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GROUPS AT CSULB WE SUPPORT! WGSSA: Meetings are Tuesdays at 3:30pm in the Multicultural Center in CSULB http://www.facebook.com/wgsssacsulb

LA RAZA: Meetings are Wednesdays at 12pm in

USU Rm 303 at CSULB http://www.csulb.edu/org/cultural/laraza/ F.O.R.C.E.: Meetings are Tuesdays 11am to12 pm and Wednesdays 5pm to 6pm at LA3 Rm 105 at CSULB http://www.csulb.edu/org/political/force/ WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER: Located in LA3 Rm 105 at CSULB http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/students/wrc/ LGBT RESOURCE CENTER: Located in FO4 http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/students/sld/student _resource_centers/lgbtc/ page CHOICE USA: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=15560669 4465718

Issue 1 April 6, 2011

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive" Howard Thurman

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“Some say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one” John Lennon

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Upcoming Events

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What

When & Where

April 12

Women’s Resource Center: Equal Pay Day Conference Wear RED on Pay Day to symbolize how women are in the red with their pay. *The President’s Commission on the Status of Women presents the Spring 2011 Women’s Research Colloquium *JAGed Meeting

3:30-5pm at CSULB the Pointe, Pyramid For more info: (562) 985-5587

April 13

*Dinner at 5pm, Presentations at 5:15pm, ends at 7:30pm at CSULB The Pointe, Pyramid For more info: cangiuli@csulb.edu or (562) 985-1688 *JAGed Meeting 11am to 2pm tabling outside the Psychology BLDG First performance at 2pm, second at 7pm at CSULB Beach Auditorium $7 at the door Jewish Holiday that commemorates the story of Exodus

April 16

WGSSA: Vagina Monologues

April 19

Passover Begins

April 20

*JAGed Meeting (May Zine Meeting) *Submissions due for JAGed’s May Zine

11:30am to 12:30pm in the Multicultural Center Conference Rm at CSULB

April 22

Earth Day

April 23

Chicana/Latina Feminisms Conference

April 24

Easter Day

Celebrated around the world and working towards a “Billion Acts of Green” 9:30am to 10pm at CSULB Beach Auditorium. Conference is free and open to everyone! For more info: hijacsulb@gmail.com Christian and Eastern Orthodox Holiday

April 27

JAGed Meeting

11am to 2pm Tabling in front of LA-5 at CSULB

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All articles found in this issue can be read online at JAGed.org

JAGed’s mission statement “Sexual Assault: What You Need to Know” and “America” By Sandie Contact info For JAGed

Second “Ten Year” by Taryn Page “Dear Ignorant Student and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor” By Vanessa Third Page

Dear Ignorant Student continued… “My Life As a Feminist” By Nicole “Store Front Mannequins” Rhianna

Fourth Groups JAGed Page supports Calendar of upcoming events in April

Our mission! Through online articles, multimedia and social activism, JAGed (Justice and Gender Education) organization provides support for those who promote social justice, equality and human rights for all people, regardless of gender, sex, race, class, ability, and age. While raising consciousness in others, we hope to inspire positive social change within our communities.

Justice and Gender education

JAGed Sexual Assault: What You Need to Know By Sandie Reed

After a long day at work, while walking to your car; you’re tired and thinking of the things you still need to do at home. All of sudden you hear someone walking quickly behind you. What do you do? If you feel you are in danger, trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or uncomfortable, then get out. Don’t be embarrassed to make a scene if you are being assaulted. Do whatever you believe necessary to keep yourself safe or Visit our website: make yourself heard. Scream, throw down your JAGed.org purse or belongings and run to a safe place. Remember as much as you can about the And add us on attacker and give information to the authorities. It’s a scary situation, which people experience Facebook and Twitter! every day. Did you know one in three women and Our Next Scheduled Meeting: one in six men will be sexually assaulted in their life time? Did you know that College age women Wednesday April 13th are four times more likely to be sexually 11am to 2pm assaulted? Did you know that every two minutes Tabling in front of the a woman in the USA is sexually assaulted? Did you know that approximately 73% of rape Psychology Building victims know their assailants? Did you know that only 6% of rapists will ever spend a day in jail? Please see Page 4 for all our These are terrible numbers, but the YWCA is meetings for April! trying to change those statistics. The YWCA Greater Los Angeles and Want to be featured in Long Beach offers Sexual Assault Crisis Services, that provide intervention and prevention our May Issue? services. They seek to improve the quality of life Submit all writings and/or for those victimized by sexual violence; and to artwork at provide awareness in hopes to prevent the incidence of sexual violence. Founded in 1985, JAGed.org they have worked closely with the community as Submissions for our May a central resource for improving society’s th Issue are due by April 20 response to violent crime. They have a range of experts that understand these issues and the With a maximum of 500 relationship to sexual violence, offering 24-hour words assistance to be supportive at hospitals, with law

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enforcement agencies and courts. Counseling is offered for individuals, group counseling and healing art services. Community Education is provided with workshops and community events to increase awareness about sexual violence. Self Defense for women with the empowerment model based on awareness, assertiveness and physical techniques. The YWCA provides services to the communities located throughout the South Los Angeles, South Bay and Long Beach area. To be connected to a rape crisis center nearest call 1-877-Y-HELPS-U or 1-877-943-5778. For more information, please go to www.ywcagla.org; or www.facebook.com/ywcagla. For comments, please contact: Ms.Sandie.Reed@gmail.com or see Twitter: SandieReed.

America By Sandie Reed For the People! The American legacy. But by democracy. Live to die! Die to live! Try to learn! Learn to try! Follow the leaders. Lead the followers. Freedom of choice. Choice of freedom. When do we lose the right to choose? People, you need to decide for America. To see as the blind see. To hear as the deaf hear. To speak as a mute speaks. To understand how another person feels. To communicate with your mind. To love with your heart. Ask how could prejudices still exist in our world? To do something about it. People, you decide for America. You can change it, for the better.


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By Taryn

I never imagined my life to turn out this way. I never imagined that I would have the strength to write this. I never thought I would need to. But within my second consecutive semester here at CSULB, a series of events have unfolded leaving me questioning whether or not I should publicize this story. There have been numerous occasions in which the topic of rape has been mocked or used in some not so clever way to demoralize those who have been subjected to sexual abuse and I can no longer silence my story. This October it will have been ten years. Ten years that I never told anyone. Ten years that I hid it fro my family and friends. Ten years I’ve kept silent. I don’t remember much, just pieces that I’ve been able to uncover from over the years. It was after a high school football game. Some of the popular girls invited me to go out with them. We went to an apartment where some of the senior guys lived. I felt so privileged being surrounded by their company. I was offered plenty of alcohol, which I accepted, which I will eternally regret. I remember being on a white bed. I remember not being able to move, not able to lift my body. I remember feeling cold and naked. I remember his face, his dark hair. I remember not remembering anything. Then feeling him again. Feeling him over and over again. Not able to speak. Not able to say no. Not able to say anything. The internal shame grew over time as I tried to suppress that night. Shame evolved into depression followed closely by selfmutilation. Suicide was constantly prevalent. Not a day goes by that it still does not cross my mind. Today, I am burdened with the scars that remind me of what it means to be a woman. In September 2010, The Huffington Post ran an article stating, “1 in 4 women will be raped before graduating college.” As a junior here at CSULB, I fear for my fellow classmates. I wonder, have we become so accustomed to sexual assault that now we are able to mock and poke fun at abuse to show how ignorance prevails? I fear that many of you will read this in disconnect and disregard it as just another article that holds no value. With that said, I also want to stress that sexual abuse does not discriminate. It does not matter your age, race, or gender. It can happen to you. I believe that is not something to joke about.

Dear Ignorant Student and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor, By Vanessa Durand This is a response to some of the comments that were made on Tuesday 3/22 and Thursday 3/33/2011 in WGSS 300, Principles of Feminism at CSULB. I think I can safely say that myself and a few other students were offended, to say the least, by some of the comments that were made during the discussion we had in class by one student in particular. The first thing I wanted to address was the comment about how “we need to stop blaming everything on men and, as women, we need to get our act together”. I was saddened to hear a woman say these words. The same words that many men say in an attempt to weaken the strength of women every day. This comment was in response to the discussion we were having about the statistics that show how even a large percentage of women in college do not use condoms during a sexual encounter. The response to this statistic was “you just need to take responsibility for your actions and have the confidence to say ‘wear a condom or else I’ll go have sex with someone who will use one’” Well, in a perfect world, things would be as simple as saying those words and having everything go smoothly and according to your plan. I couldn’t help but think about the women in the room or even outside of the classroom who are confident, strong-willed, intelligent, educated, women who ideally could make a partner engage in having protected sex, but by the powers of specific oppressing social institutions, have been held back from having

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“Never let the hand you hold, hold you down” Unknown

Issue | Date “Be the change you want to see in the world” Gandhi

“There is light in the darkness you just have to find it” bell hooks JAGed at Spring Fair their wishes honored in some circumstance or another. It is not fair to say that merely having the confidence to speak up is the only solution to the problem. What if we put ourselves in the shoes of a woman who is in an abusive relationship, or a woman who was drugged at a party, or a woman who was raped by her close friend, or a woman of color, of a different geographic location, of a different socioeconomic status, of a different gender identity or sexual orientation. Would the same scenario be so simple to find a solution to? And, if we place all of the blame and responsibility on women to pull out a condom before she consents to having sex, then when are men, if ever, held accountable for protecting themselves or their partner? Should we just stop “whining” (which was the specific word used by the student in her argument) then and deal with it if things do not eventually work out in our favor? Should we just shut up, act cute, and deal with the shit that is unfairly forced upon us every day? According to the student who had very strong opinions in our WGSS class, women just need to “realize that men are never going to change so we need to take responsibility for our actions.” I’m pretty sure I wanted to scream when I heard this. For a moment, I panicked, thinking that someone else would agree with what she had just said. Thankfully, the room was filled with disapproving words and harsh criticism. I’m also here to set the record straight that the whole point of feminism is to link theory with practice and empower women by being mindful that there is no specific answer for how women ought to live their lives. We do not wish to put a Band-Aid over the wound that brings pain to women and communities and we also do not want to ignore the deeprooted issues that are associated with such struggles. To say that we need to “stop blaming things on men and get our acts together” is to sympathize with and condone the behaviors of our oppressors as well as to internalize misogyny. It’s similar to telling black people “um, slavery ended a long time ago so stop blaming white people and the government for your problems, and stop making excuses for yourselves and obviously you aren’t trying hard enough if you don’t see the changes that you want to happen in this society.” Or it’s also similar to thinking that the only way to fight homophobia is to say “listen, the next time someone calls you a faggot and threatens to kill you, you just channel your confidence and say ‘we’re here, we’re queer, get used to it!’” The point is that nothing is simple about dismantling the systems that inevitably have complete control over everything women say and every decision we make every single day of our lives. Patriarchy, white supremacy, sexism, classism, heteronormativity, etc. are

all systems that keep us from thriving even when we have given every effort to steer our lives into the direction that we desire. I would also like to point out how appalling it was to hear the student assume that any woman could “not let a rape affect her relationship with men” and how one could “function normally in life and ‘rise above’ [the aftermath of] being raped.” There is no universal prescription for how women ought to cope with such a traumatic and horrifying experience. I cannot emphasize how important it is for women not to judge another person’s past and assume that one struggle is a mirror image of their own. Another point myself and the majority of the WGSS 300 class would like to make is that contrary to what this controversial student thought, using your voice is one hell of a powerful action to make. For those who think that speaking is not the same as doing, I’d like to challenge that notion and I am not afraid to do so. Whether one believes it or not, women have started revolutions and continue to make history by misbehaving and doing the seemingly simple task of speaking. Yes, speaking. You know, using your voice to challenge authority. I would say that that is a radical form of revolting against the norm, especially since most of us are very well aware of how it is frowned upon and easily punishable for a woman to open her mouth and express her thoughts. How dare anyone say that speaking is not activism? Perhaps this student was taking her own voice and half thought out opinions for granted since she tossed them around so freely and perhaps neglected to acknowledge the fact that billions of women have no choice but to stay silent because their life depends on it. The student I am referring to also assumed it to be factual that third wave feminists have not done anything to find solutions to the problems that women and other marginalized groups are being subjected to and that we are essentially inactive whiners. What one student mentioned could not have been more truth telling, “If you feel like you aren’t seeing enough on-theground action then you’re either not looking for it or you’re not participating IN it”. Lastly, I just wanted to respond to the comment about how, “whining and being angry has gotten women nowhere”. Being angry and ‘whining’ about what has happened to us throughout history and still to this day has gotten us tremendously far, and as a result, feminism is only gaining more momentum because we are sick to death of being silenced and tip-toeing around the fact that men continue to have full control over the lives of women everywhere. We are not just people who are sulking in our misery and wanting sympathy for being ‘victims’ and we must remember that women are people who do not have the luxury and opportunity to always speak up, fight back, and define ourselves. Therefore, our anger is completely justified and acts as one of our only weapons that can spearhead change around the world. Sincerely, A Feminist

Store Front Mannequins By Rhianna Maras

Peering in the window you can see them. Immaculate faces— with painted lips, Chiseled jaws, and a slick Mystic Tan*. Their disproportionate bodies Are emaciated as though they have Had a run in with anorexia. They are disguised in human clothes. The current trends lay limp over Their starved bodies as shoppers examine Every small detail from outside the glass, Curious as to why they don’t Look like these synthetic corpses. The box is marked “assembly required”, Limbs are snapped into place and heads screwed on Forming a precise statuette. Their creators lug them undressed To the store front window where they attempt To humanize the plastic-perfect flesh.

Their thoughts shallow and meaningless, Their bodies tall and slim like the Prada* stilettos that mask their plastic By Nicole Gregory Toes. They’re fully clad wearing the latest I was born a woman, I was trained feminine, I am oppressed for Fashions. And they appear flawless. my sex and gender, and I am aware because I am a feminist. A feminist, in As flawless as the knock-off* purse her/his basis, is one who strives for social and political equality regardless That hangs on the arm of an envious of one’s sex and gender. A feminist is not necessarily a woman, a dike, a Bargain shopper. There they stand— frozen and bra burner, a hairy woman, a bitch, and/or a lesbian; a feminist, in my Blank but, still flawless, from inside understanding, is one who strives for social justice by raising consciousness Out. Wealthy window shoppers debate on within her/his community about issues related to the intersecting How much they would pay to look that perfect oppressions of women and men. As they walk past every store front window Once I realized I have always been a feminist, when I became Looking in the vacant eyes of an unrealistic goal, aware of the true meaning of feminism, I felt liberated, but in the same Sickened by the healthy reflections they see in the glass. instance, I felt distressed; I was liberated because I was freed of the blindfold that held me from seeing the injustice and discrimination in our society, but I felt distressed because I realized how many others were walking through their lives with their eyes shut to their own oppressions. I realized the responsibility that I now had because I could see, and I chose to continue on without the blindfold and there is not a day that I do not see something that troubles me. I can’t watch a movie, a show, a commercial without analyzing how each director chooses to portray the actors based on different aspects of their identity, such as their race, sex, class, orientation and more. I feel like I can never listen to the radio again in fear of hearing that Katy Perry wants Page 3

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to be Kayne West’s victim or that Chris Brown suggests to cuff your chick if you don’t want her to slip onto his dick (“E.T.” by Katy Perry and “Look At Me Now” by Chris Brown). The TV reinforces and teaches us negative gender/race/class roles and the radio further reinforces these and at the same time advocates for sexualized violence. Magazines, billboards, advertisements and all media reinforce different identity roles, which usually place one person above the other, giving that person power and control. But these power imbalances are so common that we have become desensitized to the oppressions that it brings. As a person with my eyes open, I must take action. I think one of the most affective forms of action is to raise consciousness, meaning to talk about issues that concern you with friends, family and the people you know. That is why I support JAGed. JAGed provides the space for people to speak up about the social justice issues that affect them and therefore raise the readers’ consciousness on a variety of issues that affect them as well. We must educate ourselves and help others so we can all fully see.


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