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Smart Talk: Educating about "rape culture" through the arts; Health insurance deadline update

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 1, 2014 2:46 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, April 2, 2014:

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Hundreds of organizations across the country are findings way to bring attention to the issue of sexual violence during the month of April -- Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

A new non-profit group in Lancaster hopes to garner that attention and to educate through the arts.

the planet project and its current campaign Hu-MAN Up are taking on what they provocatively call "rape culture" with an event called Becoming Human: Words and Images to End Rape Culture.

the planet project describes rape culture as one that uses images, TV shows, commercials, and advertisements to make women sexual objects.

Adele Ulrich and Ray Manlove appear on Wednesday's Smart Talk to discuss the event.

For more information on the planet project and Hu-Man Up visit

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Adele Ulrich and Ray Manlove


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Also, the deadline to enroll in the healthcare exchanges under the Affordable Care Act was Monday.  With a last-minute push, more than seven million Americans purchased health insurance.

The enrollment period came with six months of controversy over the law and technical problems with the website used to sign up.

Jessica Lynch, a certified application counselor with Healthy York Network joins us on Wednesday's show to talk about the enrollments, the last few days before the deadline, and what happens next.

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  • rahbie img 2014-04-02 08:18

    I would like to commend your guests and their campaign. This activism is so long overdue. LOVE what you are doing and what you stand for and the message you are offering. Kudos!

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    Eugene emails:

    The conversation this morning shows how reluctant we are to admit the deep sexualization of America which creates the environment for all of the abuse and exploitation. Women are as guilty of creating this environment as men. For example they are the ones parading raw sexuality as cheerleaders in the sports scene.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-04-02 08:43

    Tom from Carlisle emails:

    When my daughter was in college, she lived in a co-ed dorm. This made dad (me) very nervous. So I asked her what would happen if a male intruder came in the women’s shower room and accosted one of females. She said “Dad, seriously, the men on her floor would probably kill them. They are very protective of us.” Enough said…

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-04-02 08:43

    Pat emails:

    Have statistics on rape been broken down: where, when, did the victim know the perpetrator?

    Girls and young women should be aware, which I'm not sure I did, that boys and young men's sex drive starts earlier. Also, learn to say "stop" in many ways, and sooner. When my dad was teaching me to drive at the age of sixteen, he repeatedly chastised me for waiting till the last minute to put on the brakes for an upcoming stop sign. "Take your foot off the gas and let the car slow down."

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    Marty emails:

    My comment relates to the comments made this morning about men and “sports talk”, which I view as “side bar” to the main thrust of today’s discussion but about which I feel it necessary to make a follow up comment…

    Talking “sports” is a universal ice breaker among men to begin a conversation… and, I do believe that it does enable them to use those topics of discussion as façades at times behind which to hide until a man finds a comfort level with discussing other topics between them and another man or other men… but, what is really interesting is when a woman who is knowledgeable about sports happens into such a discussion… and, what I have observed over the years when this happens is that the knowledgeable woman will make an incredible impression and command great respect from the men in that sports discussion… “sports talk” is no longer just the province of men and I love a well rounded sports chat that includes both men and women who appreciate the little nuances of, say, baseball... I know women who can keep an accurate scorecard and hold their own in a discussion about the nuances of baseball… or, another example is college basketball… I know women – one, in particular – that pick playoff brackets much more intelligently than any man I know…

    Chatting about sports is not and should not be a part of today’s conversation… we live in a competitive culture and sports is a part of it and there is nothing wrong with competition… healthy competition is exciting and has nothing to do with preying on others…

    • ray manlove img 2014-04-02 10:28

      Marty, if you google the "good men project" and search their site for "So you're tired of hearing about "Rape Culture" it should give you a greater understanding as to why we we addressed sports. Thanks for tuning in!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-04-02 08:47

    Blaine emails:

    Fines are $95 OR 1% of income, work for a tax preparer, I haven’t seen an estimate of next yrs fine at $95

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-04-02 08:47

    Laura emails:

    The online assistant helped to chose a plan with me for dental (since we determined you can’t add that later after signup)—the plan I selected, as it turns out, did not apply to my own current dentist, nor was it even close to where I reside in PA. Of course I could not get back in touch with anyone to try and change it. What are my options?

    Never return that paperwork or pay? And can I alter that choice now/ or within this month extension? I am sure I’d like a fitting plan but it has to be within my region and apply to my dentist.

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    Facebook comment from Kat:

    i dont think one can de genderize women or men, but again, we cant properly look at men and women without MENS studies.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-04-02 08:54

    Follow-up email from Laura:

    And by the way—the online rep had NO idea that you could not sign up later for dental—I learned that from WITF thanks! (the dentist was closed the day I signed up so I could not call or research online)

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-04-02 08:56

    Follow-up email from Laura:

    And by the way—the online rep had NO idea that you could not sign up later for dental—I learned that from WITF thanks! (the dentist was closed the day I signed up so I could not call or research online)

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