One woman’s well-intentioned crusade to end street harassment has some racially insensitive side-effects.
“This is what happens when the patriarchy dons a cape and a cowl.”
There’s a feminist anthem out there for you. Or, rather, in here.
A New York Times cover story graphically depicts the sexual assault a student named Anna experienced when she was freshman at Hobart and William Smith colleges. It also details the pathetic excuse for a judiciary hearing she and countless survivors across the United States have encountered when reporting rape and sexual assault to their universities.
Among STEM Ph.D. holders, women and black people are leaving the field in disproportionate numbers. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to connect the dots: sexism and racism strike again, to the detriment of everyone.
“When will white feminists take collective responsibility for educating themselves? When will they understand the power at play that sings in their skins? We don’t exist in a vacuum and women of colour don’t exist to hold their hands and explain in painful detail why their behaviour continues to hurt us. Intersectional feminist politics are not for white women to co-opt as their own.”
Just like you and I contain multitudes, so does the movement which advocates for women’s empowerment and equality.
As a teenager, I reeled from the shift in the how society now viewed me: as a collection of body parts for anyone and everyone to comment on. Today, watching my teenage sister on social media gives me hope.
Women’s studies, as a whole, is a discipline grounded in words. These pieces are some of the words that ground the entire thing.
When we have these conversations about street harassment, we have to talk about the unique experiences LGBTQ women face.
“Good Girls” reminds us that patriarchy is not only a tool for men, but a tool for women with other privileged identities to use against women with marginalized identities.
We started wondering what other things everyone would just stop worrying about altogether if they were more reminiscent of hairbows and apple pies.
“Our fear of being dismissed or not believed is so strong that sometimes we need to wait for an unequivocally misogynistic event to talk about it all, just so we can be sure that those around us are at least starting off from a place of understanding that yes, this happens. There’s a hope that when the danger to women’s lives was so recently demonstrated, there will be more receptivity in listening to our experiences of how that danger functions and is allowed to prosper.”
The White House has released a 60-second public service announcement calling for an end to sexual assault featuring such household names and faces as Daniel Craig, Dulé Hill, Benicio del Toro, Seth Meyers, Steve Carell, and both the President and Vice President themselves. It’s a truly big deal.
The recent scandal surrounding the disturbing messages leaked from American University’s Epsilon Iota is a national story, and sheds light on a national problem. The response of AU students shows us something, too — how students can organize as a community to force their administrations to take action against campus sexual assault.
“I try to remain impartial about most things,” she told us, “except for two: Ronald Reagan and Phyllis Schafly.”
We end up with a bunch of wealthy white dudes palling around with other wealthy white dudes, mostly telling stories about, you guessed it, wealthy white dudes.
Here, the message isn’t for girls to put their little noses to the grindstone; this campaign largely targets adults, calling for reflection on internalized sexism.
If you want to learn from the biggest brain living at the intersections of pizza and feminism, know this: she works here. Duh.
It’s not up to just anyone. It’s up to sex workers to define their own destiny.