Photo of the Day: Brown grads protest campus violence

IX grad hats

I’m all about Brown University feminists these days. Last week we gave a Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah to campus mag Bluestockings for their awesome anti-violence — and now you have to see photos from Brown graduation this past weekend. Students used what looks like red tape to mark IX on their graduation caps as a reminder of the promise of Title IX: education unhindered by violence or harassment. This image was taken by Lydia Y.

The protest follows a similar action earlier this month at Columbia, where students wore single rows of red tape, referring to the campus anti-violence group No Red Tape. An email from organizers read:

By placing a piece of red tape on your cap (ideally parallel to the right side), you will demonstrate and signal to the University that you do not accept your degree lightly, that you understand the culture that they have been complicit in perpetuating, and that you will not stand for it, and that you demand justice and support for all survivors, even as a graduate of this institution.

You can find more pictures at #imaginerape0. Keep an eye out for photos of faculty members demonstrating their support — a disappointingly rare sight on campuses. And if you’re taking action at your graduation, tweet pictures to me at @azbrodsky!
Alexandra

Alexandra Brodsky is a Feministing editor, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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Alexandra Brodsky is a senior editor at Feministing.com and student at Yale Law School. Alexandra also serves as the Board Chair of Know Your IX, a national student-led movement to end gender violence, which she co-founded and previously co-directed. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she is the co-editor of The Feminist Utopia Project: 57 Visions of a Wildly Better Future. She has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice at campuses across the country and on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR. At Yale Law, Alexandra studies antidiscrimination law and is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. After graduation, she will represent girls facing discriminatory suspensions and expulsions as a Skadden Fellow at the National Women's Law Center. Most importantly, Alexandra is the mommy to Margot, a tiny pomchi rescue from North Carolina

Alexandra Brodsky is a senior editor at Feministing.com and student at Yale Law School.

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