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NOVEMBER 2012

 
 

BUY NOTHING!


"It all starts with a personal challenge: make a vow to yourself to participate in Buy Nothing Day this year … you just might have an unexpected epiphany! Join millions of others on November 23/24 and see what it feels like to stop consuming for 24 hours. Go cold turkey from consumer culture completely! Like those who have accepted this magical invitation before you, you may be rewarded with a life-changing shift of perspective—a glimpse into how to consume less and live more on this precarious Planet of ours … And then take the next step, stretch out the joy of Buy Nothing Day by getting your family together and deciding to celebrate the holidays differently this year."

--Adbusters, Buy Nothing Campaign, www.adbusters.org



 

STOP THE SINCLAIR PROPAGANDA MACHINE

Sinclair Broadcast Group is up to its dirty tricks again. Just hours before Americans went to the polls, the media giant — which owns more than 70 TV stations nationwide — forced newscasters in battleground markets to air a “special” that attacked President Obama’s positions on health care, jobs, and foreign policy.

This is not the first time Sinclair has exploited its media power in this way. Two weeks before the 2004 election, it forced TV stations to air "Stolen Honor", a documentary that aimed to dicredit the military service of then-presidential candidate John Kerry.

Angry? Let Sinclair's CEO know what you think.

 

BREASTFEEDING DOLL: WHAT DO YOU THINK?

There's a new type of baby doll called The Breast Milk Baby. And American retailers are wary of her. The breastfeeding doll is having a hard time getting onto mainstream retail shelves in America due to the fact that stores want to avoid possible controversy, said the doll maker, Berjuan Toys, a family-owned, 40-year-old doll maker based in Spain, told the Associated Press. Read more here.

If we want young boys to learn to enjoy childcare, could they use this doll?
Let us know what you think

 

A GENDER PRIMER

Want to get clear on the relationship between sex, gender identity, sexual and romantic orientation, sexual behavior, and gender role?  Watch this video by the Vlog Brothers.

 

 

SIXTEEN DAYS OF ACTIVISM

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign is a global campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence. It runs each year from November 25th: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to December 10th: Human Rights Day. CWGL has developed the 2012 Take Action Kit, which contains resources to help you organize your 16 Days Campaign activities. The Kit is available in multiple languages. Participants can visit our website to download Take Action Kit materials or request a hard copy. Be sure to add your events to our online Campaign Calendar! Find out more.

 

A HABIT THAT CAN DESTROY LIVES

Assessing the effects of mass media is never simple, but the important questions about pornography are obvious: What happens when a culture is saturated with sexually explicit images eroticizing male domination and female subordination? When those images become increasingly cruel and degrading to women and increasingly racist? When pornography becomes the de facto sex education for most boys and an increasing number of girls?. . . Anyone who considers pornography a harmless diversion should talk to marriage therapists and divorce lawyers. Read more here. (NY Times)

 

 

 

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