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We had two very different classes with Tatyana Fazlalizadeh on Monday. In the AM class many people, women and men, had a lot to say throughout class. Women spoke of their experiences being harassed in many locations including: on campus, on the street, in bars, in Waldo Library, in New York, in Detroit, alone, with parents, with a boyfriend, in middle school, in high school, and in other places and situations. Men in the AM class talked of the complexities and additional dangers that occur in big cities like Detroit, and what can happen when verbal harassment triggers violence. Time ran out with many people still waiting for a microphone. The afternoon class took a bit longer to get going, but when it did, women had many stories. In an attempt to open the discussion to men,I told a couple of personal anecdotes. I then read two comments from last week’s blog about Adi Paz’s dance POST-IT. In these comments, two men talked about how they feel a women’s appearance might at times be “inappropriate.” This triggered a lot more discussion, though again, almost entirely from the women. I also shared with the PM class, a letter posted this week to Facebook about a ban on leggings in Kalamazoo schools. I mistakenly said Portage schools. If you look online, you’ll see that leggings have recently been banned in many places across the country.
So: If you are a man: where are you on these topics? This is, in my opinion, as much a topic for men to discuss as it is for women. If you are a woman, and didn’t have the opportunity, or were not wanting to talk in front of everyone in class, what do you have to say?
When commenting please place your comments in context with what portion of class you are referencing. I anticipate that least a couple of your comments on this blog will be referenced in class on Wednesday. If yours is selected, you will be awarded ten extra points. This policy will stay in place for the rest of the semester. BTW: if you left class early on Monday, do NOT comment on this blog – your points will not be counted.
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