Her name is Tara Teng. She is a young woman who is a gift to our family, who encourages me to carry on fighting for what I believe in. Tara is an abolitionist. She is also Miss World Canada. But most importantly, she knows who she is and what God has called her to do on this planet, and she literally, on the front lines, helps rescue those who have been enslaved in human trafficking. She is one of my friends, but also one of my heroes.
I have always had a passion for changing the mainstream view of women in media. In fact, its one of the main reasons I am in the music industry. I want to be a different kind of entertainer/performer/CEO. For the most part ( and there are numerous professionals giving global talks on the subject ) women have constantly been thrown into sexualization in media and subjected as objects for the sake of selling something, usually a product. You don’t need to go far to realize that. The subject is deep, as well as far reaching, and it is in EVERYONE’s everyday lives – even if we don’t consciously know it. The challenge is, it is YOU & I as the consumer that are constantly encouraging it. From the magazines we buy, to the television shows we watch, to the music we listen to – or even the clothes we buy our children. We continue to grow up in a world where the sexualization of women has not only become more than acceptable, it has created an ever increasing demand for men and women to think that a subject like human trafficking is ok. IT IS NOT OK. Nor is it OK to watch our young women grow up in the music industry and completely lose themselves and destroy themselves for the sake of a paycheque and fame. I have also consistently seen how the entertainment and advertising culture have become a catalyst for which many men and women form their beliefs of human beings. But the REAL TRUTH of our IDENTITY needs to be coming out louder than ever before. Our girls and our boys are suffering because of it, and so are we. We need to be aware, VALUE OURSELVES so that we can VALUE OTHERS.
Last night I got to hear a documentary on media literacy by Jean Kilbourne (Killing Me Softly 4) in a talk that another friend and hero of mine Monica was presenting. Monica is a professional personal trainer, and she speaks on identity, grace and the truth and how it relates to our health and the ideologies that society puts on us. Monica will soon have a website up and I’ll be linking her so you can find her too ( Monika-ka wink wink haha ) ( I’m trying to help her with her site, and it’s coming soon! ) but it was just the kick in the butt I needed to get my heart going all over again to how important this issue is. When I was moping the day before in my blog, I really realized that my issues were very small compared to what’s going on in the lives of women and girls globally. The wednesday talk was timely, and so was the topic.
I know why I am where I am. It could be a slow going fight, but I’m in it for the long haul. Always have been, always will be. I am just blessed that I have some new companions to fight with! I encourage you to be an educated consumer. The world is full of junk, but I am hopeful that there are more people that desire to take a stand for the generations all over the world, to bring LIFE and not death. HOPE and HEALING, and not violence, pain and slavery.
Photo Credit: Annette Biggers www.triplecord.com