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Monday, April 27, 2015
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In my English 101 Composition class, students have to write an argument essay. The alternate assignment is to write a letter, arguing that a relative or friend should stop a self-destructive behavior. I created the alternate to demonstrate to students how the literary skill of argument has a practical application which can save someone’s life.
In this letter, JC, argues with a friend who is the victim of child abuse. The names have been abbreviated to protect their identities. JC agreed to share her letter in hopes that it would help a variety of abuse victims (from children to adults) and be a model for concerned loved ones who want to be supportive, yet firm in encouraging them to leave. –Professor Marcia McNair
Thursday, April 23, 2015
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Women are Expected to Make the Right Decisions All the Time: The Double Standards Surrounding Personal Safety
by Gillian Sobocinski
A double standard that I have observed is that women often worry, and are told by others that they should worry, a great deal about their own safety, whether when going on a date with someone for the first time or just doing things in public on their own, such as walking alone at night. Men do not have to worry or think about this as much. Though everyone should of course be concerned for and conscious of his or her own safety, men do not seem to have to think so much or be so pressured about this.
I remember when the mom of one of my ex-boyfriends sent me a chain e-mail back when we were dating that was about a woman being taken captive by a man while getting into her car in a parking lot at night. The e-mail urged women to always be vigilant of their surroundings, walk to their cars quickly, and leave as soon as they got into the car so that they would not be attacked. As with many instances of sexism that occur in our society, I think that the sexism in this e-mail is hidden. At first it seems perfectly helpful and informative, and I knew that my ex-boyfriend’s mom was sending it to me because she cared for my safety. But though the e-mail can be taken this way, it also hints at a larger issue, which is that women are expected to be able to make the right decisions all the time in terms of calculating risk. Ignoring the fact that risk calculation can be impossible to get right sometimes because we cannot predict the future, if something terrible happens to a woman she is often blamed for what has happened to her. This is indicative of the problems of rape culture, which blames women for the violence that is committed against them instead of treating them as victims and focusing attention on the people who have committed the violence. A good example to illustrate this point is that if someone were to be hit by a car while walking along the street, most people would not blame the person who was hit for the incident. So why should we blame a woman who is raped?
This idea can be transferred to a situation such as a woman walking to her car, or being on campus at her school, alone at night. Everyone should be aware of their surroundings, but the pressure on women to constantly make exactly the right predictions and choices is crazy, and it is also crazy that women have to be afraid to be in public by themselves. I should not have to be afraid to take night classes at my school. We can help to change this double standard by thinking differently about women who are victims, remembering that they are in no way responsible for the actions committed against them. We should also remember that, though everyone has a level of responsibility for their own safety, the responsibility that women are forced to take on for themselves can be highly overwhelming. Instead of focusing on women in regards to this issue, we should be focusing on the men who harass or attack them. We should acknowledge that we are living in a rape culture and that we must hold the attackers within this culture accountable for the crimes that they commit. I also think that the police and public safety officials at schools should take harassment more seriously and should be doing all that they can to prevent it. This includes online harassment, which police officers seem to dismiss, but which causes the women who experience it a great amount of anxiety and stress. If we can focus more of our energies on changing our culture in which harassment and violence against women is allowed, then we can get rid of this double standard and help women not be afraid to exist in the world on their own, as all people should be able to feel.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
BY BRITTANY BRONSON
SHARED WITH YOU BY TIM STRODE
From the article:
"This week I will be sexually harassed on the job, and like many women in the Las Vegas service industry, I will count my tips at the end of my shift and decide that it is worth it"
Thursday, April 16, 2015
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
"On March 9th, AWWP writers Marzia and Mahnaz spoke to students at Nassau Community College as part of NCC’s Women’s History Month program. They wowed the crowd with their writings and their remarks regarding the status of Afghan women as well as their hopes for the future.
As part of the program, student and professor volunteers read AWWP essays and poems. In a wonderful four-minute radio segment produced by Mahnaz herself, hear portions of Roya’s 'Remembering Fifteen' and Basira’s 'Tahera’s Story.' You can also hear Marzia reading from her own poem 'Listen to Me.'"
Monday, April 13, 2015
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Thursday, April 2, 2015
Homage to Beautiful Me by Angela Graci
All women have multiple
and those who judge are simply jerks
I look in the mirror and see
while others look and see what they want to see
I behold these
beautiful blue eyes
right above the mouth that tells no lies
always have something to say
everyone is different in their own way
matters is what’s in your heart
That is the most beautiful part