Friday, January 1, 2010
Conference on Women
More evidence on the Practicality of Feminism and Female Empowerment.
Governer and First Lady of California Conference on Women Panel Discussion. www.CaliforniaWomen.org at Long Beach, CA.
www.halftheskymovement.org (human trafficking)
At the peak of the Atlantic Slave Trade there were 80,000 slaves trafficked in a year. Today, the State Department estimates there are 800,000 slaves trafficked a year. This is a 10 fold increase! And this number is widely understood to be increasing exponentially. The vast majority of those trafficked are women and children, and the largest chunk of those are sex workers.
Back in the day, since a slave may have been worth around $40,000, as horribly mistreated as they were, there was incentive to at least keep them alive, whereas today, a sex worker in India may be worth only a few hundred dollars. So, a brothel owner will gather all his women together and beat one of them to death in front of them to teach the others a lesson.
The war in Eastern Congo (5 million deaths) is the deadliest since World War II, and is the worst in terms of ratio from deaths to column inches.
The best way to improve poverty, civil violence, terrorism, is to educate and empower women.
A Hawaiian story: Millions of starfish wash up on the beach. A young boy starts throwing them back into the ocean one-by-one. A man reproaches him, "There's millions of starfish, what difference do you think you can make?!" He continues to throw the starfish back, "Well it made a difference to this one... and this one... and this one...."
Many tell Somaly that they don't want to hear about the horrors of human trafficking because they complain they can't sleep at night. But what of the actual victims of the trafficking, is how well they sleep the least of their problems?!
Working with Channel 1, Lisa Ling went to Afghanistan in 1994 and was shocked by the number of child soldiers. "How old are they?" She asked her guide. He replied, "Ask them and they don't know, but ask them how to operate a bazooka and they know."
She addressed a very difficult story: "Gang rape in the Congo" for the Oprah Show, and so rejects the notion that media executives claim that Americans do not want to know about what's going on in the world.
The way Lisa Ling described Cable News Shows: a bunch of cantakerous, old white men telling you what to think. It's so insulting, when's the last time these guys were at a global hotspot (a flashpoint) doing substantive stories?
There used to be 2 male characters for every 1 female character. Now it's 3 to 1!
In Loony Toons there was only one female character: Grannie!!
The female characters in G-rated films are hypersexualized, underrepresented, and scantily clad not any differently than R-rated films.
--The Brain Demon