Thoughts on Last Class
I've been doing a lot of thinking about Tuesday's class, and I spent a couple hours last night discussing various issues around rape and sexual assault with a friend (not in the class). Some of the questions we talked about (along with some of the questions I was left with) are listed below:
How can we talk about rape theory in class when, statistically, rape is so much more than a theory for 25% of college women?
Is the "theorization" of rape okay? Or does it do violence to rape and sexual assault survivors?
When even GenSex professors and students (myself included) make elementary mistakes when introducing and discussing rape and sexual assault ideas, where is the hope?
Is it fair for Haverford to ask rape and sexual assault survivors to out themselves to their deans in order to receive adequate support in classes (i.e. extensions and/or exemptions from certain assignments)?
Should I have to change who I am to avoid rape and sexual assault?
How can I tell Haverford or my dean that they are NOT doing a good job at helping students who are dealing with rape and sexual assault?