Do Internet memes do anything?
Is it just "slacktivism"? It might be, but then again I wouldn't be writing this article right now talking about the non-partisan women's rights organization UniteWomen.org if they weren't doing such a publicity initiative to get people talking.
I was approached by the organization's PR director Shannon Fisher to join their campaign in response to the Steubenville gang rape -- and specifically the rape culture that made such a tragedy possible.
The organization was founded a little over a year ago by Karen Teegarden in response to the amount of legislation threatening women's rights around the country.
Since then, the organization has brought together 55 rallies in 45 states -- all in the same day -- and they were instrumental in helping to pass the Violence Against Women Act, targeting members of Congress with messages of support for the women's rights legislation after a coordinated Twitter bomb attack. Several representatives tweeted back to say they had voted to support it because of their response.
The point of their latest campaign, "Unite Against Rape," is to denounce the epidemic of rape in culture and change the public dialogue.
You can also participate in the campaign as well, and I'd love to hear your thoughts -- and potential meme -- in the comments below.
All you have to do is send a sentence completing the line "I stand united against rape because..." and a picture to email@example.com.
If you need immediate help, call the National Rape, Abuse, & Incest Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE
Here are a few of the women participating so far. You can find and share these memes at UniteWomen's Facebook page.
Why do you stand united against rape?
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