Bold Moves to End Sexual Violence: A Not-So-Live-Blog of the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference

Ms. is a proud media sponsor of the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference, co-hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. This year’s NSAC theme is “Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation.” Leading up to the event, presenters and major speakers will be expanding on their work to answer that call right here on the Ms. blog.

Carmen here, digital editor at Ms.  (Typing that sounds repetitive, if only because that is the phrase I have said at least five times today alone at the nation’s largest annual convening of advocates, activists and experts dedicated to ending violence.)

Ms. is the proud media sponsor of this year’s National Sexual Assault Conference—which is why I’ll be spending three days in Anaheim, California handing out a million free magazines, streaming sessions and digging deeper into the topics we’re raising at the conference through a marathon of live-streamed conversations with experts and advocates from the Ms. booth in the exhibition hall.

You can follow all the action live on our Facebook page—but I’m also going to collect it right here for you, too! In this not-so-live-blog, which I’ll update sporadically (read: when I’m not arranging magazines in neat rows or holding a microphone) over the next three days, I’ll recap my conversations and the powerful themes emerging at the conference in as-close-to-real-time-as-possible right here!

Day 1: Wednesday, August 29

Setting up the Ms. booth was a labor of love. I’d like to thank coffee for making it possible.

I had come to the conference hotel with hundreds of magazines sealed up in boxes, and spent the early morning unpacking them and doing my best to make piles of our empowering covers into fans, neat rows and clean stacks. (I also may or may not have littered the hotel with copies of Ms. in hopes that wayward travelers would find them there and become members.)

The conference began with a lively plenary session featuring Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement; Anabelle Aguirre, founding member of Ya Basta!, an organization dedicated to lifting up women working as janitors (you can read more about their work right here on the Ms. blog); and Sandra Henriquez, the CEO of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault—the coalition hosting this year’s conference.

#NSAC2018: Day One Opening Plenary

The 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference opened with an inspiring plenary featuring leaders in the movement to end violence. Together, they issue a call to attendees: to make more #BoldMoves and fight to end sexual violence in the next generation. Speakers included Sandra Henriquez, CEO of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA); Anabella Aguirre, founding member of Ya Basta and Executive Board Chair of SEIU-USWW; and Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement.

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There was a send-off by an all-woman mariachia band, Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, but we had to end the stream before they could start for a very exciting reason—Tarana Burke wanted to sit down and talk to Ms.! And so we sat. I chatted with Burke about #MeToo, what it was like watching her movement go viral and where she thinks it needs to go next. (We’ve talked to Burke before—check out her conversation with Ms. about #MeToo in the classroom here.)

The Ms. LIVE Q&A: Tarana Burke on #MeToo and What's Next

Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios sat down with #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke to talk about what it will take to end sexual violence—and who we need to make sure we make room for in our activism. Tune in, and stay tuned for more #NSAC2018 interviews with advocates and luminaries!

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Afterward, I reported back to the Ms. booth. I was greeted by David Lee from CALCASA, who wrangled Sandra Henriquez, its CEO, and helped make a conversation between us possible. I was so excited to talk to Henriquez—I was actually supposed to interview her in advance of the conference, but woke up that same day feeling under the weather and had to cancel.

Talking to Henriquez was worth the wait. We discussed how her identity as a Latina immigrant shapes her work, what went into making NSAC 2018 happen and the question she posed in the opening plenary that I couldn’t get off of my mind: What will it take to end sexual violence?

The Ms. LIVE Q&A: Sandra Henriquez on #BoldMoves and What It Takes to End Sexual Violence

Sandra Henriquez, the CEO of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, made time during #NSAC2018 to talk to Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios about what this year's conference theme—#BoldMoves—meant to her, and how she's hoping to empower advocates to make more of them.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

After Henriquez dashed off to her 12:30 appointment, mine arrived. Dozens of farmworker women began congregating at the Ms. booth, and their ferocious energy spilled over during a quick but galvanizing interview about where the fight for justice for farmworker women goes next. (Spoiler Alert: In the case of Lideres Campesinas, it goes right through the heart of California.)

#BoldMoves: How Farmworker Women are Fighting Back Against Rape and Harassment

Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios sat down (nope, stood up!) with a group of fired up farmworker women from Lideres Campesinas at #NSAC2018 to talk about the unique challenges they face and what's next in their fight for justice.

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I made sure that all of the campesinas got free memberships to Ms. and took as many magazines home with them as possible, and re-arranged the table just in time to talk to Holly Rider-Milkovich, the senior director of prevention at EVERFI, a group focused on ending violence on campus.

Rider-Milkovich wrote two blogs for the Bold Moves mini-series we published here at Ms. in advance of the conference, and I was excited to dig even deeper by talking to her. We talked about situational prevention, how administrators and campus activists can forge effective—and harmonious—relationships to end campus rape and how we can safeguard the gains survivors made under the Obama administration as we fight on through this one. We also talked about our matching haircuts for a long time, but that was off-the-record.

#BoldMoves: Holly Rider-Milkovich on What it Will Take to End Campus Sexual Assault

EVERFI's senior director of prevention, Holly Rider-Milkovich, talked to Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios about what it will take to end sexual violence on college campuses—and how administrators and students can work together to make it happen.You can read more about Holly's work on the Ms. blog: http://msmagazine.com/blog/author/hridermilkovich/

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What actually came next for me was a salad—mixed greens, edamame, tofu, roasted veggies, pickled onion, thank you very much—and a large coffee. But what happened next on the Ms. front was an illuminating conversation with Elise Lopez, a researcher currently working as the assistant director of relationship violence programs at University of Arizona’s College of Public Health.

Lopez pioneered a unique mapping study in Arizona that examined the relationship between liquor licenses and hotspots for sexual and physical violence, and its findings have heady implications for those working in prevention—and for the folks bartending in Arizona’s cities. We talked about the study and Lopez’s work with Mary Koss, who led the first national study on campus rape (in partnership with Ms.!) in the 1980’s.

#BoldMoves: Elise Lopez on Mapping Sexual Violence

Elise Lopez, assistant director of relationship violence programs at University of Arizona's College of Public Health, talked to Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios at #NSAC2018 about a unique study she just completed mapping sexual violence in Arizona's major cities—and how data can shape this movement.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

(Notice the sweater? Right after, I found the thermostat and turned it down.)

Day Two: Thursday, August 30

The second day of the conference started bright and early—but I had just enough time to grab my three cups of morning coffee and put out the last of the Ms. issues at our booth before my first interview of the day. Jen Brockman, the director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center at the University of Kansas, sat down with me at 8 a.m. to talk about the comprehensive sexual assault prevention program offered campus-wide at the college—and the recent structuring of a consistent engagement plan for getting student athletes more involved in the fight to end campus rape. (She wrote about the program as part of our Bold Moves mini-series right here at Ms., too!)

#BoldMoves: Jen Brockman on Engaging Athletes in Campus Rape Prevention

Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios talked to Jen Brockman at #NSAC2018 about a unique anti-sexual violence program she's pioneering at the University of Kansas that engages athletes in meaningful prevention education over the course of their college careers.You can read more about Jen's work on the Ms. blog: http://msmagazine.com/blog/2018/07/18/bold-moves-end-sexual-violence-giving-athletes-time-get-invested/

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Afterward, we reported to the main ballroom for the opening plenary of the day, which featured young leaders in the movement and honored the trailblazers who lit their path. Inspiring and personal testimonies abounded, and there was a consensus felt in the room that this movement was in good hands moving forward—and that youth leaders would make sure this was the generation that ended sexual violence.

#NSAC2018: Day Two Opening Plenary

The second day of #NSAC2018 focused on the future of the movement to end violence—and left attendees hopeful that the next generation of leaders would shift the landscape. Speakers included CALCASA's Meghan Yap and John Finley; RALIANCE managing partners Sandra Henriquez, Monika Johnson-Hostler and Karen Baker; Menominee activist KayTeshia Wescott; Dalton Dagondon Diggs from thr Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence; and Melody Klingenfuss, a California Dream Network statewide youth organizer working with the Coalition for Humane and Immigrant Rights. The Gail Burns Smith award was also presented by Maia Christopher, from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and Yolanda Edrington of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Thursday, August 30, 2018

I packed up my selfie-stick-cum-tabletop-tripod immediately after the plenary ended and ran back to the exhibition hall for a day full of interesting and important conversations with advocates doing all they can to reach the most vulnerable women and girls and shift the ideas of the audiences the movement needs to reach to change the world.

First up: Liza Aseballos, the outreach specialist at the Translatin@ Coalition—the only organization in the country offering a unique array of services to trans communities, including a drop-in center in Los Angeles and programs meant to bolster the leadership and visibility of trans folks. We talked about making room in the anti-violence movement for trans and non-binary survivors—and how much hope and empowerment can come from intra-community activism.

#BoldMoves: Liza Aseballos on Supporting Trans Survivors

Liza Asebasllos, outreach specialist at the TransLatina Coalition, talked to Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios at #NSAC2018 about their work to build a more LGBTQ-inclusive movement to end violence.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Thursday, August 30, 2018

Later in the afternoon, I was joined by Lupe Gonzalo, from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Gonzalo processes claims from farmworker women about the injustices they face in the fields—and gives them a voice as a spokesperson and movement leader organizing for change. With the help of Marley, a CIW colleague who served as a translator, we had a conversation about the fight farmworker women have led for decades against workplace harassment and assault—and how #MeToo can catch up without leaving them behind.

#BoldMoves: Lupe Gonzalo is Fighting for Farmworker Women

Lupe Gonzalo, a senior staff member at the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, has been a farmworker for 12 years—and a leader in their fight for labor justice. She sat down for a conversation with Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios about the challenges she and other farmworker women face, how they're building a movement anyway and what it means to be a voice for farmworker women in the midst of #MeToo.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Thursday, August 30, 2018

I followed Gonzalo to the marketplace after our interview for the exact same salad as the one I had the day before—and then went back to the exhibition hall and made use of the new three-seat set-up at the Ms. booth in my next double-trouble interview, with Laurens Grant and Dr. Amy Tiemann.

Grant and Tiemann were at the conference to share and discuss the documentary The Rape of Recy Taylor, which screened on Wednesday night—and is absolutely a must-see for anyone reading this not-so-live-blog. I was eager to talk to the two award-winning producers about the central themes that stood out to me in the movie, including the power of our stories and the responsibility media-makers have to tell them in the most empowering way they can. We also hashed out how far we’ve come, lamented how far we have left to go and talked about what’s coming next for the two powerhouses after the conference. (You can learn more about Taylor’s case here.)

The Ms. Q&A: Laurens Grant and Dr. Amy Tiemann on the Rape of Recy Taylo

Award-winning filmmakers Laurens Grant and Amy Tiemann PhD helped tell the story of The Rape of Recy Taylor —and sat down with Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios at #NSAC2018 to explore how far we've come, how far we have left to go and how telling more stories can get us there.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Thursday, August 30, 2018

After talking to Grant and Tiemann about the systemic racism that denied Taylor justice, I talked to Sameera Qureshi from HEART, an organization that educates Muslim women and girls about their sexual health and rights, about what she’s doing to challenge the biases and cultural barriers that hold anti-violence advocates back from reaching the 5,000 women they serve. We discussed what goes into making culturally competent prevention programs—and what Muslim women need the movement to do better in order to do right by their communities.

#BoldMoves: Sameera Qureshi on Centering Muslim Women in the Movement to End Violence

Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios talked to Sameera Qureshi from HEART Women & Girls at #NSAC2018 about their work to make space for Muslim women and girls in the movement to end violence—and how advocates everywhere can do the same.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Thursday, August 30, 2018

Afterward, professional actor turned professional advocate Christian Murphy came by to talk to me about his work with Catharsis Productions, a company that creates and completes non-conventional prevention programs intended to reach key populations for the movement—including military groups and college-aged men. I was told that I could not ask Murphy on camera to make jokes, so instead we had a lively conversation about how to adjust the dialogue on rape prevention to engage the folks at high risk of perpetrating rape culture—and how boring his daughter thinks his job is.

#BoldMoves: Christian Murphy's Unconventional Prevention

Ms. digital editor sat down at #NSAC2018 with Christian Murphy from Catharsis Productions, an organization focused on creating non-conventional sexual violence prevention programs to reach target audiences. (They told a lot of jokes.)

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Thursday, August 30, 2018

Murphy and I wrapped up just in time for me to dash off to my own workshop—a lecture to a surprisingly packed room about how to effectively use social media for social change. After throwing a bunch of hot pink notecards around and asking the room multiple times whether I was doing alright, I was confident that I had, in fact, not disappointed. (Phew!) I helped the advocates in the room hash out what a social media strategy looks like for small, non-profit organizations—and how they could be harness the power of what they had the resources and capacity to manage to extend their service. Along the way, I even got a photo op in.

A receiving line of business card-hungry folks met me next to the podium after I surrendered my stage, and after I’d introduced myself and run out of tiny pieces of cardstock bearing my name, I headed back to the exhibition hall to close down the booth for the week—and do one last interview!

Sarah Colome had come to NSAC with a big mission: to challenge advocates to look inward at their own biases and prejudices manifesting in their work and help them do better. We talked about how folks fighting to end violence can fight to end white supremacy at the same time—and why they must. (She wrote about the topic for the Ms. Bold Moves mini-series just this week!)

#BoldMoves: Sarah Colome is Dismantling White Supremacy in Sexual Assault Prevention

Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios closed out day two of #NSAC2018 by talking to Sarah Colome, director of the Women's Resources Center at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, about how advocates can—and why they must—work to dismantle not just rape culture, but white supremacy alongside it.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Thursday, August 30, 2018

After our conversation, I put the last of the booth supplies—a sparing box of pristine membership postcards, foam-core mounted signs and a SoulCycle tote bag filled with construction paper—onto a cart and headed back to my motel to rest up for the last day of the conference.

Day Three: Friday, August 31

I was literally the first person to get free coffee on day three of the National Sexual Assault Conference.

I rolled up to hotel two hours before sessions began to set up for my last live Q&A with William Tamayo, District Director for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Tamayo, who was featured in a 2005 Ms. article on the rape and egregious harassment of farmworker women for his groundbreaking work, talked to me about the evolution of the fight to end harassment, the impact #MeToo has had on his own department and what role we must all play in ensuring that the most vulnerable women workers remain at the center of our efforts to end violence and harassment.

#BoldMoves: Will Tamayo is Fighting Harassment at the EEOC

William Tamayo, United States Government Equal Employment Opportunity Commission District Director, talked to Ms. digital editor Carmen Rios about his work fighting for the most vulnerable women workers—and how #MeToo is shifting the landscape for the EEOC and workplaces across the country.

Posted by Ms. Magazine on Friday, August 31, 2018

 

Carmen Rios is the Digital Editor at Ms. and Contributing Editor and Co-Founder of Argot Magazine; her work has also appeared at BuzzFeed, Bitch, Mic, MEL, Everyday Feminism and Autostraddle, where she was previously Community Director and Feminism Editor. Like everyone else in LA, she once had a podcast; unlike everyone else, she stays pretty zen in traffic. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

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Bold Moves to End Sexual Violence: Challenging White Supremacy in Prevention

Ms. is a proud media sponsor of the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference, co-hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. This year’s NSAC theme is “Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation.” In this series, NSAC presenters and major speakers are expanding on conference conversations and laying out bold moves all of us can take. Click the banner image above or this link for more Bold Moves posts.

If we truly aim to end sexual violence in one generation, we will never be successful without tearing down all forms of oppression. This year’s National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) provides us the opportunity to do just that. In community, we are having transformative conversations about bringing margin to center in our prevention efforts—and building our capacity as co-conspirators in the movement to end racism.

In their Statement on Charlottesville, the National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence asserted that “the quest to end domestic violence and sexual assault is inextricably linked with the quest to end racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, xenophobia, religious bigotry toward Jewish and Muslim communities and other forms of oppression toward marginalized communities, including immigrant and Native American communities.” Echoing this call to action, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence urged us to “take responsibility within our own ranks” and “to work actively to end racism.”

Leaders ranging from Kimberle Crenshaw and Black Women’s Blueprint, Inc., to Move to End Violence and previous Know Your IX Executive Director Mahroh Jahangiri have called on us to interrogate our centralization of whiteness, our manipulation of the “oppression olympics” and the other systems of oppression we have upheld in the name of ending violence and supporting survivors.

But in order to rise to this call, activists like you and me must equip ourselves to recognize, intervene and repair the harms that we have caused—and continue to cause—in our organizing and organizational structures.

The characteristics of white supremacy, as outlined by Tema Okun and Kenneth Jones, are pervasive and frequently wedged amongst good intentions. Navigating how these characteristics show up in our team dynamics, program design, coalition building and leadership development is vital to building inclusive, safer and, ultimately, more effective social justice movements. If we want to better serve those who are inordinately impacted by abuse, and center their voices in the movement to end violence, we must collectively assess how we engage and support these communities from conceptualization to evaluation. To truly achieve liberation, we must interrogate how we do this work—and what power structures we are upholding in our efforts to create change.

We know that women of color are at a disproportionate risk of experiencing multiple forms of violence, with particular threats related to sexual, domestic and dating violence. Nearly half (45.6 percent) of American Indian/Alaska Native women, more than one in three (35.5 percent) non-Hispanic Black women, more than one in four (26.9 percent) Hispanic women and more than one in five (22.9 percent) Asian/Pacific Islander women have report experiencing some form of contact-related sexual violence, and transgender people of color who are survivors of hate violence are nearly twice as likely to experience sexual violence as their white counterparts. What is even more heartbreaking is that if you ask any sexual violence prevention educator or advocate, we will tell you that in reality, the numbers are even higher than the research tells us.

These numbers alone should be enough cause to interrogate white supremacy culture’s role in the occurrence of, and our response to, sexual violence. But our work doesn’t end there. These notions of superiority as normalized values, practices and promotions are not new—white supremacy has always been strongly rooted in our social and political systems. Our sudden collective realization of this fact in the U.S. is only further proof that we still have much work to do.

Unfortunately, for those of us who are outspoken in our opposition to white supremacy, its characteristics are still rooted in our everyday lives and work. The subtly institutionalized ways that we reinforce this ideology are no less pervasive or problematic than the mechanisms of those who have built their careers on the mantle of hate. As my NSAC co-presenter Carly Manes asserts: “The call is to spend our energy on transforming our cultural and personal habits that allow racism to thrive.”

Now more than ever, we must examine how we are both consciously and unconsciously reifying a white supremacist culture. We must recognize and unlearn the behaviors that got us to this point. 

In order to do the difficult work of unlearning these characteristics, white people must take it upon themselves to learn how these habits show up in our work and craft accountability structures. How do we as as educators perpetuate white supremacy in our program design, implementation and evaluation? In what ways are our programmatic and service structures rooted in whiteness? Moving forward, it is essential that the responsibility for these assessments not be shouldered on people of color, while simultaneously holding great respect for those who find passion in helping us along this journey.

To be clear, this conversation includes me. The deeper I dive into analysis, the more I become painfully aware of the the ways I have replicated damaging social norms and patterns—in my personal life, at work and even in my support of developing leaders. I’ve been blessed to have a community of friends willing to have difficult yet necessary conversations with me. They’ve taught me that this work requires vulnerability, that it gets messy and uncomfortable and that this work started much earlier than my existence—and will continue on far after.

Today at NSAC, we will build on the thought leadership of intersectional movement makers to catalyze a space of vested individuals hungry to disrupt the ways in which white supremacy culture manifests in our sexual violence prevention efforts. By crafting a space where attendees can transparently navigate how this toxic culture has been internalized both personally and professionally, we aim to ignite a conversation that will carry beyond NSAC to create lasting change.

Won’t you join us?

Sarah Colomé is the Director of the Women’s Resources Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a presenter at the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference. Previously, she served as the Capacity Building Program Manager for Break the Cycle and the the SOARS Booking Director for A Long Walk Home, Inc. 

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Bold Moves to End Sexual Violence: Three Tips for Talking About Prevention

Ms. is a proud media sponsor of the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference, co-hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. This year’s NSAC theme is “Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation.” Leading up to the event, we’ll be posting pieces by presenters and major speakers highlighting their plans to make those moves right here on the Ms. blog. Click the banner image above or this link for more Bold Moves posts.

It’s tough to talk about sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse. Despite our best efforts, sometimes prevention gets lost in translation. 

Once they get engaged, it’s easy for people to understand the individual actions they can take to be a better bystander, take personal responsibility, participate in self-defense classes or have one-on-one conversations about actions and behaviors. But prevention must go beyond education and individual behavior change. We don’t live in a vacuum: We’re connected to groups, communities, organizations and institutions, and these structures have the power to create safe environments and help change the way our society views sexual violence and our responsibility to prevent it.

Efforts to prevent and stop sexual violence are underway in communities across the country—and while it’s not always clear that our small actions can result in big cultural changes, prevention is possible, and it’s happeningTalking about the progress we have made is also challenging—and that’s why RALIANCE teamed up with the Berkeley Media Studies Group to release a new report to guide individuals on how to talk about prevention

Here are four key highlights.

A sign posted at the Singapore Slutwalk in 2012. (Tamara Craiu / Creative Commons)

#1: Messages are never first.

The first step is knowing what you want to change, how to change it and why it needs to be changed. Your mission comes before your message—then you dig in to expressing it.

#2: Messages have to be flexible.

There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to a strategic communications plan—from the specific strategy, to messenger and audience. All of this is also set against a political or cultural backdrop that changes.

#3: Your messenger is just as important as your message.

For a messenger to be persuasive, the audience has to identify with and trust them. (General rules for the road? Speak plainly and think about word choices and lingo. Focus on conduct, not character when talking about people who commit sexual abuse and assault.)

Ready for a test drive? Learn more about simple tips and tools in the messaging guide. Be a part of ending sexual violence in one generation! It’s on all of us to make prevention understandable.

Julie Patrick is the National Partners Liaison for RALIANCE and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Her work focuses on changing the conversation about sexual violence through efforts with the news media as well as advocates, allies and survivors. Prior to RALIANCE, Julie served for over a decade as the Senior Special Projects Coordinator with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, VA and managed the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation.

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Bold Moves to End Sexual Violence: Challenging the Dialogue on Sex and Relationships Facing Gen Z

This year’s National Sexual Assault Conference theme is audacious and inspiring: ending sexual violence in one generation.

It calls out the damaging misperception that sexual assault and gender-based violence is inevitable. It summons us to think and act more creatively and courageously than ever before.

Challenge accepted. Here at EVERFI, our bold move is to dismantle the myth that Gen Z’ers are interested in hook-up culture—and support young adults in their desire to form meaningful, respectful intimate relationships with each other.

Young women at the 2010 SlutWalk in London demand respect—and a departure from rape culture. (Chris Beckett / Creative Commons)

Thankfully, we’re not alone in asserting this challenge. A significant body of research has emerged over the past decade that indicates the majority of young adults do not engage in—or, perhaps more importantly, even desire—no-strings, no expectations sexual encounters. Too often, when parents, educators, and caring adults talk with young people about intimacy and sex, the conversation focuses on what Harvard education researcher Richard Weissbourd calls “disaster mitigation”—a hand-wringing monologue about their likely sexual explorations threaded with vague references to avoiding unplanned pregnancy, asking for and receiving consent and respecting themselves and their partners.

I’ll confess: I’ve done this, even recently. It’s all important stuff, for sure. But these talks don’t do enough to offer what young adults hunger to understand better about relationships. We’re pretty lousy at teaching young people the skills they need to engage in meaningful, emotionally responsible and respectful relationships with each other.

As Weissbourd notes in a recent study on the subject: “We do remarkably little to prepare [young people] specifically for the focused, tender, subtle, generous work of learning how to love and be loved.”

But this is what college students tell us they want.

As the nation’s largest provider of online sexual violence prevention education for college students, we have significant insight on young adults’ beliefs, perceptions and experiences when it comes to relationships and sexual violence. In 2018, we included questions about this issue in our course surveys.

What we learned from nearly 4,000 college students may be surprising: 70 percent identified that they want love and respect in their relationships—and, contrary to the messages we often hear about college students and their fickle hearts (and libidos), 65 percent identified commitment and noted faithfulness as qualities they desire in relationships. Only 14 percent wanted to have casual sex, described in the survey as having “friends with benefits,” and even fewer—only 11 percent—were interested in hook-ups, which were described as “sexual encounters with no expectations attached.”

Yet, while 48 percent of college students desire love and respect for themselves, they don’t think that their peers want the same. When asked what they believed their peers wanted from relationships, 53 percent said “friends with benefits” and nearly half thought that other college students desired “sexual encounters with no expectations attached.”

The distortion these data surface between what young people personally believe about relationships and sexual intimacy and what they perceive their peers to believe is quite troubling. As sexual violence prevention scholars have noted, young adults are more likely to shape their actions based on what they believe their peers think than what they personally feel.

To end sexual violence in one generation, we all must act. Challenging the narrative that pigeonholes young people into unfulfilling sexual dynamics is the first step—and everyone can play a part in making it possible.

Colleges and universities can gather institution-specific data about student relationship choices and values to close the misperception gap when it comes to what students want out of relationships and sexual intimacy, provide parents and other supportive adults with guidance on talking to young people about love and romantic relationships and partner healthy sexuality education and sexual violence prevention efforts on campus by developing shared goals, language and programming efforts that include content related to developing, sustaining and ending emotionally significant relationships.

Parents and caring adults can engage in meaningful conversations about love, intimacy beyond sex and what is important in their own relationships, model healthy and respectful words and actions for young adults and request that schools provide developmentally appropriate and ongoing skills-focused education about healthy relationships and healthy sexuality to their students.

And here at EVERFI, we will invest our organizational creativity and courage in developing and delivering effective, positive education that helps our five million annual learners build healthy relationship skills and take action when someone is at risk of harm. We will continue to gather data about student beliefs and experiences, and deliver data- and research-driven insights to our 1,600 partner schools and to the broader community of prevention practitioners and higher education leaders.

The young adults in all our lives want and deserve respectful, loving, meaningful relationships. It is our work, together, to show them how they’re built.

Holly Rider-Milkovich is the Senior Director of Prevention at EVERFI. She brings over two decades of experience in sexual violence prevention and response and in higher education to her role. 

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BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Bold Moves to End Sexual Violence: Self-Defense and Self-Empowerment for Women Workers

Ms. is a proud media sponsor of the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference, co-hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. This year’s NSAC theme is “Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation.” Leading up to the event, we’ll be posting pieces by presenters and major speakers highlighting their plans to make those moves right here on the Ms. blog. Click the banner image above or this link for more Bold Moves posts.

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At the first anti-sexual violence program designed by and for janitors who clean high rises and office buildings throughout California, 20 female janitors repeat the phrase and proudly proclaim that yes, they are somebody. Yes, they matter.

For some, it is their first time considering this idea.

Workers at a “Justice for Janitors” march. (SEIU / Creative Commons)

Ya Basta! Coalition instructors empower women. Our classes are more about self-exploration and building self-confidence than they are about the physical defense of your person. For four hours, we carefully take women through a journey of healing and empowerment. This special investment of time and resources is critical because we find that most of the women who participate have never had the time or the space to think about their emotional wellbeing, their physical body and the pain they carry.

The reality is that no one will denounce abuse at work if they don’t believe they aren’t worth more than the violent acts they absorb.

The women we work with have all experienced different levels of abuse, and many have deeply internalized it to the point of acceptance. Often, they adopt the dominant paradigm and blame themselves for the rape, assault, harassment and bullying that they experienced. The shame is overwhelming. The fear of being shunned drives women to bury the pain as deep as they can in their soul.

Even the fiercest, most confident worker warriors who have led fights for better wages, healthcare and safe working conditions find it too uncomfortable to talk about sexual violence. To reach these strong and hurting women, we have to change their normal way of thinking.

During class, we work to respectfully deconstruct the socialization we experience growing up in a Latino culture in countries that promote spoken and unspoken violence against women. We lovingly attempt to create space between the pain and shame they feel and the ideas at the root of those emotions. We talk about our shared culture and experiences immigrant women in the janitorial industry and build a community of trust.

Our hope is that they consider the perspective that none of the abuse of their person is their fault. There are monumental forces that indoctrinate women, even girls, to a submissive, marginalized role that strips us of our voice.

Through meditation and affirmation, the women in our classes begin to realize that they don’t have to carry the burden around with them alone anymore. They have the power to free themselves and denounce their abusers. Their pathway to healing begins once they can consider it is not their fault.

After the meditation, we strive to create an outlet for the women in our classes. ¡Yo soy alguien! Say it louder. Only after a psychological breakthrough does the physical release begin.

For the last hour, the women practice how to punch, kick and jab to protect themselves from potential attackers. They channel their pain, anger, and rage into a positive outcome—understanding the principles of self-defense. So much anger comes from feeling powerless. The self-defense training gives them power. The power to change your life, your workplace and the way you understand the world.

After class, women tell us that they wish they had the class sooner, that all of what we said is true, that it is what they experienced and they believed it. Often women struggle with feelings of guilt and resentment, as most have raised children and passed on violent traditions of marginalizing womenNow that we have seen this consistent pattern, we incorporate a message of empathy and compassion. We should not be judged for error when we knew no other way.

The power we teach goes far beyond self-defense. Our instructors are “promotoras”—women leaders who have been trained as community-based educators and are leading the fight to end violence in the janitorial industry. They have transformed their pain into power and are reaching out to their coworkers to invite them to embark on this journey and stand up against sexual violence in their workplaces.

We are creating an army of women—a support network committed to reaching as many female janitors as possible. As each women connects with her power, she will be prepared to denounce her abusers in a self-empowering way.

We want as many workers to transform their profound pain into a courageous, bold, proud light that celebrates the powerful person they actually are. And as we go from training to training, we’re making that internal shift one worker at a time.

Lilia García-Brower is the Executive Director of the Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund, a California statewide watchdog organization whose mission is to abolish illegal and unfair business practices in the janitorial industry. She is also a proud founding member of the Ya Basta! Coalition which brings worker advocates and anti-sexual violence advocates together to end violence at work.

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Ezinma mixes hip-hop and classical music to send a bold message about blackness


Ezinma mixes hip-hop and classical music to send a bold message about blackness

The hype of Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella performance was palpable even as I watched via grainy cell phone video. Millions of eyes fell on Queen Bey that night — but as the opening medley dipped into a poignant place with Beyoncé crooning the Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” her musicians stole my focus. Eight string players framed her center stage. And they were all women of color.

As most of Bey’s army burst into fiery, marching band-inspired choreography, the string players maintained steady bow strokes and graceful swaying, anchoring the poignant hymn’s emotional core. One of the violinists that night was Ezinma: situated front-right, she stared boldly ahead as Beyoncé held a long note, thrusting her bow overhead like a torch. She told me earlier that the fact that she played among fellow musicians of color — when she herself did not meet any black string players until age 13 — was not lost on her.

“Up until then, I had never seen anyone who looks like me playing the violin,” she said of a pivotal summer music camp. “I didn’t realize how bizarre it was to not see anyone who looks like you when you’re doing something that you love so much.”

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Like many New York City-based musicians, Ezinma’s art took her underground — literally. The first time I browsed her YouTube videos and found one shot on the W train, I gasped. As a former New Yorker, my initial question was, “How did she find an empty subway car?” Quickly, my focus veered elsewhere. Standing in the middle of the car, Ezinma (pronounced Eh-ZEE-ma) balanced as the train sped out of Canal Street station. The stunning violinist took four steps forward, gazed into the lens with a piercing swagger, and brought her instrument to her chin. Against a hypnotic beat, she performed a cover of Post Malone’s hip-hop banger “Rockstar.” It’s a surprising twist to hear the lyrics “I’ve been fuckin’ hoes and poppin’ pillies / Man, I feel just like a rockstar” replaced by Ezinma’s honeyed violin lines. As the song built, she seethed with a quiet, simmering energy. The butterscotch coils gathered atop her crown bounced with her movement; her painted fingernails flew across the strings. However, perhaps the most striking thing about Ezinma is her sound.

There’s a confidence to the violinist, producer, and composer’s performances that took root early on. “You don’t see a lot of little black girls playing the violin,” she told me. She spoke on a bus on the way back to Coachella for its second weekend, her voice low yet warm over the phone. “I think a part of me always felt a little bit detached, or as if I didn’t quite fit in.” Ezinma began violin at age four. Like me, she learned via the Suzuki Method, an international music curriculum designed with young children in mind. “I loved that I would put in the work and see results,” she recalled. Her biracial heritage exposed her to an eclectic world, like mine did. Growing up, cultural aspects from either side of my bloodline mingled as one; I didn’t realize for years that it was unnatural for Filipino lumpia to share a plate with Scandinavian kringle and sarmice, Serbian cabbage rolls. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska to professor parents — a black Guyanese father and a German-American mother — Ezinma cultivated passions for seemingly disparate music types. She played in school and youth orchestras and competed in junior classical competitions. But she also entered bluegrass fiddling contests. Her father, a big music fan, immersed her in funk, reggae, jazz, and Caribbean soca. Elsewhere, she soaked up hip-hop and trap, taking to artists like A$ AP Ferg and Beyoncé.

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I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where being mixed-race is far from rare. For Ezinma, where the only other Guyanese person she knew just happened to live next door, things were different. “Especially being from Nebraska, I didn’t encounter very many non-white or non-Asian violinists until I was a teenager,” she told me. Ezinma said she often felt the need to defend her blackness. Some people — both black and white — were perplexed by her presence in an orchestra. There was a sense that this wasn’t “what black people do.”

One middle school experience was a pivotal lightbulb moment. As in most orchestras, one’s chair placement is important; stronger players sit closer to the conductor. After discovering that her teacher made her third chair, Ezinma was confused. “I went home and I was like, ‘Dad, I know I’m better than them,’” she said. Her father’s response opened her eyes: “People are not going to see you for what your talent is. People are going to see you for the way that you look…Because of that, you have to work so much harder than everyone else.” This convinced her to dispute her position. Discovering that her orchestra had a system for contesting such placements — à la the college marching band movie Drumline — she challenged the second chair to a blind test. They recorded themselves playing the same piece on cassette tapes. After, their peers judged and voted. “I won unanimously,” Ezinma said. She added that the process was positive; the girl she surpassed is still a friend. From there, she also challenged and won the first chair.

“I learned there is so much discrimination in ways that I wasn’t aware of as a kid. I was pretty naïve,” she said.

This assertive spirit drives much of Ezinma’s music-making today. At its core is a bold expression of her identity. There’s also a sense of declaring her right to create the music she wants — which, at first, is not quite what it seems. A closer listen to Ezinma’s hip-hop covers reveals that they’re not just string versions of Drake songs, but intricate arrangements born from classical training. Like her own identity, they blend myriad elements. In one video, she plays a catchy mashup of “Despacito” and “Shape of You,” nimbly switching between the first’s infectious Reggaeton melody and the second’s samba-inflected syncopation. In another, she revamps “Bodak Yellow” with an elegant lilt; the fierce jam becomes a lush orchestration. Like more musicians these days, where versatility is a smart career move, Ezinma is used to switching hats. She’s performed with Stevie Wonder, British pop group Clean Bandit, and Mac Miller. A conservatory graduate, she also plays plenty of classical gigs, and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Visibility is vital in classical music. While more crossover artists and musicians of color are emerging, there is still a gulf. According to a 2016 report by the Sphinx Organization, which aims to increase arts diversity, only 4.3% of American orchestra members are black or Latino. When Ezinma does youth outreach to schools and communities of color, she gives young players references, mentioning other artists to check out. It’s something she didn’t receive herself growing up. “At the time, I don’t think there was an awareness of how isolated a young person of color who’s learning a string instrument might feel,” she said.

With this lack of diversity in classical music, there’s a line wedged between classical and hip-hop. While it’s more common for chart-topping hits to meld several genre elements — folk, pop, funk, or dance — Ezinma still observes bewilderment and discomfort from some classical music fans about hip-hop, and vice versa. Tired stereotypes still exist: that classical music is “stuffy” or “boring,” while hip-hop is a “low-brow,” un-elevated art form — still marginalized in mainstream media. The divisions are ironic, Ezinma added, especially since hip-hop tracks that sample classical pieces can work on a sonic level. “It’s like, ‘Wow! This is such a proper, big orchestral sound,’” she said, citing artists like J. Cole and Meek Mill. “It just sounds epic.”

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Ezinma makes a point to happily bridge what others view as separate, so it’s no surprise that her debut album, out August 11th, arose from her duality. Key of Black Minor opens a door between classical and hip-hop. In doing so, it’s also a symbolic declaration of Enzima’s biracial identity (“It’s really a celebration of my blackness,” she said). She sounds excited as she speaks, which is something I relate to. As someone who is often referred to in segments — as “half-Filipino” or “half-white,” as if I comprise only fragments of an identity — it’s affirming to see being biracial presented as an alloy. There isn’t a partition between my two “halves.” Despite the attention her YouTube trap covers have garnered, Ezinma said it was important to present this idea within her own compositions. Don’t expect classical spins on trap songs — she posited that fans may be surprised at how classical-heavy the 11 tracks are. “Putting out an album of covers might be more popular, but I think that the first thing that you present the world should be your own and yourself,” she said.

Ezinma’s two co-producers are Anthony Barfield and Orrin Wilson of Velocity Music. Like her, they are classical conservatory trained. Ezinma largely conceived and co-produced several tracks in hotel rooms while on tour, the three collaborating to create an organic hybrid. The album’s lodestone is her composition “Black Minor Symphony.” A nod to tradition, it follows the structure of a four-movement violin concerto. But it interweaves plenty of trap beats and unusual sounds. The last movement is a key example: It opens with a tempest of trilling violins and includes playful Mozart references. However, a hip-hop beat underpins everything. Another track is an homage to her “bluegrass head” mother. It’s a free-flowing fiddle piece galvanized with high-hats and 808s. The fusion makes it gel both in clubs and traditional concert venues, Ezinma insisted. Fans of one genre could leave with an appreciation for the other. Her music fusion is an ever-evolving process: she hopes to visit Guyana one day and explore its folk tunes to deepen her connection to her father’s side.

More than a doorway between classical and hip-hop, Ezinma hopes her work is a racial conduit, too. It’s a place to ruminate on what it means to be mixed — a niche where listeners can explore the sound as not two genres coming together, but as an entirely new form. As a biracial woman, the declaration that being mixed is a valid whole entity — and not something defined only by its disparate parts — is powerful. “It was really important to just declare my voice,” Ezinma told me. “It’s a completely open lane.”

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In our polarized world of “cable carnival shoutfest” and intransigent partisanship, Michael Smerconish is an increasingly exotic and refreshing voice. A prominent Sirius XM radio and CNN television host, he has been a regular contributor to the Daily News from November 2001 until 2007 and after that, a Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper columnist until the present day. Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right is Smerconish’s seventh book. It brings together a representative selection from the 1,047 columns he has written over the past 17 years that cover politics, profiles, life, and miscellanea.

A good number of these columns have stood the test of time. A few others Smerconish probably wishes he had never written. The columns he has included in this book are reprinted here as they appeared in the original form, with an afterword from the author that provides, in his own words, “an update on facts and feelings.” They make for enjoyable reading and remind us that journalism properly practiced requires a good deal of nerve, honesty, and insight, along with openness to dialogue and the determination not to live in a bubble.

Smerconish’s columns offer a representative slice of 21st century American life with all its ups and down, real heroes, and controversial characters. He writes with plain words and communicates his feelings in a straightforward manner. We get to meet here not only the likes of David Duke and Rush Limbaugh but also the sober voices of Arlen Specter, Tim Russert, and Jack Kemp. An inveterate admirer of Ronald Reagan, who he met in his youth, Smerconish does not shy away from applauding, when necessary, the rhetorical skills of President Obama. Nor does he avoid taking to task one of the politicians he respects, Senator John McCain, for failing to put forth an inspiring vision for the country in 2008.

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‘Detroit: Become Human’ Is A Bold Step Forward For Narrative-Led Gaming

Positioned in the crosshairs of a ‘violence in videogame’s debate that somehow still looms in 2018, a sexual harassment scandal leveled at its creators and accusations of clumsy and heavy-handed alignment with social causes of the era, it’s been far from a smooth marketing campaign for upcoming PS4 exclusive — Detroit: Become Human.

Developed by Quantic Dream under the watchful gaze of divisive auteur David Cage (creator of Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls), Detroit is the latest addition to the portfolio of a creator who strives to produce ‘games with meaning’. A noble cause, for sure. But does Detroit actually live up to its makers’ admirable ambitions?

So far, Quantic Dream’s output has largely amounted to a souped up take on the mechanics of eighties arcade, and later laserdisc, staple, Dragon’s Lair. Like this 80s classic, Heavy Rain is a game that you’d drag your friends over to gawk at the beauty of, but where the actual gameplay didn’t extend much beyond hitting a button at a crucial moment.

Games like The Last Of Us, Life Is Strange, even the Bioshock series, could never be dismissed as unmeaningful, and they had the immersive gameplay to match their ambitious narratives. After these forward-thinking approaches to storytelling in video games, now the parallels Heavy Rain holds with Dragon’s Lair, seem more robust than ever.

Cagey Controversies


A scene depicting domestic abuse in one trailer for ‘Detroit’ sparked a lot of fury from tabloid journalists, despite films and books tackling similar issues.

Yet, before we dig into whether Detroit: Become Human moves Cage’s vision on, let’s address the horde of elephants in the room. The charges of excessive, inappropriate violence in the game – concerning a quick time event in which a scumbag father physically abuses his young daughter – have been latched onto by tabloid newspapers and even publicly derided by British politicians. Yet, books tackling these themes don’t receive such criticism. Films don’t receive such criticism.

All we can hope is that one day, games become so part of the fabric of our culture that the people who comment on such societal concerns, understand the art form.

Unbelievably, this scene isn’t the only controversial cloud hanging over Detroit. As well as criticisms of the game’s content, there have been claims of real-world sexual harassment over at Quantic Dream too. While deeply troubling, such claims would be more useful being dealt with by the authorities, not here.

Amid all this mess, it would be easy to hate Detroit then. Yet, despite all the difficulties surrounding it, somehow, Cage’s latest is shaping up to be a refreshingly bold and thoughtful step forward for narrative-led games.

And most importantly — one that’s genuinely fun to play.

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Earlier trailers suggested a pretty in-sensitive approach to tackling real-world issues, but has the final game improved upon this?

Where some criticism of Detroit: Become Human is justified though, is based on THAT trailer from E3 2017.  Loosely speaking, this is a game about an android awakening – there’s nods to Blade Runner, Westworld and perhaps most notably, Channel 4’s excellent Humans TV series. Said trailer opens with an African spiritual hymn, appearing to align the suffering of slave-race-androids to the struggles of the civil rights movement, and, more offensively, suggests that for-androids (read, black people), they merely need to ‘rise up’, and not doing so is what creates their suffering, not, y’know, racism.

Oh, and it’s set in Detroit, a city with a history that is woven into the black cause.

In 2017, Cage told Eurogamer he’d “never make a racist game”, something that a man who sees the world through the eyes of a race he isn’t depicting, can never truly promise. Cage later backtracked amid the furious backlash to the trailer, saying the game was just that – a game! – not a comment on world events. What was done to the title between there and now we don’t know, although the then promised release period being pushed back suggests something was.

And yet, unlike the fence sitting Far Cry 5, refreshingly the game that we’ve seen here is very much a game about the state of our world, while not solely being the Androids Lives Matter race allegory the trailer suggested.

 Melding Science Fiction With Reality


The parallels between slavery and android persecution aren't exactly subtle here.

“There’s a sci-fi conception at the heart of the story“, says the games’ head writer, Adam Williams, “in that we imagine androids as everyday technology. That allows us to explore all kinds of themes. We ask ourselves, if an android can think and feel, has it become human? If it has become human, what does it mean to be human? We were going back to Isaac Asimov and H.G. Wells, but we wanted to use the sci-fi to ask questions about social division, prejudice, the division in power between those who have it, and those who had not.

As well as doing that, the vessel of sci-fi allowed us to create a kind of underclass, a persecuted class, that didn’t resonate with one group in society, but serves as a general metaphor for those who are treated that way in any culture. For the player coming to the game, they’ll see different resonances…”

This might sound like backtracking. Perhaps there was some reverse engineering. But as we played the game, we were happy to see that big and broad questions are asked about society throughout. The truth is, it is a game about racism, and E3’s highlight real presented that vision in a clunky, offensive way. But what you didn’t see is a game about the rise of AI, about spirituality, about economics, about environmentalism (three hours into the game, you haven’t seen any living animals. What does that mean?), about what it means to be human…

Becoming Human


Unsurprisingly, Quantic Dream's latest asks the player what it really means to be human.

“I’ve had people say to me, ‘the game is clearly about sexism’,” says Adam. “It’s about the eyes you see it through. I’ve had people say, ‘you clearly started writing this after Trump was elected’, but that’s not true [the game was born out of the 2012 PS3 tech demo, Kara, whose story is continued in Detroit]. We’re trying to tell a universal story that will relate to different people in different tiers of any society, wherein players can bring their own perspective to it.

David [Cage] wanted this to be the most interactive story there could be, where peoples choices dictated how the story would play out, so it had to be open to interpretation. It meant the story had to be a kind of mirror to how the player came at it….”

If the game struggles, it does so because of its ambition. It’s trying to say a lot. Sometimes it says it well, sometimes it says it in a way that would be best left in high school philosophy classes. Games may want to deal with such big themes, but to do that needs precise insight; easier done with linear narratives rather than via decision trees.


The Detroit of the game's namesake is a suitably stunning sci-fi metropolis.

But, and it’s important this, Detroit is infinitely more fun to play than any other Quantic Dream title. The Detroit the studio have created weeps with colour and imagination, it makes Japan look a bit like Grimsby on a wet Bank Holiday, while the nuance of the story and the decision-making makes you feel like the choices you make have legitimate consequences in a way the studios preceding games didn’t.

Basically, it doesn’t so much feel like you’re in a story, here, you’re writing one.

How’s Detroit: Become Human Shaping up?

Detroit: Become Human isn’t a game where you just have to press a button at the right time. There’s a degree of sleuthing and compiling information that is crucial to the gameplay experience. It’s a game where exploration is key. Cutscenes play out with you in them, not watching them. It’s a game that forces you to make decisions and actually live with them. We’re going to have to live with it longer before deciding whether it’s truly great, but it’s certainly not a curio.

What it is, is a game set in an evocative world that is both terrifying and wonderous. You’ll most likely find your time in it deeply rewarding.

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This is the final ensemble post of 2017 and we’re ending with a celebration. One real outfit, and one imaginary one, and everyone can participate. I wore my real one last week. I felt like wearing bright colours from head to toe. To some they would be clashing, but to my eye they are harmonious. I combined orange pants with a burgundy turtleneck, belt, booties and bag. I was going to wear my navy or cream coat, but topped the lot off with my shocking pink man coat instead. I also added an orange pom-pom to the bag. The collection below shows the exact items from my wardrobe.

The second outfit is the imaginary one I would wear to the YLF ball. I asked my Fairy Godmother for a long-sleeved classic tomato red ballgown so that I could make a statement with colour without feeling cold. I completed the look with a multi-strand pile of vintage Chanel pearls, a cream faux fur shawl, and a gold clutch. My Fairy Godmother added sky high gold pumps to keep me from tripping on my train. I can of course, magically walk in the four inch pumps just for the night.

Over to you. What was your boldest outfit of the year, and what are you wearing to the YLF ball? Remember that your Fairy Godmother can make any ball outfit happen. Feel free to post your bold and beautiful outfits on our forum. ‘Tis the season to be festive!

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The 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards air this Sunday.

In recent years, the Emmys have become a predictive affair, with the same shows and actors winning again and again. With Game of Thrones ineligible for this year’s awards (expect it to take home many trophies next year), there’s an opportunity for new (and deserving) nominees to take home the trophy.

Here are five bold predictions for Sunday night’s show.

The Handmaid’s Tale Wins Best Drama

Game of Thrones has dominated this category. Look for The Handmaid’s Tale — Hulu’s series about a dystopian future where a totalitarian government forces the few remaining fertile women to breed against their will — to contend for a win. Given the political tone awards shows have taken since the election, this may be a way for Emmy voters to send a message against government policies restricting women and their reproductive rights. Netflix’s Stranger Things — with its exuberant young actors — may be a dark horse in this category, and while we loved it and its cast, its time may have past.

Elisabeth Moss Wins For Best Actress, Drama

There are many strong actors in this race, including last year’s winner Claire Foy and Oscar winner Viola Davis, but Elisabeth Moss may be poised to win her first Best Actress Emmy (she was previously nominated for her work in Mad Men). Moss plays the besieged handmaid Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale with such strength and vulnerability. Evan Rachel Wood is nominated from another genre show — Westworld — but Moss’ performance and the political push gives her an edge.

Millie Bobby Brown Wins For Outstanding Supporting Actress in Drama

While Stranger Things may be shut out of the big prize, Millie Bobby Brown — who plays the telekinetic Eleven — may take home supporting actress honors. Brown showed range well beyond her 13 years (especially considering she was pre-teen when the series was filmed) and voters love rewarding emerging stars. If she wins, she will be the youngest Emmy winner in history.

Black Mirror Wins Outstanding Television Movie

The British sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror has become a bit of a cult favorite, and for good reason: powerful performances and thought-provoking plots. The nominated show — “San Junipero” — is essentially and LGBT love story with a sci-fi twist; the lovers meet in different time periods. Without spoiling too much, it’s both uplifting and sad. And deserving of a win.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Wins Outstanding Reality-TV Competition

While not necessarily a genre show (though it has many components — including alternative voices, imaginative costumes and fantasy-driven challenges), RuPaul’s Drag Race has a strong fandom. RuPaul took home his second consecutive hosting Emmy last week, so the show is on a roll. It’s definitely worth of “condragulations.”

The Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday night on ABC. Who do you think will win? Cast your votes below.

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Stars Decided To Make Bold End-Of-Summer Statements In Bright Ensembles

This week in sartorial sightings, celebrities enjoyed the final moments of summer in ab-bearing, brightly hued ensembles. Those that made our best dressed list opted for the runway’s (and Instagram’s) most pronounced trends, namely: cheery yellow frocks, silky robes cinched at the waist, polka-dot …

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Watch Fifth Harmony’s Bold ‘Angel’ Video

A day after Fifth Harmony dropped their new single "Angel," the now-quartet unveiled the video for the Skrillex-produced track.

Despite Camila Cabello's exit in December 2016, the members of Fifth Harmony exude confidence in their second music video as a

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See Margo Price’s Bold Cameo in Little Bandit’s ‘Platform Shoes’ Video

There's nothing quite like a good country murder ballad, especially if it's one with a unique spin on the classic construct. And Little Bandit's "Platform Shoes," about a working girl (of the Pretty Woman variety) who meets her untimely end, keeps this tradition alive with singer Alex Caress' dynamic, silky vocals and heavy, honky-tonk-goes-gospel twang. Watch the video of the song from

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17 Bold, Beautiful Brides Who Slayed In Pants At The Wedding

And the bride wore pants!

A dress may be the go-to wedding wardrobe, but it isn’t the only option. Below, 17 beautiful ladies who rocked a pair of trousers on the big day. 

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Natalie Portman Makes A Bold ’60s Statement At The 2017 Golden Globes

Natalie Portman’s hauntingly accurate portrayal of Jackie Kennedy landed her a Best Actress nomination at the 2017 Golden Globes, and she appears to be staying in character off camera, too. 

The pregnant star wore a bright yellow, embellished Prada gown to the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, giving off major ‘60s vibes.

In addition to the glamorous gown, Portman also wore her hair half up with some height in the front and drop earrings, bringing the wonderfully vintage-looking ensemble full circle.

Portman’s bold twist on classic style is a welcome breath of fresh air on the red carpet. Check out more of the night’s fabulous looks below. 

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Poll: Americans Want Bold Action to Keep Health Care Costs Down

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The Ultimate Guide to Pulling Off Bold Lipstick

Listen up, mortals. The street-style lip-color gods have spoken, and their commandments are as follows: The first rule of bold lip color is to be brave! Be outrageous! Be bold! The second rule is—obviously—wear a pair of enormous sunglasses.
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Yellow Black Space Background Bold Color Triangle Eye Design Tote

Yellow Black Space Background Bold Color Triangle Eye Design Tote


This Summer tote features a faux leather design, bold color design, including a triangle imprint, shoulder handles, interior pockets and compartments, finished with a zipper closure. Approximately 14 in width, 12 in length, and 5 in depth.
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Yellow Bold Colored Faux Leather Cute Summer Satchel Purse

Yellow Bold Colored Faux Leather Cute Summer Satchel Purse


Use the correct bright colors this summer with this cute satchel featuring bold colors, faux leather, interior zipper compartments, removable shoulder strap, finished with magnet button closure. Approximately 9 in width 7 in length, and 4 in depth.
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Samsonite Cruisair Bold 21-inch Spinner

Samsonite Cruisair Bold 21-inch Spinner


Be bold with the Samsonite Cruisair Bold and go anywhere you want, any time you want. This tough fortress is ready for a Guatemalan bus ride or a walk across the bumpy stone roads of Rotterdam, Germany.A mix of lightweight appeal, spinner mobility and durable convenience sets this bag apart from the rest of the pack. Cruising on 360deg easy-glide wheels that conquer the twists and turns of travel, this bag offers incredible packing flexibility with a fully-lined interior that features a zippered compartment, cross straps and an ultra-protective frame.The Samsonite Cruisair Bold is one of the few lightweight series that is 100% polycarbonate and uses a more secure frame to withstand impact in cold or hot temperatures. The 21-inch hardside carry-on rolls with ease on it’s double-set of high grade spinner wheels that turn the case in 360 degrees. If you’ve seen the legions of airport travelers breezing around the parking lot, the terminal, or in and out of ticket lines, you are right for thinking they sure look comfortable. It’s true, it is easier to wheel in crowded spaces and tight corners with a hardside spinner like the Samsonite Cruisair Bold.Cruisair takes 100% polycarbonate design to the next level and allows you travel with four wheels and zero effort. Multi-directional spinner wheels allow 360 degree upright rolling in multiple directions. The spinner design rolls upright so there is no weight on your arm even in the mega airports of today. And once you’re on board the airplane you’ll love the ease in which you can wheel down the aisle of an airplane without knocking fellow passengers around by turning the spinner sideways as you stroll to your seat.Eight independent wheels roll over the roughest terrain with ease and when you go to lift the piece out of your trunk, off the bed, or away from the luggage carousel you’ll love the top and side carry handles. Interior cross straps minimize shifting of contents during travel. Large, self-mending, number 10 coil zippers provide flawless closure.Expect the best from Samsonite, the luggage maker who invented hardside luggage and who perfected the spinner design. The Cruisair Bold embodies Samsonite’s best efforts.
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“Samsonite Cruisair Bold 29″” Hardside Spinner Suitcase”

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Be bold-a mix of lightweight appeal, spinner mobility and durable convenience sets this bag apart from the rest of the pack. Cruising on 360º easy-glide wheels that conquer the twists and turns of travel, this bag offers incredible packing flexibility with a fully-lined interior that features a zippered compartment, cross straps and an ultra-protective frame. 10-year warranty.

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Big Sunglasses, Bright Scarves and Bold Suspenders Made Up Our Favorite Accessories Of The Week

‘Tis the season for oversized sunglasses, floppy hats and… suspenders?

Yes, you heard us right. This week, Hollywood kept us on our toes when it came to summer accessories. While many stars stepped out wearing classic warm-weather pieces like strappy shoes and statement clutches, others took a more adventurous route.

Whether you want to take a style risk this weekend or play if safe, you’ll find plenty of inspiration from our favorite accessories of the week.

Kate Bosworth’s Bionda Castana heels

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These ladylike heels complement her floral dress perfectly.

Karolina Kourkova’s Giuseppe Zanotti purse and shoes

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Nothing amps up a LBD like a pair of badass gold shoes and a matching clutch.

Nicole Richie’s Chanel suspenders

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Suspenders may have you thinking of Steve Urkel, but not when they are Chanel and on Nicole Richie.

Heidi Klum’s sunglasses

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Babe alert! These oversized sunglasses make Klum’s plain jeans and blazer outfit just fashion-forward enough.

Kate Hudson’s scarf

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Scarves aren’t just for winter. In fact, a lightweight kerchief is perfect for summer and a little unexpected, so you can bet that you’ll stand out from the crowd.

Rachel Zoe’s hat

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Zoe might look like she is dressed for fall, but who can blame her when she looks this good?
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Yves Saint Laurent Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils Bold Felt-Tip Eyeliner Pen

Yves Saint Laurent Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils Bold Felt-Tip Eyeliner Pen


Dramatize your look with a shocking and unique new style. Effortless and precise; Effet Faux Cils Felt-Tip Eyeliner draws a precise black line with ultimate intensity. Its calligraphy-like tip and water-based formula glides on smoothly for easy application and the carbon black pigment ensures you get the blackest black color! 12-hour wear. No flaking. Water-resistant.
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