For my activism project I decided to perform a social experiment on the students of UMBC. I chose to do the project on slut-shaming because for the past 2 years I have been curious about whether or not people understand how harmful that form of shaming can be especially on young women or if they do it unknowingly.
In order to complete this experiment I formulated 3 situations based on true stories and asked each student to give their HONEST opinion. However, I did not tell the students the circumstances of the situations (in which the girls committed suicide because they were slut-shamed at school).
Many people will always complain about their experience in the customer service work environment. Maybe that’s because they aren’t people orientated, or maybe that’s because they had to deal with a lot of rude and mean customers. One thing that I was interested in finding out was if sexism had a role in making people feel uncomfortable working in the customer service work place environment. Continue reading
I had a particularly hard time figuring out what I was going to do for my activist project; I had so much to juggle on a daily basis that I thought “how was I suppose to find time in between to do any type of activism?”. While everyone in class was talking about their planned activist projects, I sat there and fiddled with my long hair as I usually did and the idea hit me: why not donate my long hair? Continue reading
Throughout my adolescence, I struggled with an ultra-orthodox ethos that threatened to silence me. Today, I am an empowered woman who uses her voice! An example of me using my voice was my activist project for GWST 200. I participated in the Vagina Monologues for my activist project. The Vagina Monologues performance is based on Eve Ensler’s book The Vagina Monologues, and is essentially a celebration of female sexuality.
In participating in the Vagina Monologues, I addressed a few different “problems.” The first problem is the way in which today’s society regards female sexuality. Generally speaking, female sexuality is a forbidden zone or a “taboo”. Rarely does anyone talk about female lust or sexual desire, and when it is actually spoken about, it is usually in a negative light. The Vagina Monologues explores women, women’s bodies, their deepest sexual desires and fantasies as well as their fears and vulnerabilities. My goal in partaking in the Vagina Monologues was to expose that female sexuality is real, is valid and deserves to be recognized, talked about, and yes, even celebrated. The second “problem” I believe I addressed is violence against women, and the silence that surrounds the violence specifically. The Vagina Monologues incorporates monologues about rape and mutilation of the female body. Violence against women is a sickening reality, but perhaps, what is equally sickening, is the silence that pervades these traumatic incidents.
My participation in the Vagina Monologues was empowering, and allowed me to voice my rage about what happens to women all over the world. In participating in the Vagina Monologues, I was be able to use my “voice” and show others that the silence surrounding sexual and physical abuse waged against women must be broken, and that victims of abuse must never and will never be silenced. The Vagina Monologues was a huge success and I feel blessed and proud to have been a part of such a powerful and inspirational performance.
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