By now many of you have probably read about Chris Brown and his arrest Sunday night on criminal threat charges. The latest reports on the matter allege that Brown assaulted his girlfriend, R&B singer Rihanna with a deadly weapon. Rihanna was hospitalized (she has since been released), and Chris Brown faces a potential nine-year prison sentence. This is a tragedy, to be sure, but does it have anything to do with us?
Many of you have heard of Mukhtar Mai, a Pakistani woman who was gang raped in 2002 as revenge for an honor crime, an act that was authorized by her village elders. Mukhtar spoke out about the crime and prosecuted her attackers - and won. That is, until an appeals court overturned the convictions. Mukhtar has been waging a legal battle in Pakistan in the years since, and, as a result, her safety has been constantly in jeopardy. Despite that, she started the Mukhtar Mai Women's Welfare Organization to help support and education Pakistani women and girls, and has been an outspoken advocate for women's rights.
Her story was included in the 2006 documentary Land, Gold and Women. Now her story will be the subject of a feature film, too. However, she still hasn't gotten justice in her legal battle.
More info on the film and a call to action after the jump...
The other night I saw this in a bar, and could not figure out what it was a commercial for (especially since I couldn't hear the sound!) It seemed kinda fishy and it turned out it was:
It's from a 2007 PSA campaign put together by the Ad Council and the U.S. Department of Justice and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to Prevent Online Sexual Exploitation (mouthful!) I know I've seen at least a couple more and they all leave a bad taste in my mouth.More after jump...
As Valentine's Day approaches, The Box addresses the question that's on everyone's mind: How feminist is the sex on my favorite teen dramas? I graded the biggest shows of the last twenty years on their sex positivity. Click to see who came out on top.
At the end of last week, New Line Cinema made it official: a sequel to Sex and the City is on the way. Although no script has been developed yet, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis have all signed on for the film, and Michael Patrick King is back to write and direct.
The sequel is further confirmation that studios are really starting to bank on the box office power of women audiences, yet I know many people have mixed feelings about the success of the first film. Ready yourself now for a fairly endless amount of speculation and would-be spoilers as the film moves closer to shooting, but in the meantime, I'd like to hear your take on it...
One of the most exciting events of New York Comic Con this year was the world premiere of the new Wonder Woman animated film that will be available on DVD March 3, 2009. No, it's not the big screen action film that Wonder Woman deserves. A whole mess of people - including Joss Whedon - have tried to make that film over the past several years, and all have failed. But this Wonder Woman adaptation is an important milestone for the title, as it joins the ranks of Superman: Doomsday and Batman: Gotham Knight as the fourth installment of the highly successful line of direct-to-DVD movies created by DC and Warner Bros.
The Courage Campaign released a video in response to the brief Ken Starr filed in California to nullify the 18,000 marriages that took place there last year before Proposition 8 passed. Set to Regina Spektor's "Fidelity", the video shows dozens of same-sex couples, their friends and family holding signs that simply state "Don't Divorce Us". I'm not going to lie, I cried when I watched it for the first time. Read more after the jump...
I am not a biker by any stretch of the imagination, but I love biking anyway. You can find me and my family firmly in front of the television watching The Tour de France every July, and one of my big dreams to be able to someday follow the Tour in person.
But because biking is not a mainstream sport, whenever it is shown on television or broadcast anywhere, it's usually the men that are highlighted. Why further marginalize a sport by highlighting (gasp!) women?
Ready to put women back in the story?
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Apparently I'm not the only one thinking about the lack of women in hip-hop this week. Last night Starpulse posted a brief quote from Chuck D., front man for seminal rap group Public Enemy who has now become a producer, author and living legend. Chuck has apparently decided that this year he will focus on promoting female artists, songwriters, and executives in the hip-hop scene, beginning with his own signees, Creww Girl Order. I'm sure part of this is just the work of a label head promoting his new talent, but talk like this from one of the most notable names in rap can only help.