You may have heard of the group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture when they tricked the internet into believing that Playboy Magazine had published a story called “The Ultimate Guide to A Consensual Good Time.” Or maybe they grabbed your attention with their faux fashion line “Pink Loves Consent.” If not, you will definitely notice FORCE when they bring a 250-square Monument Quilt to Foss Hill on Tuesday, September 2, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This demonstration will be too large for anyone on campus to ignore.
(Image: Catherine Avalone, The Middletown Press)
You’ve now arrived on campus, and we hope that you find your time here enriching and transformative. In that hope, we feel that it would be ill-advised to allow you to not have at least a foundational understanding of the things that have forced us as a community into dialogue, disagreement, and action.
This is not to scare you or to give you a negative impression of the University. However, we are certain that most if not all of you were told about the “passion” that Wesleyan students have and the issues that we care about on campus are at the forefront of those passions. While there is certainly no requirement to take an activist stance on any of these issues and it is in fact easy to sink beneath the radar on these issues and all the others not covered here, we would plead with you to be engaged in the community that you are now a part of.
Read this, ask questions, and reach out to students and faculty that have been here before you. We hope that as you begin your time here, you fully invest yourself as a community member committed to making Wesleyan as good as it can be for you and for those after you. Caring about Wesleyan does not foreclose critique on Wesleyan and as you read this, and other things like it, we hope you understand that too.
An important event, coming to you from Denisse Reyes ’15:
The Monument Quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of survivors’ stories of rape and abuse as well as messages of love and support from allies in the movement to upset rape culture.
We will be organizing an art exhibit in Zelnick Pavillion that same day to showcase expressions of their experiences from survivors and allies alike. Please share with us your paintings, poetry, illustrations, sculptures, music, etc….
We will be collecting all of the work on September 1st. Contact us with your name, title, picture, the medium, and size.
Date: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Contact: taltman(at)wesleyan(dot)edu, dreyes(at)wesleyan(dot)edu,