Ria Zelada, a journalism major at Cal Poly SLO, shares with us her philosophy on feminism and her ideas to enact change for women in the world.
— Lauren Piraro ☯ॐ (@laurenpiraro) November 19, 2013
“Bitch” is a prominent Feminist magazine that strives to provide social commentary on current topics that range from newly released books to a fresh look at how the patriarchy is now attempting to marginalize women and other minority groups. I bought my first issue of “Bitch:” on a whim and never looked back. These types of publications are so rare because of financing difficulties, so it’s our duty as feminists and supporters of journalism to purchase these publications that need to be out for other to read.
On the helm of finishing one of my favorite blog posts about exposing the truths about sexual harassment for college women, I thought it would be a useful idea to better equip myself with the knowledge of a resource for combatting this issue: SAFER (Students Active For Ending Rape).
SAFER is a safe and welcoming organization on campus. I walked in and was kindly granted a few minutes of their time to learn a little bit more about what exactly SAFER is and what they do on campus.
Collette Long, a student assistant for the organization, discusses that SAFER is “Cal Poly’s campus resource for sexual assault.” They “can help faculty, staff, students and their loved ones affected by it.”
“SAFER has two sections,” said Long. “Crisis services and planning is the first and educating the campus and community with knowledge to prevent the issue is the second.”
Long also explained that SAFER hosts many events throughout the year. During April, they dedicate an entire month to sexual assault awareness with speakers and presentations that culminates with Take Back the Night.
Investigate your college campus or community to see if you have a SAFER you can utilize as a great resource.
I bring to you a very new and thought-proving blog post with a twist – it is in audio format. I was inspired by the social movement “Hollaback!” (click here to view the blog I posted a few days ago about this wonderful initiative) that focuses on giving a voice to victims of sexual harassment. I talk with college women about their experiences pertaining to an issue that is often times swept under the rug in our culture and society. In doing so, I hope to crack open discussion of sexual harassment because it is a very real problem.
I would also like to thank the brave women that volunteered to tell their story. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think.
For countless women and members of the LGBTQ community, street harassment is a sobering truth that is often times both unavoidable and degrading. Street harassment can consist of blatant whistling, explicit cat-calls, or lingering eye contact. These are all actions that extend unsought or undesired attention. Thankfully, the humiliation is on its way to being a thing of the past!
The “Hollaback!” street movement is “a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world.” This network works “together to better understand street harassment, to ignite public conversations, and to develop innovative strategies to ensure equal access to public spaces.”
The “Hollaback!” application provides comfort and a voice to those that are harassed. Here are five reasons why everyone should download and use this app:
1. The application is VERY easy to utilize whenever the situation arises. First, you enter the story and hit the location button so where the harassment occurred is tracked. You have the option to include a picture, details of the incident, and whether it happened to you directly or if you were a witness to the harassment. Also, once you submit your story, you will receive an e-mail requesting the entire incident to be submitted so the Hollaback! website can map it on the local maps.
2. Using “Hollaback!” breaks the silence of street harassment that is often attributed as a women or LGBTQ member’s “price to pay” in society. Furthering this movement’s cause will shift public opinion in a more critical, open-minded direction.
3. The information gathered on the app and website is collected, organized, and then presented to elected officials and policymakers in areas where a lot of street harassment is occurring. Contributing to this movement gives support to a very real problem within our society.
4. Through using the app, a person can spin the harassment into a moment of empowerment by realizing they can take a stance on this issue instead of passively standing by and accepting the injustices.
5. You realize that you are not the only one. On just college campuses alone, 67% of students have experienced harassment. Utilizing this app unites people from all across the nation and is a very powerful reminder that street harassment should not be the norm.
For more information of this application, visit “Hollaback!” in the iTunes store.
As I briefly referenced in my multimedia slideshow “10 Things A Feminist Should Do In College,” enrolling in a Women and Gender Studies course in college is a great way to really understand the elements of feminist scholasticism and theory in a collegiate environment, as oppose to renegade lessons via YouTube. Don’t get me wrong, YouTube videos are very informative and are the next best thing to acquire information on topics such as the aforementioned, but it definitely is not the most academic source for information.
Hello, fellow feminists! In an effort to honor my detailed goals in my last post, I have created an interactive Dipity timeline detailing the history of the feminist movement in the United States. As men and women strive to create a better world one day at a time through social, political, and cultural efforts, it is vital that they understand the past efforts made so as to build upon them. Click the image above to access my Dipity timeline and take a peak into the past!