December is the most important fundraising season for nonprofits, and we have received numerous requests for a list of tax-exempt, farmed animal protection organizations run by women. We think it’s important to financially support organizations run by white women and women of color, and to name them explicitly.
This blog post is a response to a Facebook post written by an animal rights activist in defense of men. Including banal comments like, "Here is my request- give the men, who thought their actions were innocent, playful, casual, and consensual, a chance to re-set." In the spirt of James Hamblin, who responded to a New York Times article on a Nazi sympathizer with a deadpan parody, we offer this
This guest blog explores the attitudes found in our non-profits that create a climate for not challenging sexual harassment. These conditions, and some can be called micro-aggressions, include preventing speaking out, encouraging overwork and other employment issues that undervalue the individual, and fetishizing leadership.
This is one of a series of guest editorials I will be hosting here on my blog. As we confront the extensiveness of sexual harassment and exploitation in our culture, it is important for us to recognize how it specifically influences the animal rights movement, and those who are activists for animals. This guest editorial was written by and for women in the animal protection movement who need and deserve a voice. It is being published anonymously for the protection and safety of those who want to share their perspective and experiences.
Someone who has been a sexual harasser/sexual exploiter needs to be accountable for their actions. This involves:
1) Taking responsibility for naming and telling the truth about what they did.
2) Acknowledging the harm that has been done through deep and sincere regret for the damage done to the survivor, the organization, and the movement by the actions.
3) Acceptance of full responsibility for causing and rectifying the situation.
4) Stop all behavior that is controlling and sexually exploitive of another.
5) Acceptance of the consequences for having betrayed one’s position within the movement.
What can we say to those who have become victimized by serial sexual exploiters in the animal rights movement? What is the role of self-care? How do we understand the problem of boundaries? How do we stop the male protection racket in the movement? These and other issues are explored in this blog.
The unexpected surprises of caregiving.
Why hasn’t the animal rights movement dealt with the sexual abuse and exploitation in its midst?
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