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Esther Chavez; New V-Men column

1/8/2010

In Memoriam: Esther Chávez Cano

Esther Chávez Cano, world-renowned human rights activist and long time Vagina Warrior, passed away on the morning of December 25. Eve wrote this memoriam in her honor:

Esther Chávez Cano died early this morning, December 25, 2009. My heart hurts. I cannot imagine this world without her. She was a fierce activist and a huge part of our V-Day movement. She literally changed the world for women in Juárez, bringing the struggle of the raped, the disappeared, the discarded women and girls to global attention. She was tireless in her struggle, opening a transformational center, Casa Amiga where women were healed and empowered, taking on the authorities, often endangering her own life. Even in these last years when she was fighting cancer she remained in the struggle. One of my greatest memories of Esther is when we marched together in Juárez, thousands coming from all over the country and the world to demand justice and freedom. She gave her life for the women and girls of Juárez. She taught me about service and humility and kindness. She was a force in our movement, a leader and a beacon and we will miss her terribly.

-Eve Ensler

In Esther's name, we need to keep the struggle for justice for women and girls in Juarez going. By request of the Chávez Family, it is asked that donations in Esther's memory be sent to Casa Amiga in memory of Mrs. Esther White Chávez: Banco Santander, Account #: 65-50227820-0, KEY 014164655022782007 To: CASA AMIGA CENTER OF CRISIS AC 1427 Suc. Place the Towers CD. Juárez, Chih. P.c. 32575

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NEW V-Men Column: How a Boy Learns to be a Man: Three Moments by Michael Kimmel

As someone who is both a researcher and an activist about masculinity issue, I'm often asked: where does it start? How does a boy learn all that stuff about masculinity? While these images surround us, bombard us, on a daily basis, it's only through watching my son, Zachary's experiences that I've seen so clearly how
one comes to understand that masculinity is a performance, a pose, a posture, how it is extracted from us, and the psychic and physical toll it demands.

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