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'The thing between the legs'

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Shredder has ironically become the Voice of Reason as of late, especially in light of the recent exploits of one particular fraternity’s misogynistic actions (“Remember to not get raped,” Nov. 13). I wasn’t surprised when I first read about Pi Kappa Alpha’s said Facebook posts. But what got me was the onslaught of sexism occurring in our own town at the beginning of Cal Poly’s fall semester. Cal Poly students really put the WOW in Week of Welcome.

Over the course of WOW, I heard from friends who witnessed misogynistic behavior such as:

1) Putting signs in front of frat houses on the first day of Cal Poly saying “I’ll be your daughter’s first” and “I’ll f*ck your daughter.”

2) Overheard conversation between two assumed Cal Poly students (wearing yellow WOW shirts): “I would f*ck the legs and the thing between the legs.”

What these two occurrences go to show you is that there is a culture of sexism at Cal Poly and in our town that breeds this paradigm that makes these people feel entitled to whatever “object” they desire. To these people, girls are not people. They are just a thing. They aren’t even a dirty person such as c*nt or a nasty person with a p*ssy. They are just “hot young boxes” and “things.”

I give my condolences to the victim of this assault, and I applaud her bravery for coming forward. But it doesn’t surprise me that in this misogynistic culture, rape happens. What does surprise me is that more people aren’t standing up for people (yes, people) like her. What surprises me is that no one is stopping these clowns from harassing our daughters, our sisters, our mothers, our friends, and ourselves because what ends rape is when people stop raping people.

What are we going to do to stop it? Email your responses to grrltalkzine@gmail.com.

-- Rodi Bragg - San Luis Obispo

-- Rodi Bragg - San Luis Obispo, GRRL TALK

-- Rodi Bragg - San Luis Obispo

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