Dot & Olivia
What It Takes to Self Advocate

Dot Fisher-Smith was born into a Jewish family in the deep south during segregation, and swore a silent oath to change the conditions of the world she saw around her. Using non-compliance as her approach, Dot was imprisoned countless times in her eighty-seven years of social activism and civil resistance. Moved to engage in intergenerational conversation with a young leader whose work she admires, she converses here with her granddaughter, Olivia Fisher-Smith. Olivia is a seventeen year old senior in high school, a student advocate and sex educator, helping middle school children advocate for personal rights in the complicated new conditions of the internet age. Their loving encounter centers on sex education in the era defined by “When Did Porn Become the New Sex-Ed?”, and what it takes to advocate for what you know is right, in your most heightened, personal, and vulnerable moments.

ASK: When Did Porn Become Sex Ed?

The statistics on sexual assault may have forced a national dialogue on consent, but honest conversations between adults and teenagers about what happens after yes — discussions about ethics, respect, decision making, sensuality, reciprocity, relationship building, the ability to assert desires and set limits — remain rare. 

By Peggy Orenstein - New York Times

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WATCH: The Sexy Lie

Caroline Heldman discusses self-objectification, how to recognize it, and the large-scale consequences it can have for women and society as a whole. 

By Caroline Heldman - TEDxYouth


CHALLENGE: Sorry, Not Sorry

A lot of the time when I say sorry it's because I'm mad. Really mad. So mad that I'm afraid anything but sorry will cause me to explode and drip my hideous rage juice all over someone I'm simultaneously pissed at and trying to please. 

By Lena Dunham – Linked In

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