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ThinkAboutIt December 2013
'Stop Telling Women to Smile'
Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is addressing the issue of street harassment with public art in her project, "Stop Telling Women to Smile." She drew portraits of friends and colleagues accompanied by text that speaks to the harassers. The posters went up in Brooklyn, where she lives, and in Philadelphia, and she hopes to expand the project to other cities by way of a Kickstarter campaign. "There's also the point that gender-based street harassment easily lends itself to more conspicuous issues such as rape and domestic violence," she said. "It's a matter of control over women's bodies. And it's a serious issue to address."
Source: Huffington Post

Compiled by Nancy B. Olsen

Supreme example
A new portrait of the women of the U.S. Supreme Court now hangs in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. "I imagine this portrait will spark a conversation among young people, particularly young women, about breaking barriers," museum director Kim Sajet said. The four women represent 3.6 percent of all Supreme Court justices; 108 have been men.
Source: The Huffington Post

Hunting sex traffickers
A couple of billboards north and south of Duluth were put up to raise awareness among deer hunters of the issue of sex trafficking. "Hunters are observant people. This is a whole group of people who are boots on the ground. They're all over - walking by abandoned buildings, down long roads, in restaurants," said Lake County Commissioner Rich Sve of Two Harbors, noting that hunters may notice what the rest of us don't: "something that just doesn't fit; something out of the ordinary." The Duluth Trafficking Task Force, meanwhile, noted that hunting unfortunately can also include using prostituted women and girls as part of the masculine experience.
Sources: Lake County News Chronicle, Duluth News Tribune

Sweden gives 'A' rating for women in films
Forget PG-13 and R ratings for sex, language and violence. Four movie theaters in Stockholm, Sweden, are applying a new rating system that highlights how a film represents its female characters. Based on the Bechdel test, the film must include two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man to get an "A" stamp of approval. "The entire 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, all 'Star Wars' movies, 'The Social Network,' 'Pulp Fiction' and all but one of the 'Harry Potter' movies fail this test," said Ellen Tejle, a Swedish director.
Sources: Bitch magazine, The Guardian

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Wow! Pow! Female superheroes!
Both Marvel and DC comics have announced new female superhero characters - both teenagers, both women of color, both complex characters. At DC, Jeff Lemire's new superteen was inspired by the late Cree activist Shannen Koostachin from the Attawapiskat First Nation, who lobbied for better schools and was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize. Marvel, meanwhile, has Ms. Marvel - Kamala Khan, a Muslim-American from Pakistan now living in Jersey City, N.J.

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