Tag Archives: Violence and Abuse

International Women’s Day Celebration Post

8 Mar

In honor of International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate some recent achievements of all women!

Spanx founder Sarah Blakely is the youngest  billionaire! http://www.ajc.com/business/spanx-founder-sara-blakely-1378038.html

FAB professor is the first black woman to get Supreme Court coverage. http://www.blackenterprise.com/2012/03/06/womens-history-month-journalist-becomes-first-black-woman-to-get-high-court-media-credentials/

m.powerment by mark, in partnership with The Avon Foundation, raises $1 million in the fight against domestic violence http://www.multivu.com/mnr/46213-m-powerment-by-mark-ashley-greene-teen-dating-violence-awareness-month

Hundreds of Egyptians march on International Women’s Day. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/36334/Egypt/Politics-/Hundreds-of-Egyptians-march-to-parliament-on-Inter.aspx

Not So FAB: “Am I Ugly” Videos

24 Feb

Tweens and teens are often well versed in the new trends; some of them fun, some of them silly, and some are just downright dangerous. But now, we can add emotionally damaging to the list.

A motivating force behind The FAB Girls is to show young FAB Ones how awesome they are. That’s why were are so proud of Laniyah Bailey’s anti-bullying work, and we posted about the new Love is Louder campaign. We want FAB Girls(and all girls) they are beautiful, intelligent, unstoppable, part of a group of amazing women, never alone, valuable, precious, ….I could go on.

So this new trend, posting Am I Ugly videos on You Tube, is particularly bothersome.

It’s mostly girls who are posting these videos of themselves and asking strangers to comment on their looks. The comments on videos already posted on the site have been a mix of encouragement, compliments, racist rants and those that are predatory.

It’s no secret that part of growing up is wanting to be validated. Low self esteem during adolescence is a reality. Looking for approval on the internet, where people can hide behind screen names,  makes some of our most vulnerable easy targets. With cyber bullying having sometimes fatal consequnces, this is just another venue for mean people to take their anger out on those who need it least.

What do you think about this trend? Should parents be doing more, or is it unavoidable that kids would be seeking approval so publicly?

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

7 Feb

In addition to February being Heart Health awareness month, it is also Teen Dating Violence awareness month. Yesterday on Twitter, the Love is Not Abuse campaign and Seventeen Magazine held an online conversation about dating abuse.

Teen dating violence can be one incident or a series of events that take place over time. From teendvmonth.org, here are ten of the most common abusive behaviors in relationships:

  • Checking your cell phone or email without permission
  • Constantly putting you down
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolating you from family or friends
  • Making false accusations
  • Mood swings
  • Physically hurting you in any way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling you what to do

If you or a friend are in an abusive relationship, it is important to get help right away. Here are some links for more information on this serious matter:




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