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What We Owe The Next Generation

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We as the generation coming up need to set an example for the next generation.  We see lyrics about substance abuse, tweets about domestic violence, and idolize those who are sending these messages.  But I would like  to set the record straight – These Messages Are Not Okay.

Take domestic violence as an example.  The DCCoalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as ” a pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors , including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults and adolescents use against their partners.”

Many would not know or define domestic violence under these terms, but they are real.  We need to as women and men in relationships with people WAKE UP and realize when we are in unhealthy relationships and GET OUT.  Get help, because under many circumstances it will be hard to go it alone and you need a support system to help you make it out.

In music media, we see examples such as R&B artist Chris Brown, in the press constantly about his relationship with female R&B artist Rihanna.  We also see cases like Kansas City Chief’s player Jovan Belcher.  What kind of messages are we sending to the next generation of viewers and listeners, when their idols are engaging in this type of behavior?  We as those in the entertainment and media spotlight have a higher responsibility to portray positive messages to those who look up to us.  Many times these individuals do not have the stable households, the best examples of relationships in their own lives, so they look to music to help define their worldview of what they are supposed to be like.  Artists are now looking more to making money off of what is culturally popular than being morally responsible for the repercussions of their actions- creating a movement of youth following in the footsteps not of the artists necessarily themselves, but of the characters the artists portray in their music and out on the world stage.

We need more artists, entertainers, sports players, those with the media spotlight on them to take ownership of their role in society, to step up, and change the cultural tide that is stemming from their music and their examples.

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Advocates and Athletes Join the Vice President for the Launch of the 1 is 2 Many PSA (Excerpt from August)

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excerpt from an article I found on whitehouse.gov, which highlights a very important mission of President Barack Obama, to help end dating violence through awareness.  We should all think about and get involved in this issue, whether it be through conversations about the issue, getting involved in our schools, or getting creative and finding our own ways to stand up!

Advocates and Athletes Join the Vice President for the Launch of the 1 is 2 Many PSA

Posted by Grace O’Malley, Emily Rock on August 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM EDT
As we wrap up our summer of interning in the Office of the Vice President, one highlight of our experience that really stands out was helping with the launch of the Vice President’s Public Service Announcement (PSA) that speaks out against dating violence.

In the PSA, President Obama, Vice President Biden, David Beckham, Jeremy Lin, Evan Longoria, Eli Manning, Jimmy Rollins, Joe Torre, and Andy Katz ask all men to step up, speak out, and help end the violence. The PSA is part of the 1 is 2 Many campaign the Vice President started last year, which seeks to raise awareness and end violence against women.

Advocates and athletes came to the White House to join the Vice President for the launch event on June 21. Many young people in the audience that day enthusiastically welcomed the PSA’s message. “I am so glad that there is a 1 is 2 Many campaign because I learned at the event that despite the decrease of domestic violence, teenage domestic violence is on the rise,” said Amber, 16, an advocate from Girls, Inc. who attended the announcement. We were so inspired by all of the young advocates joining with the 1 is 2 Many campaign that we decided the Vice President’s Office should hear their feedback on this important issue.

The PSA takes a step toward reshaping cultural views about what it means to be a man. Amanda observed that “There is so much violence in the media giving the message to boys that they have to be violent to show they are manly and with these men who are truly successful in life in what boys see as a manly profession it can help give a more positive message and prevent as much violence as possible. And Phillip from the Red Flag campaign said that “Standing up against dating violence doesn’t make you less masculine, it actually makes you more masculine to stand up to it, and if we all do, we could possibly eradicate it.”

Grace O’Malley and Emily Rock served as 2012 summer interns in the Office of the Vice President.

What are your thoughts on the public service announcement, which I probably a lot of my readers have seen, and what are you doing/would you like to do towards this cause?