Syracuse YOU: Girls Inc.

Posted: November 1, 2008 by jerkmag in Uncategorized

“I know this girl, we call her Sweet Cooch Brown/Hands down, mami had the bombest pussy in town.” Yes, these are actual song lyrics, courtesy of the creatively named Jay-Z and R. Kelly song “Pussy.” Do a quick iTunes search and you will find many more songs like this, including “Pussy Monster” by Lil Wayne and, if you want to go old school, “Move Bitch” by Ludacris.

It’s no secret that female objectification and gender stereotypes are everywhere: in the media, politics and especially entertainment. After profiling artistic Syracuse University students for several weeks, it is time to put the spotlight on an awesome national organization that is accomplishing great work within the Syracuse community: Girls Incorporated.

The Central New York chapter is based out of Syracuse, just minutes from campus. Like all nonprofits, Girls Inc. supports its programs through donations and volunteers. So instead of spending your parent’s money on another costume for a themed party, why not use it to do some good?

Girls Inc. is a national nonprofit that has been around since 1864. Since then, it has helped millions of girls overcome various societal barriers. They encourage girls to imagine a future without limits, to be strong, smart and bold. This includes getting girls to resist gender stereotypes and traditional notions of female fragility, to take risks, appreciate their bodies and be independent.

Not only does Girls Inc. work to empower young girls, they also advocate on behalf of issues that affect girls and women. They advocate on topics including gender equality, reproductive freedom, career development, cultural diversity, economic independence and sexuality.

The basis of the organization is the Girls’ Bill of Rights. It says: “Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes; Girls have the right to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm; Girls have the right to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success; Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies; Girls have the right to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world; Girls have the right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.”

These are goals every SU student should feel passionate about working toward.

~ Ashley Jonson

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