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.
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.
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.
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.