SAINT PETER — The college’s growing feminist community has garnered a tremendous backlash this week due to outrage at their efforts to make the world a less shitty place. The activity of a diverse group of students to bring awareness to the threats students face and to our power to reverse this atmosphere has been criticized exclusively on the anonymous app, Yik Yak, a popular arena for individuals who value society’s shittiest traditions.
One common target of this anti progressive backlash is Junior Lane Speirit, who volunteered hundreds of hours to spread awareness of how sexual assault and rape are trivialized and normalized through popular culture and societal attitudes. For her diligent work to make this campus and society safer for all persons, Speirit has naturally been described in many colorful, derogatory terms, among them “PMSing bitch” and “manhater.”
Campus feminists have also been targets of intense anger for occasionally expressing hints of anger at the perceived injustices they are combatting. Such brief glimpses of activists’ human personalities have discredited the feminist movement in its entirety. The feminist movement is made even more unsalvageable due to a slight generalization once made by a feminist about how men expect women to behave.
According to last spring’s campus climate survey, 6.89% of Gusties report receiving sexual contact through the use or threat of physical force beween Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, and 38% of Gusties believe sexual violence is a problem on this campus. Of course, such statistical evidence of rape culture at Gustavus is widely agreed to be “a tiny issue” and “whining.”
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