Friday, October 24

Not That Kind Of Girl

Before I start, I must say that I am by no means a super fan of Lena Dunham.  I don't think I'd even say I'm a fan.  I don't think she's honestly even on my radar.  If anything, I'd probably say she's over-exposed and I don't really pay attention.  Her over exposure isn't to the level of Kim Kardashian, but it's all relative.

So along comes Lena with a new book, Not That Kind Of Girl.  I never noticed TBH.

Along comes her web series to go with the book, I never noticed.

I was at a conference yesterday for The PR Council where this INCREDIBLE woman, an American woman who is Muslim was talking about prejudice.  She said to watch Lena Dunham's new web series, or at least the first episode.  She said it was "must see."

I'd do just about anything this woman told me to do.  She was that insightful, brilliant, informed, and logical.

As soon as I got home, I clicked in:


Ok, this is the first definition of feminism I have seen that absolutely 100% matches mine.  Actually, it doesn't match my definition of feminism, it matches my definition of how we should go through life, and how we should look at others.  It is exactly what I say to my daughter, and to my son.

Sold.  What's your experience?  JIM.

Thursday, October 23

FCKH8

FCKH8 ... as in "F@&K HATE" (sorry for the language) just released a shocking video to draw attention to women's rights.

There's shock value to be sure, and in fact when you watch the video linked below you need to do it knowing that you've put your headphones on and you won't be offended.  And you may not want the kids to see it quite yet.

The message is clear ... the point isn't that these little girls are cursing, the point is that they are growing up in a world that is still filled with inequality.

In this case, the inequality is against women, but it's universal in my book and from FCKH8's POV.  In this case the video is raising money for women's charities, but the organization tackles anyone and everyone who faces hatred.  I have to applaud that.

F@&K HATE is exactly right.  Hate has done a lot more damage than the word F@&K.

Click here to give it a view.

I've heard it said that the message gets lost in the shock value.   Maybe, if you turn it off the instant it starts.  But I don't think that's the case.  I've also heard it said that the stats are exaggerated to make the point.  Could be, not sure.  I have even heard it said that it's exploiting kids.  I don't personally like the treatment TBH but ...  I do get the point.  Putting these girls up to the task is a bit harsh IMO, but I still like the message.

I don't know much about the organization either, but they seem to stay consistent with their messaging across multiple topics.

I viewed the video far a bigger picture POV ... a curse word means nothing in the scheme of things.  It's the inequality and the treatment of women (and anyone facing hatred) that is far more damaging.  Hate is far more damaging.

I get it.  I respect it.  I love the message.   The organization must have felt the need to scream in order to be heard.  I get that too.  Even though there's a cringe factor to it for sure.

What's your take?  What's your experience?  JIM.

Wednesday, October 22

Shopping Victoria's Secret

My daughter posed a question, a challenge to me if you will.  I grabbed it, for Huffington Post.

Give a click here if you'd like to read about it.

What's your experience?  JIM.

Tuesday, October 21

A New Champion at Breakfast

There's a new face on the Wheaties box, and it's not an Olympic hero or a professional athlete.

But she is a hero and a consummate professional.

Madeleine Albright, the former Secretary of State.

Say what?!?

In a very smart move, the brand is redefining what it means to be a "champion."  It's not just about sports, but about challenging your personal best.

Ms. Albright certainly fits the bill.

So the "kids these days" are going to be staring at her face at the breakfast table, at least for a short time.

Talk about inspiring the next generation!

Well played!  What's your experience?  JIM.