Saturday, April 19, 2008

Follow the money...even during SAAM

Hat tip to on of my very favorite bloggers: Angry Black Bitch who was so right on with her blog title for Blog for Fair Pay Day that I had to steal it. Except she didn't say that part about Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

I think it's appropriate that yesterday was Fair Pay Day - the day in 2008 when the average woman's wages finally catch up with what the average man earned in 2007.

Women in the United States earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.

African-American women earn 63 cents and Latinas earn 52 cents for every dollar paid to white men.

As Angry Black Bitch would say: Blink.

That Fair Pay Day was yesterday is appropriate to me because I went downtown and watched the Allies Against Rape Culture screening of Dreamworlds 3. There was a good turn out and good discussion. Thanks for participating in SAAM, AARC!

I will say (in case you haven't seen it)it was pretty traumatic to have to sit in front of relentless images of objectification and worse for an hour BUT what really caught me was his analysis of "following the money" of mainstream music video production. You know, the top guys at Sony, Warner Brothers, etc. I need to say what demographic these corporate leaders fall into?

Wink. Probably not, considering my audience. If you are confused, just go back to what I posted up front and follow the money......

And then, after de-constructing video after video after video into about 4 basic elements, the director, Sut Jhally made an off-hand comment in the narration about lack of creativity, the sheer lack of creativity in the (how many? 100s?) of videos he had dissected.

And then I felt a little less helpless and a little more empowered. And maybe, just a little bit evil as I thought of the fact that these white men are old and they are going to die and I hope that a person with some cultural competency takes their place. Simple as that.

Please take action and urge the Senate to pass the Fair Pay Restoration Act so that we don't have to wait until all those boring old white men kick the bucket! This act will help women faced with pay discrimination take action against their employer.

Blog for Fair Pay


Lauren said...

does anyone know where in portland I can get copies of things like Dreamworlds 3 and Killing Us Softly 3 to show in HF's teen girl support groups for talk around body image? The SATF and the OCADSV seem to have pretty long waits for most of their videos, and PSU won't let me check anything out!

Kelsey said...

Have you tried checking Killing Us Softly out from the Women's Resource Center at PSU? I think they might have it in their library.

Also, Allies Against Rape Culture recently purchased a copy of Dreamworlds 3 but I don't know that they've set up any type of rental system yet. You can e-mail me at and I will try to get you some contact info for the group.