The Empowered Woman Project
Started 8 petitions
Kurbo WW app for children REMOVED from App Store
There’s a new app... formerly weight watchers, but now rebranded under WW and named “KurboHealth”, this app is for use by children. Children who want to track their food, monitor weight loss and share / aspire to before and after pictures. As someone who has struggled on and off throughout the years with various eating disorders, this feels like a massively dangerous move. Eating Disorders are the biggest cause of death by a mental illness in children and adolescents. Mobi Health News says: “Following an acquisition last year by WW (formerly Weight Watchers), Kurbo Health has retooled and relaunched its weight loss app and coaching services as Kurbo by WW. The tool not only sports a new look, but now includes a new focus on healthy behavior and wellness promotion that’s designed with children and adolescents in mind. This subtle shift in approach comes in part from hands-on audience research Kurbo was able to conduct with the additional resources of its new parent company, Kurbo co-founder Joanna Strober told MobiHealthNews, and falls in line with the broader goals of the WW brand.” I think it’s hugely unnecessary, dangerous and shocking.
Save Scotland’s adult entertainment venues.
The brainchild of one Sandra White MSP, over the last 15 years has been to launch public consultation after public consultation in attempts to close down Glasgow’s adult entertainment venues. The latest is an ongoing consultation which ends in August seeking to license the clubs in a way which could see them closed down for good. When I was on national TV a few weeks ago debating the issue with Sandra, she said she hadn’t engaged with dancers many years ago when they petitioned for her to meet with them because she didn’t “believe” it came from the girls themselves. What she fails to acknowledge time and time again is that dancers in Glasgow’s adult entertainment venues are happy, safe and want to keep their jobs! Workers within the clubs are also becoming unionised with GMB union. There is now a public consultation ongoing in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. There are around 700 dancers working across Scotland and it’s time she asked them! I want to live in a Scotland which is progressive and recognises the right of a woman to have autonomy over her own body. Please sign the petition and spread the word! We want as much tangible info as possible to feed into our wider campaign to keep the clubs open.
Sex in return for rent should become a specific named criminal offence
Creepy men are offering free accommodation in return for sexual favours / regular sex. One even said to an undercover reporter that he quite ‘likes’ the risk of pregnancy with tenants. Investigated on Jeremy Kyle’s new show which first aired last Monday called The Kyle Files, Kyle will be investigating high-profile issues which impact on people’s lives across Britain. An issue which came to light in the first episode was men across the UK offering free accommodation to women in return for sexual favours. Kyle said that there had been email exchanges between one of his colleagues who is in her twenties and a middle-aged man where he said she could rent a room for free providing she agreed to his demands of a sexual nature. The man, who features in the episode and appears to ignore Kyle’s questions, uses the website Craigslist to advertise his rooms for rent and to explain what will be expected in exchange. I find it deeply saddening that this sort of advert isn’t having to meet some sort of community guidelines in order to be displayed on the site. Young women, for all sorts of reasons, can find themselves alone and vulnerable and in need of somewhere to sleep or a roof over their head. These sorts of rooms may appeal to women who have come through drug addiction or alcohol abuse who are in dire need of a safe place to rest their head. These adverts and the men responsible are NOT safe and we need to ask Craiglist why there isn’t a way to report adverts of this nature. When I started digging, it didn’t take me long to uncover a few of these adverts in Glasgow. One was for a ‘free room with en-suite’ in the Hillhead area of the city for a ‘female who’s willing to earn it’. He asked that prospective candidates email what they’d be willing to do in exchange for the free room. I exposed the advert on my Facebook page The Empowered Woman Project to see what people thought about it and one follower names Charlotte said, “Back when I was 18, I saw something similar advertised on a house sharing site. I was very desperately in need of accommodation at the time and nearly contacted the person with the listing but ended up listening to my gut instead and not bothering.” What this means is that we are dealing with a very real issue where women are perhaps willing to compromise on consent and what makes them feel safe in exchange for simply a safe place to live. What we need to ask is why do sites like Craigslist not have a way of reporting these potentially damaging adverts and how can we clamp down on this type of predatory behaviour? If you’ve found yourself considering responding to an advert of this kind, we’d be keen to hear from you... in the meantime, please sign our petition to have this made a criminal offence.
Unsolicited nude images / videos should be criminalised.
Flashing is illegal so why isn’t sending an unsolicited intimate photo? As Sophia Ankel in The Guardian says: "Random and unsolicited sending of sexual images or videos from men to young women, notoriously referred to as “dick pics”, is all too common. Even if you haven’t unwillingly received a picture of a man’s genitalia, then you most probably know someone who has. In fact, with technology infiltrating every aspect of our private lives, this unwelcome input from male strangers has become so normal that – just like wolf-whistling on the street – it is frequently ignored and brushed off and, in some cases, even laughed about. But sending unsolicited sexual images is not a joke. It is violating behaviour that cannot be tolerated and should never be normalised." Let's put a stop to it once and for all.
Appeal the decision of Christopher Daniel's sentencing
The Empowered Woman Project was alerted to a Scottish case by follower Laura Hastings. STV reported today: Sheriff Gerard Sinclair found Christopher Daniel, 18, guilty of sexually assaulting a girl on numerous occasions when she was aged between six and eight. But the "wholly exceptional" sentence means the teenage dental student does not have a criminal record and was not put on the sex offenders register. Following a series of STV News reports, the Judicial Office for Scotland published a statement on Thursday detailing the sheriff's reasons. The victims's family are angry and confused by the reasons given - accusing the sheriff of making assumptions and getting facts wrong. The statement said from the victim's family said: "The sheriff considered the offence to be the result of an entirely inappropriate curiosity of an emotionally naive teenager rather than for the purpose of sexual gratification." The girl's mum said: "I am absolutely gobsmacked by this. How can he possibly know this? It also seems to be at odds with the charge which was of sexual assault. He also says that my daughter appears not to have suffered any 'long-lasting effects'. Again, how can he possibly know this? No-one has asked me at any point how my daughter is." Since Daniel's trial at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last month, the family had been unable to obtain the sheriff's reasons. The release of the statement is highly unusual - but the Judicial Office for Scotland did not warn the victim's family that it was happening. The sheriff says his sentence was based on the attacker's immaturity, social awkwardness and the fact his level of offending did not escalate. He also placed importance on the damage that a conviction could do to Daniel's career. The statement read: "As to the circumstances of the offence, the sheriff considered that the actions, occurring on more than one occasion could not be classed as spontaneous. "However, there had been no attempt to escalate the nature of the offending. "In light of the evidence as to the immaturity of the accused, and the nature of the discussion during which he admitted his actions, the sheriff considered the offence to be the result of an entirely inappropriate curiosity of an emotionally naive teenager rather than for the purpose of sexual gratification." "The accused had appeared both noticeably immature and socially awkward, features confirmed by other evidence in the case. "It was fortunate that the complainer appeared to have suffered no injury or long-lasting effects. "Any sentence would mean that he would probably be unable to continue his university course." The sheriff also said he took the decision because the family "held no ill will" against Daniel and were not "seeking any form of retribution". I'm sorry but... we want this decision appealed. And urgently. For the girl and for her family and for any victims of sexual trauma / violence.
Remove "DWLF Game" from YouTube
Earlier today, I saw a video which had been submitted to BBC The Social. It had been shared on Facebook and watched nearly 20k times. Their video on this platform is just the tip of the iceberg... the so-called "pick up artist" A-Game (leader of the DWLF which stands for dicks will last forever) has 4K subscribers on YouTube where there are 250 videos uploaded and this number is growing. The alleged main purpose of "gaming" is to have as much sex with as many women as possible but they pose as a group of dating / life coaches. They flaunt their chat up skills during day and night sessions which they call "game". The "game" is apparently the act of attracting good quality women (whatever the fuck that means). He even tapes visuals and audios of his conquest without their consent... even while they sleep. I found the video content deeply disturbing and found it to perpetuate rape culture and undermine consent completely. I am collecting signatures to have this account removed from YouTube.
Let's have the show "Fit for Fashion" removed from Netflix
ProblemThe Netflix show "Fit for Fashion" has been brought to our attention this morning. In a world where we are all working together to achieve such positive change in the fashion industry and across the board, there's no place for a show like this where contestants battle it out physically and mentally (contestants who are already in great shape) to win $100,000 and a modelling contract. The show judges the contestants on their ability to be "Fit for Fashion"... this show is everything we don't need right now. It hinders all the beautiful work which is being done to champion diversity in modelling campaigns and across the board. SolutionThis show must be removed from Netflix.Personal storyI'm Mandy Rose Jones and I run an organisation called The Empowered Woman Project. It started out as a blog about mental health but very quickly developed into a community where people support one another and call out BS which makes women feel bad about themselves. We have been doing our bit to help put an end to paid partnerships between celebrities / influencers and damaging brands and continue to fight with our peers for diversity in fashion.
BBC should withdraw their debate about trans existence from Sunday morning live.
Trans people or marginalised individuals living in the UK are NOT a debate. How the hell can you debate someone's right to exist? On the one hand, we have so much amazing change going on. The rumoured debate is planning to discuss the implcations of an update to the gender recognition act. Implications? Other than providing a safer and more inclusive existence for marginalised individuals? Sign the petition and let's have this debate removed from their schedule. We must do all we can to protect Trans and GNC people in the U.K. and lead by example for the rest of the world. Sign the petition... stand up for trans people.