Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – the International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence April 22, 2011Posted by Alicia in Cool Stuff, Domestic Abuse, Local Heroes.
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In cities around the world, at various times of the year, men will be marching the streets in high heels, wearing t-shirts and holding up signs that say “walk a mile in her shoes.”
They will awkwardly stumble past red silhouetted sculptures dedicated to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Their feet will ache as they pass the clotheslines filled with t-shirts, each created by a survivor of domestic violence bravely telling her story. As the men march on for a mile, they can read signs hanging above an overwhelming number of high heels along the fence, each explaining the story of a child who was the victim of domestic or sexual abuse. They will make it to the finish line because they are dedicated to raising awareness; they are telling the world that this is not just a women’s issue.
These are the men of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: the International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence.
“I’m following the social marketing experiment, doofus.” April 18, 2011Posted by thesporkgirl in Why Unfollow Charlie?.
By far the most overwhelming reasons people on twitter are giving for unfollowing Charlie Sheen (by a factor of 3 to 1 at least) are either: “You’re boring now,” or “all you do is promote your show.”
I feel these two are actually the same reason, and you could also toss in “You aren’t funny [anymore or ever].” These are all aspects of what a few have picked up on: this is now a publicity machine. And publicity machines are boring. And phony.
You’re not a stooge, twitter-verse. You can see what this clown is selling now, can’t you? Even if they aren’t articulating it, people are definitely sensing the calculated tone here. When this whole thing first started, many people lauded the “social marketing experiment” going on here. And at first, I guess I was curious too. But the tone changed very quickly. It went from a few interviews going viral, to 2 million followers, to a few efforts at being entertaining/crazy/goofy/fun interaction online, to immediately:
“You have 2, now 3 million followers on twitter – how can we turn that into money?” (more…)
Why We Love Mick Foley April 12, 2011Posted by Syd in Cool Stuff, Local Heroes, What We're Up To.
Tags: activists, men we love, mick foley, RAINN, volunteer, WWE
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Oh my goodness, where do we begin? In our “About” section, we mentioned that periodically we’d be writing about women who kick ass, but we will be updating that to include men because we simply must proclaim our admiration for Mick Foley.
If you are not a wrestling fan, you may not be super familiar with the name. Mick Foley is a professional wrestler, wrestling with all the major organisations – World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), and most recently Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
He is known for his hardcore matches. Has he been hit in the face with a 2×4 covered in barbed wire? Sure.
Has he taken a fall from the TOP of the cage during a cage match? Yes.
Was it ever uncommon for him to spill thumbtacks all over the ring during a match, only to end up with dozens in his own skin? Nope.
So why are we writing about this guy?
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Picture this: You are twelve years old. You are hiding under your bed listening to the the screaming, the scuffle, and then a loud thump.
You count the seconds of quiet. When you build up the courage to peer down the hall, you see your mother with blood on her face, lying in a fetal position. Dad scoops her up and slams her against the wall.
Fast Forward: You are now an adult. You have been a witness to years of domestic abuse. You are strong and confident, and you have healthy relationships.
How did that happen? Most of the research concludes that you would most likely have low self-esteem, troubled relationships, and a violent approach to solving problems.
I found a research study that discovered five themes that were common among women who have witnessed many years of domestic violence yet were able to carve out a life that is peaceful, rewarding, and free of violence.
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“Who are you to tell me who to follow on twitter, you jerk?”
We do not intend to force anyone’s opinion, merely to present a case for why you might want to. If at the end you still wish to follow him, by all means, continue.
“Ok fine, I don’t have freaking hours to comb through your stupid blog, tell me now why anyone would want to unfollow Charlie Sheen?”
Our argument is five-fold. Here is a quick summation:
- Foremost, he has an extensive, 20+ year history of domestic violence. He has plead guilty to it, and there is photographic evidence. Some of it has been extremely recent, and we don’t understand how there are still people who don’t know about it. The media keeps curiously glossing over this part. Here is the blog with more details on that: http://wp.me/p1qbZi-23. (more…)
Personal Story From Friend of unfollowcharlie April 1, 2011Posted by kelllo in Domestic Abuse, help a friend, Personal Stories, Women Who Rock.
Tags: domestic violence, getting help, how to ask for help, personal stories of domestic violence
We were sent this heartbreaking, yet inspiring story by one of our dear unfollowcharlie friends and co-founders.
Please. If you are in a similar situation, please seek help. From a friend. From an expert. From family. From the police. From an anonymous source. Anyone.
Call 1-800-787-SAFE for immediate help.
I didnt share any personal stories in the last thread about my ex husband, but I will here. He thought that if he didnt hit me with his hands, it could not be called abuse. He would hit me with a bat, pans, break glass over my head. Lock me in closets. I had a 5 month old baby and was living far from home. When I left Modesto to live in TX I gave everyone my new address in Dallas. When we drove through Dallas, I realized we werent going to live there after all. When we got to our new place 3 hours past Dallas, it occurred to me I might be in trouble. The phone was locked with a code so I could not call anyone. I started stealing nickels and dimes from him so I could use the pay phone near the corner. I didnt want to steal quarters b/c I knew he would notice those missing. He also enjoyed doing this new thing called “digging a grave” where he had a tiny grave and a bigger grave dug out in the back yard. (more…)