I found out via Twitter that there has been an issue with a Spotlight program on sexual assault being promoted on campus via the Muleskinner. As an alumni, I have an understanding how this works. Anyone with common sense knows that you don’t kill the messenger. But I think that the Muleskinner, being a messenger that has the options to pick and choose which messages to disseminate, can’t cry foul when members of the student body, faculty and staff let it be known that they don’t like the message.
The director of the women’s studies program let Spotlight and the Muleskinner know how she felt by not attending the program. The editor even thought the jokes were distasteful. Gaining readers should never be done at the expense of victims, marginalized people and/or anyone who feels the Fourth Estate is their last means at gaining a voice in the world.
Facts of the program, ANY program, can be clearly laid out without hurting anyone. Taking a few extra seconds to think about who you are talking to and what you’re talking to them about could spare your own hurt feelings in how people respond to what you said.
Proud Jennie and Sexual Assault Survivor Ally,
Devynn (Moore) Brooks
C/o Dec ‘04