“What do you do to avoid being attacked, raped, or otherwise violated?”

We discussed voice, marginalization, and privilege this past week in my First Year Seminar classes. Students did an incredible job, especially considering the difficult nature of these topics, especially various privilege systems: White, male, Christian, able-bodied, cis-gendered, etc. The conversation in each class took completely different directions, which I love!

For this blog, I wanted to share the opening activity – the idea for which I got from a meme about two weeks ago.

After giving a disclaimer and explaining the topics would be difficult and personal, I asked:

Okay, men in the classroom: What do you do on a day-to-day basis to avoid being attacked, mugged, beat up, raped, or otherwise violated personally?

Then:

Okay, women in the classroom: What do you do on a day-to-day basis to avoid being attacked, mugged, beat up, raped, or otherwise violated personally?

The results from three of the four classes are:

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And the resulting discussions were most powerful.

What most men don’t see and don’t think about about, most women see and think about all the time. 

683,000 forcible rapes occur every year, which equals 56,916 per month, 1,870 per day, 78 per hour, and 1.3 per minute.

683,000 forcible rapes occur every year, which equals 56,916 per month, 1,870 per day, 78 per hour, and 1.3 per minute.



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6 replies

  1. In pic 3 “peace officer” — was this verbatim from student, or did you help with translate some terms?

    How did men open with discussion? IOW, how did men confront their voluntarily conversation? About m/f ratio from classes affect discussion?

    Did current HERO ballot come into discussion (perhaps no one is in HTX and don’t follow).

    Courageous topic.

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    • Hi Bruce!
      That one is “peace keeper.” 🙂 I had a different student in each class write them on the board. Some are a bit abbreviated or paraphrased.

      The men pretty much directly saw the “ironies” and lack of fairness. They were very open to discussing these variables. Usually, they all–women too–laughed at the first question and with the second question, they all were almost talking at once. It was great!

      The classes had more women for sure but there wee at least 5-6 men in each class of 20 ish total.

      HERO did come up once I think.

      It was a really powerful discussion.

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  2. “peace keeper” — roger, my lack of edit.

    Few years, had discussion of student questions of rape in class and was largely ignored by men … UNTIL a former female US Army Sgt explained that male-male rape a problem in Army, too. Then men in class got concerned suddenly.

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  3. PS — blackboards vs whiteboards … cool.

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