I’ve really been trying to figure out what to write about today. My brain has been zooming around a million different ideas. I had a student/teacher conference with my “Theories and Methodologies in Gender Studies” professors last night and so my capstone project has been domination a lot of those thoughts.
I shared one of my preliminary ideas here. I’ve also talked a lot about the SlutWalk movement. I thought, why not take my interest in sexuality and talk about the Slut Walk movement? However, I felt there was a problem. There’s no scholarly work on this grassroots movement! So I decided to compare the birth control movement to the Slut Walk movement. It seemed simple enough. Fortunately, my professors had a better idea. “Why not talk about Slut Walk?” the asked. “Well, because there’s no scholarly work about the movement,” I said. “Well, build your base with internet sources and then use that to support some scholarly pieces about rape culture,” the countered. I was delighted! Five months focusing only on Slut Walk, what could be better!? ‘
**I’m not only focusing on that. I also have to take two other courses, work full-time, and somehow manage to be a domestic goddess.**
So, today I’ve been getting an idea of what’s out there. What direction can I take with this? This article about the similarities between Slut Walk and Occupy Wall Street got me thinking about focusing on the commodification of female sexuality. Many people compare scantily clad women who are raped to men who wear Armani suits that are mugged when they walk through the inner city. Apparently rape = theft? And yes, it’s true that something is being stolen from victims of sexual violence. But I wouldn’t compare losing dignity, self respect, and a feeling of safety with having some cash taken from you.
The final thing that drove me to action in writing about these thoughts was something I saw on Facebook. One of my friends posted this article about the negative side-effects to the HPV vaccine. My friend’s comment to this article was “maybe we can teach our girls to be virtuous, thereby significantly lowering their risk of this cancer.” And then two days later said, “OH- and we should be teaching our sons the same thing.” I’m not saying that I disagree with this idea. I think that people should be cautious in regards to any sexual encounter they have. My problem is that teaching boys about being cautious about sex is almost an afterthought in this situation. Why is safe sex up to women? And why is female sexuality viewed as a commodity when male sexuality is not?