As 2017 draws to a close, we thought we'd share our list of the year's more uplifting highlights with our readers. Enjoy...
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Here, then are just a few more of the many developments we considered outstanding in 2017:
1. The Women's March
The precedent-setting Women's March, January 20, 2017. You saw it on the news and maybe you even marched, over five million women did worldwide. Many of our readers sent us their solidarity photos. Particularly heartwarming were the photos of our readers shown marching with their daughters and friends. Women supporting women make the most gorgeous of pictures!We're now ready for another Women's March on January 20, 2018. Find a march in your area by searching "womens march january 20 2018 + your area" if none is nearby, contact: https://www.womensmarch.com and help start one.
2. #MeToo Movement
The other big news this year, of course, is the #MeToo movement, with outpourings of sexual misconduct cases shaking up Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the news media and Capitol Hill.
Standing ovations are in order for the women who had—and continue to have—the courage to stand up to sexual abuse as they publicly name their perpetrators and the crimes that these perpetrators committed. Here's to 2018 seeing the continuation of this long overdue and necessary purge. We are certain that there are many capable women better able to perform each toppled males' position.
3. Goodbye Hugh Hefner
Continuing the theme of creepy, entitled men: goodbye and good riddance to Hugh Hefner.
His Playboy empire institutionalized pornography, implanting misogyny into the mainstream culture for more than half a century. Sadly, his son will be furthering his empire, but that just means that we will double down on our resistance and on our efforts to educate about the female-hatred that is pornography.
4. Culture Reframed
We're happy to report that the tireless anti-pornography activist Dr. Gail Dines has stepped down from thirty years in academia to devote herself full-time to her organization, Culture Reframed, which fights against the normalization of pornography/the sexual exploitation industries. This year, she'll be unveiling a new secular program to help teachers and parents protect children as they come of age in this pornified culture.
5. Men Taking a Stand
This year, the popular and well-respected feminist ally, therapist, bestselling author and training institute leader Terrence Real emerged as another courageous voice, writing about the escalation of virulent misogyny and its impact on society and launched a therapist training course, Facing the Crisis of Masculinity, on how to work with toxic masculinity.
He invited the outspoken author, sociology professor and feminist ally, Dr. Michael Kimmel, into the discourse on male anger. Dr. Kimmel has been publishing articles and speaking out against pornography since the 1980s, even creating his own academic course on pornography-as-misogyny which he teaches his university students at SUNY, Stony Brook.
Men taking a stand against the harms that men do to women is not popular—especially among men. We are pleased to have these two men as allies and hope that they continue the work to make the world less misogynistic and violent.
6. The Sanctuary of Families Anti-Trafficking Conference
Attending The Sanctuary for Families' Anti-Trafficking Conference, in New York City by an incredible panel of women, all dedicated to eradicating the sex trafficking trade, was indeed a highlight. As intense as much of the evening was, my heart got a lift when I finally spent time after the conference with someone I'd wanted to meet for over a year, the outspoken, funny and brilliant Dr. Julie Bindel, author of The Pimping of Prostitution- Abolishing the Sex Work Myth. This book dispels every tired, patriarchal trope about the euphemistically-named 'sex work;' Julie Bindel names the agenda behind the sex industry's marketing schemes to legitimize prostitution as equal to, say, being a schoolteacher or working as a dentist. What boss other than a pimp would threaten a "worker's" family to make a "worker" compliant?
I was also glad to get some time to talk with another panelist after the conference, Rachel Lloyd, author of the critically acclaimed book Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale.
Her advocacy work on behalf of trafficked girls like she was at 13, inspires us to take our stories, however traumatic, and use them for good in the world.
We feel so privileged to meet, know and work with so many powerhouse women committed to substantive changes for all women everywhere. They know that abuses perpetrated upon any woman, anywhere, make all women everywhere less safe in the face of male entitlement, violence and perpetration.
There's so much more to report but it's New Year's Eve and we know you've got festivities to attend, so we'll share just one more piece of good news.
7. An Incredible Story of Partner Justice
We want to report about the first-ever partner—that we know of, anyway—to be approved for SSDI, or Social Security Disability Insurance, for the emotional, psychological and physical abuses inflicted on her by ex-husband during their marriage. Yes. Amazing.
Because we are familiar with her story, it's important to say ahead of time, that nothing about this was easy for her, nor fast, by any stretch. This partner lost her health and formidable career due to her husband's sexually deceptive, abusive behaviors.
And, this SSDI win is a huge victory for her. Perhaps other partners can glean some inspiring takeaways from her story when we post our interview with her here in January. We'll be asking her to address some questions about how the whole process led up to such a fortuitous conclusion.
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Wishing all our readers a peaceful New Year,
Lili, Cassie and Terre....with the rest of Team PoSARC