Last night I was scrolling through Facebook, as one does on a Wednesday night when all their homework is done and they’re trying to go to bed early for once in their life, and I saw that a few of my friends had shared a link to a Rotunda article, and the title was what caught my attention: “Bigender Student Receives Bid into Fraternity.” The article talks about Beasa Dukes, a student who identifies as bigender, or not solely male or female, who received a bid from Phi Mu Delta, a fraternity here at Longwood University. Reading this article made me think about Dr. Jes Simmons’ talk with us in class about how open-minded Longwood is in regards to the LGBT+ community, and the progress that the University is making in regards to accepting people of all genders and sexual orientations into University organizations.
Click here to read the story of a student named Logan Brouelette and how the use of his preferred name and pronouns affected his health and experiences at Western University. This is a great example of why language matters in the creation of gendered identities.
Here is the article I referenced in the audio lecture Nicole Dales wrote in 2012 for The Rotunda about her decision to not have children
As discussed in the audio lecture, after IA college student Zach Wahls testified about being raised by lesbian mothers before the IA judiciary about a proposed new law, the video of his testimony went viral. Here is his response to this event and a discussion of his upbringing.
Click here for a 2010 series of articles from NPR about campus rape, including the one referenced in the audio lecture about the “serial predator” study.
This is the story referenced in the online lecture of the 3 VA students and their experiences with honor board courts after reporting sexual assaults at UVA, William & Mary, and Georgetown University.
This article explains the new law just signed by Obama in March 2013.
This article includes a number of universities and how students and administration are speaking out against rape and create policies to reduce sexual violence.