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We Speak is a poster and blog campaign featuring ten young women who are speaking up about their relationships with mental health and how it informs their identities. Part of Launch: Stamps School of Art and Design’s Senior Thesis Exhibition at the University of Michigan, it will be featured at Work Gallery - Ann Arbor in the exhibition opening on Friday, April 18th from 6-9. The show will remain up through May 3rd. 

In the past year, the ten young women featured in the poster portion of We Speak came face to face with the state of our mental health. Our stories, carefully and honestly written, are meant to start a conversation about a topic that many of us wish we could ignore. But these are our realities, and in sharing them, we want to start chipping away at the stigma that often keeps us feeling weak and alone.

In addition to the original ten participants, everyone is encouraged to consider sharing their own story about mental health. By contributing your experiences, you can help open the discussion about the importance of mental health and tear down the stigma that keeps it so hidden. By sharing this project, you can foster support.

We Speak blog | More information | Submit your story | Mental health resources | By Alicia Kovalcheck

This is my senior thesis project! I’m so proud of all the beautiful courageous women who participated in this project, and I couldn’t have done this without you all.
Please reblog and spread the word, and I encourage all of you to go check out our stories and share your own!

heyyy that’s me in the last one!!! this project is mad important and Alicia worked so so hard on it, you should take a moment to check it out

Ahh it’s so good!

proud of u alicia <3333

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Laverne Cox’s mother, Gloria, on her advice for parents of LGBTQ children.

When asked what it has been like for her, Gloria responded, “Understanding, and praying, and talking, and continuing to talk. And, most of all, love.”

As for her advice to parents of LGBTQ children, Gloria said, "Listen. Listen to your children, take note of actions, and talk. Open dialogue…that’s the most important thing."


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On a larger level, your partner shouldn’t stand for racism, period. On a caring, loving level, he certainly shouldn’t be silent about anyone being racist to you or in your presence. That’s not because he needs to protect you but because he loves you. Being Iraqi is a beautiful part of who you are. It should be something your partner cherishes—at least enough to say “knock it off” to his friends. Your partner sees his newsfeed and sees you having to fight these people. And judging from your letter, he hasn’t been stepping up. That’s a problem. If you’re wondering why he has racist friends, it’s because he wants them.


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Mano Po Lola sa ika-20 na taong pakikibaka

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the La Lila Filipina, students from the University of the Philippines - Diliman are organizing a tribute to the women who were victims of the violence during the Japanese occupation. The event, Mano Po, Lola, will be held in the Recto Hall of UP Diliman Faculty Center, on October 1st, 2012 at 8 in the morning.

The organizers, all students of FIL 25, FIL 40 and MP 10 of Prof. Vim Nadera, hope that Mano Po, Lola will have a lasting contribution to the fight against sexual violence and historical denial.


PS. Guys, if you want to give any message to our grandmas please don’t hesitate to put them in my ask box. We need to show them and let them feel that we are with them in this battle. They really need us,  and we can simply help by spreading this message. Thank you very much :D

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Sociologists use the term “androcentrism” to refer to a new kind of sexism, one that replaces the favoring of men over women with the favoring of masculinity over femininity. According to the rules of androcentrism, men and women alike are rewarded, but only insofar as they are masculine (e.g., they play sports, drink whiskey, and are lawyers or surgeons w00t!). Meanwhile, men are punished for doing femininity and women… well, women are required to do femininity and simultaneously punished for it.

Androcentrism: It’s Okay to Be a Boy, but Being a Girl… » Sociological Images

I think the ‘women are required to do femininity and simultaneously punished for it’ bit sums up 90% of sexism in one sentence.

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i don’t really agree women are rewarded for being masculine though

women are not rewarded if they wear butch clothes, get a masculine hair cut, or have masculine mannerisms - and since when are women rewarded for entering male dominated fields? how is constant sexual harassment and exclusion and discrimination a reward? studies have shown women face extreme levels of misogyny and bullying in male-dominated fields

even when it comes to be assertive, aggressive, etc women often get punished for that - only in some contexts will that help you

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Finding a job sucks.

But really though

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