Dr. Rachel Griffin is a professor at Southern Illinois University and has been involved with gender violence advocacy for almost a decade. Her partner, Joshua Phillips, is currently a PhD student and also an advocate for gender violence with a focus on getting men involved with fighting against gender violence, and the author of 1,800 Miles. Rachel and Josh are keynoting (along with Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti!) at the upcoming Roots of Change conference, dealing with social justice, gendered violence, and the media. Rachel and Josh both use pop culture as a way of examining how messages of gender violence are reinforced or challenged (they do a session on Rihanna and Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie"), and how it can be used as a tool for deconstructing norms.
Wrap up the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month by taking a listen to these two advocates discuss how they use pop culture to talk about gender violence, their methods for reaching out to others and inspiring awareness, and their thouughts on Lil Wayne's "How to Love."
We are hoping to build a broader network of organizations so that we can intentionally share successes, strategies and lessons learned. We are particularly interested in hearing from and connecting with other groups led by Women, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non-Conforming People and People of Color.