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Mr. Osgerby, all you’ve got is the Reductio Ad Merriam-Webster and the utterly discredited, utterly false “one-in-five” statistic. (I refer you to the report, below, for more accurate numbers.) The “notorious water-cooler conversations”? I’ve never seen or heard one, except in TV sitcoms or industrial “sensitivity training” films. No doubt they exist, but do you suggest that “F-Bombs for Feminism” or SlutWalk are effective ways to reduce them? And I’d counter that the “hookup culture” (which has been around for a long time: I know because I’m old) is just as much women’s doing as men’s. I’d advise you, if you self-identify as a feminist, to encourage the parts of feminism you find worthwhile and discourage those manifestations that give it a bad name.

Joseph Dobrian

Joseph Dobrian, you do realize in the article you quote it states (in regards to sexual assault on campus), “Regardless of enrollment status, rape and sexual assault victimizations were more likely to go unreported than other types of violent crime (not shown).” There is no doubt a large portion of sexual assaults occur during college and that most go unreported, especially with poor systems of disciplinary action used in response to sexual violence (I would like to point out the recent changes the University of Iowa has made, I applaud them). No one will ever know for sure exactly how many women have, are, and continue to be sexually assaulted on campus. I would like to add that doesn’t make it OK to say what you have said because some women in the world say it, too. I’m all for free speech but please don’t use that as a counter argument. You can’t exclude your white, male privilege from the argument because it has in part come from societal institutions that have misogyny and racism ingrained in them, and you reap the benefits because of how you were born.

I would also like to point out the process used to reach equality and make a change in our country. You can’t make a change in society by sitting down and shutting up. There are many people with radical views that will gladly take the spotlight given the chance; while they may be radical, they are the ones who make changes for the rest of society. 

While you might be uncomfortable seeing scantly clad women walking through the streets, there is a bigger message behind appearances. This goes back to rape culture: “What were you wearing the night of the attack?” Not a fair question by any means, and it’s sad how people believe appearance plays a role in acts of sexual violence. These protests are used to empower women to reclaim the catcalls, unwanted sexual advances, violence or sexual assaults or to simply say “I am not what I wear.” 

Isabel Dizzy Detrick

If you want to “make a change in society,” there are usually more effective ways of doing it than deliberately gross, infantile behavior. And no sensible person suggests that an assault on a woman can be excused on account of what she was wearing. Even if I needed convincing on that point (and I don’t), a SlutWalk would not be persuasive.

Joseph Dobrian

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