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.
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 from Wikipedia edited by Lauren Piraro.
During a group discussion last school year in my History of Witch Hunt class (A.K.A the best class ever) one of my female peers stated outright: “I am not a feminist or anything.” The topic of discussion was where women’s history fit into history as documented by men and retold to classrooms all around the world. The thing that made me laugh (and become slightly annoyed) was that her contributions to the conversation afterwards most definitely pervaded support for women’s rights and, ultimately, feminism as a whole.
It was then I began asking myself why so many women strayed from declaring themselves feminists – the new “F Word” in our culture and society.