Communicating about Inequality

Communicating about inequality can be difficult. It requires asking people to challenge what they know and often makes people feel uncomfortable about who they are. But people like Bryan Stevenson, the Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, make it look easy. He gave a Ted Talk entitled “We Need to Talk about Injustice” that eloquently captures why inequality is an identity issue. Check out the video below.

 

Anorexia is a Socially Transmitted Disease

The Guardian recently published an article calling for government intervention in the prevention of anorexia which they referred to as “a socially transmitted disease”. The article features the first ever economic analysis of anorexia that was based on data following 3000 young women in the UK.  The study reveals that the social environment profoundly affects health decisions that young women make and will be published in the academic journal Economica later this year.  Authors of the study, LSE economist Dr Joan Costa-Font and Professor Mireia Jofre-Bonet from City University, were quoted in The Guardian as saying that “reducing the mass circulation of pictures of emaciated models and celebrities and restricting adverts in which they feature could lift some of the social pressure women feel to be thin”.  What do you think? To read more, check out the article below.

 

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Celebrate International Women’s Day

Tune in for a free online screening March 7 at 7:30 about an important documentary, PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL, about women’s empowerment in Liberia.


International Women’s Day 2012
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About half of the world’s population – nearly 3 billion people – lives in poverty, on the equivalent of less than $2 a day. These people do not simply lack financial resources. They struggle each day to keep hunger and disease at bay. Basic opportunities to improve their lives are frequently beyond …

This film chronicles the history of HIV/AIDS in San Francisco. Check it out.

This film chronicles the history of HIV/AIDS in San Francisco. Check it out.


WE WERE HERE (trailer)
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This is the trailer for the documentary WE WERE HERE, produced and directed by David Weissman, with Bill Weber, editor and co-director. http://www.facebook.com/wewerehere http://wewereherefilm.com/ WE WERE HERE had its World Premiere at the Sundance…

Wow. Bad news for reproductive health.

Wow. Bad news for reproductive health.


In Astounding Move, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Overrules FDA Recommendation to Make Plan B Over
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In what can only be called an astounding move by an Administration that pledged on inauguration day that medical and health decisions would be based on fact not ideology and for which women are a major constituency, today Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services …