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  • 13 Mar 2012 8:05 AM | Cordelia Anderson
    In Hip Hop artist Dessa Wander's op ed Free speech and hip-hop: When talk is cheap in the StarTribune on March 1, 2012, she responds to a reporter who asked, "Isn't it an exercise of artistic license and freedom of speech for rappers to call females 'bitches' and 'hoes?'" Her op ed gets at the heart of the Coalition’s efforts to counter the normalization of sexual harm and to work to create a healthier environment with norms supportive of healthy behaviors rather than abusive ones. This op ed may be useful in your prevention efforts to help answer some difficult questions about freedom of speech balanced with the need to change harmful social norms. At the end she points out that, “The question posed by my reporter friend becomes one of deliberate consumerism. If your conscience wouldn't let you say it, don't buy it. Leave your wallet in your pocket and keep your money off a mic you wouldn't put your mouth to.”

  • 01 Mar 2012 3:18 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    by Cordelia Anderson

    Rapidly changing technology has dramatically changed the reach of pornography. Unfortunately, today, pornography is often the prime source of sex education for our children and youth in America. Unfortunate because the content of this pornography is degrading and body punishing AND it is being marketed as normal.

    This booklet offers a deeply researched and shocking overview of the impact of pornography on children and youth. The author also describes the clear shifts in our culture that demonstrates how yesterday’s pornography is part of today’s mainstream advertising for children. This booklet also provides clear information and resources about what can be done to counter the harm to our children and teens and offers practical tips about how to focus on and promote sexual and relational health.
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