[Noisebridge-discuss] "resisting sexual harassment and sexual assault"
johnyradio at gmail.com
Wed Jun 19 02:35:47 UTC 2013
*Liz Henry*lizhenry at
Sat Jun 15 19:02:02 UTC 2013:/
"I have invited representatives from SF-WAR to come speak at Noisebridge
some time in July on the topics of resisting sexual harassment and
sexual assault. Will keep you all updated as to when this will
happen! These training talks may give us good common ground for
further discussion and action."
JR: Liz, thanks for doing this. I think this could be very helpful. I
have volunteered for SF-WAR (Women Against Rape), because i am committed
to working against abuse of women. From my application to WAR: "I am
committed to ending sexual violence, and violence in all it's forms. As
a straight male, who comes from a family of strong, powerful women, I
feel men have a responsibility to understand the dynamics and history of
A couple observations about your plan:
* I feel the healthiest goal for the community is a PARTNERSHIP
between men and women, to achieve better communication and
understanding. I think it's essential for men to develop mature
respect for women's boundaries.
* But, your plan, to run a talk entitled "resisting sexual harassment
and sexual assault" does nothing to engage women and men TOGETHER in
a mutual discourse, or to develop mature communication by men,
toward women, or to promote awareness of these issues among men, or
to engage men in the process of social growth. It does nothing to
promote social growth at all.
* Therefor, i suggest involving men in some way in this activity. For
example, could be a men's workshop on "understand people's
boundaries". Or perhaps you could add a session on "promoting better
communication between men and women". Also, i suggest a
discussion-based workshop might promote more participation than a
* Apologies to our transgender friends for the simplistic language.
Anyone can be a victim of abuse, anyone can perpetrate it.
Stick It In Your Ear!
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