I’ve seen this question posed all over Twitter, and in this article from The Nation: why are student protesters at Penn State allowed to run amok over the firing of a football coach who protected a child rapist, while student (and faculty) protesters at Berkeley are beaten and arrested for peacefully protesting? It seems to me that human rights are being valued differently in each instance, with the former elevating sports over the integrity of young people’s bodies, and the latter punishing young people for insisting on their basic rights to assemble peacefully. In both cases, young people are being assaulted. Something to think about.
Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.
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