As a woman, I commend Taylor and applaud her for her dedication in standing up for women. Many times, you forget how to respond when it comes to being catcalled on the street or being touched without your consent. By fighting back, Taylor is showing the world that sexual assault is a real problem to be addressed, and that we won’t put up with this nonsense. Taylor Swift, who has a large presence on both social media and in the music industry, is able to use her platform to bring awareness to incidents that not many people think about.Read More
By opening up about a tough experience, Kesha is able to shed light on the importance of recognizing inner strength and putting personal healing before hatred inflicted by others. We wanted to hear about what survivors thought of Kesha’s new music - is the song a good reflection of the strength and resiliency of survivors, or does it attempt to set an unfair standard for what the emotions of a survivor should be? I interviewed 2 survivors who offered unique perspectives about the song.Read More
Young girls are especially susceptible to words, and during their teenage years, self-worth and self-esteem seem to be commodities. With the pressure to fit in and to be ‘popular,’ being slut-shamed can decrease young girls’ self-esteem significantly, to the point where even in their adult years they may wonder if they are ‘worthy’ of being in a relationship because a boy in high school called them a slut or feel isolated by their peers. This doesn’t even touch dress codes, which often perpetuate slut-shaming.Read More
Worst-case scenario - I feel as though there was something I must have done to deserve an unwanted comment, wink, or touch. Comments from the women in my life such as, “Are you sure you want to be wearing that in public? You don’t want to hurt yourself” or “Don’t forget to bring your mace—don’t want to put yourself in a dangerous situation,” only fuel a fear that a catcall is my fault, or in fact a compliment.
But sexual harassment is neither of these. Sexual harassment in public spaces is a violation of consent and a form of sexual violence. No matter if the harasser physically grabs someone or stares predatorily, they overstep the boundaries of individuals trying to go about their day.Read More