Live Blog: What is SAFER?


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.


Sexual Harassment for College Women Exposed!

Hello, Readers!

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.


The Benefits of Women and Gender Studies Classes in College

Photo of Nicole Hayashida during her Women and Gender studies class taken by Lauren Piraro with permission

Photo of Nicole Hayashida during her Women and Gender studies class taken by Lauren Piraro with permission

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.

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History of the Feminist Movement in the United States (At a glance!)

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 10.08.08 AMHello, 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!

Limitations Are Just Social Constructs


Illustration created by Lauren Piraro

In any social situation a college student finds themselves in where they are being introduced to new faces, it’s become customary to ask a specific set of questions. These particular go-to questions include: “What’s your major?” and then the subsequent, “Oh, cool. What do you want to do with it?” Some will admit that they are not sure exactly which path they want to take, others find comfort in feigning certainty, and a select few will know exactly what they want. In any case, you are being ask to define yourself and your careers goals in a few short words as if that could ever sum up a lifetime of achievements and adventures.

As many students believe that the major they select in college is the area in which they will be working in for the rest of their lives, it is important to understand that any and all limitations in life are social constructs to be overcome.

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Fashion Is Feminist: A Cal Poly Girl’s Perspective On Society

Image of Dani Berton taken with permission by Lauren Piraro

Image of Dani Berton taken with permission by Lauren Piraro

In a world where first impressions make all the difference, how individuals express themselves through fashion should be very important. The clothing men and women wear offers onlookers a “Spark Noted” version of who they are and what they value. Although a necessary art form, fashion is often trivialized or dismissed because of it’s obvious associations with women.

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