Again, my thanks to The Ontarion for staying with this issue and continuing to keep the discussion alive on the University of Guelph campus. I too saw the ketamine post on Overheard at Guelph and chose not to respond. (I guessed that my two cents worth were already well known by that point.) Nevertheless, I am so happy to see that there is some movement, even though I don’t necessarily agree that we have reached a “tipping point” quite yet.
You can read the follow up article on rape culture here.
What worries me now is that, what with finals coming up and the summer looming, this issue will be forgotten by the time school starts again in the fall. I wonder if there is some way to bring this discussion to the table in the first few weeks of classes such that we don’t end up replicating the culture of normalization of sexual violence and objectification when the new cohort comes in.
Our school has a personality, a culture. Do we want it to be one where we normalize violence directed at over 50% of the campus? Do we want it to be an activist campus that stands up for certain unalienable rights? I don’t know. What do you want to see our campus become?