Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

GIG Film Screening and Discussion: EASY A

GIG Film Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tripp Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mavin Ambrose Talks about Her Art

As part of Women's History Month at Elmira College, artist Mavin Ambrose talked with students, faculty and friends about her exhibition at the Gannett-Tripp Library (March 17, 2011).

Monday, March 7, 2011

Women's History Month at EC

A Word About Gender Equality

I love Daniel Craig and Judi Dench for this. Keeping the world aware. Fitting as it is women's history month. We Have come along way and yet we've got a long way to go!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Moving Look at Child Marriage

This is a link to a slide show done by a contemporary journalist on Child Marriage in the Middle East. It is both disturbing and moving.

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Hidden Victims of Wartime Rape

The Hidden Victims of Wartime Rape
Published: March 1, 2011

Los Angeles

AS disturbing new reports of male rape in Congo made clear, wartime sexual violence isn’t limited to women and girls. But in its ongoing effort to eradicate rape during conflict, the United Nations continues to overlook a significant imperative: ending wartime sexual assault of men and boys as well.

Sexual violence against men does occasionally make the news: the photographs of the sexual abuse and humiliation of Iraqi men at the Abu Ghraib prison, for example, stunned the world.

Yet there are thousands of similar cases, less well publicized but well documented by researchers, in places as varied as Chile, Greece and Iran. The United Nations reported that out of 5,000 male concentration camp detainees held near Sarajevo during the Bosnian conflict, 80 percent acknowledged having been abused sexually. In El Salvador, 76 percent of male political prisoners told researchers they had experienced sexual torture.

Rape has long been a way to humiliate, traumatize and silence the enemy. For many of the same reasons that combatants assault women and girls, they also rape men and boys.

Nevertheless, international legal documents routinely reflect the assumption that sexual violence happens only to women and girls. There are dozens of references to “violence against women” — defined to include sexual violence — in United Nations human rights resolutions, treaties and agreements, but most don’t mention sexual violence against men.

Ignoring male rape has a number of consequences. For one, it not only neglects men and boys, it also harms women and girls by reinforcing a viewpoint that equates “female” with “victim,” thus hampering our ability to see women as strong and empowered.

In the same way, silence about male victims reinforces unhealthy expectations about men and their supposed invulnerability. Such hyper-masculine ideals encourage aggressive behavior in men that is dangerous for the women and girls with whom they share their lives.

Sex-specific stereotypes also distort the international community’s response. Women who have suffered rape in conflict have likely endured non-sexual trauma as well. But when they are treated as “rape victims,” their other injuries get minimized.

Conversely, when men have experienced sexual abuse and are treated solely as “torture victims,” we ignore the sexual component of their suffering. Indeed, doctors and emergency aid workers are rarely trained to recognize the physical signs of male rape or to provide counseling to its victims.

Our failure to acknowledge male rape leaves it in the shadows, compounding the humiliation that survivors experience. For instance, the majority of Tamil males in Sri Lanka who were sexually assaulted during that country’s long civil war did not report it to the authorities at the time, later explaining that they were simply too ashamed.

The United Nations has attempted to take wartime rape seriously. In 2000 the Security Council passed Resolution 1325 which, among other things, promotes gender-sensitive training in peacekeeping, encourages hiring more women in peacekeeping roles and calls for better protection of women and girls in conflict zones. This is a crucial undertaking, but the agreement neglects to address sexual violence against men and boys.

At a ceremony last year marking the resolution’s 10th anniversary, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the United States would develop a plan to accelerate the advancement of its goals, including $44 million for women’s equality initiatives around the world.

This is an important commitment. But the American government should expand its efforts to include the many international programs working with men and boys to challenge entrenched ideas about manhood and to stop the cycle of violence.

The International Criminal Court, nearly all American states and many countries use a sex-neutral definition of sexual assault. The United Nations and the White House must likewise move beyond the shortcomings of Resolution 1325 and commit to ending wartime sexual violence against everyone.

Lara Stemple is the director of graduate studies and of the Health and Human Rights Law Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sage Daughters of the Muses at the Arnot Art Museum

Heather Turnbull '11 and Jan Kather were invited to write a poem about a painting in the Arnot Art Museum's Male Order: Four Centuries of the Masculine Image exhibition. Pictured here is Heather who chose to write about Erskine Nicol's painting titled "Under a Cloud."

To be In debt and Indebted
by Heather Turnbull

This man, he is hungry
he wants but has little to eat or
he has little to eat so he wants.
Look, look here
he slovenly brushes his greasy hand off on his trousers
and stretches it across the table;
he’s reticent but his calloused hand
is not. They know much about the mill
but he, his mind that is, knows little.
A conversation with this man is much
like talking to one of his machines:
terse and lacking depth.
He’s in debt.
He owes salesmen, doctors, friends,
his wife, unborn child, and that man.

That man is also hungry
but has enough to eat.
He collects debts, guilt, contrition, coins, and confidences
and receives invites to balls and dinner parties.
Once the last drop of wine dissipates
so does he.
Nonetheless, he reaches for the calloused hand
revealing his own calluses:
the rejections, lies, half courages, and feigned smiles.
That man, well, he’s indebted to
the man who made him a businessman
he said it was his little favor, so
it stopped him from becoming this man
but, perhaps, made him no man.

We watch them exchange civilities—
the handshake, how do you dos, sirs,
misters, stiff postures, congratulations and condolences.
It doesn't matter.
We know he won’t be pardoned.
To forgive this man’s debt
that man would have to forgive his own.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Redefining Rape.... If it wasn't already bad enough.

"This is not just a bill about abortion. The real issue here is that the Bill will rewrite the way the goverment and legislation define rape. It will change the law so only certain types of rape “count.” Date rape? Not rape anymore. Drugged? Nope. Show the GOP “no” means “no” - sign the petition demanding Congress oppose this horrible legislation" -Move On. Org

To sign a petition go here:
You can read the entire bill, and get information on how to contact your local representative here:

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