Bullies and Sexists Beware! Alexis Jones and Lizzie Velasquez are Here!
Alexis Jones has spent time on the road creating awareness and an educational program on empowering women and educating men on the importance of respecting women, as Lizzie Velasquez has spent her time motivating those who don’t feel spoken up for. Together the duo has come to SXSW in the Comcast booth to discuss their projects in particular, Protect Her (or #ProtectHer).
Protect Her is Alexis Jones’ project to try to change the conversation about sexual assault on campus. Her strategy is to go to sports teams and lockers rooms, and discussing and educating them on what they can do for women. The idea is if the conversation is about what they can do, how they can help, these men will feel empowered in fostering a safer culture and understanding better the power of their actions.
Lizzie Velasquez meanwhile discusses her documentary created with Alexis Jones in 2015, titled A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, and her journey wherein she found a hurtful video about herself when she was 17 which led her to become an inspirational speaker and media personality. She is preparing to publish her fourth book, Dare to Be Kind. She also discusses her upcoming show Unzipped: With Lizzie Velasquez.
The trio have an amazing conversation about rape culture, toxic masculinity, and considering about the programming of men and inviting them to the conversation. Watch the video above, and tell us what you think in the comments or on Twitter at @WhatsTrending, and check out more of our interviews by clicking on the SXSW hashtag on WhatsTrending.com or on the Comcast Facebook page.