Petition to Netflix
No Second Season - 13 Reasons Why
The popular television series 13 Reasons Why is not only triggering to people with mental illnesses regardless of 'trigger warnings' but is a poor educator for those who are unaware of the real statistics of suicide and mental illness. The show romantises the idea of suicide, which reflects badly among young audiences and promotes the idea of suicide and acts of self abuse. Physical interpretation of rape and other potentially triggering material for victims of rape, self harm, suicide and mental illness are displayed explicitly in the show. Due to the 'popularity' and themes of the show, a man (aged 23) in Peru, has recreated the infamous suicide by Hannah Baker and committed suicide in the same manner. Hence assisting the fact that 13 Reasons Why should not be renewed for another season. This is a prime example why this show should not be renewed, the prevention of further suicides for those who are 'inspired' or 'triggered' by the show is impertinent. If this show continues, who knows how many lives will be put at risk due to the explicit themes? Instead of spending thousands of dollars on the production of the show, the 13 Reasons Why team should further their money toward inspiring helpful coping mechanisms for those suffering with mental illness and the friends and family that are affected by association. If you wish to contact Netflix directly go to their help website: https://help.netflix.com
Petition to Australian Minister for Education
End Rape Culture with Sexual Education
No one wants to talk about puberty, but we have to, so why don’t we have the same view on rape and sexual assault? The Australian Curriculum Health and Physical Education sector for Foundation to Year 10 include 6 topics for personal, social and community health. Out of these 6, there’s a Relationships and Sexuality area and Safety area. The Relationships and Sexuality section covers the changes that occur during puberty and issues related to relationships and sexuality as well as practicing and applying the skills required for developing and maintaining respectful relationships and explore the factors that influence gender and sexual identities. In the Safety section, the safety issues that students may encounter in their everyday lives. Out of the 10, there’s one in regards to this topic and that is relationship/dating safety. According to a study in early 2014, one in six Australian women have been the victim of a sexual assault by a non-partner, compared to one in 14 women around the world. The most alarming fact of this is the person most likely to be raped in Australia are women and girls 15+, that’s my age, and 93% of offenders are male, this is not okay. By talking about sex crimes and rape culture in allocated sex-ed lessons, it will spread awareness about the occurrence of sexual assault on a day to day basis, as well as how it is thought of by the public. I hope to get enough signatures for the Australia Minister for Education to talk about this issue and make a change to the Australian National Curriculum. We do not need another Brock Turner, especially not here in our country.
Petition to Palace Cinemas, Kino Cinema
Stop Palace Cinemas screening 'The Red Pill' film
Kino Cinema in Melbourne is scheduled to screen misogynistic propaganda film ‘The Red Pill’ in just over two weeks. Film-maker Cassie Jaye follows members of online hate-group ‘The Red Pill,’ known to most as the sexist cesspit of the internet. The general plotline goes something like this: ‘feminist’ Jaye decides to investigate rape-culture, opens the first hit on Google (Red Pill) and before she knows it, she has seen the light and converted to ‘meninism.’ The documentaries star, A Voice for Men's Paul Elam, is a pro-rape racist who in 2010 wrote: “Should I be called to sit on a jury for a rape trial, I vow publicly to vote not guilty, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that the charges are true.” He also claimed online that young women walk through life “with the equivalent of a “I'M A STUPID, CONNIVING BITCH — PLEASE RAPE ME neon sign glowing above their empty little narcissistic heads.” (Thank you to Alan Scherstuhl for these particularly offensive quotes. Quotes taken from his film review here: http://www.villagevoice.com/film/warning-you-cant-unsee-the-red-pill-the-documentary-about-a-filmmaker-who-learns-to-love-mras-9172459 ) In a country where one in three women are victims of gender-based violence, it is repulsive to legitimise and promote this behaviour. This is the kind of disgusting, violent message that is totally out of line with Australian values and law - earlier this year, Peter Dutton refused a visa to “red-pilled” Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh, and in 2014 Julien Blanc also had his visa cancelled. Please do not associate your cinema with the kind of people who teach men how to violate women physically and emotionally. Please stand with the women everywhere, and do not promote misogynistic hate. Please CANCEL your screening of ‘The Red Pill.’ For another article see: http://www.wehuntedthemammoth.com/2015/10/28/an-open-letter-to-cassie-jaye-director-of-the-red-pill/
Petition to Hotties of Melbourne Uni Community Page, Facebook
Remove the "Hotties of Melbourne Uni" Facebook Page
The "Hotties of Melbourne University" Facebook page perpetuates rape culture by: 1. Normalising predatory behaviour towards women as demonstrated in comments such as: "shoot me with tranquilliser right now before I go out to hunt!”, "Geez she'd get it” and " This bloke doesn't take no for an answer”. 2. Posting photographs of people for the purposes of evaluating their desirability without their permission. 3. Treating women as property; a commodity to be bought and sold through the promotion of comments such as “Sold: I'll trade you 6 goats and 100 gold pieces”. The continued presence of the page allows rape culture to trickle into the lives of the students of The University of Melbourne. It will no longer be tolerated for it condones sexism, predatory behaviour and disrespect. We are not fooled by the hollow gloss of false humour. Sign this petition to show that students of this university do not condone the page. It will be taken to the administrators to have it shut down.