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These strawmen want you to #carelikecrazy about voting

Posted by Tom Megginson | 8-10-2014 19:26 | Category: Politics

Rock The Vote: These strawmen want you to #carelikecrazy about voting

Rock The Vote is a non-partisan not-for-profit in the USA that has been trying to engage more youth in democracy since 1990. But although they represent no particular political party, the new flight of ads designed to increase voter participation in the American mid-term elections are clearly progressive on social issues.

Each ad represents a spokesperson for a regressive point-of-view. While there are certainly real people out there who are as unpleasant — or worse — than these caricatures, they are clearly fictionalized straw men standing in for extreme views.

Here’s the ant—feminist:


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UK Girl Guides demand political action on sexism #girlsmatter

Posted by Tom Megginson | 10-09-2014 15:30 | Category: Gender issues

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From a creative or marketing point of view, there’s nothing outstanding about this video by Girlguiding UK. It’s a typical compilation of “streeters,” with diverse women speaking out about sexism and harassment:

What is interesting is how activist the Guides have become. This is not a simple call to the public to help fight inequality; this is an organized demand to British MPs.

Their online petition to Members of Parliament makes the following demands:

1. Listen to girls and young women, take them seriously and make sure their voices count

2. Demand that schools take a zero-tolerance approach to sexual bullying and harassment

3. Call on all schools to teach body confidence and gender equality

4. Make girls’ rights a priority in the UK’s approach to international development

5. Stop children’s exposure to harmful sexualised content in mainstream media

6. Empower girls and young women to speak out and be heard on the impact of media sexism and stereotyping

7. Modernise Sex and Relationships Education so all young people can make informed decisions and stay safe

8. Guarantee that women will be equally represented in Parliament

These are big demands ( #5 worries me from a censorship point-of-view, and applying #8 could have some unintended consequences) but I can’t think of another time that the 104-year-old organization, or any of its international versions, has directly addressed politicians with such a powerful agenda.


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The travel agency that should never exist #AbortionTravel

Posted by Tom Megginson | 25-06-2014 21:16 | Category: Human rights

The travel agency that should never exist #AbortionTravel
(Image via The Guardian)

CELEM, the Spanish branch of The European Women’s Lobby,worked with DDB to create a pro-choice campaign that involved setting up a bricks-and-mortar travel agency (and web site) that demonstrated what would happen if a more restrictive anti-abortion law passed.

AbortionTravel, the travel agency that should never exist from DDB España on Vimeo.


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Ukrainian women’s movement boycotts Russian penises

Posted by Tom Megginson | 25-03-2014 20:45 | Category: Politics

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“Don’t Give It to a Russian”

Surprisingly, this does not seem to be a FEMEN project. But it does have a Facebook Page and merchandise (below).


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