No one should have to experience the adverse effects that these studies entail, but even today, it still takes a man complaining for anything to get done.
Unpaid Internships are made to seem less exploitative because they offer “experience” and “exposure,” both of which rarely amount to an immediate, rewarding pay-off.
You are great at creating a unique space for female empowerment through exercise. For that, I want to say thank you.
Our patriarchal society has taught us to use our words as weapons, but imagine the world of difference that could be made if our words were used as an apparatus for understanding.
As a woman, I have been socialized to bear the emotional burden of the people I interact with– whether they are complete strangers or people I love and want to support.
The story seems to go the same way each time that we tell it: we are tired of facing physical, sexual, and verbal threats. However, in the case of harassment, it is also important to recognize a disparity in women’s experiences.
Gaslighting is a common psychological trick that removes accountability and stifles discourse by laying blame on the victim or convincing them that there is no problem to begin with.
We are pushing ourselves to our absolute limits at institutions like American college campuses that do little to change this toxic environment.
Instructing one another on the ways in which we are racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, etc. simply reinforces the self-righteous conduct and power-oriented behavior that led us to our currently inequitable world. Becoming effective accomplices rather than compliant “allies” is a challenge we must all accept to progress towards empathy and liberation.
When we look at these scenarios, what is crucial to notice is that dynamics of privilege define these interactions… Essentially, what this person has is the privilege to silence someone.