Denim Day: It Stops With Me
On April 25th the Auraria Campus will be observing Denim Day 2012 and holding a rally and march to bring the community together in an effort to raise awareness about sexual violence and other forms of interpersonal violence. The event will also feature a local campaign “It Stops with Me” to encourage us to see that we all have a responsibility to end sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence.
Wear Jeans to school or work today to protest the presence of the many cultural myths about rape that perpetuate its existence and prevent rape survivors from coming forward!
What is Denim Day? In 1992, an 18 year old girl in Italy was picked up by her driving instructor to begin a driving lesson. Soon after, she was raped on the side of the road by the instructor. She pressed charges and won her case. The instructor appealed and the case when to the Italian High Court. In 1999 the Court overturned the conviction with a member of the High Court declaring that since the victim wore very tight jeans, the instructor could not have removed them himself, therefore the victim must have willingly participated. Women of the Italian legislature protested the decision by wearing jeans to work. As news of the decision spread, so did the protest. For more information visit: www.denimdayusa.org)
11am-11:45am: Rally with us at the Tivoli Commons! There will be music and jeans and posters to decorate for the march. The Colorado Mammoth and Denver Roller Dolls will join us here to lead the march around campus. This is a great opportunity to connect with others interested in standing up against violence.
11:45am-12:15pm: March around campus led by the Denver Roller Dolls and Colorado Mammoth
12:15pm: Convene at Ninth Street Park outside the Institute for Women’s Studies and Services. Marchers are eligible for the picnic provided by Buffalo Wild Wings (vegetarian and vegan options will be available) – please sign up below!
Speakers at Ninth Street Park include the Colorado Mammoth, The Denver Roller Dolls, Kathy Robertson of Abby’s Voice and our keynote speaker Michael Kimmel will talk to us about men’s role in ending violence against women. He is a leading activist and writer on this issue and we are excited to have him join our event!
Michael Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. The author or editor of more than twenty volumes, his books include Changing Men: New Directions in Research on Men and Masculinity (1987), Men Confront Pornography (1990), The Politics of Manhood (1996), The Gender of Desire (2005) and The History of Men (2005). His documentary history, “Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990″ (Beacon, 1992), chronicled men who supported women’s equality since the founding of the country. This “inspiring, pathbreaking collection of remarkable documents” (Dissent) was also called “meticulously researched” (Booklist) and a “pioneering volume” which “will serve as an inspirational sourcebook for both women and men.” (Publishers’ Weekly).
His book, Manhood in America: A Cultural History (1996) was hailed as the definitive work on the subject. Reviewers called the book “wide-ranging, level headed, human and deeply interesting” (Kirkus), “superb… thorough, impressive and fascinating” (Chicago Tribune), “perceptive and refreshing” (Indianapolis Star). One reviewer wrote that “Kimmel’s humane, pathbreaking study points the way toward a redefinition of manhood that combines strength with nurturing, personal accountability, compassion and egalitarianism” (Publishers’ Weekly). Another called it “the most wide-ranging, clear-sighted, accessible book available on the mixed fortunes of masculinity in the United States” (San Francisco Chronicle). Another called it “a cultural history as readable and fascinating as Kate Millet’s epoch-making Sexual Politics (Booklist). The book also received impressive reviews in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post Book World (front page review), and The New York Times Book Review, which noted that this “concise, incisive” book “elucidates the masculine ideals of the past 200 years…just as shelves of feminist books have elucidated the feminine.”