Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

October-28-02

Leadership Alliances Work to Promote Women's Health, Positive Body Image, and Sexual Assault Prevention

The FMLA at SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY brought Julz Chavez, creator and owner of a new doll line "Get Real Girl," to speak about the need for realistic and healthy images in toys and products for children. Julz Chavez, a cousin of labor rights activist Cesar Chavez, created the "Get Real Girl" athletic dolls to promote healthy looking role models and to counter barbie-like unrealistic and unhealthy bodies.

For Love Your Body Day, the UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS FMLA organized a screening of “Killing Us Softly,” Jean Kilbourne’s video on gender in advertising, as well as "Beyond Killing Us Softly: The Strength to
Resist," which further explores the role of the media in women's perception of their bodies. The group tabled with information on Sexually Transmitted Diseases, contraception, and eating disorders, and organized a
presentation on the biology of women’s health with a professor from the Women’s Studies Department. In addition, they created a “Wall of Shame" with negative images found in magazine advertisements. To promote positive body image, the group passed out colorful valentines that were cut out in the shapes of hearts and women with positive messages on them. The group received campus press coverage.

The KUTZTOWN FMLA also organized a successful Love Your Body Day, empowering women to challenge the dominant, pervasive, and damaging media images of women that perpetuate unhealthy body image and eating disorders
by tabling with information on body image and fundraising with back massages.

From Oct 7-11, the UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA AT RENO FMLA co-sponsored Sexual Assault Awareness week with different student organizations. The event featured an enclosed tented area that served as a “24-hour Violence Free
Zone” where students could seek counseling, support, and solidarity. The Sexual Assault Prevention campus group that trains volunteers on campus, provided counseling and support during the week’s events. Also during the week, the FMLA organized a Take Back the Night rally, a visibility display of red flags to commemorate the too-frequent cases of rape and sexual assault in the US, and a pay equity bake sale that raised over 100 dollars.

Media Resources:


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

9/17/2014 Despite an Overall Decline in the Poverty Rate, the Number of Women in Poverty Hasn't Changed in a Year - Last year, almost 18 million women lived in poverty in the US - and that number hasn't improved for women, despite the overall poverty rate declining. Analysis from the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) of recently released US Census Bureau data shows that the poverty rate for women is not only virtually unchanged, but - at 14.5 percent - it's the highest in two decades. . . .
 
9/16/2014 Senate Republicans Blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act Again - The Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) yesterday, marking the second time this year and the fourth time since 2012 legislators voted along party lines against the equal pay legislation. . . .
 
9/15/2014 The Economic Recovery Isn't Reaching Black Women in the Workforce - The economic recovery isn't making a difference for African American women this year, according to data analysis from the National Women's Law Center (NWLC). Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the NWLC found that the overall unemployment rate dropped 1.1 percentage points in the period between August 2013 and August 2014. . . .