“Rated R” is a project created by 3 digital activists, – Pearlé Nwaezeigwe, Lili Spira, and Rachael Cornego which teaches how to maximize resilience and self-care while engaging in activism on social media. Trained in techniques for viewing sensitive social media content by the Human Rights Center Berkeley and Amnesty International, the idea for Rated R is stemmed from the trauma and violence that is being experienced and witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic, from the racist violence against Black communities, the persistent sexual violence in Nigeria and the United States, from witnessing communities around the globe rise up to injustice and take part in the Movement for Black Lives, and the need to be a part of the digital revolution.
Just like the movie ratings, if a show has nudity or graphic violence, it is Rated R. The goal of project R is to similarly, apply a mental rating to all the violent content watched by users each day on social media. The revolution is now brought to our fingertips in ways that are more accessible than ever, thanks to social media. However, many users are currently at home, scrolling through dozens, potentially hundreds of potentially violent and painful photos, videos, and stories every day. This can be overwhelming and triggering without the necessary practices in resiliency.
Resilience is defined as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress.” It is necessary for long-term participation in social movements. Resilience is what allows you to keep fighting, even when you’re out of energy and feel like all hope is lost. In building resilience, you’re resisting systems that seek to oppress and marginalize and destroy entire communities.
For carefully created visual and fun tips for viewing graphic content, intersectional mental health resources, mindfulness worksheets, and more, visit ratedresilient.com
Stay resilient. Resist. Join the revolution.
Rated R – @ratedresilient
Pearle Nwaezeigwe- @pearlewae29, Lili Spira- @lilisirispira, Rachael Cornego – @rach_aaael