This is Sam Pepper. If you don’t know who he is, Sam is a successful YouTube prankster with over 2 million subscribers. He recently uploaded a video titled “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank" where he pinched unsuspecting girls’ butts without their permission. None of this was done with the girls’ consent…meaning Sam Pepper sexually harassed and assaulted these women.
This is no longer a “simple, harmless prank” but rather a very serious matter and offence. If you haven’t seen the video yet, you can watch, dislike, and report it HERE. You can also take the pledge to help stop sexual violence at itsonus.org. Please do not let Sam get away with this kind of behavior. He crossed the line and needs to be held responsible for his disgusting actions.
report report report. stupid fuck
ESPN Punches Women in the Face, Too
Phoenix Mercury win 2014 WNBA Championship
The absence of female athletes from sports coverage contributes to domestic violence
TW: Domestic Violence
By Tamryn Spruill
Domestic violence is an outrage. But if the video recording of Ray Rice’s misdeed – a left cross to the face of his then-fiancé, knocking her out cold in an elevator – brings the issue into the national debate, we can consider some coverage of this sad affair to be meaningful. Who knows? A battered woman watching the grainy video from the outside looking in may become inspired to pack her bags and leave her batterer, so she never again experiences what Janay Rice did. But when the coverage becomes sensationalized to the point where the networks covering the story become the story, there’s a problem, leaving us to ask if the networks are using persistent coverage as a distraction from their role in the violence against women. In terms of networks that perpetuate violence against women – essentially punching women in the face the way Ray Rice punched his then-fiancé – ESPN is the worst offender.
Case in point: The Phoenix Mercury swept the Chicago Sky to win the 2014 WNBA title, on Chicago’s floor, and the story at the top of the sports ticker was the arrest warrant issued for Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson. Never mind that this is the Mercury’s third title since 2009, won with Forward Candice Dupree shooting 74% for the series, Guard Diana Taurasi (AKA the White Mamba or Kobe’s Twin) becoming the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer in WNBA Finals history, and Center Brittney Griner blocking a WNBA-record eight shots in one quarter of Game 1 (not to mention she also was voted Defensive Player of the Year).
(ESPN.com homepage one hour after Phoenix Mercury claimed 2014 WNBA title in historic sweep)
Did you like how I threw those stats down? Newsflash: Girls know about sports. And this girl had time to write this article during the forty minutes it took ESPN to add the story of the Mercury winning the 2014 WNBA title to the SportsCenter ticker. When it did, Adrian Peterson’s legal situation remained the “Developing Story” at the top of the ticker, while the WNBA champs received “Griner-less Game 3,” on a line following Major League Baseball coverage. The “story” ESPN saw fit to tell amounted to a montage of the WNBA Finals – no longer than a minute in length – that did not include a single post-game interview. By contrast, the team that wins the NBA title is listed at the top of the ticker immediately and regular programming is halted in favor of footage of champagne baths in the locker room and post-game interviews. An hour after the game, Phoenix’s win was included as the tenth story on ESPN’s website. Beyond disrespectful to the Phoenix Mercury team, led by WNBA Coach of the Year Sandy Brondello, these decisions by ESPN programmers – no doubt, men – amount to an uppercut to the jaw of women everywhere.
When women are so systemically discriminated against in this way – completely removed from view unless they fulfill the role of sexual object to men, like the “babes” in the beer and Hooters commercials shown during halftime – it sends the message that a woman’s worth starts and ends with the degree to which men find her sexually attractive. Yeah, it’s an old argument. Sadly, it’s also a current one, and ESPN’s coverage shows just how little has changed.
When women are not recognized for their hard work – in this case, filmed while getting their ankles taped before games and soaking their feet in ice buckets after – everyone gets the message that women do not have value. The average viewer may not recognize that he or she is getting this message, but the evidence is clear in the young girl who struggles with confidence or the young boy who thinks it is okay to touch his classmate inappropriately, because “boys will be boys.” If that girl does not see other women throwing and dunking – like girls – she will doubt that her dreams matter, let alone that they are attainable. When the young boy watches ESPN and all the women he sees are scantily clad and serving beer, he will believe on a deep and fundamental level that this is all women are. The outrageous pay inequity between WNBA players and NBA players – thousands to millions – speaks loudest of all.
Before the Ravens-Steelers game on Thursday, CBS’s James Brown said during the pre-game show: “And it starts with how we view women. Our language is important. For instance, when a guy says, ‘you throw the ball like a girl’ or ‘you’re a little sissy,’ it reflects an attitude that devalues women and attitudes will eventually manifest in some fashion.” And ESPN’s persistent failure to show girls throwing, hitting, and dunking – taping up, icing down, and talking game – amounts to culpability.
I am, after all, “just a girl.” So if you don’t take my word for it, take James Browns’.
Tamryn Spruill is author of The Book of Music: A Memoir (currently seeking publication). She a full-time instructor of college English and literature, founder/editor of Robocup Press, a visual artist, and musician living in Los Angeles, CA, who has provided outstanding work for loveyourrebellion.com
Jessica Williams and Travon (one of the staff writers) do it again!
Yeah. This is the problem. And it’s not just a problem in the army - school dress codes also often discriminate against natural African hair. This is racism, specifically it’s an aspect of the kind of racism that says that African hair is inferior to Caucasian hair - as opposed to simply being different.
It’s complete and utter bullshit. I’m glad they’re spotlighting this.
What everyone needs to know is that this IS NOT NEW. I remember being in orientation for my job at the DoD in 2009 and talking to a black female Air Force (I think) member. She said it was an open secret that no black woman with natural hair would ever be promoted.
So at least women have something to fight back against now. Before, it was just understood, so you knew you weren’t getting promoted because of your hair, but nobody actually came out and said that.
Either way, it’s fucking sickening.
"Image Credit: Carol Rossetti
When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become.
Thousands of shares throughout the world later, the appeal of Rosetti’s work is clear. Much like the street art phenomenon Stop Telling Women To Smile, Rossetti’s empowering images are the kind you want to post on every street corner, as both a reminder and affirmation of women’s bodily autonomy.
"It has always bothered me, the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behavior and identities," Rossetti told Mic via email. "It’s a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don’t even see it’s there, and how cruel it can be."
Rossetti’s illustrations touch upon an impressive range of intersectional topics, including LGBTQ identity, body image, ageism, racism, sexism and ableism. Some characters are based on the experiences of friends or her own life, while others draw inspiration from the stories many women have shared across the Internet.
"I see those situations I portray every day," she wrote. "I lived some of them myself."
Despite quickly garnering thousands of enthusiastic comments and shares on Facebook, the project started as something personal — so personal, in fact, that Rossetti is still figuring out what to call it. For now, the images reside in albums simply titled “WOMEN in english!" or "Mujeres en español!" which is fitting: Rossetti’s illustrations encompass a vast set of experiences that together create a powerful picture of both women’s identity and oppression.
One of the most interesting aspects of the project is the way it has struck such a global chord. Rossetti originally wrote the text of the illustrations in Portuguese, and then worked with an Australian woman to translate them to English. A group of Israeli feminists also took it upon themselves to create versions of the illustrations in Hebrew. Now, more people have reached out to Rossetti through Facebook and offered to translate her work into even more languages. Next on the docket? Spanish, Russian, German and Lithuanian.
It’s an inspiring show of global solidarity, but the message of Rossetti’s art is clear in any language. Above all, her images celebrate being true to oneself, respecting others and questioning what society tells us is acceptable or beautiful.
"I can’t change the world by myself," Rossetti said. "But I’d love to know that my work made people review their privileges and be more open to understanding and respecting one another."”
From the site: All images courtesy Carol Rossetti and used with permission. You can find more illustrations, as well as more languages, on her Facebook page.
"Destroy the idea that men should respect women because we are their daughters, mothers, and sisters. Reinforce the idea that men should respect women because we are people."
Oh—you wouldn’t date a girl who’s ever been a stripper?
In that case, I wouldn’t date a guy who’s ever been to a strip club.
Oh—you wouldn’t date a girl who’s ever done porn?
In that case, I wouldn’t date a guy who’s ever watched porn.
You’re the reason we exist.
You’re the demand to our supply.
If you disdain sex workers, don’t you dare consume our labor.
As they say in the industry, “People jack off with the left hand and point with the right.”"
Young women are having difficulty accessing tubal ligation, despite it being a relatively safe (death rate is 1-2 per 100,000) and elective surgery.
There is a waiting period of 30 days for women seeking tubal ligation, yet no waiting period for men seeking vasectomies.
Young women are often discriminated against when seeking sterilization. Many doctors ask offensive questions (“What if you met a billionaire who wanted to have kids with you?”), state categorically that their patients are too young to consider the surgery, and generally act as though, as one woman who tried unsuccessfully to be sterilized at the age of 21 in the U.K. put it, ”just because I was a woman, I’d reach a point where an urge to breed would overcome all rational thought.” (Perhaps unsurprisingly, that woman’s 25-year-old husband faced no such presumptions when he asked his doctor for a vasectomy. The procedure was quickly approved.)
Ditch the Fear of Jiggles and Just Giggle!!!
I often talk about being a big dancer and how I’ve overcome obstacles…but today I want to take a more positive and celebratory route…join me in the passenger seat won’t you?!
I have been modeling for this AMAZING photographer, Nina Méndez Martí, for her project on dance as a form of insanity, joy, exhaustion, all sorts of emotions! Working with her I knew that I had to let go of all my inhibitions, my fears, my concerns, EVERYTHING. So there I was in her studio, dancing in a leotard, on a bed with all my glorious jiggle spots dancing with me…and for a moment….I didn’t feel self conscience or uncomfortable….for a moment…. I felt so….. FREE! I was having so much fun and embraced my leotard riding up and falling down. I let go because this wasn’t about me, it was about the moment! And as soon as you let go of the worries, you begin to realize, “Shit, I’m having a blast!!!”
In a time where we use Instagram, blogs and Facebook to record our everyday adventures, we get caught up in the “omg my arm looks fat here” or “ugh my face is a mess, delete!” we forget about the actual moment. So what your face looks a hot ass mess…it’s because at that moment you were getting low, having fun and didn’t care about posing for the camera phone. So I say post that picture where you think “omg my ass looks flat/huge/weird/etc…” and instead say “omg jumping on the bed for this shoot reminded me of jumping around with my sister when we were young! So fun!”
Dance It Out!
A girl in my Sociology class turns around during a class activity on goals to start a conversation with me. Her opening line is: ‘I want to get married.’ I nod and smile. She does not ask me my goals, just continues telling me the sort of guy she’d like to be with and how many kids she’d like. Thoughtfully, she adds, ‘My mom told me to meet someone and marry them. You don’t wanna date around because you wanna be fresh for the guy and not a….you know what.’
My cousin’s Facebook ‘About Me’ lists things she would like in a man. There is nothing about her or the things she does, only qualities she finds attractive. ‘Looking for someone who can play the guitar and cook a great dinner,’ she wrote. I can hear her bubbly, singsong voice while reading it. She is thirteen years old and has told me that girls ‘oughta only kiss their husbands and that’s it.’ When I ask her what she wants to be when she’s older she says, ‘Married.’
My male friend tells me that he has no problem with what girls do, but that he would not date a girl who’s ‘been around’ because she’d be ‘dirty.’ I wonder if each time someone touches you, a part of you is soiled. If there are piles of dirt in the spaces where others’ fingers once rested. In the shower, I try to scrub the smell of dirt from myself, but come out, still polluted, with red scratch marks all over me.
Being called a ‘you know what’ taught me some things: that I do not want to be touched by somebody who will judge my past. That I am not a tally book, with others’ names burned into me. If you have to label me as something, let it be a human being."
street harassment stems from the view that the public still belongs to men and women are enroaching on their territory when we exist outside of the home
Women should NOT be forced to feed their babies in a bathroom, all because we live in a misogynistic, porn-warped society that’s been brainwashed to believe that female breasts used for anything other than male pleasure is “indecent”. Support public breast feeding and end the porn culture.
this video was produced by Universal Studios.
think about that shit,
The Museum of Uncut Funk has a great article about Racism in Animation.
1941 Walter Lantz cartoon “Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat,” in which particularly racist stereotypes sleep the day away in Lazytown until a Lena Horne (?) look-alike sashays off a riverboat and motivates the lethargic populace to dance and shimmy. The message is that only music can energize black people.
And please do not reblog this talking about “well.. it was 1941.”I’m gonna have to send you a preemptive shut the fuck up ‘cause at least one of you is always out there.
Yes, babies will touch a stove cause they haven’t learned it’s hot.. but your ancestors weren’t babies… with some infantile knowledge of racism. They were simply racist with all the same faculties you have today. It was 1941… post founding of NAACP, post-Garvey movement, post-Harlem Renaissance, and Black people were fighting in WWII for freedoms for others that they couldn’t even enjoy at home.
Animators used racist imagery because it already had a foundation, making it easier to get their “visual comedy” across to their audience. The best thing to do is to consider how this technique plays out in entertainment today… especially when you have people saying they can’t see this or that character as Black.
Let’s also take note of the racial stereotypes portrayed through the blatant colorism shown in this vile video.
The dark skinned black Americans are over exaggerated to look like monkeys, they come from “lazy town” (lazy being a stereotype that is used against black people to this day), they are over weight or sickly looking, and the women are given male voices.
Now let’s examine the woman who comes off the boat. We first notice her light/fair skin and she is also given the ideal body type and is groomed, she’s is very knowledgable/smart and active in addition to her voice being pleasantly high pitched.Colorism is a major problem within the black diasporic community and it’s roots can be traced down to colonizers using skin tone to initiate genocide and war ( Hutu & Tutsi); white slave owners deciding which slaves would whip and oversee the other slaves; and white people in general using complexion as a way to distinguish who was “white enough” to be shown publicly on television, magazines, who gets more rights, etc. It perpetuates the false notion that every being with a lighter is an intellectuals, attractive, and a societal default; while also insinuating that an individual with dark skin is ignorant/unintelligent, unattractive, and lacks the ability to express societal norms.
Your first time is NOT supposed to hurt
You are NOT supposed to bleed
If you bleed, that is NOT your hymen being ‘popped’, it is a tear due to lack of sexual arousal and natural lubrication.
This is all a MYTH perpetrated by men so they don’t have to make sure you are comfortable and sufficiently aroused enough before you have sex with them. It is an excuse to disregard and hurt you.
I just really want women to know this.