Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Project Unbreakable

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month in the US, so I thought I would point you towards the incredible Project Unbreakable, if you haven't heard of it before.

Project Unbreakable is an art project in which survivors of sexual assault are photographed holding a sign with a quote from their attacker(s) on it. The photographs are so simple and so, so powerful.

To me, the project is about raising awareness, while also showcasing the strength of the women, and men, pictured. They stand there, bold and defiant, sometimes smiling, to say I am okay. Which I think is amazing.

Project Unbreakable was started by photographer Grace Brown; you can find out more about it here, and follow the tumblr here.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Potstickers and Disco

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

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This Week's Topic: If you could visit any country with a fictional character as your guide, who would you pick and where would you go?

I am quite desperate to go to America, so obviously I'll say there. And the US is a biiiiig place, so I'm going to need more than one guide.

Maybe Colby can drive me around San Francisco in Melinda, while we listen to Sleater-Kinney and talk about street art. 

Speaking of San Francisco, I'm pretty sure Cyd Charisse could show me where to get the best potstickers and bargain bin disco CDs.

Switching coasts: there are so many people I'd love to take me around NYC. Nick and Norah would no doubt be awesome for a night of thrashing around at a punk show.

Blair Waldorf and I would have the best time shopping at Barneys for killer heels and cute dresses, for sure.

I'd love to spend the night wandering around the city with Adam Wilde--oh, Adam. I bet he could show me the coolest places, and talk to me about music. And then we could roadtrip all the way back to Oregon!

So yeah, I'm pretty sure that with all of those lovely characters, I'd have myself a trip to remember.