By Stephanie Pratt BA ’13, Graduate Admission Coordinator
For as long as I recall, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution included the right to speak freely and peacefully assemble. Today, however, I sit confused, staring at a plea made by Father Roy Bourgeois, leader of the SOA Watch. This plea is a result of a permit refusal and the silencing of a beautiful and necessary movement. This movement, which is very dear to my heart, as well as many others of the Ursuline community, is the progression to close the School of the Americas.
Ursuline College will be participating in the global march on May 22nd to support the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign on campus, 4:30pm-5:30pm to call for the release of the kidnapped Nigerian girls and to demand that every person’s human rights be honored.
“As the only women’s College in Ohio, we were eager to participate in the efforts to bring awareness to this issue, said Gina Messina-Dysert, Ursuline’s Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. According to Messina-Dysert, an alum thought Ursuline would be the perfect place to hold the march.
The march will begin on Ursuline’s campus in the quad.
Mary Frances Pipino, Ph.D., Director of the Ursuline Studies Program
The semester is coming to a close, and with it my course, WS 201 Introduction to Gender Studies. It’s been an amazing journey for me, with 19 bright, opinionated, inquisitive, hard-working young women for travelling companions.
On the first day of class, I asked the group (by show of hands) who considered herself a feminist. Only one student raised her hand. I expected this response—as Lisa Maria Hogeland wrote in a 1994 article for Ms. titled “Fear of Feminism: Why Young Women Get the Willies,” young women distance themselves from that identity for a number of reasons, noting that “fear of feminism is fear of consequences.”
Originally published August 21, 2013 by Feminism and Religion.
Recently Susan Sarandon was asked if she is a feminist and her response left many asking if perhaps we are moving towards a post-feminist world. Of course, the very fact that Sarandon was asked if she is a feminist well demonstrates that gender politics continue (certainly, men are not asked such questions).
According to Sarandon, “I think of myself as a humanist because I think it’s less alienating to people who think of feminism as being a load of strident bitches.” She went on to explain that “feminist” is an “old-fashioned word” and is actually used to minimize women and girls.