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Welcome!

Welcome to the
Find Your Voice area
of Chootoo.com.  You have just
passed through a special door. And
though you have passed through
many doors in your life, we believe this
may be one of the most important
doors you will ever pass through.  You
are in the right place, in the right room
in case you are wondering. Take a
seat. Why are you in the right place?  

The answer is that you are in a room
designed to help you to find your
voice. We are women. We have all
been girls. We share a path both
created by of and forged by other
women.  Because we are women, and
we share this planet with men, we
sometimes find ourselves in places
where we have to defend our
self-worth against messages from
popular culture that are negative or
just plain destructive to our
self-esteem. What kind of messages?
Well, that "certain ways of dressing
mean we are inviting unwelcome
touching", messages such as "it is not
safe to speak our minds", that you are
"out of place" when you push against
boundaries. Messages that encourage
you to undermine women who are
outspoken and in doing so enforce a
norm of going mute.

We want to shine a spotlight on these
messages. We want to understand
where they come from, we want to start
a dialogue among women and men
about the kind of culture we are
building together.


Editors, Chootoo.com
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News from Around the Web --Mark Your
Calendars!


March 8-International Women's Day. This March 8, 2011 marks the 100th
anniversary of International Women's Day. This is alo the 1st year that the
United Nations has celebrated International Women's Day. International
Women's Day



As the United Nations notes:  
The official theme of International
Women’s Day 2011 is "Equal access to education, training and
science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women".
Ban B*tch as another name for Women

We've thrown this pebble into the ocean, and we are hoping that it will start a
ripple that will travel the world.  Once upon a time, in a land far, far away called
Civilization, women were simply called "women". Girls were simply referred to
as girls. Then, something strange and destructive happened. Men and boys
began to refer to women and girls with the name of a female dog. At first
shocking, this name  slowly gained currency, and eventually, even women
forgot who they were. They forgot that they are full human beings, with spirits
worthy of no less than any other soul.  Once they slipped into an amnesia about
who they are,  even women themselves accepted this derogatory slur, accepting
it in comedy, accepting it in songs, accepting it every facet of popular culture,
wearing their acceptance as a badge of "cool".

Underneath though, many women who allow this word to be spoken without
challenge in their presence feel degraded and demeaned.  We want to stop the
acceptance of this word in civil company.  
B is the new N word.  Join us in
this campaign by sending this Manifesto to every single person you know.
Throw some pebbles in the ocean..let's start a wave!


NY Times:  Gail Collins: "Boys and Girls Together" , March 2, 2011

The White House: Valerie Jarrett, Chair,
The White House Council on Women
and Girls,

NataliePortman.com: Natalie Portman, Oscar-Winning Actress Speaks Out
Against Alleged Anti-Semitism of Designer John Galliano of Dior , March 1,
2011:
"‘I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s
comments that surfaced today.    ‘In light of this video, and as an individual who
is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr Galliano in any way.    ‘I
hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act
upon combatting these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that
is beautiful.


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