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Must Reads for the Week of February 14

Happy Valentines or Galentines Day, depending on which, if either, you choose to celebrate.

This week, Getty Images released a collection of stock photographs of women that aim to change stock photography of women and the former child model for LEGO spoke up about her thoughts around thier current marketing campaign.

The Wall Street Journal continues to victim blaim women for sexual assaults. Perhaps the writers need to check out this helpful blog with tips on what NOT to do when writing about rape.

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At What Cost: The Road to Anti-Trafficking is Paved with Good Intentions

This post was originally posted on the author Rachel Lloyd's blog at GEMS and is re-published with the authors permission. 

Today I was humiliated. Publicly. It happened at an anti-trafficking event where I was presenting to over 100 law enforcement and I'd just finished a solid, engaging presentation that acknowledged the fact that I was survivor but that didn't go into details about my 'story', concentrating instead on the issue itself, how far we've come and how far we still need to go.

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Must Reads for the Week of February 7

This week we learn that girls are becoming more aware of gender discrimination by reading a girl’s letter to Lego and applauding superhero costumes created by girls.

An open letter from Dylan Farrow sparks a conversation about artists and young girls while reading a thought-provoking article on rape culture and the highly tweeted rape joke during the Super Bowl.

We learn that texting has changed the way Crisis Hotlines help youth and advice from a mother on how she teaches her daughter about dealing with mean girls.

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Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game!

Have you ever heard the expression “don’t hate the player, hate the game”? In the past year, we’ve seen Kim Kardashian riding half naked on a motor cycle, Miley Cyrus naked on a wrecking ball, and headlines regarding Lady Gaga trying to save her career by being even more scandalous in what she wears (or lack thereof).

These women are simply playing the game of “who can get the most attention” and “sex sells” which has been created and packaged by the media in order to advertise to young women that their worth is based on their appearance.

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