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http://alltogethernow.org.au/news/category/discussing-racism/ All together now.org promotes multiculturalism and prevention of racist behaviour through social marketing. :) The people there seem quite nice and inclusive, and explain things in ways that are easy to understand. There are videos on people's experiences in Australia regarding multiculturalism and racism. Some videos include "Were you expecting racism only to be welcomed, which made me happy. Other videos include L Fresh the Lion's (the great hip hop artist) thoughts on racism.

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's website seems to be down for somereason.:/ They can be contacted for questions on how to address racism on a smaller or larger level.

For the state of NSW in Australia:you can speak to your human resources department. They can explain if further action can be taken. If they are helpful, then that's great. Read more... ).

For multiculturalism resources in the state of Victoria, in Australia: http://justitia.com.au/race-discrimination/racism-in-the-workplace This link has other links to the Fair work commission, Fair Work Ombudsman,Vic lawyers Health Line. It also has much needed information on how racism affects people's lives (in the workplace and your legal rights.

http://jimhines.livejournal.com/647393.html Jim Hines'fantastic post. This post is extremely helpful and important reading. On addressing sexual harrassment the right way. Backing someone up and Not Creeping.

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/18/the-big-idea-michelle-sagara/ A lovely article/post by John Scalzi. On portrayals of female friendships, Aspergers, and great female characters.

http://msagara.livejournal.com/72872.html#com
Quote from Michelle Sagara's informative and helpful post on Asperger's:"I get a little bit tired of having Asperger's brought up as an excuse for harassment. It's not. My son is fully aware that he doesn't always parse or notice social signals Read more... )Holding someone else responsible for the "wrongness" of his thoughts would never even occur to him."
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Save GLBT activist from execution

Kiana Firouz is courageous Iranian LGBT activist, film maker and actress. She has spoken out about GLBT rights in Iran, risking her safety and life in doing so. Recently, Kiana has starred in a documentary about lesbians in Iran. She is now at risk of being deported from the UK to Iran to "answer for it". The punishment for homosexuality there is 100 lashes for the first three times. If someone ‘commits homosexual acts’ the 4th time, they are executed by the state.  Sign here to back Kiana and save her life:

http://www.petitiononline.com/kianaf/petition.html

Fight for African Americans' rights: say No to Lincoln

Senator Blanche Lincoln played a major role in erasing the public option from the health care bill.2  She also opposed President Obama's plans to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure3 and to increase funding for college scholarships.4

The election is likely to be very close. Lincoln's opponent in the primary, Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter, is facing millions of dollars in racially charged attack ads from big business groups that want Lincoln staying in office. We're trying to help Halter fight those ads with small donations from our members.

Can you give $5 or more today to help?



 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/239?akid=1450.43392.7Hh7dL&t=2

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http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/the_way_we_live/article7039572.ece


An article on a remarkable hero that broke into Auschwitz - and lived. Denis Avey broke into Auschwitz to bear witness to the horrors dealt out by Nazi hands. I am fiercely glad that he came forward and  spoke out about the hell he has witnessed, despite people refusing to believe him for so long. I don't understand how some people can have the nerve to deny that the Holocaust ever happened. I hope that more eye witnesses like him will continue to come forward and tell their story. The Holocaust is a horrifying and unspeakable genocide. Memories of the Holocaust continues to haunt generations now, and will continue to do so in the future. We need to remember what happened, so that it never happens again.

Sir Martin Gilbert says: “By 1947, the trials of Nazi war criminals had been and gone. The war was over and people just wanted to get on with their lives. There was a whole mind-set of not really wanting to know what had happened any more. Many people had stories that nobody was interested in. It must have been very painful.”

Sixty-five years after the liberation of Auschwitz, when eyewitnesses are dying out and Holocaust denial is burgeoning, Denis Avey’s extraordinary tale has finally found its moment. “I’m talking to you so it will do some good,” he says fiercely, pounding his fingers on the table for emphasis. “That’s all I’ve ever wanted.”


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Trayce Shaw's helpful youtube videos to straight people and GLBTIQ people (on having GLBTIQ friends, coming out, dealing with bullying and homophobia):

http://www.youtube.com/user/TrayceShaw

The Tyra Banks show has many invaluable episodes on important issues people from all walks of life face (teen dating abuse (domestic violence), homophobia, advice from doctors, racism, harm caused by prostitution)
http://www.youtube.com/my_favorites?feature=mhw4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx3SrhmqOtQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10fJ1h5xDaA

Anti Pornography blog: Youtube account with loads of videos. These onlione videos reveal the ugly truth about how pornography creates demand for prostitution and sex trafficking: http://www.youtube.com/user/AntiPornographyBlog
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Hi there!


So, I thought reposting these links would come in handy.

General overview of American Indian cultures, languages, history, religion, gender roles, and problems facing thteir sociaeties nowadays:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_Americans_in_the_United_States

Facts on modern American Indians today:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_Americans_in_the_United_States#Native_Americans_today

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Native_Americans_of_the_United_States
 
Brilliant information on modern American Indian life:
http://www.native-languages.org/kids.htm

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Learning about new cultures from around the world is priceless. We have a better chance of treating one another with sensitivity and respect if we learn about each other. Knowing about different cultures can also help reduce misunderstandings and fear. It can also help us all build new friendships. Plus, we can see things in different ways too, through discovering new cultures.  When you learn about cultures, you are learning about people. Not just their language, but their lives, history, passions, struggles and triumphs. This is what I love most about learning about different cultures.

Learn about the way people from different cultures think through doing these things. Read their books. Watch their movies and TV shows. But the best way to learn about different cultures is to talk to people from these cultures. Visit them. See them. See things from their point of view. So don't just rely on info by someone who is not from the culture they're discussing. Talk to someone from that culture.
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Ways to combat police brutality (with examples of police brutality against African Americans)

http://newsone.com/nation/how-to-fight-police-brutality/

A disturbing Facebook post on examples of police brutality against African Americans:

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=17514257226&topic=4537

From article "The Connection Between Blacks As Apes And Police Brutality"

http://www.jackandjillpolitics.com/2009/02/the-connection-between-blacks-as-apes-and-police-brutality/

In one study, participants who were made to think about apes were more likely to support police violence against black (but not white) criminal suspects. The association actually caused them to endorse anti-black violence. Most disturbing of all, however, was a study of media coverage and the death penalty. Looking at a sample of death-eligible cases in Philadelphia from 1979 to 1999, the more that media coverage used ape-like metaphors to describe a murder trial (i.e. “urban jungle,” “aping the suspects behavior,” etc.) the more likely black suspects, but not white suspects were to be put to death.

Not surprisingly, black suspects were much more likely to be described in ape-like terms. And they were more frequently executed by the state.



Subconscious mental connection between blacks, apes may reinforce subtle discrimination

http://www.physorg.com/news123944737.html

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Information on genocides of 20th and 21st century. Racism and genocide are still alive.

http://www.scaruffi.com/politics/dictat.html

http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/genocide/index.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_in_Darfur

Please let me know if I need to add anything to this post.
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Wondering what to do when someone says hate crimes are rare/don't exist/happened a hundred years ago?

Keep on reading.

Racist violence is happens a lot. It's widespread. It's happening now, and it's happened in the last 10 years (not just the last hundred, or two hundred).

Set facts straight with these links:

racist violence in Britain caused by BNP http://www.stopthebnp.org.uk/index.php?location=election&link=Other01.htm

Stop the BNP:
http://www.stopthebnp.org.uk/index.php?location=link3

recent crimes committed by skinheads
http://www.adl.org/racist_skinheads/skinhead_activity_update.asp

How racist skinhead subculture is making a comeback

http://www.adl.org/racist_skinheads/skinhead_resurgence.asp

hate crimes against muslims post sept 11
http://www.hrw.org/legacy/reports/2002/usahate/index.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/12/world/americas/12iht-islam.html

http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=148241

http://archives.cnn.com/2001/US/09/16/gen.hate.crimes/

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/HatCr_51/4922_51.htm

violence from the BNP
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_National_Party
racist NF (downfall in 1970s)

hate crimes against Asians
http://www.asianam.org/hate.htm

hate crimes against Pacific Asians
http://www.civilrights.org/publications/hatecrimes/asian-pacific.html

hate crimes against Indians, South Asians, Arabs, Muslims http://www.littleindia.com/news/148/ARTICLE/1597/2003-11-05.html


Hate crimes not only affect people individually. They affect members of the targeted group, and make them feel they could become victims of hate crimes too. They divide society.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate_crime

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Hi there flist,

Ever hear these phrases?

1)"But racist violence is rare nowadays. Hate crimes don't exist. You're just making things up!"

2)"Ignore racism. That'll make it go away and take away racist people's power."

Now...I know some people mean well when they say stuff like sentence 2 (the ignore racism one). But that doesn't make what they're saying any less harmful.

So here are some links to set the facts straight and show that 1: hate crimes do exist, 2) hate crimes happen a lot, 3)ignoring racism doesn't make it go away and take away racist people's power. Confronting racism is what will weaken it.

Will ignoring BNP make them go away
http://www.stopthebnp.org.uk/index.phplocation=election&link=Campaigning03.htm

Why BNP must be confronted
http://www.stopthebnp.org.uk/index.phplocation=election&link=Campaigning02.htm

How to reply when you talk about racism and someone says, "But white people face discrimination too!"

http://community.livejournal.com/racism_101/42842.html?thread=920666#t920666

Read more... )

hate crimes against blacks, Jews and gays
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1130129.html

increase in hate crimes against blacks caused by music and portrayals of blacks
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa4081/is_200501/ai_n9522077/
increase in hate crimes against blacks and religious groups
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-11-23-hate-crimes_N.htm

More to come.
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Best books

'Les Miserables' by Victor Hugo. It's melodramatic, yes, but so incredibly moving. An unforgettable story of redemption of a criminal who tries to evade a police officer. A story that tells how the very outcasts of society struggle to survive. Basically tells how if we want to reduce crime, we must eliminate to conditions that lead to people committing crime (poverty, ignorance). Hugo had revolutionary ideas (and was lighyears ahead of his peers) for a person of his time.

'Looking for Alibrandi' by Melina Marchetta. A bildungsroman novel on an illegitimate born teen who comes to accept her Italian heritage. She deals with first love, death and finally meeting her father for the first time.

A tie between 'First Test' and 'Page' by Tamora Pierce. These first two books are part of a Fantasy quartet about Kel, the first girl to train as a knight in the European medieval world of Tortall. Simply written and for young teens, but told so well. The first book deals with hazing and bullying, and how to deal with bullies. The second one covers violence against women, self defense, bullying. These books have their flaws (Kel overcomes her fear of heights too quickly), but I love them all the same.

Worst books

Left Behind books, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins. Read hilarious and insightful summaries by slacktivist (Fred Clark, a liberal Christian) here:

http://exharpazo.blogspot.com/2007/01/index-to-slactivists-left-behind.html

Awful far right wing Christian propaganda. Sexist, racist, homophobic, prejudiced against other religions, with flat characters, awful Gary Stus who are more hateful than the villain...Fred Clark describes these books as having anti-Christian values, and I couldn't agree more.

Read more... )

There was someone who came up with the great quote that bad morals make for bad writing(I think it was baeraad) . All in all, I can only agree.
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Hi everyone,

See this:

http://www.safecom.org.au/refugees1.htm

Get the real lowdown (facts) on refugees.

As outlined in Fact Sheet No 2, refugees are people who have been forced to leave their countries because they have been persecuted.

Rarely do refugees have the chance to make plans for their departure: to pack their belongings, to say farewell to their friends and families ... Some refugees have to flee with no notice, taking with them only the clothes on their backs.

Others, like the family that pretends to be going on a weekend break, have to keep their plans a secret from all around them in case they are discovered.

A significant proportion of refugees have experienced severe trauma. Many have been tortured. Arrivals to Australia have included survivors of the Balkan internment centres and "rape camps" and prisoners of war from the Gulf War.

Migrants
Migrants make a conscious choice to come to Australia. They are able to read about the country and learn about it from friends and families. They have time to study the language and explore employment opportunities before they make a final decision about whether to come.

One of the most significant differences is that migrants are able to pack their precious belongings and say good-bye to the important people in their lives.

Another very important distinction is that migrants can go home at any time if things do not work out as they had hoped or if they get homesick. They can also pick up a phone and talk to friends and relatives. Most refugees cannot.


People use words throw words like refugee and migrant interchangeably, and yet there is a world of difference between these two words. Words have power, and you can either misuse that power by misunderstanding them. Or you can use them well, by learning what they truly mean.
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Hi all,

Check this out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neocolonialism

The following text is from the above wikipedia link:

Critics adherent to neocolonialism contend that private, foreign business companies continue to exploit the resources of post-colonial states, and that this economic control inherent to neocolonialism is akin to the classical, European colonialism practiced from the 16th to the 20th centuries. In broader usage, neocolonialism may simply refer to the involvement of powerful countries in the affairs of less powerful countries

Critics of neocolonialism[who?] portray the choice to grant or to refuse granting loans (particularly those financing otherwise unpayable Third World debt), especially by international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank (WB), as a decisive form of control.

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A penny for your thoughts...
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Long and painful history of Asian and Black characters being played by white people in movies:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowface

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackface


Explanations on how there is a history of people insulting black people by calling them monkeys:

http://community.livejournal.com/racism_101/58003.html

Racefail, and how racist stereotypes can hurt:

http://rosehiptea.livejournal.com/499326.html

Racist stereotypes can seriously hurt. They are not 'minor' or 'trivial'. For instance, if someone portrays all of their black characters as criminals in a story, that is a harmful racist stereotype. That is because it reinforces the common racist belief that black people are all criminals.

Read more... )

I am aware that non white people can be racist. However, I think racism by white people is mentioned more often because some white countries have a much more recent longer and recent history (in general) of colonising and enslaving many other countries. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonisation_of_Africa

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:British_Empire
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Portuguese_Empire
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overseas_expansion_of_the_United_States
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:French_colonial_empire

Link on slavery of black people in the US

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_the_United_States

Link on the Holocaust in Germany:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocaust

I believe that racism is racial prejudice backed by institutionalised power (the following link is a fantastic resource on what racism is, and what you can do to fight it):

http://www.racismnoway.com.au/library/understanding/index-What.html

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To anyone who has read the Vorkosigan Saga:

Was anyone bothered by the racist portrayal of Indian characters? I notice that all of the Indian characters in the Vorkosigan saga books I've read so far are unlikeable, pathetic or cruel. In 'Cordelia's Honour', Dr Mehta drugs Cordelia against her will and treats Cordelia like an interesting experiment (she offers no sympathy, emapthy or compassion for all the horrors Cordelia has been through while she is talking to her).

See here for yourself:

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=1fys98YnuGMC&pg=PT126&lpg=PT126&dq=dr+mehta+cordelia&source=bl&ots=4aBq5oPxIf&sig=4tKpqB-uO7zhyxCifOx-3viO_zI&hl=en&ei=oxAGS7rCDsuSkAXg9fneCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=dr%20mehta%20cordelia&f=false

Plus Gupta from "Diplomatic Immunity" is surly and has no good redeeming traits whatsoever. And Miles calls him "Guppy", so I get the impression from that rude nickname that the readers aren't supposed to take him seriously. I know Miles shows him some caompassion, but the fact that Gupta still remains ungrateful to Miles (and still has no redeeming traits) gives me the impression that Bujold regards Indian people negatively. I've never seen a positive or neutral portrayal of an Indian character in her stories before.

Plus for a saga set in the future, the Vorkosigan saga world is overwhelmingly white. There are few or no characters who are Asian (Middle Eastern or far east Asian characters. I know there's Commodore Tung, but he's the only positive Asian character in the VS I've encountered), black, first nations people, Aboriginal people etc (although to be fair, there are a few Spanish characters).

Now, some may say that the racist overtones are unintentional. However, that doesn't make them any less damaging, and it doesn't undo the hurt it causes.
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Hi there all,

Fantastic articles on how homophobia and sexism in religion don't make sense:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cenk-uygur/not-another-word-on-gay-m_b_152282.html

http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/losing-my-religion-for-equality-20090714-dk0v.html?page=-1

Sexism hurts all of us. Respecting the rights of women and girls will enrich our livess so much more:

It is not women and girls alone who suffer. It damages all of us. The evidence shows that investing in women and girls delivers major benefits for society. An educated woman has healthier children. She is more likely to send them to school. She earns more and invests what she earns in her family.

Racism and cultural appropriation. Fascinating info and a gentle look on how Indians see yoga:

http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/680

Some passages from the article above I found to be interesting eye openers:

India, to me, is not spiritual; it is a raucous, exhausting, intense, and yes, at times, violent experience.

Yet I was also curious about the particular form of yoga she was studying, a layer of India with which I am not familiar. I had never met an Indian who went to an ashram; most I knew thought of it as a white person's paradise that cost too much, or it just hadn't crossed their minds to go. At the same time, I knew that yoga was practiced in India, but in subtler, less obvious ways.

Yet yoga was not altogether lost or forgotten; rather it was latent in the culture, sometimes woven into daily and religious life. Yoga, to an Indian, might mean meditation and breathing as part of a morning puja, a practice done quietly at home and without a name. Nearly everyone I spoke with told me the same thing: Yoga was something unremarkable...

The problem he sees--and it's by far the most significant-- is its effect of countering hatha yoga's aim: The heart rate and breath rate are actually increased rather than reduced. All of the teachers I spoke with were concerned about the Westerners misunderstanding yoga. Geeta Iyengar, B. K. S.'s daughter, states bluntly, "Popularity becomes a curse. Popularity introduces dilution. To maintain the purity of the original science and art of yoga is a difficult task. The careful balance between orthodoxy and modernity has to be maintained. However, dilution for the sake of convenience and popularity is not pardonable." Adds Ramanand Patel: "The objection is when these Western influences completely disregard what yoga has to say."
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http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113357239&ft=1&f=4516989

Wonderful. :D

It's amazing how a book changed a boy's life so much. And I loved how the librarian actually made the effort to drive far away to find another book by an African American author for Olly Neal.
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Hi there all,

Check this out (following text is from the From MoveOn website):

CNN host Lou Dobbs has done more than anyone in the media to spread misinformation and hatred about Latinos. Yet CNN continues to broadcast his show, even as they are courting Latino viewers. It's time for that to end.


Join us in telling CNN it's time for Dobbs to go.
As President of CNN, it is imperative that you act quickly and decisively to drop Dobbs from your network, and send the message that CNN does not tolerate hate speech.


http://bastadobbs.com/action/org/moveon/

From MoveOn email:

Dobbs perpetuates damaging stereotypes about immigrants—like blaming them for an imaginary leprosy epidemic, and wildly exaggerating that "illegal aliens" make up a third of the prison population. He also gives ample time to anti-immigrant extremists, even appearing last month as an honored guest at the convention of FAIR, a leading anti-immigrant hate group linked to vigilantes charged with murdering a 9-year old girl and her immigrant father in their home.

Add your voice and tell CNN that hate speech won't be tolerated. Thank you.
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My thoughts on vejiicakes marvellous post here:

http://vejiicakes.livejournal.com/254810.html Let me show you them.

It's sad (but not so surprising) that whitewashing and racism still persists in movies nowadays (from the casting of Asian characters as white people) to the hideous lack of research in movies. And why is it that the *real* Asians keep on getting typecasted as the villains even in films nowadays? (see: Avatar: The Last Airbender and Prince of Persia)

It sends out the message that real Asian people can't play positive/heroic roles. It implies that Asian people can't be heroes and aren't worth talking about. I don't care that this might not be what Hollywood directors are intending - it's the message that's being sent out by whitewashing. In this day and age when people are being flooded with images everywhere they go - the images used in movies, ads, cartoons matter. Who you use to represent in movies matters. This stays in people's minds.

And it's unsupportive of Asian actors seeking roles that don't stereotype or dehumanise their race.

lady_jafaria and suburbanspleen sum things up very well about the Prince of Persia movie here:

http://wazira-sharira.livejournal.com/111876.html

http://suburban-spleen.livejournal.com/127341.html

Seriously, people. Not that hard to do research on other cultures. Hollywood makes huge efforts to do research on how people lived in the past. They can do the same when it comes to researching other cultures too.
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Check out the Guerilla Girls website at www.guerillagirls.com/index.shtml. So who are the Guerilla Girls? They're true tricksters, activists, artists, and *hilarious*. You gotta love artists/activists who wear gorilla masks, and take on the names of deceased female artists. The mythology and comics geek in me loved this declaration:

we declare ourselves feminist counterparts to the mostly male tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Batman, and the Lone Ranger.
I LOL'ed at the last sentence of their answer in one of their interviews:

Q:Why did you write the Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art? Aren't there already lots of books out there about women artists?

The work of feminist art historians over the last 30 years has shown how the means of art production in western cultures was denied to all but white male artists until well into the 20th century. Still there have always been creative and adventurous women who bucked the system and lived creative lives of their own invention. Some achieved success while alive, only to later be written out the history books. Others were unacknowledged in their own lifetime, only to be discovered after death.

In Bedside Companion we wanted to tell the stories of these courageous women artists and also to make fun of the standard art history canon for ignoring them. Another goal was to write the first humorous art history book, mean to be read in the bathroom, and intended to make readers laugh, not put them to sleep. It's also thin, with sharp edges and can be used as a weapon!

Nothing seems to stop them in exposing sexism, racism and corruption in the art world and in politics. They've brought about changes in the art world for female artists and artists from culturally diverse backgrounds.

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Please READ this. The following text in italics is a must read article. It's on the discrimination women and other minority groups face, once they become leaders in their workplaces.

From wikipedia: A glass cliff is a term coined by Dr Michelle Ryan and Prof Alex Haslam of Exeter University, United Kingdom, in 2004.

Their research demonstrates that once women break through the glass ceiling and take on positions of leadership they often have experiences that are different from their male counterparts. More specifically, women are more likely to occupy positions that can be described as precarious and thus have a higher risk of failure - either because they are in organizational units that are in crisis or because they are not given the resources and support needed for success. Extending the metaphor of the glass ceiling, they evoke the metaphor of the ‘glass cliff’ to capture the subtlety to the phenomenon and feeling of teetering on the edge. [1]

Michelle Ryan is a Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Exeter. Alex Haslam is a Professor of Psychology at University of Exeter and editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology. Their research into the glass cliff is funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the European Social Fund, and the Economic and Social Research Council.

In 2005 research into the glass cliff was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education's Research Project of the Year and will feature in New York Times Magazine'sIdeas of 2008.


"It therefore appears that after having broken through a glass ceiling women are actually more likely than men to find themselves on a "glass cliff", meaning their positions of leadership are risky or precarious." [2]

The official website on the glass cliff is: http://psy.ex.ac.uk/seorg/glasscliff/

 

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