And certainly turning a human being into a thing is almost always the first step towards justifying violence against them. We see it with racism, we see it with homophobia, we think of the person as less than human and violence becomes inevitable. And that step is already taken with women so the violence, the abuse is partly but chilling the logical result of this kind of objectification. Now this is a problem for all women of course but particularly women of color who are often literally shown as animals, dressed in leapord skins in animal prints over and over again the real message is, not fully human.
From the film ‘Killing Us Softly 3’

Susan G. Komen Loses Support After Planned Parenthood Decision

"Planned Parenthood announced on Wednesday that it has received $400,000 from about 6,000 donors since Komen announced it was cutting funding to the organization on Tuesday afternoon." It received roughly $680,000 from Komen in 2011. "The main sentiment among the thousands of people posting online seems to be that regardless of one’s position on the issue of abortion, it is wrong to politicize women’s health. According to a new Polipulse analysis of online conversations about the issue, only 26 percent of people believe Komen made the right decision. Nearly a quarter of the people who expressed criticism of Komen’s decision online said they were going to pull their donations from Komen.”

Read the full article at HuffPo

What do you think of the powerful moves by the public?

Top 11 Posts of 2011

To close out this amazing year, Venus Genus brings you the top 11 posts of the year. Reminisce on your favorites or discover new ones. Wishing everyone the best in the coming new year.

1. The Top 10 Things You Should NOT Be Doing At 25

2. American Woman in Saudi Arabia: “Scary, right? Nope.”

3. Free Birth Control, It’s About G**Damn Time!

Read the rest here. What was your favorite?

Top 10 Women in Social Media in 2011

While this list of women highlights some of the best people to follow on Twitter, it should be said that their presence in social media extends outside of the confines of 140 characters and a link. Whether they are making you laugh out loud over hilarious tweets about pop culture or hipping you to the newest new media available for the tech guru or novice alike, these women are using their influence to engage, connect and inspire.  As you read more about each woman, keep in mind that it’s not about the number of followers they may have on Twitter or the “likes” they may have on their Facebook page. Their mention on this list has everything to do with how they have chosen to use their influence and recognizing the value they add to the cyber world. What makes this list particularly compelling is that all of these women, while vastly skilled in their use of social media, are artists as well, excelling in an artistic realm, from literary art to the visual. We here at Liberated Muse love that fact most of all!

So check out our list, add your feedback and be sure to check these women out as you get ready for 2012 to make its entrance.

…Is really living my life true to myself and to my values, I’ve always felt there was going to be my daughter, there was going to be you, there was going to be others and I wanted them to know you must live up to your best expectations. Don’t lower the level, don’t lower the bar for yourself because there are too many people out there who will tell you, you are not good enough just because you’re a black girl and I want you to know that you are good enough, you are more than good enough because your crown was paid for with blood, sweat and tears and I’m here to carry forward to the best of my ability so that you know how valuable you are.

-Sheryl Lee Ralph on the ‘Black Girls Rock’ Red Carpet

In response to the question ‘How have you instilled your values into your daughter and fanbase, you’ve never played a role that compromised yourself as a person.’

She says there is a chapter dedicated to this in her book Redefining Diva, Simon & Schuster 

via NecoleBitchie. Watch the video here

What do you think of Sheryl’s words? 

Like most women, I currently live in a society where violence, harassment and scary shit can break out at any moment, just because I told some random asshole “no” without bothering to be nice about it. Doing that is so dangerous that most women don’t dare; after a few scary incidents, they learn to make up excuses, to smile, to be sweet and welcoming, to act as if every single random asshole on the street is a precious new friend that they would just LOVE to stand outside of the Chipotle and chat with FOR HOURS, if only cruel fate had not intervened. That’s what it’s actually like, being a woman: Playing nice with every random asshole, because this random asshole might be the one who hurts you. And then, if he hurts you anyway, they’ll tell you that you led him on.