Dishonor Code: Rape, Reputation and Repercussion at U.Va

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This is a guest post by Willa Hammitt Brown, a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia, where she is finishing her dissertation, “Gentlemen of the Woods: Manhood, Myth and the American Lumberjack, 1860-1920”. She is a teaching assistant in the Department of History and the Women’s and Gender Studies program.  Content note: this article mentions sexual assault.

“I have worn the honors of Honor

I graduated from Virginia” – :The Honor Men”, James Hay Jr, 1903

“Nobody wants to send their daughter to the rape school” – Rolling Stone, 2014

This morning I got an email from the President of my University, the University of Virginia. In it, she quotes Thomas Jefferson, and invokes tradition, honor and idealism. She harks back to the long history of a storied institution. “Honor and tradition inform our thinking,” she explains, but where “success is demanded as much as it is sought” we…

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Rebecca Solnit: Feminism — The Men Arrive!

Rebecca Solnit: Feminism — The Men Arrive!

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(Hooray! Uh-Oh!)

What do the prime minister of India, retired National Football League punter Chris Kluwe, and superstar comedian Aziz Ansari have in common? It’s not that they’ve all walked into a bar, though Ansari could probably figure out the punch line to that joke. They’ve all spoken up for feminism this year, part of an unprecedented wave of men actively engaging with what’s usually called “women’s issues,” though violence and discrimination against women are only women’s issues because they’re things done to women — mostly by men, so maybe they should always have been “men’s issues.”

The arrival of the guys signifies a sea change, part of an extraordinary year for feminism, in which the conversation has been transformed, as have some crucial laws, while new voices and constituencies joined in. There have always been men who agreed on the importance of those women’s issues, and some who spoke…

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I am not a decoration.

I am not a decoration.

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I’ve been sexually harassed on a number of occasions.

I once had a man grab my breast while working in an Upper East Side restaurant. I’ve had countless random men grab my butt while I’ve been out. On a daily basis I deal with numerous catcalls from different men, many peppered with a variety of descriptive expletives. I’ve experienced a range of harassment, and none of them have been easy to deal with.

With that said however, there is something about street harassment that really gets me going.

If you haven’t already seen the video: “Watch A Woman Experience 100 Instances Of Street Harassment In One Day”, do so now. I think for those who have no idea what street harassment looks like, this video will definitely provide perspective. The PSA styled video – brought to us by Hollaback – was picked up by a number of sites, one of them being…

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