.
Patriarchal notions of manhood don’t just harm women, they hurt men. Toxic definitions of masculinity lead to well-documented problems like high rates of gun violence, suicide and sexual violence. That’s why organizations like the Representation Project are committed to advancing the discussion about how gender limits the freedoms of both women and men. They recognize that society’s gender ideals aren’t only damaging for women; they’re universally harmful.
Their latest video examines how stereotypes constrain all people from the moment they are born.
Project for my Social Psych class last semester. This poster series was created to 1) challenge these internalized stereotypes by bringing them to the viewer’s attention and 2) expand the range of role models by including a diverse group of women. Each poster follows the same basic pattern: a woman who has demonstrated her competency in a particular area refutes the stereotype that appears above her in the form of “Girls can’t …”. While the posters target girls ranging from children to young adults, I expect the message would also cause people outside that demographic to question their own beliefs about women and power. I designed each aspect of the posters with several principles of social psychology in mind:
More Universities need programs like these:
“”I ALWAYS Get Consent!” is a sexual violence prevention education movement founded in 2010 by students at Arizona State University. With support from over 20 different community and campus organizations, “I ALWAYS Get Consent!” grew to reach thousands of people all across the globe!”
“it’s a miracle when a rape kit gets to a lab”
"Advocates have been working for years to move the needle on this problem. For example, in 2001 the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) launched a campaign to increase public and law enforcement awareness. At this point only four states—Illinois, Texas, Colorado, and Ohio—have passed legislation requiring the “counting, tracking, and timely testing” of rape kits. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) noted via e-mail that since her state’s law went into effect in 2010, “Illinois has completely eliminated its rape kit backlog—the minimum that we owe to all victims of sexual assault. All states should follow Illinois’s lead, and the federal government must provide the critical resources public safety officials need to apprehend perpetrators of sexual assaults.””
"During her second weekend as a freshman on a California campus, Kerri accepted an offer from Mitch, a popular senior who held student office, to walk her back to her dorm from an off-campus party. When they reached Kerri’s room, Mitch raped her."