Sony Has Let Down All Its Female Artists - It's Time To Demand Of The Entertainment Industry What We've Been Demanding of the NFL
I've not been Kesha's most devout musical fan, so admittedly, I didn't realize what she has been going through and pursuing since 2014, until her request for an injunction was denied on Friday, and then I became one of her biggest supporters, because it's not just about her. It's about every woman in the industry who has been through what she has been through and every woman who will go through it. The denial of this injunction basically allows plenty of men to let out a sigh of relief because they can use the "she's like a little sister" excuse to get away with inappropriate behaviour. They can go back to touching your leg and grabbing your waist while trying to reach for lower, and chalk it up to "brotherly love." Labels and other companies can go back to pretending this issue doesn't exist or isn't a big deal, and they don't have to worry about losing out on their "investments."
“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex
This popped up on my gossip newsfeed Friday morning, and I was extremely appalled. How Kanye chalked this up to artistic expression is beyond me. I'm not sure what's more troubling, that he claims "bitch" is a term of endearment in hip-hop culture, or that his wife was apparently okay with this. I am not an expert on hip-hop culture, so I don't know if that's true or not, but there is something very wrong with that kind of logic.
As I was making my way through a small parking lot this afternoon, there was a man and a woman who were rowing over a parking spot. As the man stormed off, the woman followed in the same direction and yelled, "...Go home and beat your wife!" I was infuriated and couldn't believe my ears.
In the midst of a lunch meeting last week, somehow we got to discussing sports and the Olympics. One of the ladies sitting across from me started asking, "Who's that female soccer player?" "Didn't she get in trouble for something recently?" "What was it for?" When my colleague and I asked if she meant Hope Solo, and she said yes, we said she was in trouble for domestic violence. "Oh, I thought it was something more serious...like a DUI." Excuse me, what??? Without going into a complete rage and rant, I looked at her and said, "Well, I think that domestic violence is pretty serious. Actually, I think it's very serious" The conversation didn't go much further from there, as I did not feel it was an appropriate situation for me to educate the woman, because I was at work.
I rarely miss the Grammys, but I almost did this year. I’m really glad I didn’t though, because I think the single most important honor the Grammy gave this year was a voice to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence victims and survivors, and standing up against it.
When the President came on the television, I was pacing around my apartment cleaning up after dinner. As soon as he started listing statistics I sat down. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and it made me really proud—as an American, as a woman, and as a survivor of domestic violence. In some countries, women are killed, or have to go into hiding in fear being killed, if they speak out about the abuse they have endured. So, to hear my President speaking out against domestic violence and sexual assault to a room full of incredibly influential people—because let’s face it, celebrities have a lot of power whether we like it or not—as well as to the millions of viewers at home, I just couldn’t help but smile and say thank you. Thank you, Mr. President and the Recording Academy. Even my boyfriend reached out his hand to me, understanding what this meant to me, and I’m sure millions of others who have felt the hurtful hand and psychosis of someone they loved, or know someone who has.
There’s still a long way to go on the matter, even here in the U.S., but it’s good to know we are heading in that direction by talking about and pushing the conversation, because believe me when I say, talking saved my life.
BIG LOVE & HUGS
Last night, someone suggested that a girl we know might be a masochist, because she stayed in an abusive relationship. I cannot even begin to tell you how livid I was. This girl we know was like any 19 year old girl in college, who fell in love, and made very common dating mistakes. In the end, however, it turned out her college sweetheart, was no sweetheart at all, and was in fact in need of much mental help.
A dear friend of mine sent me a link to a video clip of Mr. Stewart responding to a question a fan had asked him. I’ll let you watch the clip for the details, but the question was generally about his vocal participation in standing up against violence against women—particularly domestic violence.
Trauma is something that takes time to deal with, and I’m not entirely sure that it ever completely leaves you. On top of that, trauma affects everyone differently, and everyone deals with it differently. I hate thinking that many children tonight are going to go to bed with nightmares already stirring in their heads. I hate thinking that many children are going to be afraid to go to school. Nobody should be afraid to go to school. School should be a safe haven for children. I love school. I went to preschool when I was 2 and I’ll be 25 when I finish law school this coming spring. If I could, I would probably even spend an extra year or two studying abroad somewhere. School is fantastic.
Speechless. I’m absolutely speechless. I got home from a long final, and turned on the news to something extraordinarily devastating. My heart was pounding in disbelief that 20 young children had been killed in a school massacre. I wish I could reach out and hug every child near and far from me
Our first ever ART SPEAKS event was today, and it turned out INCREDIBLY!!! O my gah, I can’t even tell you how happy I am. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU A MILLION STARS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME!!! Not only is the cause so important to me, it was also SO MUCH FUN!!!! LOVE YOU GINORMOUS!!!