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Men as Allies

By Allan Kupersmith, AWP Development Intern Being a cis-gender man who interns at A Woman’s Place, has made me think about how my gender affects my place at AWP and how I can be a helpful and supportive ally. Last month’s charges of psychical, emotional, and racial abuse against former New York Attorney General Eric…
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Remembering MCA

By Allan Kupersmith, AWP Development Intern This May 4 marked six years since Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys died of salivary cancer. Six years might seem like a weird time for a retrospective piece. However, in addition to his music, Yauch’s place as an advocate, and ally is worth revisiting. Yauch was an important…
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Separating the Art from the Artist

By Allan Kupersmith, AWP Development Intern Whether it’s film, TV, books, or music, audiences are often confronted by artists who are in some ways troublesome. This can range from having “un-PC” lyrical or literary content to being an abusive criminal. For many years, viewers would shrug off their hero’s less than reputable actions by saying…
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#WhyIStayed

I think I sweat my weight at the gym last night. It was Tuesday; I was up for interval sprints: 30 seconds blast off, 60 seconds to recover, 30 seconds blast off, 60 seconds to recover.  I was cruising. Just at minute 6, my peripheral vision caught the damning image that, if you are reading…
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Dear Mrs. Rice…

Please, allow me to begin by saying, I’m sorry. I’m sorry that this is happening to you. You do not deserve this, you are not alone, and this is not your fault. I cannot begin to imagine how it must feel to be you right now. Everyone’s journey is different. The paths we travel vary….
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#BringBackOurGirls

I am Nigerian. My father was born in Nigeria. He worked hard and was fortunate enough to be awarded a scholarship to travel to the United States for his college education. He met my mother… and the rest is history. I am my father’s daughter. I have two daughters of my own, both deeply embedded…
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RISE, RELEASE, DANCE

The statistics are almost unbelievable. One in three women will be assaulted or abused in her lifetime – that is ONE BILLION women. Just in the United States, between two and four million women are physically abused each year. Of these, 2,000 women die of the injuries they suffer. From domestic violence to sexual assault…
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What’s Going On With Men?

Jackson Katz is an educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is a pioneer in the fields of gender violence prevention education and media literacy. He is co-founder of  Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), which enlists men in the struggle to prevent men’s violence against women. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, MVP has become…
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Rising

This could have been anywhere And was Mexico City Manila Mumbai Manhattan Nighttime men waiting like wolves Drooling for prey behind that single dimly painted door paying nothing a couple of dollars or euros rupees or pesos to have her Enter her Eat her Devour her and throw away her bones. This could have been…
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RISING

Why am I rising? Because I have to. There is no choice. As long as there is one, it is one too many. I have been blessed with this opportunity to lend my voice, to lend my talents to this movement. It is a gift that I cherish and I pray that, when my days…
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