Sunset Thomas & Dr. Dixie Interview Ex-Pornstar Diana fka Desi Foxx to Dispel Rumors & Speak Truths about Porn

EDITORIAL: I enjoyed spending the show talking with Sunset and Dixie about the porn industry and Nevada’s brothel system as well as setting the record straight on many lies the porn industry stalkers continue to spread in efforts to silence me and destroy my support network. It’s tough to get coverage for these truths that must be told in order for change to occur so it’s important that we give each other the venues whenever possible. Sunset and Dr. Dixie gave me that here and for that, I’m very grateful!

I’ll post the full show when their show has it uploaded. In the meantime, here’s a good chunk of it for you all to check out. You can also check out their other shows HERE on The Treeman Show at THEMIXX!

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sunset thomas and desi thumbnailSunset Thomas and Dr. Dixie of TheMixx.FM interview the infamous ex pornstar Diana fka Desi Foxx of www.PornIntheValley.com.Diana sets the record straight about how she and her daughter entered the Los Angeles porn industry, the events that occurred, her time at Dennis Hof’s Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel and her (and her daughter’s) escape from the world of adult entertainment.

Diana dispels many rumors and lies told by the porn industry about her time working in adult entertainment and shares about the anti-porn and anti-sextrafficking activism she’s involved in today.

Catch Sunset Thomas & Dr Dixie LIVE on Thursdays via TheMixx.FM and follow Sunset on twitter: @SunsetThomas or visit her website www.SunsetThomasStrip.com

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A Message of Independence – Happy 4th of July

Guest Host ‘One Bossy Broad’ talks about independence in America in 2015.

The Demanding Justice Project from Shared Hope – Addressing the Demand

Demanding Justice from Shared Hope on Vimeo.

The Demanding Justice Project is a research and advocacy initiative designed to promote demand deterrence through increased attention and advocacy on demand enforcement. The research report documents the outcomes of federal and state arrests, charges and prosecutions of buyers of sex acts with children. The findings of this research will inform advocacy efforts to strengthen anti-demand legislation and enforcement.

Development of Anti-Demand Laws in United States

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AWESOME: 19-Year-Old Activist Is Using Film To Fight Child Sex Trafficking

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“I feel like art doesn’t have a purpose unless it is purposeful. I really use my art and my creativity to inspire other people, and to continue with my efforts in my activism.”

Rebecca Dharmapalan, 19, is not just a filmmaker. She’s a “changemaker” in her Oakland, California, community — someone who’s actively using her talent and her time to transform the world she lives in.

Two years ago, Dharmapalan and her friend, Zoë Simone Yi, made a short documentary entitled “International Boulevard” about child sex trafficking in Oakland. According to Mashable, about 80 percent of California’s reported human trafficking cases occur in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego, and the cases in Oakland are said to be on the rise.

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HOT GIRLS WANTED: Grim World of Teen Porn Exposed in Sundance Documentary

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In Hot Girls Wanted, two former journalists reveal the disturbing truth behind young women in the porn industry

The poster for Hot Girls Wanted

The poster for Hot Girls Wanted

The disturbing world of teen porn, in which thousands of 18- and 19-year-old girls have sex on camera for money, is exposed in a documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Hot Girls Wanted tells the true stories of a group of them, mostly naive small-town girls enticed by the promise of money and fame in the bright lights of Florida or California.

The reality is, of course, far less rosy: they typically last less than six months in the game, before either their parents find out, or the industry tires of them, constantly seeking “fresh meat”.

“It’s the Wild West,” director Jill Bauer told AFP after the movie was screened at the independent film showcase festival in the Utah mountain resort of Park City.

“Anyone can make a video. Any producer can go online and recruit a girl on [the small ads website] craigslist. You just need to prove that you’re 18 years old, but anybody can do it and its art, protected by the First Amendment, freedom of speech.”

Bauer, a former Miami Herald journalist, has already made a film on a similar theme: 2012’s Sexy Baby used a 12-year-old girl’s story to explore the growing sexualization of youth and popular culture via social media.

At first, she and co-director Ronna Gradus had planned their new film to focus on boys on college campuses who consume porn online – coincidentally, the subject of another film at Sundance, The Hunting Ground.

But as soon as they began investigating what those young men were watching, Bauer and Gradus discovered the world of girls just out of high school lining up to make money by having sex in videos posted on porn websites.

“We thought, this can’t be true, because if this was true it would have been reported before. So we really couldn’t believe it,” said Gradus, who previously worked with Bauer as a photographer at The Miami Herald.

The girls involved are typically working minimum wage jobs straight out of high school and see adverts like “Hot Girls Wanted” on craigslist.comas “a ticket to freedom, adventure and their dream of instant fame”.

“This really is a perfect storm … for these girls you take, say, 18-year-old, impulsive, and you mix it with (instant online) access and no decent sex education,” she said.

Bauer and Gradus hope the film will trigger a debate about possible changes in the law: either in labour laws, where appropriate, or possibly through forcing porn producers to get licences with strict rules.

The film is punctuated with startling onscreen facts about this type of porn, including that the websites involved garner an average of 41 million hits a month, more than many mainstream websites including CNN and Disney.com.

Banner ads like “Latina Abuse” and “18 & Abused” pop up like on a computer screen, to a thumping soundtrack.

Perhaps the grimmest segment of the film concerns extreme videos: the most disturbing one focuses on so-called “facial abuse” – forced oral sex – which new girls find themselves drawn into doing, for the promise of extra pay.

“We couldn’t watch it, so our editor watched it for us and she made the choices,” said Bauer of one scene in particular, which was edited to avoid direct footage, but with accompanying sound.

Perhaps one small mercy in all of this is the fact that young girls typically last less than six months in the “industry.”

“There are two reasons for that,” said Bauer.

“One, their parents find out, or they get a boyfriend. Secondly it’s to do with the industry: the industry will not tolerate girls staying in for very long, because people demand to see new faces.”

PITV WEBCAST: 2014 Porn and Entertainment News Holiday Wrap Up – Watch Now!


Published on Jan 4, 2015

On part 2 of the special 2014 Porn News Holiday Wrap-Up (brought to you by PornInTheValley.com & PornNewsToday.com) ex-pornstar Alexandra fka Monica Foster is joined by special guest ex-pornstar Diana fka Desi Foxx to present the hottest porn industry and Hollywood entertainment industry news items mainstream media doesn’t want you to take notice of or remember.

 

Patrick Trueman, President of Morality in Media, Discusses Street Harassment Video (EWTN News)

Patrick Trueman, President of Morality in Media, discusses sexual exploitation and how it creates sexual entitlement, in light of a recent viral video on catcalling.

KATIE COURIC: You’re Not Alone – Couples are Suffering From Porn Addiction – Time to Talk About It

1 in 4 adults admits to looking at pornography at work and 70% of access to online porn happens between 9 AM and 5 PM. But too much porn watching can cause major problems in relationships, which is exactly what happened to Craig Perra.

Related Article: Your Brain on Porn

 

NWO CULT: Masturbating in Coffins & Other Bizarre Rituals of the Über Elite

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Abby Martin goes over the strange rituals of secret societies, remarking on the Yale fraternity ‘Skull & Bones’ calling out the surreptitious behavior of two the society’s most famous members including George W Bush and John Kerry. LIKE Breaking the Set @ http://fb.me/BreakingTheSet FOLLOW Abby Martin @ http://twitter.com/AbbyMartinskullAndBonesBushClock

More on the Rituals at Bohemian Grove:

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Bohemian Grove: Where the rich and powerful go to misbehave

 


Two future U.S. presidents, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, are pictured with Harvey Hancock (standing) and others at Bohemian Grove in the summer of 1967. (Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.) Correction: This article originally stated that the Bohemian Grove encampment begins today. It begins in mid-July.

Every July, some of the richest and most powerful men in the world gather at a 2,700 acre campground in Monte Rio, Calif., for two weeks of heavy drinking, super-secret talks, druid worship (the group insists they are simply “revering the Redwoods”), and other rituals.

Their purpose: to escape the “frontier culture,” or uncivilized interests, of common men.

The people that gather at Bohemian Grove — who have included prominent business leaders, former U.S. presidents, musicians, and oil barons — are told that “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here,” meaning business deals are to be left outside. One exception was in 1942, when a planning for the Manhattan Project took place at the grove, leading to the creation of the atom bomb.

A spokesperson for Bohemian Grove say the people that gather there “share a passion for the outdoors, music, and theater.”

The club is so hush-hush that little can be definitively said about it, but much of what we know today is from those who have infiltrated the camp, including Texas-based filmmaker Alex Jones. In 2000, Jones and his cameraman entered the camp with a hidden camera and were able to film a Bohemian Grove ceremony, Cremation of the Care. During the ceremony, members wear costumes and cremate a coffin effigy called “Care” before a 40-foot-owl, in deference to the surrounding Redwood trees.

Bohemian Grove’s spokesperson calls the ceremony “a traditional musical drama celebrating nature and summertime.” The spokesperson also said that while Jones’ comments are inaccurate, the footage is real.

Watch the controversial footage of the ceremony below:

Another infiltrator, Spy magazine writer Philip Weiss, posed as a guest for seven days in 1989, when the waiting list was 33 years long and the grove had several thousand members. Weiss published the article “Inside Bohemian Grove,” writing: “You know you are inside the Bohemian Grove when you come down a trail in the woods and hear piano music from amid a group of tents and then round a bend to see a man with a beer in one hand … urinating into the bushes. This is the most gloried-in ritual of the encampment, the freedom of powerful men to pee wherever they like, a right the club has invoked when trying to fight government anti-sex discrimination efforts and one curtailed only when it comes to a few popular redwoods just outside the Dining Circle.”

Former President Bill Clinton once told a heckler, “The Bohemian club! Did you say Bohemian club? That’s where all those rich Republicans go up and stand naked against redwood trees right? I’ve never been to the Bohemian club but you oughta go. It’d be good for you. You’d get some fresh air.”

The Sonoma County Free Press, which has published investigative stories on the grove since at least the 1980s, says activities include plays and comedy shows in which women are portrayed by male actors, and Lakeside Talks, in which high-ranking officials speak about information not available to the public. The group calls them “public interest talks.”

Protests take place at the Bohemian Grove nearly ever year. This year’s protest is organized by the California State Greens and endorsed by other social activist groups.

Bohemian Grove’s 2011 retreat begins in mid-July. We don’t suggest any infiltrators try to make their way through the entrance, guarded by camp valets and redwoods some 200 feet in height. It didn’t end too well for the last Vanity Fair editor who tried it.

WATCH: What This Make-Believe Girl Means To 1,000 Pedophiles

UPWORTHY: A Dutch child-rights organization has opened my eyes to a new form of child exploitation. This video is safe for work but will hurt your stomach.Watch how they gauged the scale of the problem with a 10-week online sting using the help of someone named “Sweetie.”

ORIGINAL: By Terre des Hommes. Found on Facebook by the great people at Design Stew. The director of Terre des Hommes says it’s not too late stop this form of child exploitation. You can learn more about the issue and sign their petition.

REALITY CHECK: Jenna Jameson with Jim Norton & Sam Roberts on Kids, Tito Ortiz, Porn & More

 EDITORIAL: It’s very sad to watch. It’s like they’ve broken her so bad and everyone just acts like no big deal. Tomorrow, we’ll see a headline somewhere or a talk show host pimping pornography to teens and young women as a great career choice. Run ins with the law, DUIs and drug use. Foreclosed home. Does this sound like Jenna Jameson is on top of any World??

This is the reality of porn, folks. It don’t get no more real than this. This wasn’t just exhaustion you’re seeing. She may or may not being doing illegal drugs but she’s definitely wasted on something besides lack of sleep. We all know doctors hand out pills to celebrities like they are skittles. And celebrities think they’re not lying if they say they’re not on drugs as long as they have a prescription to get wasted!

This interview should’ve been stopped. NO ONE there protected her. It’s like they set her up to take a public fall. This interview just sealed her fate to not get her kids back anytime soon and maybe not even visitation at all. She left porn and now they’re getting their revenge on her as they do with all who refuse to pimp and promote them. You turn your back on Porn Valley and this is what they pay the media to do to ya to get you back. Yep!

She never got a chance to grow up and be a real woman. She never got to grow up and be a real mom. She keeps talking about boys instead of men and playing with her hair like a little girl. I see this and I think of how this is what Porn Valley wanted to do to my beautiful baby girl.They regress them back to puberty mentally and emotionally and then they keep them there so it’s easier to exploit them and pimp them to men as girls instead of women.

My daughter would come home from spending time with them and she’d act like a 12 year old. Literally. I’d have to get in her face and push her to come back. She’d get very angry at times but then the real her would finally come out. I know if I hadn’t been there to keep reminding her of who she really was, her mind would’ve been gone forever and she would’ve be gone forever too. Yep, she could’ve been just like Jenna Jameson. That’s who media had told her she wanted to be. Would YOU want YOUR DAUGHTER to be her now?? I sure didn’t!!

Thank you, God, for helping me save her and that she’s not. You know I need Your help big time now to save the rest of the daughters, Dear Lord. Please work inside the hearts of every single person who sees this video so that their eyes may be opened and their minds turned off porn forever. Let them understand the full weight of what happens to the teens and women who end up in Porn Valley. It’s time for the Truth to set us all free. Amen!!

Jenna, I so hope you get help. You deserve some real happiness. Get some help and give yourself some happiness with a normal guy and your kids. They are out there and you CAN do it. These guys were NOT your friends. They just hurt you. Stop letting these people hurt you. They will ALL exploit you.

Get help and find friends and a man who will treat you right. Please!!

Jenna Jameson’s Hollywood Hills mansion auctioned off for $1.8M after former adult star faces foreclosure

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Looks like Jenna Jameson might have to go house hunting in the near future.

The former adult film star and business mogul recently lost her Hollywood Hills mansion due to  defaulting on the her mortgage payments.

The house was auctioned off by her bank for $1.8 million, reports TMZ.

House that Jenna built: Former porn star Jenna Jameson was recently foreclosed upon when she ceased making payments on her Los Angeles home

House that Jenna built: Former porn star Jenna Jameson was recently foreclosed upon when she ceased making payments on her Los Angeles home

Home sweet home? Jenna Jameson recently lost her Hollywood Hills mansion to the bank

Home sweet home? Jenna Jameson recently lost her Hollywood Hills mansion to the bank

 

According to the website, Jameson was notified in February of her delinquent status and that the I Dream of Jenna star owed close to $57,000 in mortgage payments.

Jameson allegedly put the house on the market earlier this year at $1.9 million, but was unable to find a buyer.

After she was unable to move the house on the market, Jameson continued to default on her payments to the bank, reports TMZ.

Her bank then reportedly obtained a final judgement against her in June for the full amount of her mortgage to the tune of $2 million.

Finding home: The three-bedroom, 3,958-square-foot house was originally purchased by the for $2.7 million in 2006 Finding home: The three-bedroom, 3,958-square-foot house was originally purchased by the for $2.7 million in 2006

The three-bedroom, 3,958-square-foot house was originally purchased by 39-year-old Jameson for $2.7 million in 2006.

In 2008, after she began a relationship with Ultimate Fighting champion Tito Ortiz, it was reported the couple bought a $3.4 million, four bedroom, 3.5 bath mansion in Huntington Beach and moved in together.

During the time that the couple were living together in Orange County, Jameson rented out the Los Angeles mansion.

No takers: Jameson put the house on the market earlier this year at $1.9 million, but was unable to find a buyer

No takers: Jameson put the house on the market earlier this year at $1.9 million, but was unable to find a buyer

In recent years, the home allegedly sustained substantial water damage and Jameson opted to not fix the house, which she deemed not worth the expense. Soon after, she is said to have stopped paying the bank on her mortgage.

Jameson recently ran into trouble last April, when the former porn star was arrested for battery as she assaulted her assistant with a brass knuckle iPhone case.  

Jameson is no longer with Ortiz, the father of her twin boys Journey and Jess.

Under pressure: Jameson ceased making payments on the house due to water damage

Under pressure: Jameson ceased making payments on the house due to water damage

‘I’m Tired of Hiding’: Revenge-Porn Victim Speaks Out Over Her Abuse

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NY Daily News – Holly Jacobs, 29, who legally changed her name from Holli Thometz following years of online abuse, is finally speaking out over her ordeal. She alleges her ex-boyfriend posted intimate pictures of her on the web.

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Speaking out: Holly Jacobs, 29, is speaking out about her years of abuse online from “revenge porn”; she alleges that an ex-boyfriend posted intimate pictures of her on the internet without her consent.

Holly Jacobs

Speaking out: Holly Jacobs, 29, is speaking out about her years of abuse online from “revenge porn”; she alleges that an ex-boyfriend posted intimate pictures of her on the internet without her consent

Once a victim of an online tormentor, Holly Jacobs is now speaking out over her ordeal, saying she is “tired of hiding.”

The 29-year-old Florida PhD student was horrified to see nude images of her popping up on the internet following a breakup with her ex, Ryan Seay.

After years of shame and struggle, the Miami-Dade resident has spoken out about her ordeal to the New York Observer’s BetaBeat blog, saying that she has dropped her first tainted identity and is moving on with her life.

Jacobs, whose birth name was Holli Thometz, began dating Seay in 2006. During their relationship, she sent him intimate photos and videos.

RELATED: WEBSITE SUED AFTER X-RATED PICS POSTED WITHOUT WOMEN’S KNOWLEDGE

“We shared photos to keep the intimacy alive,” she told the Miami New Times. “I completely trusted him with this material.”

She alleges that after their breakup some years later, Seay violently betrayed her trust by distributing nude photos and video of her around the web – without her consent.

The practice, known as “revenge porn,” has become hugely problematic in the past few years, as legislation to protect victims for the most part does not exist.

Only one state — New Jersey — has a revenge porn law. The ruling was passed following the bullying and subsequent suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clemente, who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after his roommate posted inappropriate video of him and another man.

RELATED: INTERNET BEING ‘NUKED’ BY MASSIVE ONGOING CYBER-ATTACK: EXPERTS

Taking action: Jacobs has since created endrevengeporn.com, a site for victims to speak out to try to change the laws, which have not kept up with the alarming number of cases.

Holly Jacobs

Taking action: Jacobs has since created endrevengeporn.com, a site for victims to speak out to try to change the laws, which have not kept up with the alarming number of cases.

The images of Jacobs went viral, and every attempt to remove them proved futile, as dozens of sites would pick up a photo or video just after she had scrubbed another site clean.

“I worked like a dog trying to get all of (the pictures) down,” she told the blog.

Jacobs says that a particular video was uploaded with the title “Masturbation 201 by Professor Holli Thometz” to cast a wider net of potential viewers — Jacobs had been a teaching assistant at a Florida university at the time, and the X-rated clip might pop up when a student searched for her name.

After a friend alerted her around 2009 that her Facebook page had been compromised, Jacobs felt betrayed. She told BetaBeat that the only person with access to her Facebook password was Seay, and the only person to whom she sent intimate photographs.

RELATED: INSIDE THE MINDS OF REVENGE PORN CURATORS

Realizing that there would be no relief until her name was not tied to the explicit images and video, Jacobs legally changed her name.

She also filed a lawsuit last month against her ex — the first person in Florida to do so — alleging that he distributed revenge pornography, resulting in her invasion of privacy.

Jacobs has also created a site, endrevengeporn.com, where she encourages victims to speak out and help change legislation on the crime.

She wrote in a letter to legislators that the issue that she has been campaigning because there are no laws in Florida to protect those subjected to the crime.

“On behalf of all revenge-porn victims,” she writes, “I beg you, please give consideration to this issue and the bills that look to criminalize this act.

“Revenge porn is a worldwide issue and everyone is looking to Florida to do the right thing.”

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‘Snapchat’ Sexting Scandal at NJ High School Could Result in Child Porn Charges

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A smartphone prank by some local high school students was actually child porn, according to prosecutors. Now, a whole town is having a collective frank discussion about personal discretion, internet use and privacy.“I feel bad,” said a Ridgewood High School senior girl about fellow students who had exchanged naked photographs over two popular applications, Snapchat and Instagram. ”They’re like, our friends. We’re close to some of these people.”

“Everyone had the pictures. Everyone had seen the pictures,” another student, a sophomore boy, said to PIX11 News.

“It’s almost like people think, ‘This’ll never happen to me,’” said Stephanie Weston, a Ridgewood High School senior.

What happened, however, ended up being big. Now, police investigators prepare to file charges of possession of child pornography and endangering the welfare of a child against anyone who does not delete from their phones or computers the photos that some freshman girls took of themselves on the Snapchat app.

Ridgewood sexting scandal

A smartphone prank by Ridgewood high school students was actually child porn, according to prosecutors.

Snapchat is a popular image sharing app because it deletes pictures almost immediately after they’re sent from one Snapchat user to another. In the case of the Ridgewood High School freshman girls, however, the images went viral.

The girls snapped the photos of themselves naked, and sent them to a boy they know via Snapchat. The girls had assumed the images would be deleted about two seconds after they had sent them.

However, the boy knew how to screen grab Snapchat images before they disappeared. He captured the naked images, and uploaded them to his Instagram photo sharing app. From that point on, the pictures were online for anybody to see.

That was last fall, near the beginning of the school year, according to some students who had seen the pictures. ”They’d been going around school for awhile,” a sophomore boy told PIX11 News. ”People had seen them for awhile.”

Ridgewood sexting scandal

That was last fall, near the beginning of the school year, according to some students who had seen the pictures. “They’d been going around school for awhile,” a sophomore boy told PIX11 News. “People had seen them for awhile.”

School administrators, however, weren’t completely aware of the problem until last week. The schools superintendent sent out a letter to parents Wednesday that said the posted images were “of real or simulated sexual acts… of naked or semi-naked persons.”

The letter called for parents to “promptly speak to their children about this behavior and to ensure that if their children are in possession of this type of material that it be deleted from their phones and other electronic devices immediately.”

If the images are not deleted by Monday at 7:00 A.M., the letter warned, anyone possessing them risked being arrested on child porn charges.

One mother, Jean Muchel, told PIX11 News that she had checked her 16 year-old son’s smartphone to ensure that it was free of the pictures of the girls. It was those girls, Muchel said, that she was most concerned about.

“They must be embarrased, humiliated. These things can last a long time.”

The girls and the boy involved could face in-school disciplinary action, according to the school superintendent.

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Gloria Steinem Challenges BBC Presenter on Violence Against Women – “Feminism Needed More Than Ever Before”

Women Under Siege Project – By Lauren Wolfe/Director — March 7, 2013

On Tuesday, Gloria Steinem, who originated WMC’s Women Under Siege, spoke to BBC “Hardtalk” presenter Stephen Sackur about the women’s movement. But I wanted to do more than point you to the video (which you can watch here) and highlight something I found particularly interesting about their chat.

Below is the full transcript of the segment, which starts out with a simple question of relevance—with all of Steinem’s experience, where does she see the movement now? However, as you’ll read, the back and forth devolves quite quickly, with Sackur interrupting in seeming disbelief when Steinem suggests that feminism is more urgently needed than ever before because of what we’ve learned about violence against women and war.

When she explains her thinking (and ours) that “the root of democracy outside the home is democracy inside the home,” Sackur interjects, arguing that most women in what he terms the “Western, developed” world would say they “have democracy in the home.”

Steinem in a screenshot of her BBC interview with Sackur.

I’ll leave it to Steinem to answer this assertion in her own, powerful words, but first I want to show you why what she’s saying about the home vs. the public realm is essential to figuring out how to stop the horrifyingly high rates of sexualized violence against women—and its attending victim-blaming and shaming—in conflict and in public spaces around the world. It is a concept emphasized by Valerie Hudson, a professor of government at Texas A&M University:

“The template for living with other human beings who are different from us is forged within every society by the character of male-female relations,” Hudson writes in Foreign Policy. “In countries where males rule the home through violence, male-dominant hierarchies rule the state through violence.”

When nearly a third of men surveyed in the Democratic Republic of Congo—the so-called “rape capital of the world”—tell researchers that women “sometimes want to be raped and that when a woman is raped she may enjoy it,” we might want to consider this concept carefully.

When 17 senior cops across India are caught on camera “blaming everything from fashionable or revealing clothes to having boyfriends to visiting pubs to consuming alcohol to working alongside men as the main reasons for instances of rape” in a country that recently witnessed the public Boschian rape and murder of a young woman, we may want to take a close look at what is going on beneath the surface.

When a husband in Burma chastises his wife, newly raped by a soldier and returned home: “Prostitute! If you want to sell sex, we will build you a small hut in the jungle. You can sell sex there,” and her own children say to her: “Whore, you are not our mother, don’t come see us anymore,” we really, probably should pay attention to what Steinem, one of the world’s great thinkers on the struggles of women for safety and equality, is saying.

This morning, I was talking about this concept of democracy in the home vs. in the street with my friend, writer Soraya Chemaly. She emphasized that we spend way too much time ignoring commonplace gender inequality—that most of us don’t even see it, as if misogyny is the white background noise of our existence, that is, until something like the evisceration of the Dehli gang-rape briefly breaks through the unheard, continuous hum.

“What is processed in everyday life at the household level emerges as structure in society,” Chemaly explained. “We don’t think of them as inequities because they are invisible: traditionally, culturally sanctioned ways of organizing and behaving.”

Now, here’s what Steinem said to Sackur:

Stephen Sackur: Does the feminist cause feel as urgent to you today as when you rose to international prominence in the late ’60s, early ’70s?

Gloria Steinem: More. Because when we began, we were talking more about personal injustices, about domestic violence, about things that were within our ken, and now we’ve come to understand through length of work and also through international studies that the single most important factor in whether a country is violent within itself or willing to use violence against other countries, is violence against females. Because that normalizes—it’s the earliest, it’s the biggest…it’s not that female life is worth more than male life, it’s not, but that subject-object, conquered-conqueror kind of paradigm in varying degrees normalizes it everywhere else. And that now has been proved in depth. So in a way we’ve gone deeper now and seen how much more important it is.

[Click here for a story by Chemaly that explains more about the relationship between gender imbalance and propensity to engage in war.]

SS: So are you saying that the priorities of the women’s movement, if I can loosely call it that, have fundamentally changed, away from the sort of nuts and bolts sort of equal-pay-for-equal-work and, and, control of fertility, to something that is perhaps less tangible?

GS: No, no, no, what I’m saying is that the root of democracy outside the home is democracy inside the home, so it’s even more important. The root of violence elsewhere is the normalization of violence in an intimate way in the home.

SS: Sorry to interrupt, but when you put it like that it just makes me wonder whether most women these days in Western, developed societies would feel the same way that you do. Because when you talk about the importance of democracy in the home, wouldn’t most women in the developed world today feel that—

GS: No. Of course not.

SS: —they have democracy in the home.

GS: Of course not. Are you kidding? Do men raise children as much as women? No.

SS: But do women feel oppressed today in the way that they did in the ’60s and ’70s?

GS: Yes, more so because now, for instance, when we started we didn’t have a word for “domestic violence.” It was just called “life.” People would constantly say, “Why didn’t she leave?” “What did she do?” Now we understand that domestic violence is original violence.

And, for instance, in my country, there are…if you count up all the people who were killed in 9/11, plus Americans who were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and you count up all the women who were murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the same amount of time, more women were murdered by their husbands and boyfriends than were killed in those three events.

To read more about Steinem’s thoughts on the normalization of violence in the world, take a look at this Q&A we did in 2012.

A MUST SEE FOR PARENTS: Sext Up Kids – How Growing up in a Hyper-Sexualized Culture Hurts Our Kids

Published on Oct 26, 2012

The powder keg that is porn culture has exploded in the lives of North American children. The often-devastating consequences are explored in the new film Sext up KIDS. Click SHOW MORE for Resources.

From tiny tots strutting bikini-clad bodies in beauty pageants to companies marketing itty-bitty thongs and padded bras to 9-year olds, images of ever-younger sexualized girls have become commonplace. Add to that: ever-younger boys with 24-7 access to hard-core internet porn. It saturates their lives – from skate parks to the school bus — by the time they’re sixteen, 80 percent of boys are watching porn online. Toss social media into the mix and kids can not only consume X-rated images, but can also now produce them. Sexting has become a Grade 7 right of passage.

Sext up KIDS exposes how growing up in a hyper-sexualized culture hurts our kids. Teens and pre-teens show and tell what they are doing and why they are doing it. Experts reveal startling new research, tracking how the pressure to be sexy is changing teen and sexual behavior in alarming ways, as “anal becomes the new oral.” Parents and educators struggle to help kids navigate puberty in a world where the line between pop culture and porn culture is increasingly blurred. For every parent who thinks, “that’s not my son or daughter,” Sext up KIDS
is your wake up call.

Directed by award winning documentary filmmaker, Maureen Palmer (Leaving Bountiful, How to Divorce & Not Wreck the Kids), Sext up KIDS is produced by Rick LeGuerrier and Timothy M. Hogan of Dream Street Pictures (Canada Russia ’72, Sticks and Stones).

Additional Resources:

http://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/…
http://www.saleemanoon.com/igirl/
http://gaildines.com/
http://lacigreen.tv/
http://www.unb.ca/initiatives/ideas/t…
http://www.mediatedreality.com/#!explore
http://commercialfreechildhood.org/
http://peggyorenstein.com/
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/advic…
http://www.thatsnotcool.com/Help.aspx
http://www.connectsafely.com/Safety-T…

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