Sunday, April 10, 2005

Hate Crimes

The hate crimes that have occurred on the Wheaton campus can be considered to be unfair, unlawful, degrading, wrong. I'm glad that the campus is taking action with letting it be known that Wheaton will not tolerate hate crimes. However, in the back of my head I wonder, "Why did it take this long for Wheaton to take action?" The crimes were reported, PS investigated, and only now they're having a rally? Was the school silently speaking with lawyers? Were the girls?
That and as much as I support this rally, is it feasible to think that this will eradicate hate crimes at Wheaton? Sure, this will establish the awareness that is needed on campus, no forms of hate will be tolerated, but will a rally on the dimple diminish the problem entirely? I sure hope so; however, I'm a bit more realistic than that.
The one thing I have been trying to make sense of this entire weekend since we had class is homophobia. ho-mo-pho-bi-a (n.) =fear of or contempt for lesbians and gay men ( What would a bunch of boys fear from two girls who are obviously not interested in them? How on earth are they "threatened" by these two girls.


Blogger Lisaleb said...

wow, Sarah. You're asking something that feminist theorists have been struggling with for a very long time. See Judith Butler or David Bleich, for starters. Lesbianism threatens a particularly narrow way of life and way of relating to the world. Further, if individuals, even subconsciously, feel that all of their power dervies from the power of their phallus to be used in a particular way and they are confronted with a way of life n which the power of that phallus has no value, they get scared.

I agree that one rally won't eradicate anything as systemic as this recent form of hate, but at the very least it will allow gay and lesbian students to feel supported.

April 14, 2005 at 1:00 PM


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