Iowa State University 

Margaret Sloss Women's Center 

March 2017
On MARCHes by Kate Gallagher
I thought marches would be an appropriate topic for the "eponymous" month. If you've vaguely glanced at any of the campus, local, national, and even global news so far in 2017 you've probably noticed that there have been a lot of big marches.

Mostly they've been protesting the existence and actions of the Trump administration.

The Women's March had an estimated global participation of 5 million people on every continent (yes, including Antarctica) and the marches here in the US were the largest since anti-Vietnam War protests in the 1960s and '70s. We've even had some pretty powerful marches right here at ISU like February 9th's Hoodies and Hijabs Solidarity March in support of members of our community affected by the ordered national immigration ban.

It is my hope that as more people get involved in these acts of resistance that we will feel the obligation to participate in marches that aren't so mainstream, or convenient, or adhere to respectability.

When actor Amir Talai carried a sign at the Women's March that read "I'll see you nice white ladies at the next #blacklivesmatter march right?" he (among others who carried similar signs) is reminding us that marching against injustice has been going on a lot longer than Trump's presidency and the insistence that we take this momentum to all corners of resistance is vital to our collective survival.

Let us take this to heart and MARCH ON.

Feminist Spring Cleaning by Dominique Gant

Spring is just around the corner! Hopefully!

One of the ways to prepare for the warmer months is to start spring cleaning. But instead of switching out your sweaters for t-shirts, let's talk about a more fun way to get unnecessary filth out of your life: Feminist Spring Cleaning! So, I want you to put away the brooms, Lysol, and mops - and pick up some of the following items:

The Cis-Hetero-Patriarchy™
Slut Shaming
Respectability Politics
The Purity Myth
Gender Roles

Okay, now what? THROW THEM OUT OF YOUR LIFE FOREVER! They suck, they're oppressive, and you don't need them. And what you especially don't need is people in your life who buy into these ideologies and concepts. SO THROW THEM OUT, TOO!

Now that you've gotten these horrible things out of your life, you've got more time to focus on you. Here's what you can do:

Read about intersectionality
Engage in self care
Form Feminist Friendships™
Indulge in your favorite hobbies

While this may be easier said than done, it's important to take time for yourself. Sometimes that means "forgetting," even if only for an hour. We won't be able to sustain our fight if we don't take care of ourselves at the same time. So, if you're able, I highly recommend engaging in Feminist Spring Cleaning.

You're Invited! 
One in Six: Dismissing Myths 
of Sexual Assault of Men and Boys
by Alex Young

Content Warning: Please be aware that the following article contains discussion of sexual assault and sexual abuse

"The one regret I have is that I didn't speak up sooner."

One in six men report having been the target of some sort of unwanted sexual experiences, including assault. Like sexual violence against women, the motivation behind violence against men and boys is power, dominance, and the use of sex against the victim.

This is by no means a call to forget the violence against women or those who fall outside the normative-gender binary. Instead, the goal here is to dismiss some of the most common myths I hear regarding this often overlooked and under examined portion of sexual assault.

Boys and men cannot be sexually abused.
Boys and men CAN and ARE sexually assaulted.

Assault on a boy or man is less damaging than assault on a woman.
Incorrect, the assault affects boys/men and girls/women in comparable and different ways, but both are just as harmful.

Only gay men abuse other men.
Men and women of any gender can and are perpetrators of abuse targeting boys and men. In fact, research suggests that men who abused a boy often identify as straight.

Being abused as a boy will lead them to be gay.
Regardless of the sexual orientation of the victim, their orientation is not the cause of their abuse. Experts do not believe that experiencing sexual assault can make a person gay.

Boys or men that were abused invited the abuse because they are gay.
Sexual abuse is about power and dominance and does not relate to the victim's sexual orientation. The victim's sexual orientation also does not attract future violence.

If a boy or man experienced sexual arousal during the abuse, he enjoyed or wanted the experience.
Males can respond to sexual stimulation with numerous involuntary physiological responses including erection and orgasm. That does not mean that they enjoyed or wanted the experience.

If a woman abused the boy or man, he "got lucky".
This myth comes the notions that the measure of one's masculinity is tied to his sexual experiences and that men always want sex. This is simply untrue and dangerous.
The Voiceless: Iowa State


Staff Spotlight:  Amelia Knuth

I'm Am elia Knuth and I am in my third year here at Iowa State. Next year I will graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Anthropology, two Bachelor's Degrees, and two minors. This may seem like a lot academically, but I have a few outlets that include playing musical instruments, enjoying the outdoors, watching Netflix, and spending time with family and friends. 

But my favorite outlet is a combative sport and martial art called Judo. Judo is my home away from home and they are definitely my second family. We even get to travel the United States together. This past year my team and I traveled to San Jose, California for collegiate nationals where I placed 1st in my weight division. I even played an Olympic Alternate last November and after I lost,  I was invited to go train with her at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. This spring break I will travel to Texas to go fight again at the Collegiate Nationals, it will definitely be a blast.  
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Feminist Quote
"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made... It shouldn't be that women are the exception." -Ruth Bader Ginsburg
In This Issue
Campus Events
ISU Events for March
Lecture: Eating Disorders Simplified
When: March 1 st 2017, 7 PM
Where: Sun Room, MU

Design Career Fair
When: March 2 nd 2017, 12-5 PM
Where: Great Hall, MU

Lecture: Using Exercise to Treat Depression
When: March 2 nd 2017, 7 PM
Where: 1148 Gerdin

ISU Conference on Race and Ethnicity
When: March 3 rd 2017, 8 AM-5 PM
Where: MU

Teacher Education Career Fair
When: March 6 th 2017, 1-5 PM
Where: ISU Alumni Center

Women in the Arts: A Conversation
When: March 8 th 2017, 12-1 PM
Where: Christian Petersen Art Museum

Documentary and Discussion: Tested
When: March 21 st 2017, 7 PM
Where: Sun Room, MU

Gender and Sexual Equity Awards Banquet
When: March 22, 12-2pm
Where: Hach Hall Atruim 
What: Celebrate those individuals or groups who have advocated for women, LGBTQIA+ people, and other gender and sexual minorities. 

Art Walk - Women in Art On Campus Collection
When: March 22 nd 2017, 12-1 PM
Where: Marriage Ring 
Sculpture, South of MacKay Hall

Feminist Cross Stitch Workshop
When: March 22 nd 2017, 6-9 PM
Where: The Workspace, MU

Lecture: How to Change Attitudes Toward LGBT Rights
When: March 22 nd 2017, 7 PM
Where: Sun Room, MU

Ellis: Island of Dreams
When: March 24 th 2017, 10-11 AM
Where: Stephens Auditorium

Walk-in Paint Your Own Pottery: Feminists Unite!
When: March 24 th 2017, 4-8 PM
Where: The Workspace, MU

Art + Issues - Building a Campus Community
When: March 27 th 2017, 2-4 PM
Where: Christian Petersen Art Museum

Film & Discussion: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
When: March 27 th 2017, 6 PM
Where: Great Hall, MU

Lecture: Hamilton and the Road to Success - Leslie Odom Jr.
When: March 29 th 2017, 7 PM
Where: Stephens Auditorium

Workshop: Campaign Messaging and The Media
When: March 31 st 2017, 2-5 PM
Where: Campanile Room, MU

Global Gala
When: March 31 st 2017, 6:30 PM
Where: Great Hall, MU

Musical: Little Women
When: March 31 st 2017, 7:30 PM
Where: Fisher Theater