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  1. Laura
    Laura September 25, 2008 at 5:23 pm |

    Something that strikes me, not quite as much as the lack of people from less-privileged situations, but nonetheless- the planning of these projects don’t seem to include the very people they are targeting- adolescent girls. It is true that members were adolescent at one time, but it still seems like another voice is missing.

  2. Emily Douglas
    Emily Douglas September 25, 2008 at 8:51 pm |

    “Bring girls in, don’t bring boys” out — you are so right, it was the first concern voiced, and it was, in my view, unnecessary and misleading. The position and status of girls vis a vis their brothers, male peers, and male relatives needs to be fundamentally shifted; if there needs to be girl-specific funding and girl-centered safe spaces for that to happen, that is vital.

  3. Kate
    Kate September 25, 2008 at 11:17 pm |

    It seems to me that there is nothing wrong, AS SUCH, with people who aren’t in the position of those they are talking about, talking about the issues with each other. In fact, i think it’s important (although, how come we can only ever have one ‘minority’ group involved – men of colour or women, not both).

    the trouble is that the point of privalege is that you can’t see, you don’t know, what is and isn’t important or possible to those without your privalege. The idea of using the internet is all well and good – but if you have poor literacy or no electricity, it’s not so helpful, is it?

    I strongly feel that white people and men shouldn’t be left out of the conversation because we can’t understand. But we shouldn’t be left alone to do it – that smacks of imperialism, colonialism, all those horrible -isms.

  4. kara
    kara September 25, 2008 at 11:27 pm |

    “…a longer term goal of change social norms (cynical about whether that means the imposition or normalization of Western culture and values)…”

    To a certain extent, by helping girls and women we are literally destroying the culture and values that already exist, and that is similar to Westernization. The goal, though, is not to impart to them our superficial culture, like “be white and skinny”, instead passing on, “use your voice and love your body”.

  5. Lauren
    Lauren September 27, 2008 at 8:30 pm |

    Looking forward to the Eitel post.

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