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Fri, 10 Jun 2011 21:40:00 -0500

Center scholars cited on U of M privatization.

http://www.mackinac.org/15207

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 18:49:00 -0500

This week's MichiganVotes.org report includes votes on teacher layoff criteria, forced unionization and Detroit taxes.

http://www.mackinac.org/15204

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:30:00 -0500

How to improve state parks.

http://www.mackinac.org/15201

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:45:00 -0500

Gov. Snyder vs. political careerists.

http://www.mackinac.org/15199

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500

Stink bug invasion. http://www.mackinac.org/15190

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500

http://www.michiganscience.org/15190

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500

GM boss wants higher gas taxes. http://www.mackinac.org/15192

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 13:25:00 -0500

Bill proposes no automatic pay hikes without contract.

http://www.mackinac.org/15193

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500

Wisconsin considers ‘parent petition’ voucher. http://www.educationreport.org/15178

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 20:46:00 -0500

The NAACP teams up with a New York City teachers' union to shut down charter schools for low-income students.

http://www.mackinac.org/15183

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 17:46:00 -0500

Michigan’s 2009-2010 state GDP growth rate was 2.9 percent, its best since 2002.

http://www.mackinac.org/15182

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 12:00:00 -0500

Government shouldn't be in the real estate business.

http://www.mackinac.org/15177

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500

Michigan's auto industry slow to recover. http://www.mackinac.org/15124

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 19:58:00 -0500

Some argue that taxpayer bailouts of favored corporations create jobs, but that business tax cuts do not.

http://www.mackinac.org/15175

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500

Union asks members how they vote. http://www.mackinac.org/15155

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500

Archaic distribution laws hurt local craft brewers. http://www.mackinac.org/15200

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Chaldean Scholar Publishes Study on Rape, Women and International Law
By Rita Abro :: Saturday, September 22, 2007 :: 24442 Views :: Article Rating :: Health & Fitness, Career & Education, Government & Society

Michigan, USA - The increasing disgust and hyper-sexualization in the media has one Chaldean scholar seeking answers.  Phyllis Easter Jeden is a first-generation Chaldean-American born and raised in metro-Detroit.  The pre-law student at Central Michigan University is perusing studies in International, Minority, and Human Rights Law.   

Jeden, like most Chaldeans and Americans has grown increasingly concerned over television advertising portraying women as nothing more than sex objects. “I am appalled by some of the things that the media culture tries to mainstream and celebrate.  This has hurt America and has undermined our ability to speak to the world about values.  Just look at the amount of cleavage you see worn by younger and younger women (and girls) in the supermarket, on the bus, in church?” 

Rather than sit idly by and adopt a hopeless attitude Jeden decide to act.  In her recently published study Jeden tackles the impact of sexualization of women in media and how such efforts harm women.  The study Rape, Women and International Law began as a response to such everyday irritants.  However, the study quickly began revealing much more about the insidious sexualization of women in media and other mainstream venues in societies across the world.

Advertising and media images that encourage girls to focus on looks and sexuality are harmful to their emotional and physical health, the American Psychological Association (APA) concluded in their own study.

The APA analyzed some 300 studies over the past 18 months. It included a variety of media, from television and movies to song lyrics, and looked at advertising showing body-baring doll clothes for pre-schoolers, tweens posing in suggestive ways in magazines and the sexual antics of young celebrity role models.  The researchers found such images may make girls think of and treat their own bodies as sexual objects.  Individual studies have found problems related to eating disorders, low self-esteem and depression.
 
“I am concerned about the loss of core feminine values,’ those that center on nurturing, peace and vulnerability.  In this masculine world the only way to gain power is through force, but the pursuit for power seems to always stray very far from the search for truth and wisdom.  Truth and wisdom are patient, peaceful, nurturing, and very vulnerable.  The balance between both values needs to be sought, for harmony.  Considering our world is saturated with machismo, we need plenty of respectful, non-forceful, non-aggressive femininity to take root in society,” says Jeden.  

Jeden’s study reveals that sexualization of women in the pornography and mainstream media reinforces the subconscious or fully-conscious view that women are sex objects and meant to be used.  This makes it easier to see women as something less than human, which takes a damaging toll on the psyche of the female population.  More alarming, the report reveals other studies that show that the dehumanization of women perpetuates sexual violence against women and young girls in societies throughout the world.  “Rape Pornography” and other forms of sexually explicit media even outright encourage it. 

The Chaldean scholar’s study also addresses the lack of seriousness or focus by the world to address the root causes of violent sex crimes.  “International law does not address the issue of pornography or other social ills that work to dehumanize women.  In fact, most international governing bodies and treaties only minimally address human trafficking, prostitution, rape or other forms of violence against women and girls,” Jeden says.

The Jeden study acknowledges and details the failures of the international community and the leadership in feminine movement.  A movement that continues to undermine and harm women when they fail to act against any effort to objectify women.    “The dehumanization of and violence against women ultimately leads to the devaluation of so-called “feminine values.”  The irony is the belief that women have been given more freedom when in reality women have become free to be preyed upon,” says Jeden.
  
The Jeden study offers a solution.  Remove the dehumanization of women if the world hopes to a generally peaceful, equitable, safe and just world.   To download and read the Jeden study in its entirety please visit the
www.CHALDEAN.org E-Books and Guides of the Download section.  Only registered users are able to download the file.