I was a Teenage Feminist

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Herman Cain Visited My Campus

Yesterday, Herman Cain came to my campus to speak. This man had to end his campaign after it was reveled that he sexually harassed and assaulted women while he was CEO. 

My group Students Advocating for Gender Equality, decided this was unacceptable. We organized a protest. All we did was stand outside the auditorium where he was speaking and hand out fliers that contained information on what he had done and sexual assault in general. 

We had things thrown at us. 
We were yelled at.
We had people ask us if we had been raped (many of us had been)
We had people stand outside and watch us.
We had people tell us that what Cain did was “no different than Clinton”
We had people tell us that our parents were cheaters
We had people tell us we didn’t know what sexual assault was.

It was the most grotesque display of rape culture I had ever seen. I felt terrible as the organizer because I did not think any of that was going to happen, so I didn’t think a head of time to warn women that it might. It trigged a lot of women. 

It was awful. 

We only had one man show up to support us the entire time. It was all women. Even liberal men didn’t want to support us because “Herman Cain’s a joke”. We know he’s a joke, that’s what makes the whole thing worse. Apparently it’s okay to commit sexual assault if you’re not serious. 

I don’t know what I expected, but it certainly wasn’t that. 

(Source: iamateenagefeminist)

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  1. narimonk reblogged this from iamayoungfeminist and added:
    You mean all of those unproven accusations that had never even mattered because they were all found to be unfounded and...
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  7. invisiblelad reblogged this from bloodyrainbows and added:
    People disapoint.
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  9. thethirdoption reblogged this from clockwerkcricket and added:
    Sometimes I think about the injustice of the world. How horrible people are. Because the way people reacted? That’s your...
  10. clockwerkcricket reblogged this from iamayoungfeminist and added:
    This is awful, and makes me think twice about trying to organize groups to inform people.
  11. rotfrukter said: Oh my god I can’t even. Seriously what is this? MOVE TO SWEDEN AND LIVE WITH ME AND I WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU AND YOU WON’T HAVE TO DEAL WITH BULLSHIT LIKE THIS. :) *hugs*
  12. slur-ring said: omg I’m so sorry dear
  13. herworstmistakeswerehaircuts reblogged this from iamayoungfeminist
  14. fatflagrantfeminist reblogged this from iamayoungfeminist and added:
    This is so disgusting, I can’t with people…
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  17. ascheetzy reblogged this from iamayoungfeminist and added:
    Regardless of all of this, I’m glad SAGE and OWLs could come together and stand for what we believe in. Although we...
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  19. aedvk said: I was totally going to come yesterday but got slogged down with homework/exams. So so so so so sorry this happened :( Sending <3
  20. sistaaaaaasoul reblogged this from iamayoungfeminist
  21. raedemption14 said: hes visiting mine today i believe
  22. ja-dollarsign-on said: that’s absolutely terrible. If anything like that happens next year, i’ll be glad to help you all out!
  23. moreorlessbian said: Wow, people are fucking disgusting. I’m so sorry you had to experience that. <3
  24. tellwiddit reblogged this from iamayoungfeminist and added:
    This is just awful. TW: Rape Culture
  25. battlinggiants said: Herman Cain was on my campus last week too. I wish someone would have done what you guys did. I’m sorry people reacted that way, it’s honestly sickening, but sadly, not at all surprising.
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  27. beatsfromthepast said: Just got super depressed reading this
  28. daybeams said: I’m sorry you experienced that. :( Lots of love being sent your way.