Feminism | Posted by Cassie on 05/4/2010
Nickels for Change
We would like to see some change in the world.
And that’s why we have started Nickels for Change.
We go to a science and engineering school, chock full of boys who perpetuate rape culture. Rape jokes and euphemisms abound. And no one seems to find a problem with it.
Except for us.
Going to college has been a real eye-opening experience. Maybe it’s because our high school was mostly liberal or small and secluded or didn’t include a lot of diversity (actually, yeah, that’s all probably exactly why), but our high school was a nicer place. Rape jokes just didn’t happen.
Not so in college. And we’re tired of being brought down by all the negative crap in this rape-defending, victim-blaming patriarchy.
Nickels for Change is about using these negative situations and attitudes and making something positive come out of them.
Every time we hear something sexist, rape-defending, victim-blaming, or flat-out misogynistic (an also just plain prejudice – whether it be sizeist, classist, racist, disableist, or anything else), a nickel goes into Our Jars. We plan on doing this for a year. At the end of the year, the money will go to a charity that works towards ending violence.
But that’s not all. During this year, we will also be writing to all the media outlets (and people) who perpetuate these ideas. We want them to know that we are not okay with what they are doing and that we want it to stop. We also want to bring awareness to just how often this happens, by following up these letters with another letter, at the end of the year, letting all the same media outlets (and people) know just how much money they all raised for our cause.
We’re hoping that shaming them with money and irony can get their attention and make them change their policies. (And if not, at least we’ve spoken up and expressed our outrage and donated money towards a good cause).
And while two letters may get their attention for a second or two, even more letters would grab their attention for a lot longer.
Please, if you’re as tired and as angry over these issues as we are, join us in our cause. If you are interested, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org (Cassie – me) or email@example.com (Rebekah). Support is always welcome – we can offer a template for those letters, you can write your own and please start your own jars!
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