Petition to Honey Birdette, westfield shopping centres
Remove the pornographic advertising from your window displays in family shopping centres!
Please take down your pornographic materials from your display windows in family shopping area's and keep your sex toys out of view of children. The blatant sexual objectification of women is damaging to women and children on many levels. Studies have shown that this type of media advertising contributes greatly to violence against women as well as promoting false ideals to boys and men. The fact that this advertising is directly in front of my local food hall where families dine is horrifying to say the least. This article showing the results of a 10 year study may help you in gaining a better understanding of the damage and sufferring communities have to deal with via sexually objectifying women. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00224499.2016.1142496
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 Legislation Advisory Comittee
CHANGING NZ RAPE LEGISLATION TO INCLUDE SAME SEX RAPE
Under New Zealand law, rape is defined as: "Person A rapes person B if person A has sexual connection with person B, effected by the penetration of person B's genitalia by person A's penis". This law, created in 1961, along with the rest of the New Zealand Crimes act, does not apply to victims of same sex rape. Female on female rape obviously contains no penis; male on male rape is not defined as rape because the penetration is of the anus - not genitalia. The law does not recognise the suffering and degradation of these victims as it does with male/female rape. This is not to say victims of male/female rape suffer any less, but the International Declaration of Human Rights excplicitly states "All are equal before the law, and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law." In New Zealand this is apparently not the case - Same sex rape comes under Unlawful Sexual Connection - a lesser sentence and crime. Victims of same sex rape are not being recognised for their suffering, and offenders are not being convicted as often as Unlawful Sexual Connection is "lesser" than rape - it is a very vague term - and they are being sentenced for a lesser amount of time. The International Declaration of Human Rights also states that "Nobody should be subjected to torture, or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." But yet it happens. Victims are not getting proper justice for the crimes against them. We are petitioning to show the New Zealand Government our outrage at this unjust law, and to urge them to change the Crimes Act 1961 to include same sex violations in their definition of rape, or to extend sentencing for same sex offenders under Unlawful Sexual Connection.