Hi friends. If you find yourselves in need of something to do this evening you should come to our meeting tonight, The F-Word and The Prisoner of Patriarchy, where we are going to watch a super cool movie about witches and have free food. Basically you should come because feminists are cool, witches are cool, and harry potter jokes are cool
10.20.13 @ 7 pm in Oglesby Union Room 311e. Event here.
awesome hp/rachel maddow graphic by lulzpup
Join The F Word at FSU as we work with Choice USA in understanding intersectionality as a tool for inclusive social justice work and broadening our analysis around reproductive health and rights issues.
9/29/13- Ogelsby Union Room 311E @ 7:00 pm. Event page here.
Feminism has become a “dirty” word and The F Word is combating these myths to change the distortion of what feminism “is” through group discussion. So What Makes You Mad? Rape Culture, Transphobia, Victim Blaming, Racisim, Limited Abortion Access? Come out to The F Word’s…
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Feminism has become a “dirty” word and The F Word is combating these myths to change the distortion of what feminism “is” through group discussion. So What Makes You Mad? Rape Culture, Transphobia, Victim Blaming, Racisim, Limited Abortion Access? Come out to The F Word’s first meeting of the year and lend your voice to FSU’s feminist movement.
Check out FSU’s The F Word’s first meeting of the year in Ogelsby Union Room 311E. Event page here.
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Combatting the engrained cultural norms which excuse sexual violence, Florida State’s feminist organization, the F-Word, demonstrated their stance against rape culture during an April 12 rally and protest at the Union and on Landis Green.
Rape culture refers to society’s set of normative behaviors, attitudes, and discourse that condone and perpetuate rape.
Prominent features include victim-blaming and slut-shaming, using the word “rape” out of context, trivializing the word, along with cultural conditioning to accept the looming possibility of sexual assault as simply a hazard of being a woman.
The F-Word works to dispel these harmful lines of thought and provide a safe space for women at FSU.
“Rape and the attitudes that permit it are very prevalent on college campuses,” F-Word coordinator Jessica Schwartz said. “We want to debunk those myths because no matter what you’re wearing or how intoxicated you are or even if you change your mind, you still have the right to your own body and ‘no’ is always ‘no.’”
As part of a week-long series of programming for Rape Culture Awareness Week, the F-Word organized the Protest and Rally against Rape Culture, working in conjunction with Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Dream Defenders, Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the Outlet Mental Health Community Center among other pertinent, interconnected organizations.
Beginning at the Union’s free speech zone, the rally migrated to Landis Green, covering two of campus’ most public platforms.
Schwartz said using the free speech zone allowed them to “reclaim the space” from preachers and speakers with ideas counter to that of the F-Word’s.
Some of the over 30 participants carried protest signs bearing messages calling for changes in public thought such as “Rape Predates Miniskirts” and “Teach ‘Don’t Rape,’ not ‘Don’t Get Raped,’” which seek to hold the aggressor accountable.
At the Union, organizers provided a litany of alarming statics and information regarding the prevalence of sexual violence, notably that one out of every six American women will be a victim of sexual violence.
Rape can happen to anyone, female or male, and often the rapist is known to the victim and not a stranger.
Landis Green was the forum for speakers to espouse their opinions on ending rape culture and share personal stories sexual violence.
Survivors of rape, sexual assault, and molestation took the opportunity to speak out, provoking thought and demanding change.
Speakers represented the organizations involved with the rally and they spoke to the interconnectivity of race and class to the subject of rape culture.
“I really appreciated the people who spoke, providing all these different perspectives, and the people who talked about their own experiences who felt comfortable enough to talk about that in a public setting like this,” Schwartz said.
Spoken word artist Missy Ferrari prepared a piece during which she spoke about a scarring childhood experience. Ferrari said the rally promoted a sense of solidarity, which let survivors know they’re not alone.
“I like the event because it puts the issue in people’s face and I’m kind of person who likes to put things in people’s face,” Ferrari said of rape culture. “It’s something that should be talked about, it’s something that is very easily misconstrued and something that we miscommunicate and misjudge all the time. And it’s something that needs to be solved.”
To begin to solve the problem, students must actively change their attitudes, language, and behavior as well as checking that of others, Schwartz said. Being critical of societal norms helps to weaken rape culture.
Coordinator for SDS Andrew Arachikavitz criticized a patriarchal system specifically.
Arachikavitz believes that rape is not stopped by teaching women to change their behavior. Rather, he said that men should take it upon themselves to ensure consent and change their behavior toward women.
“The problem is that we have a male dominated society and in it, men are born and raised and never explicitly told not to rape,” Arachikavitz said. “[In this society,] the man is going to be the one trying to take charge, and in a situation from kissing to having sex, there needs to be an explicit understanding that this is consensual. No second guessing, no sorta-kindas, because that’s how rape happens.”
At the end of the rally, the F-Word provided participants resource sheets with contact information for local and national help for students who may be dealing with trauma from sexual assault.
To reach 24-hour crisis hotlines, students are encouraged to call Refuge House at (850) 681-2111, the FSU counseling center at (850) 644-2003 or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1(800) 656-HOPE.
This Sunday the F-Word will be hosting a discussion on Rape Culture, as a finale to Rape Culture Awareness Week. We will be talking about what the phrase “rape culture” means, and what kind of societal norms and beliefs uphold and reinforce it. From slut-shaming to victim blaming, we will be discussing the full spectrum of rape in the U.S. and why it is so rampant in our society. With such a serious crime affecting women (and men) at large, it is important to discuss it and raise awareness. Come out to the meeting and get informed with us! :)
The F-Word is a safe space, so anything that is said at this meeting stays at the meeting.
Join The F-Word, Students for a Democratic Society, and others for this event.
The F-Word is hosting a rally to speak out against rape culture as part of Rape Culture Awareness Week. We will start the rally in the Free Speech Zone in the Union beginning at 3PM, then march to Landis Green. There will be speakers from different organizations to talk about different aspects and perspectives of rape culture.
There will be representatives from The F-Word, Students for a Democratic Society, Dream Defenders, Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, The Outlet, Victim Advocate Program, and others to show how rape culture spans across issues and identities.
THE F-WORD’S ANNUAL LADY FEST IS THIS SATURDAY AT THE PAPERBACK RACK ON NORTH MONROE!
This is the third year we’ve been doing this and it’s sure to be just as great as the past two. Music, art, spoken word, patches, zines, t-shirts, and fun!
Doors open at 5:30pm and the first band starts at 6pm. Suggested $5-$10 donation at the door that will help fund FSU’s F-Word, the feminist discussion group on campus (we use these funds for events and co-sponsorships and materials needed for the club), as well as Tallahassee Girls Rock, a week-long summer camp for young girls to learn about and how to play music and form their own bands.
Event page here.
Facilitated by: Odette Rodriguez and Kala Zanis
Join the F-Word this Sunday night to learn about:
- Upcoming legislation concerning reproductive justice.
- A historical walk-through of the Hyde amendment and the dangers it poses to low-income women and women of color.
- An introduction to the controversial “reproductive health” program “A Women’s Pregnancy Center”.
- A discussion and paper action to write representatives concerning the night’s topics!
WHETHER A NEW MEMBER OR A WEEKLY REGULAR, COME OUT TO THIS ENLIGHTENING AND FUN WORKSHOP!!!
that brain ain’t gonna fill itself!
Ecofeminism facilitated by FSU grad student and Leon County Soil & Water Conservation Supervisor Martha Lang.
”Ecofeminism has major implications for our social structures, from academia to public policy to various aspects of our day-to-day lives. We will discuss the notion of ecofeminism and its relationship to environmental ethics. We will also discuss the obstacles to implementing an ecofeminist ethic and consider ways to overcome those obstacles.”
7pm in Union 312
Women’s Student Union tabling fair on the union green from 11am-3pm
Co-sponsor and tabling at the PeaceJam event for microfinancing.
This event will explore the new fundraising and social justice initiative of micro-financing. Through organizations such as kiva.org and other community-led programs, micro-financing is an up and coming method of providing aid, both domestically and internationally.
Florida State student Evan Marcus will present on his experience implementing a micro-financing program in Ecuador this past summer as part of the Global Scholars program. Furthermore, an introduction to Nobel Laureate Muhammed Yunus will be made, and an overall look into the Global Call to Action of Investing in Human Security.
7:30pm in Dunlap 2201/2202 (across from the Denny’s)