Morning leap into work: UDC Feminists

Have some meetings and morning emails to do, so I pushed myself a bit, but can’t make it a habit because of my meds.

Anyway.

Think it’s time I do a campaign in March–my Women’s History Month podcast and blog project that may turn into a newsletter.

Big shout-out to the third floor UDC Administrators and the UDC Board of Trustees for inspiring me by demonstrating their collective misogyny/misogynoiry so openly and generously these last two and half years–especially at last night’s meeting.

We need a space for squeaky wheels to disrupt the misogynistic hierarchical silence imposed through bullying and intimidation–and microaggressions. Digital humanities is thus being used by me to create a space for diversity in the midst of a highly toxic, hateful environment.

Classism and racism rolled into sexism is even more toxic over time–and UDC is a hotbed site for women-hating, so much so, folk can’t figure out how to stop chasing away students because it requires the bourgeois folk to stop being too bougie to change toxic practices, and it requires misogynists (men and women in this case) to not allow their misogyny to be so obvious.

I’m calling it UDC Feminists, and it will include a column called buyer-beware-misogyny watch that points out varying issues and experiences regarding misogyny, sexism, and gendered microaggressions directed towards women faculty, administrators, students, and staff both on and off campus. Yes, I want to hear from women admins–the few that exist here who are not misogynists or misogynoirists (I can count on one hand). I might have a panel discussion on Karl Marx’s Das Kapital and the importance of addressing racism and classism when dealing with sexism in higher education.

That’s right: a place to relate and share–anonymously, if necessary. I have my own stories, and the past six-eight months alone have been insightful as to the levels of misogyny passed off as normal, acceptable practices, though I’d say the last four years were quite telling when it comes to gender issues at UDC.

I can relate as faculty and as student. Not much has changed gender-wise. This is also a test as to what is really the potential for change on our campus. It starts with expressing needs and concerns. Is UDC a safe space to do that yet? We’re about to find out.

Hence the title “buyer beware.”