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"Our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons." --British House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, 2/6/17, cancelling Trump visit to British Parliament (video here)

How the women's movement inspired a new wave of resistance (UK Guardian, 3/7/17).

(1) Contact your representatives now regarding opening an ethics investigation into multiple sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump (see Warn the White House and see #2 for how). Ask why, when so many have lost their jobs this year for the same accused behavior, Donald Trump is not held to account as the most powerful human being on Earth.

(2) Contact your representatives regarding the Dept. of Education's apparent disregard for maintaining Title IX protections in colleges and universities nationwide. Read this (Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Education) on the 7/13 DeVos meeting with fringe "men's rights" groups which minimize the reality of rape. Members of Congress, particularly in this highly charged political environment, are MOST concerned about their own re-election (many Senators, and all House Representatives are up in 2018). If they get the sense people will vote based on their position on an issue, they will listen! It really does take only a handful of phone calls on a given topic from a representative's own constituents to influence that member of Congress. Who are your representatives? DC House of Representatives switchboard: 866-948-8977 and Senate 866-985-2543 (in addition to your local and state Congressional reps, call the DC number when Congress is in session and/or when you feel very, very strongly and alarmed about an issue or imminent legislation). Phoning is more effective than email, tweets, letters. Don't know your Senators’ phone number? Call 202/224-3121, put in your zip. You’ll be transferred. Shy to call? Don’t be concerned. You’ll likely be sent to voicemail. If you do reach someone, speak concisely and politely, telling them:

...you live in their district (for Representatives) or state (for Senators),
...you’re concerned about the eroding of Title IX,
...and you want them to:
-immediately obstruct the Education Department's efforts to
weaken Title IX protections

Don't want to phone? Use the resistance bot! Text "resist" to 50409 & it will find out who represents you in Congress, will ask for the message you want to send them ("uphold gender protections and Title IX now"), and will do it for you!

(2) The Ambivalent Sexism Inventory: take this test and compare your score with others’ worldwide! We are conditioned to hold unconscious sexist attitudes by a masculine-dominated society.

(3) We all internalized and came to believe sexist attitudes early in life. It's enlightening and life-changing to examine your own inner life and strive to develop all sides of it. This is a very effective way to become more whole within the self and effective in the world: Challenge Internalized Sexism and Misogyny.

(4) The Everyday Sexism Project—share your story and read others': “The Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced on a day to day basis. They might be serious or minor, outrageously offensive or so niggling and normalised that you don’t even feel able to protest. Say as much or as little as you like, use your real name or a pseudonym – it’s up to you. By sharing your story you’re showing the world that sexism does exist, it is faced by women everyday and it is a valid problem to discuss.”

(5) Male? Join the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, who offer groups, meetings, resources, actions, and a newsletter.

(6) No matter your gender, watch Dreamworlds 1, 2, or 3 (2007): Here's a trailer from Dreamworlds 3. Having shown this powerful film in past Psychology of Women and Human Sexuality courses, I found that afterward, male students begin to question their sense of what is attractive, desirable, and whether or not that's been taught to them by the billion dollar advertising industry, using images of women to sell things and objectifying them, turning them into things, in the process. They feel duped and get angry, and are less susceptible to being manipulated into seeing women as only mothers or witch/whores in the future. Female and trans students recognize the way they've been manipulated into perceiving the feminine in its least developed aspect, and devaluing it.

(7) Check out "Take Action" in the Women’s Rights section to have an impact on women’s policy affecting women locally and across the country.

(8) When interacting politically on social media, be conscious about the words you use to describe genders, and the feelings you have while doing so. If you are particularly enraged and preoccupied about a female celebrity, public official, or candidate, and find yourself using negative gender stereotyped words about her, that’s a sign that sexism is likely influencing your judgment. Generalize that to your everyday social interactions, and ways in which you evaluate individuals in the "real" world.

(9) See “Take Action” sections of Reproductive Rights, Pay Equity, and Healthcare.

Go to:

Human Rights: Sexism: Challenge Internalized Sexism

Human Rights: Sexism: Did Sexism Affect the 2016 Election?

Human Rights: Sexism

Human Rights: Racism (interacts with sexism in all cultures)

Human Rights: Women's Rights

Human Rights