NO PANTS PARTY!Join us tonight in the MSC for live entertainment, snacks and $200 worth of free giveaways. We will have tables set-up with information about ways to end rae culture, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.
Be sure to bring a pair of pants (or any item of clothing) to donate to Branches Domestic Violence Shelter.
STOP BY AND SAY HELLO!
Hi everyone! The No Pants Party is being held upstairs in the Don Morris room at the MSC on campus from 7PM-9PM. You can wear ANYTHING you want, as long as you keep it classy and it’s NOT pants!
We will have live entertainment, snacks, games and over $200 worth of giveaways! Stop by to pick up some cool swag and learn about ways to end rape culture, domestic violence and sexual abuse.
In order to be entered into our raffle, please bring an item of clothing to donate to Branches Domestic Violence Shelter!
Feel free to message us with any questions and look forward to some fun pictures from the evening!
HUGE congratulations to France for joining New Zealand in the legalization of equal rights in their country. Hoping America will follow suit! I am overjoyed to see people stepping up and choosing live a life of love and peace.
Just did a little research on this case. THIS HAS TO STOP. More and more lives are being taken as a result of trauma from assault. It is our responsibility to fight back and seek justice. Rest in peace, Audrie. <3
Hello everyone! I’m very proud to announce the VOX: Students for Choice group’s newest and next event!
We will be holding a NO PANTS PARTY on May 2nd in the Don Morris room of the Marshall University Student Center!
What is a NO PANTS PARTY?
The NO PANTS PARTY will be a celebration of all things equality! The clothes we wear everyday certainly do make a statement about who we are, but this event is all about learning no to judge people by the clothes they wear and to realize that what we put on our body does not define our true value human beings.
In order to be admitted to the event, you can wear anything except for pants! Wear a skirt, a robe, a towel, a toga…we don’t care, as long as it’s not pants!
Our goal is to bring attention to the way people are objectified and labeled for what they wear. We are hoping this event will inspire some creative ideas and urge people to consider how they perceive people’s clothing.
We will also be holding raffles to win some very cool prizes. To get a raffle ticket, please bring one (or more) pairs of jeans to donate to Branches Domestic Violence Center in WV.
This even it going to be a BLAST! I hope you will join us. :)
Felt the need to share this story with you guys. THIS is what we are fighting against. Please share this and help end slut shaming and rape culture!
Last Thursday night, Parsons hanged herself in her bathroom; three days later, on Sunday, her family took her off life support.
In between her rape and her death, Parsons struggled with anger and depression; she moved; she made new friends; she hospitalized herself. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police took a year to investigate the rape, but never charged the boys. In the last few days the media has wondered how her death could have been prevented. The Herald News published an article titled “Who failed Rehtaeh Parsons?”
The truth is that we all did.
Rape culture isn’t an amorphous force that lives outside of people. It takes form and perpetuates itself through our actions. We promote rape culture through the smallest gestures–laughter at a rape joke, objectifying “compliments,” our hesitation to call out a friend, our willingness to make excuses for the known rapists in our midst, our paralysis in the face of complex systemic cruelty, our silence–and these seemingly inconsequential moments build a world where 15-year-olds are gang-raped by classmates. We build a world where it is no longer shocking when victims of sexual assaultand harassment commit suicide.
Survivor support is crucial, and undoubtedly the vicious bullying Parsons was subject to after her rape drove her to such drastic measures. But unless we are resigned to rape as an inevitability, we have to intervene before violence ever occurs.
Last night, when I mentioned to my roommate that I was working on this article, she told me she wanted action. She didn’t want just another essay pointing out how terrible rape is; she wanted something to do about it. She’s right. Instead of wallowing in injustice, let’s finally wake up from the delusion that we have any more time to waste. Rape culture kills. Rehtaeh Parsons is dead and we are in a state of emergency.
Organize your neighborhood or school against rape culture: run consent education workshops and recruit participants to pledge their stance against violence. March, demonstrate, to publicly prove to all that those who inflict violence on others will not be supported or included by your community. Every time a publication runs a piece promoting rape culture, write a letter in response. Reject slut-shaming and victim-blaming of all forms. Loudly. Model respect for others’ bodily autonomy and stand up for your own in everyday situations to promote a culture of consent. Intervene if you see a dangerous situation developing, and teach others to do the same. Combat the transmission of rape culture from one generation to the next: teach kids to be better than we are. Don’t invite rapists to your parties (I can’t believe I even have to say that, but I do). Make sure survivors in your area have somewhere to turn for justice and support, and to stop their rapists from re-offending. If this resource doesn’t exist, create it. Refuse to tolerate speech that promotes rape; speak up even–no, especially–when to do so would be rude. Listen to a survivor when no one else will.
What do you do to stop rape culture? How will you honor Rehteah Parsons and create a world without violence?
VOX: Students for Choice is currently organizing an event to shed light on victim blaming in order to end rape culture. We are ALWAYS open to new ideas for events. If you have even the SMALLEST idea on something we can do to raise awareness, PLEASE MESSAGE US! Thank you so much. - Jordan Marx (VOX: Students for Choice advocate)
Today we held out END VICTIM BLAMING event and it was very successful. We got over 100 signatures on our FOX and CNN petitions.
Every two minutes we rang a bell and placed a piece of red paper in a jar to show people exactly how often sexual assault occurs in our country. We also laid of peace flags so that people who stopped by the table could write their story on a flag and hang it up, if they wished to do so. Lastly, we asked people to sign a letter that we are going to give to the victim. One of our VOX’s close friends knows the rape victim personally, and she is going to hand deliver our message of love and support.
OUR JOURNEY DOES NOT STOP HERE!
VOX: Students for Choice will continue to fight for social change for many years to come! Stick with us to see what we will be doing next.