A Piece of My Identity

by Katie LaSota
@katielasota

I have been blogging for about a year now and have come to realize that in this past year I have not opened up about who I am as a person. I have mainly focused on my work in Student Affairs or fun activities that I have participated in. This struck me today while I came across an article about Feminism titled “101 Everyday Ways for Men to Be Allies to Women” by Michael Urbina. I identify as a Feminist and believe that it is all about having the right to choose your path in life. However, I can forget about this piece of my identity because I work at an all-women’s institution where it is at the center of everything we do. I am finding this hard to articulate, but I am trying to say that when placed in a setting where something is so large and a part of what we do it can be forgotten. While I do not truly forget my passion, the more you are around those who are like you it is easy to not see what exists outside of campus. I live and work with women in a college setting; I could go a few days without interacting with a male. It is essential that men are a part of the conversation when it comes to Feminism. It is about a better society where all are respected and treated equitably. With that said, I would like to hear what you all have to say about Urbina’s article. You will find that many of these steps to being an ally can work in other contexts where groups of people are marginalized in society.
  • Do you agree with these suggestions? 
  • Is this attainable for allies of Feminism? What about white women supporting various groups of feminism? 
  • What ways do you think are transferable? 
Link: http://michaelurbina.com/101-everyday-ways-for-men-to-be-allies-to-women/

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