We had an AMAZING workshop today at Social Inc. at Mohawk College!
Before we got into details, folks attending the workshop first shared what qualities they look for in a friend:
Folks came to the one hour long workshop wanting to learn more about and have discussions about:
- myths about sexual assault
- ways to help and support survivors
- is our activist making a difference? how do we see social change?
- wanting to learn more about the issue of rape and sexual violence
- effective ways to take action
- tactics that women use when being pressured for sex or being hit on by aggressive men
Every single item on the list could be its own three hour workshop (or more!). The group decided that they would like to not only talk about what myths and lies we are taught about rape but get into real life ways to confront or challenge these myths when folks near to us repeat them.We split the group in two with one group coming up with a rape myth or lie and the other thinking of how they might respond to it.
We ended the hour by talking about ways that we take care of ourselves while working for social change and things that we would like to see in our idea world.
Here’s some links that I promised to share after the workshop:
- Jessica Valenti talking about how to get men to understand the importance of feminism:
- A great way to confront the “she was asking for it by wearing sexy clothing” myth! An amazing PSA from Rape Crisis Scotland:
- The article “STOP SAYING “I HAVE A BOYFRIEND” by Alecia Lynn Eberhardt.
Male privilege is “I have a boyfriend” being the only thing that can actually stop someone from hitting on you because they respect another male-bodied person more than they respect your rejection/lack of interest.
- Interviews that we did for TBTN’s 30th Anniversary with women who were at the first march in Hamilton in 1981.
- The Miss G Project!
Thank you to everyone who came to the workshop, participated so openly, respectfully and bravely. We’ll see you again at Social Inc!