24 5 / 2013
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24 5 / 2013
In May of 2012, a mother in Florida received a twenty-year prison term for firing warning shots toward her husband against whom she’d already taken out a protective order. She had previously rejected a plea deal for a three-year term because she said she felt she had done nothing wrong. She scared off an alleged attacker. As of the date of this writing, Marissa Alexander has not been released. A Facebook group called Stand Your Ground: Justice for Marissa Alexander, has been formed as a portion of the protest that is going on in regards to her incarceration, and provides updates on the situation, as well as ways to become active in the fight to have her set free.
According the the feminist website Solidarity, anywhere from forty to eighty percent of women convicted of murder were acting in self-defense. Their statistics apparently come from The Michigan Women’s Justice & Clemency Project, whose website states the following:
“The average prison sentence for men who kill their intimate partners is 2 to 6 years. Women who kill their partners are sentenced, on average, to 15 years”…
23 5 / 2013
The birth of digital image editing has revolutionized photography forever. It has changed the way we mentally process photos, it has changed the way we view the world around us, but most importantly, it has changed the way we view ourselves. While programs like Photoshop provide an immense amount of opportunities for photography and digital art, it also provides a platform for promoting unrealistic expectations – particularly when it comes to body image. We are bombarded with images everyday of what is being sold as the epitome of beauty – the be all, end all of bodily perfection – showering us with body dysmorphia and causing many of us to resort to extremes to meet the standards we are being brainwashed to believe are real.
23 5 / 2013
LUSH intentionally chose a female actor to endure 10 hours of torture in a public space to, in so many words, teach women a lesson. Incidentally, products marketed to women are much more likely to be free of animal testing, unlike men’s products. The next time you are in a store that sells toiletry items, check the packaging of men’s products. How many are cruelty-free? You will be hard pressed to find any. Furthermore, most animal testers, farmers, and slaughterhouse workers are men. Men are more likely to hunt and men consume more Nonhuman Animal products than women. It’s even men who are buying animal hair coats, as the ability to adorn women with fur acts a male status symbol. Is it really so disingenuous to question men’s role in the systemic exploitation of animals?