Urgent: Press Release: An Open Letter to President Susan Herbst, the UConn Community, Barstool Sports, and others on Behalf of Carolyn Luby

April 26, 2013
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2013

In light of the recent vitriolic, anti-feminist, misogynist, and malevolent backlash directed at UConn senior Carolyn Luby in response to her courageous Op-Ed, “An Open Letter to UConn President Susan Herbst,” published in The Feminist Wire’s College column last Tuesday, we want to express our unequivocal support for her and our disgust with those who have threatened both her well-being and life–whether through direct threats or imaginings of such.

Let us be crystal clear: threats of rape, death, and other forms of violence are both reprehensible and unacceptable. They are serious matters that need to be recognized as such by everyone, including the proper authorities. History confirms that ideas and ideology do not simply exist in our heads. Ideological distortions, such as sexism, racism, misogyny, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, and the like are frequently translated into material fury: senseless, unconscionable individual and collective action.

To those who sit on their virtual barstools, who cowardly sit behind their screens, who find power in threats, your words and actions will not force us into silence.  And to President Herbst, your silence will not protect you from accountability.  And to the police officer who took Luby’s report, your ignorance to the ways language makes action is antithetical to the oath you took.  And to everyone else:

  1. Luby was right.  “If you’re going to make a change like that to the Husky logo, then you should match it with a [cultural] change that reflects what you see.”  Luby deserves an intelligent and thoughtful response to her very wise and valiant critique.  Mascots aren’t innocuous. They are full of meanings, meant to signify ferocity.  However, as Luby notes, the symbolic meaning becomes dangerous when sexual and other politics are entwined, as they often are, with what is supposed to be a harmless organizational symbol.

  1. Rape jokes aren’t funny. They are not. Plain and simple. They are violent. They injure, and they can cause irreparable harm. Jokes allow the joke teller to disguise aggression and uninhibitedly express pleasure, and other feelings normally suppressed, in the taboo.

  1. Hate mail is evil and potentially illegal. Think twice before sending electronic loathe notes. Instead, try sitting with your feelings. Hostility toward someone who has not in any way wronged you often highlights your own insecurities. Be courageous enough to do the emotional work so that you can be better.  Causing or threatening someone else with harm is not a solution.  And this goes for those yelling derogatory comments at Luby on campus, as well.

  1. The culture of university corporatism and athletic worship needs to end now.  Too often, star athletes get a pass for bad behavior because of the money they generate for schools.  And too often, their offenses include violence against women.  And before trying to name the few who were penalized for their actions, or trying to point blame elsewhere by exclaiming, “this is a problem everywhere!” pay attention to historical trends. This space is too small and time is too limited to produce an athletic roll call for shaming.  Further, most stories of violence go unreported and/or are swept under the rug. The entire culture is indicative of a problem. Coaches, and those who worship at the altar of contemporary sports culture, who either act as bystanders or themselves perpetuate a culture of violence, need to be held accountable. The hate and violence resulting from Luby’s letter is evidence of the toxic culture that she wrote about; it is time to stand up to bullies.

  1. Victim shaming and silencing is misogynistic and needs to end now.  Barstool Sports and others with propensities toward “playful” sexism and misogyny, you will not and cannot silence nor shame feminist politics. It is because of you that we do what we do, and will continue to do what we do. It is because of you that this article was written. It is because of you that we stand together to challenge a culture that sanctions and promotes misogyny and rape culture. Whether your hate and destructive posturing is made on your actual barstools or behind your virtual barstools, let us be clear: we see you and we will not tolerate your misogyny.

Finally, to President Susan Herbst and the UConn Community: we demand that you ensure Luby’s safety.  She deserves the right to move about campus and elsewhere unmolested. And she deserves to walk without fear of retribution for her words.  Second, President Herbst, we strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to make your tenure really count by standing visibly and powerfully on the side of justice (not business or politics as usual) by:

  1. Making a public statement against violence against women and other marginalized groups–whether this violence is imagined, realized, written, or verbal.
  2. Taking Luby’s open letter seriously and responding to it respectfully and in the spirit of engaged dialogue and learning for which universities are known.
  3. Working with administration, faculty, and other campus groups to implement language, activities, and curriculum around zero tolerance for sexism, racism, misogyny, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, etc. at UConn.

This is the kind of “poise, confidence, competitiveness, and…determination to succeed in the classroom and on the field and the court” that both your mascot and the UConn student body should reflect. This is an “updated identity package” and leadership worth making noise about.

For media inquires, please email us at info@thefeministwire.com.

The Feminist Wire

Tamura A. Lomax

Aishah Shahidah Simmons

Monica J. Casper

David Leonard

Heather Laine Talley

Darnell L. Moore

Harsha Walia

Rosa-Linda Fregoso

Heidi R. Lewis

Edward Ndopu

Monica M. Torres

Catherine Morrisey

Shubhra Sharma

Nicole M. Giudotti-Hernández

Andrea Plaid

Sikivu Hutchinson

Aimee Meredith Cox

TC Tolbert

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Brooke Axtell


*To show your support, sign and share not only this letter, but our change.org petition.  You may also send a letter to President Herbst here.  In addition, the comment section below will not be used for further misogyny.  Instead, it will be used for feminist love notes only.  Share your support for Luby and others who have been brave enough to share their voices!!

 

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148 Responses to Urgent: Press Release: An Open Letter to President Susan Herbst, the UConn Community, Barstool Sports, and others on Behalf of Carolyn Luby

  1. C. Riley Snorton, Ph.D. on April 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    My heart and thoughts are with you. I know that you have received a lot of negative–and reprehensible–attention as a result of your beautifully written, candid and important essay. Here is a note–and I hope others will also follow suit–to express that there are many who support, admire and stand with you. Thank you for your voice.

    In feminist solidarity,
    CRS

  2. C. Riley Snorton, Ph.D. on April 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    My heart and thoughts are with you. I know that you have received a lot of negative–and reprehensible–attention as a result of your beautifully written, candid and important essay. Here is a note–and I hope others will also follow suit–to express that there are many who support, admire and stand with you. Thank you for your voice.

    In feminist solidarity,
    CRS

  3. C. Riley Snorton, Ph.D. on April 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    My heart and thoughts are with you. I know that you have received a lot of negative–and reprehensible–attention as a result of your beautifully written, candid and important essay. Here is a note–and I hope others will also follow suit–to express that there are many who support, admire and stand with you. Thank you for your voice.

    In feminist solidarity,
    CRS

  4. C. Riley Snorton, Ph.D. on April 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    My heart and thoughts are with you. I know that you have received a lot of negative–and reprehensible–attention as a result of your beautifully written, candid and important essay. Here is a note–and I hope others will also follow suit–to express that there are many who support, admire and stand with you. Thank you for your voice.

    In feminist solidarity,
    CRS

  5. Tamara Lea Spira on April 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Thank you for your unequivocal solidarity and beautiful statement of collective support. I also want to acknowledge Prof. Heather Turcotte and the transformative work she does with ger students everyday at UConn.

    • Tamura A. Lomax on April 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Yes!

  6. Tamara Lea Spira on April 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Thank you for your unequivocal solidarity and beautiful statement of collective support. I also want to acknowledge Prof. Heather Turcotte and the transformative work she does with ger students everyday at UConn.

    • Tamura A. Lomax on April 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Yes!

  7. Tamara Lea Spira on April 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Thank you for your unequivocal solidarity and beautiful statement of collective support. I also want to acknowledge Prof. Heather Turcotte and the transformative work she does with ger students everyday at UConn.

    • Tamura A. Lomax on April 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Yes!

  8. Tamara Lea Spira on April 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Thank you for your unequivocal solidarity and beautiful statement of collective support. I also want to acknowledge Prof. Heather Turcotte and the transformative work she does with ger students everyday at UConn.

    • Tamura A. Lomax on April 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Yes!

  9. Heidi R. Lewis on April 26, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Carolyn, you are SMART and you are BRAVE. Thank you SO much for your voice. It IS appreciated. We love you, and we support you. We have your back. Hatred and stupidity will not prevail. I send you all of the love, warmth, and light that I have in me…today and every day.

  10. Heidi R. Lewis on April 26, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Carolyn, you are SMART and you are BRAVE. Thank you SO much for your voice. It IS appreciated. We love you, and we support you. We have your back. Hatred and stupidity will not prevail. I send you all of the love, warmth, and light that I have in me…today and every day.

  11. Heidi R. Lewis on April 26, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Carolyn, you are SMART and you are BRAVE. Thank you SO much for your voice. It IS appreciated. We love you, and we support you. We have your back. Hatred and stupidity will not prevail. I send you all of the love, warmth, and light that I have in me…today and every day.

  12. Heidi R. Lewis on April 26, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Carolyn, you are SMART and you are BRAVE. Thank you SO much for your voice. It IS appreciated. We love you, and we support you. We have your back. Hatred and stupidity will not prevail. I send you all of the love, warmth, and light that I have in me…today and every day.

  13. Anna Siembor on April 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    My name is Anna Siembor. I’m a soon-to-be graduate of Northeastern University. I heard about your situation when a friend of mine linked to a uconn article about your being attacked. I have been in the exact same situation.

    I was a founding organizer of Knockout Barstool, a campaign against Barstool’s love of rape jokes and their college “blackout parties” that took place last Spring. Dave Portnoy made me a target. I was threatened with rape and assault, my parents’ home was called with threats and my school/the Boston police refused to do anything about it. It was a dark time in my life, but feminist networks in Boston and around the nation helped me get by. I wanted to give you a note of support and advice.

    You are SO much better than this, and you’ll get through it. Dave Portnoy is an immature asshole and stoolies self-identify as pieces of shit. What you wrote was brave and just; this bullying will pass. Even though I received hundreds of threats and my photo was posted on Barstool’s website a number of times, I never was harmed in real life.

    These men are cowards. Stick with friends– go out in groups if that makes you feel comfortable. But don’t let these assholes run your life.

    My suggestion is to ignore them. Don’t link anyone to Barstool’s site– they love getting the page views. Instead, focus on positive things in your life and the awesome feminist communities that are supporting you. You are awesome, you are so brave and you’re going to come out of this even stronger than you were before. Remember to care for yourself– turn off your computer and take a bath or watch a movie or cook a delicious dinner.

    On a personal note, I’d consider getting counseling or some sort of professional therapy– I regret not doing that sooner.

    I am so proud of how you’re standing up to those assholes and I know you’re going to be OK. If you have any questions or need to talk to someone, I’m here.

    Best,

    Anna

  14. Anna Siembor on April 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    My name is Anna Siembor. I’m a soon-to-be graduate of Northeastern University. I heard about your situation when a friend of mine linked to a uconn article about your being attacked. I have been in the exact same situation.

    I was a founding organizer of Knockout Barstool, a campaign against Barstool’s love of rape jokes and their college “blackout parties” that took place last Spring. Dave Portnoy made me a target. I was threatened with rape and assault, my parents’ home was called with threats and my school/the Boston police refused to do anything about it. It was a dark time in my life, but feminist networks in Boston and around the nation helped me get by. I wanted to give you a note of support and advice.

    You are SO much better than this, and you’ll get through it. Dave Portnoy is an immature asshole and stoolies self-identify as pieces of shit. What you wrote was brave and just; this bullying will pass. Even though I received hundreds of threats and my photo was posted on Barstool’s website a number of times, I never was harmed in real life.

    These men are cowards. Stick with friends– go out in groups if that makes you feel comfortable. But don’t let these assholes run your life.

    My suggestion is to ignore them. Don’t link anyone to Barstool’s site– they love getting the page views. Instead, focus on positive things in your life and the awesome feminist communities that are supporting you. You are awesome, you are so brave and you’re going to come out of this even stronger than you were before. Remember to care for yourself– turn off your computer and take a bath or watch a movie or cook a delicious dinner.

    On a personal note, I’d consider getting counseling or some sort of professional therapy– I regret not doing that sooner.

    I am so proud of how you’re standing up to those assholes and I know you’re going to be OK. If you have any questions or need to talk to someone, I’m here.

    Best,

    Anna

  15. Anna Siembor on April 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    My name is Anna Siembor. I’m a soon-to-be graduate of Northeastern University. I heard about your situation when a friend of mine linked to a uconn article about your being attacked. I have been in the exact same situation.

    I was a founding organizer of Knockout Barstool, a campaign against Barstool’s love of rape jokes and their college “blackout parties” that took place last Spring. Dave Portnoy made me a target. I was threatened with rape and assault, my parents’ home was called with threats and my school/the Boston police refused to do anything about it. It was a dark time in my life, but feminist networks in Boston and around the nation helped me get by. I wanted to give you a note of support and advice.

    You are SO much better than this, and you’ll get through it. Dave Portnoy is an immature asshole and stoolies self-identify as pieces of shit. What you wrote was brave and just; this bullying will pass. Even though I received hundreds of threats and my photo was posted on Barstool’s website a number of times, I never was harmed in real life.

    These men are cowards. Stick with friends– go out in groups if that makes you feel comfortable. But don’t let these assholes run your life.

    My suggestion is to ignore them. Don’t link anyone to Barstool’s site– they love getting the page views. Instead, focus on positive things in your life and the awesome feminist communities that are supporting you. You are awesome, you are so brave and you’re going to come out of this even stronger than you were before. Remember to care for yourself– turn off your computer and take a bath or watch a movie or cook a delicious dinner.

    On a personal note, I’d consider getting counseling or some sort of professional therapy– I regret not doing that sooner.

    I am so proud of how you’re standing up to those assholes and I know you’re going to be OK. If you have any questions or need to talk to someone, I’m here.

    Best,

    Anna

  16. Anna Siembor on April 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    My name is Anna Siembor. I’m a soon-to-be graduate of Northeastern University. I heard about your situation when a friend of mine linked to a uconn article about your being attacked. I have been in the exact same situation.

    I was a founding organizer of Knockout Barstool, a campaign against Barstool’s love of rape jokes and their college “blackout parties” that took place last Spring. Dave Portnoy made me a target. I was threatened with rape and assault, my parents’ home was called with threats and my school/the Boston police refused to do anything about it. It was a dark time in my life, but feminist networks in Boston and around the nation helped me get by. I wanted to give you a note of support and advice.

    You are SO much better than this, and you’ll get through it. Dave Portnoy is an immature asshole and stoolies self-identify as pieces of shit. What you wrote was brave and just; this bullying will pass. Even though I received hundreds of threats and my photo was posted on Barstool’s website a number of times, I never was harmed in real life.

    These men are cowards. Stick with friends– go out in groups if that makes you feel comfortable. But don’t let these assholes run your life.

    My suggestion is to ignore them. Don’t link anyone to Barstool’s site– they love getting the page views. Instead, focus on positive things in your life and the awesome feminist communities that are supporting you. You are awesome, you are so brave and you’re going to come out of this even stronger than you were before. Remember to care for yourself– turn off your computer and take a bath or watch a movie or cook a delicious dinner.

    On a personal note, I’d consider getting counseling or some sort of professional therapy– I regret not doing that sooner.

    I am so proud of how you’re standing up to those assholes and I know you’re going to be OK. If you have any questions or need to talk to someone, I’m here.

    Best,

    Anna

  17. Stephanie Reitz on April 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    My name is Stephanie Reitz, and I am the University Spokesperson at UConn. I have been authorized to release this statement from UConn President Susan Herbst, who emphasizes that intimidation and harassment have no place at our University and are not condoned in any way.

    “I firmly believe that our students, like all people, should be able to express themselves without being insulted or degraded as a result. As an institution, the university takes these issues very seriously, supports the right of free speech among all members of our community and stands strongly against harassment or intimidation of any kind. When a student is subjected to harassment, the university works closely with him or her to provide any resources they may need.”

    Sincerely,

    Susan Herbst
    President
    University of Connecticut

    • Tamura A. Lomax on April 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks for this note. We just checked the UConn President’s page, under Communications (http://president.uconn.edu/communications/#anc2012) and noticed that the statement is not there. We hope the president spreads this message — as well as other statements leading to tangible actions listed in our letter — widely.

    • Beth Hollingshead on April 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      But she’s not just being “insulted or degraded”, she is being threatened with DEATH and RAPE! This is a serious issue, and it’s time to start acting like it! Stop making excuses for rape and sexism on your campus! Be a feminist! (And if you’re not a feminist, I suggest you start now.)

    • Longtime UConn Prof on April 27, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Where does this appear at the UConn website? Just wondering… Or does it just appear here, buried in the morass of the internet?

  18. Stephanie Reitz on April 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    My name is Stephanie Reitz, and I am the University Spokesperson at UConn. I have been authorized to release this statement from UConn President Susan Herbst, who emphasizes that intimidation and harassment have no place at our University and are not condoned in any way.

    “I firmly believe that our students, like all people, should be able to express themselves without being insulted or degraded as a result. As an institution, the university takes these issues very seriously, supports the right of free speech among all members of our community and stands strongly against harassment or intimidation of any kind. When a student is subjected to harassment, the university works closely with him or her to provide any resources they may need.”

    Sincerely,

    Susan Herbst
    President
    University of Connecticut

    • Tamura A. Lomax on April 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks for this note. We just checked the UConn President’s page, under Communications (http://president.uconn.edu/communications/#anc2012) and noticed that the statement is not there. We hope the president spreads this message — as well as other statements leading to tangible actions listed in our letter — widely.

    • Beth Hollingshead on April 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      But she’s not just being “insulted or degraded”, she is being threatened with DEATH and RAPE! This is a serious issue, and it’s time to start acting like it! Stop making excuses for rape and sexism on your campus! Be a feminist! (And if you’re not a feminist, I suggest you start now.)

    • Longtime UConn Prof on April 27, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Where does this appear at the UConn website? Just wondering… Or does it just appear here, buried in the morass of the internet?

  19. Stephanie Reitz on April 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    My name is Stephanie Reitz, and I am the University Spokesperson at UConn. I have been authorized to release this statement from UConn President Susan Herbst, who emphasizes that intimidation and harassment have no place at our University and are not condoned in any way.

    “I firmly believe that our students, like all people, should be able to express themselves without being insulted or degraded as a result. As an institution, the university takes these issues very seriously, supports the right of free speech among all members of our community and stands strongly against harassment or intimidation of any kind. When a student is subjected to harassment, the university works closely with him or her to provide any resources they may need.”

    Sincerely,

    Susan Herbst
    President
    University of Connecticut

    • Tamura A. Lomax on April 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks for this note. We just checked the UConn President’s page, under Communications (http://president.uconn.edu/communications/#anc2012) and noticed that the statement is not there. We hope the president spreads this message — as well as other statements leading to tangible actions listed in our letter — widely.

    • Beth Hollingshead on April 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      But she’s not just being “insulted or degraded”, she is being threatened with DEATH and RAPE! This is a serious issue, and it’s time to start acting like it! Stop making excuses for rape and sexism on your campus! Be a feminist! (And if you’re not a feminist, I suggest you start now.)

    • Longtime UConn Prof on April 27, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Where does this appear at the UConn website? Just wondering… Or does it just appear here, buried in the morass of the internet?

  20. Stephanie Reitz on April 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    My name is Stephanie Reitz, and I am the University Spokesperson at UConn. I have been authorized to release this statement from UConn President Susan Herbst, who emphasizes that intimidation and harassment have no place at our University and are not condoned in any way.

    “I firmly believe that our students, like all people, should be able to express themselves without being insulted or degraded as a result. As an institution, the university takes these issues very seriously, supports the right of free speech among all members of our community and stands strongly against harassment or intimidation of any kind. When a student is subjected to harassment, the university works closely with him or her to provide any resources they may need.”

    Sincerely,

    Susan Herbst
    President
    University of Connecticut

    • Tamura A. Lomax on April 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks for this note. We just checked the UConn President’s page, under Communications (http://president.uconn.edu/communications/#anc2012) and noticed that the statement is not there. We hope the president spreads this message — as well as other statements leading to tangible actions listed in our letter — widely.

    • Beth Hollingshead on April 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      But she’s not just being “insulted or degraded”, she is being threatened with DEATH and RAPE! This is a serious issue, and it’s time to start acting like it! Stop making excuses for rape and sexism on your campus! Be a feminist! (And if you’re not a feminist, I suggest you start now.)

    • Longtime UConn Prof on April 27, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Where does this appear at the UConn website? Just wondering… Or does it just appear here, buried in the morass of the internet?

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  25. Lauren Rankin on April 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Just wanted to share my support for and gratitude to Carolyn Luby for bravely standing up for what’s right! I stand in solidarity with Carolyn and all women who have been threatened with the same violence they are combating.

  26. Lauren Rankin on April 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Just wanted to share my support for and gratitude to Carolyn Luby for bravely standing up for what’s right! I stand in solidarity with Carolyn and all women who have been threatened with the same violence they are combating.

  27. Lauren Rankin on April 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Just wanted to share my support for and gratitude to Carolyn Luby for bravely standing up for what’s right! I stand in solidarity with Carolyn and all women who have been threatened with the same violence they are combating.

  28. Lauren Rankin on April 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Just wanted to share my support for and gratitude to Carolyn Luby for bravely standing up for what’s right! I stand in solidarity with Carolyn and all women who have been threatened with the same violence they are combating.

  29. Rosa Cabrera on April 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Carolyn,

    Thank you for exemplifying one way to respond to incidents of rape culture on college campuses. I know what it is like to be challenged with the choice to speak up against something that is condoned and normalized by those in power at a university campus, and it is a scarey choice to make. So much is at stake as a student of the university and a member of the communities that share a relationship with the university.

    But I think you realized that there is more at stake if nothing is said. You did a brilliant job at calling out the layers of rape culture that can exist in one space. The iconic, linguistic, physical, and non-verbal manifestations of rape culture that exist on college campuses allow further acts, both by students and authority figures, professors, to contribute to that culture, and to perpetuate the silence of those who attempt to challenge that culture. I hope to see more examples of this occurring across campuses, and I hope that such a movement would cause structures within those campuses to be built to address the problem of rape culture and hold those who sexually violate, manipulate, and physically intimidate others accountable. I hope that your letter is heard and responded to with a detailed course of action written by Susan Herbst.
    With love,
    Rosa

  30. Rosa Cabrera on April 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Carolyn,

    Thank you for exemplifying one way to respond to incidents of rape culture on college campuses. I know what it is like to be challenged with the choice to speak up against something that is condoned and normalized by those in power at a university campus, and it is a scarey choice to make. So much is at stake as a student of the university and a member of the communities that share a relationship with the university.

    But I think you realized that there is more at stake if nothing is said. You did a brilliant job at calling out the layers of rape culture that can exist in one space. The iconic, linguistic, physical, and non-verbal manifestations of rape culture that exist on college campuses allow further acts, both by students and authority figures, professors, to contribute to that culture, and to perpetuate the silence of those who attempt to challenge that culture. I hope to see more examples of this occurring across campuses, and I hope that such a movement would cause structures within those campuses to be built to address the problem of rape culture and hold those who sexually violate, manipulate, and physically intimidate others accountable. I hope that your letter is heard and responded to with a detailed course of action written by Susan Herbst.
    With love,
    Rosa

  31. Rosa Cabrera on April 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Carolyn,

    Thank you for exemplifying one way to respond to incidents of rape culture on college campuses. I know what it is like to be challenged with the choice to speak up against something that is condoned and normalized by those in power at a university campus, and it is a scarey choice to make. So much is at stake as a student of the university and a member of the communities that share a relationship with the university.

    But I think you realized that there is more at stake if nothing is said. You did a brilliant job at calling out the layers of rape culture that can exist in one space. The iconic, linguistic, physical, and non-verbal manifestations of rape culture that exist on college campuses allow further acts, both by students and authority figures, professors, to contribute to that culture, and to perpetuate the silence of those who attempt to challenge that culture. I hope to see more examples of this occurring across campuses, and I hope that such a movement would cause structures within those campuses to be built to address the problem of rape culture and hold those who sexually violate, manipulate, and physically intimidate others accountable. I hope that your letter is heard and responded to with a detailed course of action written by Susan Herbst.
    With love,
    Rosa

  32. Rosa Cabrera on April 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Carolyn,

    Thank you for exemplifying one way to respond to incidents of rape culture on college campuses. I know what it is like to be challenged with the choice to speak up against something that is condoned and normalized by those in power at a university campus, and it is a scarey choice to make. So much is at stake as a student of the university and a member of the communities that share a relationship with the university.

    But I think you realized that there is more at stake if nothing is said. You did a brilliant job at calling out the layers of rape culture that can exist in one space. The iconic, linguistic, physical, and non-verbal manifestations of rape culture that exist on college campuses allow further acts, both by students and authority figures, professors, to contribute to that culture, and to perpetuate the silence of those who attempt to challenge that culture. I hope to see more examples of this occurring across campuses, and I hope that such a movement would cause structures within those campuses to be built to address the problem of rape culture and hold those who sexually violate, manipulate, and physically intimidate others accountable. I hope that your letter is heard and responded to with a detailed course of action written by Susan Herbst.
    With love,
    Rosa

  33. Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet on April 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    [...] FFS. For sadly not the last time, it is not acceptable to threaten to rape a woman when she says something you disagree with. And if that’s happening on the campus you run, it’s not acceptable to sit by and let [...]

  34. Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet on April 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    [...] FFS. For sadly not the last time, it is not acceptable to threaten to rape a woman when she says something you disagree with. And if that’s happening on the campus you run, it’s not acceptable to sit by and let [...]

  35. Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet on April 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    [...] FFS. For sadly not the last time, it is not acceptable to threaten to rape a woman when she says something you disagree with. And if that’s happening on the campus you run, it’s not acceptable to sit by and let [...]

  36. Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet on April 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    [...] FFS. For sadly not the last time, it is not acceptable to threaten to rape a woman when she says something you disagree with. And if that’s happening on the campus you run, it’s not acceptable to sit by and let [...]

  37. Starless and Bible Black on April 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    The scourge of censorship continues.

  38. Starless and Bible Black on April 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    The scourge of censorship continues.

  39. Starless and Bible Black on April 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    The scourge of censorship continues.

  40. Starless and Bible Black on April 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    The scourge of censorship continues.

  41. Jessica on April 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you, Feminist Wire, for holding your fellow feminists in community, and in your firm, protective embrace. You remind me of something my daughter and i just saw on Nat Geo: a group of female elephants forming a protective circle around a younger elephant who was being bullied…

    Cheers and thank goddess for you all!

  42. Jessica on April 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you, Feminist Wire, for holding your fellow feminists in community, and in your firm, protective embrace. You remind me of something my daughter and i just saw on Nat Geo: a group of female elephants forming a protective circle around a younger elephant who was being bullied…

    Cheers and thank goddess for you all!

  43. Jessica on April 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you, Feminist Wire, for holding your fellow feminists in community, and in your firm, protective embrace. You remind me of something my daughter and i just saw on Nat Geo: a group of female elephants forming a protective circle around a younger elephant who was being bullied…

    Cheers and thank goddess for you all!

  44. Jessica on April 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you, Feminist Wire, for holding your fellow feminists in community, and in your firm, protective embrace. You remind me of something my daughter and i just saw on Nat Geo: a group of female elephants forming a protective circle around a younger elephant who was being bullied…

    Cheers and thank goddess for you all!

  45. Dr. Ina Roy-Faderman on April 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    An immediate response to the threats Ms. Luby has received is the least that should be provided by the University administration. Putting aside concerns about ethics and the safety of all women on campus (which it sounds like you’re doing) consider how lovely this will look when the lawsuits start.

  46. Dr. Ina Roy-Faderman on April 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    An immediate response to the threats Ms. Luby has received is the least that should be provided by the University administration. Putting aside concerns about ethics and the safety of all women on campus (which it sounds like you’re doing) consider how lovely this will look when the lawsuits start.

  47. Dr. Ina Roy-Faderman on April 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    An immediate response to the threats Ms. Luby has received is the least that should be provided by the University administration. Putting aside concerns about ethics and the safety of all women on campus (which it sounds like you’re doing) consider how lovely this will look when the lawsuits start.

  48. Dr. Ina Roy-Faderman on April 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    An immediate response to the threats Ms. Luby has received is the least that should be provided by the University administration. Putting aside concerns about ethics and the safety of all women on campus (which it sounds like you’re doing) consider how lovely this will look when the lawsuits start.

  49. Longtime UConn Prof on April 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Well said! One and all. Carolyn Luby, you did absolutely the right thing, at the right time. Your articulate, well-reasoned, fair, and fact-based Op-Ed was welcome. Its a true invitation to dialogue. You have much support on this campus. I hope the President will also do the right thing and be more public in her response to this situation. She owes the campus community, and you, in particular, that much.

  50. Longtime UConn Prof on April 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Well said! One and all. Carolyn Luby, you did absolutely the right thing, at the right time. Your articulate, well-reasoned, fair, and fact-based Op-Ed was welcome. Its a true invitation to dialogue. You have much support on this campus. I hope the President will also do the right thing and be more public in her response to this situation. She owes the campus community, and you, in particular, that much.

  51. Longtime UConn Prof on April 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Well said! One and all. Carolyn Luby, you did absolutely the right thing, at the right time. Your articulate, well-reasoned, fair, and fact-based Op-Ed was welcome. Its a true invitation to dialogue. You have much support on this campus. I hope the President will also do the right thing and be more public in her response to this situation. She owes the campus community, and you, in particular, that much.

  52. Longtime UConn Prof on April 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Well said! One and all. Carolyn Luby, you did absolutely the right thing, at the right time. Your articulate, well-reasoned, fair, and fact-based Op-Ed was welcome. Its a true invitation to dialogue. You have much support on this campus. I hope the President will also do the right thing and be more public in her response to this situation. She owes the campus community, and you, in particular, that much.

  53. Wendy P. Witt, Esquire on April 26, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    Obviously, you were right to stand up and question the culture at the University of Connecticut. Thank you for having the courage to do so. Your actions will make a difference to women and girls everywhere.

    I am truly sorry that you are being threatened and harassed. Those “boys” will grow up to have daughters some day or some woman they love will be hurt by other men and they realize how horrible they acted.

    In the meantime, hopefully, the police and the university will ensure that the perpetrators will face immediate repercussions for their immoral and illegal actions.

    You are not alone.

    Your friend in Pittsburgh,

    Wendy

    • Longtime UConn Prof on April 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks, Wendy P. Witt. The threats and harassment that are coming her way, both from the campus and from the online “community” certainly point to the depth of the underlying problems with violence against women in our culture. It’s all right there, just underneath the surface, waiting for a moment in which folks who hold and espouse such detrimental views feel it’s “safe” to come out…

      Let’s not stand for it. There’s a thought.

  54. Wendy P. Witt, Esquire on April 26, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    Obviously, you were right to stand up and question the culture at the University of Connecticut. Thank you for having the courage to do so. Your actions will make a difference to women and girls everywhere.

    I am truly sorry that you are being threatened and harassed. Those “boys” will grow up to have daughters some day or some woman they love will be hurt by other men and they realize how horrible they acted.

    In the meantime, hopefully, the police and the university will ensure that the perpetrators will face immediate repercussions for their immoral and illegal actions.

    You are not alone.

    Your friend in Pittsburgh,

    Wendy

    • Longtime UConn Prof on April 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks, Wendy P. Witt. The threats and harassment that are coming her way, both from the campus and from the online “community” certainly point to the depth of the underlying problems with violence against women in our culture. It’s all right there, just underneath the surface, waiting for a moment in which folks who hold and espouse such detrimental views feel it’s “safe” to come out…

      Let’s not stand for it. There’s a thought.

  55. Wendy P. Witt, Esquire on April 26, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    Obviously, you were right to stand up and question the culture at the University of Connecticut. Thank you for having the courage to do so. Your actions will make a difference to women and girls everywhere.

    I am truly sorry that you are being threatened and harassed. Those “boys” will grow up to have daughters some day or some woman they love will be hurt by other men and they realize how horrible they acted.

    In the meantime, hopefully, the police and the university will ensure that the perpetrators will face immediate repercussions for their immoral and illegal actions.

    You are not alone.

    Your friend in Pittsburgh,

    Wendy

    • Longtime UConn Prof on April 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks, Wendy P. Witt. The threats and harassment that are coming her way, both from the campus and from the online “community” certainly point to the depth of the underlying problems with violence against women in our culture. It’s all right there, just underneath the surface, waiting for a moment in which folks who hold and espouse such detrimental views feel it’s “safe” to come out…

      Let’s not stand for it. There’s a thought.

  56. Wendy P. Witt, Esquire on April 26, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    Obviously, you were right to stand up and question the culture at the University of Connecticut. Thank you for having the courage to do so. Your actions will make a difference to women and girls everywhere.

    I am truly sorry that you are being threatened and harassed. Those “boys” will grow up to have daughters some day or some woman they love will be hurt by other men and they realize how horrible they acted.

    In the meantime, hopefully, the police and the university will ensure that the perpetrators will face immediate repercussions for their immoral and illegal actions.

    You are not alone.

    Your friend in Pittsburgh,

    Wendy

    • Longtime UConn Prof on April 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks, Wendy P. Witt. The threats and harassment that are coming her way, both from the campus and from the online “community” certainly point to the depth of the underlying problems with violence against women in our culture. It’s all right there, just underneath the surface, waiting for a moment in which folks who hold and espouse such detrimental views feel it’s “safe” to come out…

      Let’s not stand for it. There’s a thought.

  57. WaltzingMtilda on April 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Well…I will be honest. I came over here from a Conservative website and I was all prepared to be huffy and outraged. I was even going to laugh about it on social media.

    But then, on the advice from a comments section elsewhere, I read her actual letter.Glad I did or I would have looked rather foolish.

    What I took away from it is that the author is upset that the university seems to be placing a greater priority on promoting the athletics program than on issues such as rape and other acts of violence against women. I have no opinion on that, as I don’t attend UConn. I’m just saying I didn’t see anything to suggest that the author thinks the new logo promotes rape culture. And I think it’s absolutely vile that people are threatening this woman and shaming her for speaking her thoughts.

    Anyways, sorry this isn’t a feminist love note…just wanted to chime in to say I think it would be really helpful if people actually took a few minutes to read and comprehend before spouting off. And I’m sorry Carolyn is going through all this.

    • Robert P. Forbes on April 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      WaltzingMatilda, appreciate your contribution.

      • Longtime UConn Prof on April 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm

        Right on, Robert P. Forbes. We ought to be able to have a serious examination of and dialogue about all manner of issues, even if we disagree on some things. Disagreement is not ideology.

        • Bruce McGlory on April 29, 2013 at 1:26 pm

          When the “debate” is over whether or not women are human beings, no, we shouldn’t.

  58. WaltzingMtilda on April 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Well…I will be honest. I came over here from a Conservative website and I was all prepared to be huffy and outraged. I was even going to laugh about it on social media.

    But then, on the advice from a comments section elsewhere, I read her actual letter.Glad I did or I would have looked rather foolish.

    What I took away from it is that the author is upset that the university seems to be placing a greater priority on promoting the athletics program than on issues such as rape and other acts of violence against women. I have no opinion on that, as I don’t attend UConn. I’m just saying I didn’t see anything to suggest that the author thinks the new logo promotes rape culture. And I think it’s absolutely vile that people are threatening this woman and shaming her for speaking her thoughts.

    Anyways, sorry this isn’t a feminist love note…just wanted to chime in to say I think it would be really helpful if people actually took a few minutes to read and comprehend before spouting off. And I’m sorry Carolyn is going through all this.

    • Robert P. Forbes on April 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      WaltzingMatilda, appreciate your contribution.

      • Longtime UConn Prof on April 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm

        Right on, Robert P. Forbes. We ought to be able to have a serious examination of and dialogue about all manner of issues, even if we disagree on some things. Disagreement is not ideology.

        • Bruce McGlory on April 29, 2013 at 1:26 pm

          When the “debate” is over whether or not women are human beings, no, we shouldn’t.

  59. WaltzingMtilda on April 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Well…I will be honest. I came over here from a Conservative website and I was all prepared to be huffy and outraged. I was even going to laugh about it on social media.

    But then, on the advice from a comments section elsewhere, I read her actual letter.Glad I did or I would have looked rather foolish.

    What I took away from it is that the author is upset that the university seems to be placing a greater priority on promoting the athletics program than on issues such as rape and other acts of violence against women. I have no opinion on that, as I don’t attend UConn. I’m just saying I didn’t see anything to suggest that the author thinks the new logo promotes rape culture. And I think it’s absolutely vile that people are threatening this woman and shaming her for speaking her thoughts.

    Anyways, sorry this isn’t a feminist love note…just wanted to chime in to say I think it would be really helpful if people actually took a few minutes to read and comprehend before spouting off. And I’m sorry Carolyn is going through all this.

    • Robert P. Forbes on April 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      WaltzingMatilda, appreciate your contribution.

      • Longtime UConn Prof on April 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm

        Right on, Robert P. Forbes. We ought to be able to have a serious examination of and dialogue about all manner of issues, even if we disagree on some things. Disagreement is not ideology.

        • Bruce McGlory on April 29, 2013 at 1:26 pm

          When the “debate” is over whether or not women are human beings, no, we shouldn’t.

  60. WaltzingMtilda on April 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Well…I will be honest. I came over here from a Conservative website and I was all prepared to be huffy and outraged. I was even going to laugh about it on social media.

    But then, on the advice from a comments section elsewhere, I read her actual letter.Glad I did or I would have looked rather foolish.

    What I took away from it is that the author is upset that the university seems to be placing a greater priority on promoting the athletics program than on issues such as rape and other acts of violence against women. I have no opinion on that, as I don’t attend UConn. I’m just saying I didn’t see anything to suggest that the author thinks the new logo promotes rape culture. And I think it’s absolutely vile that people are threatening this woman and shaming her for speaking her thoughts.

    Anyways, sorry this isn’t a feminist love note…just wanted to chime in to say I think it would be really helpful if people actually took a few minutes to read and comprehend before spouting off. And I’m sorry Carolyn is going through all this.

    • Robert P. Forbes on April 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      WaltzingMatilda, appreciate your contribution.

      • Longtime UConn Prof on April 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm

        Right on, Robert P. Forbes. We ought to be able to have a serious examination of and dialogue about all manner of issues, even if we disagree on some things. Disagreement is not ideology.

        • Bruce McGlory on April 29, 2013 at 1:26 pm

          When the “debate” is over whether or not women are human beings, no, we shouldn’t.

  61. Marcello Graziano on April 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    I agree in every passage of your letter. I am sorry had to deal with all the criminal idiots at UConn. As other posts expressed better before this, you are not alone. You have been brave, braver than many full professors I know. I am glad that you found a place to express and publish you thoughts. The athletic department, which, by the way, loses 15MM a year according to the NCAA database, is powerful. But you know what? They depend on people. And we are the people. Now we just have to make sure we are the majority. Good luck with everything!

  62. Marcello Graziano on April 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    I agree in every passage of your letter. I am sorry had to deal with all the criminal idiots at UConn. As other posts expressed better before this, you are not alone. You have been brave, braver than many full professors I know. I am glad that you found a place to express and publish you thoughts. The athletic department, which, by the way, loses 15MM a year according to the NCAA database, is powerful. But you know what? They depend on people. And we are the people. Now we just have to make sure we are the majority. Good luck with everything!

  63. Marcello Graziano on April 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    I agree in every passage of your letter. I am sorry had to deal with all the criminal idiots at UConn. As other posts expressed better before this, you are not alone. You have been brave, braver than many full professors I know. I am glad that you found a place to express and publish you thoughts. The athletic department, which, by the way, loses 15MM a year according to the NCAA database, is powerful. But you know what? They depend on people. And we are the people. Now we just have to make sure we are the majority. Good luck with everything!

  64. Marcello Graziano on April 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    I agree in every passage of your letter. I am sorry had to deal with all the criminal idiots at UConn. As other posts expressed better before this, you are not alone. You have been brave, braver than many full professors I know. I am glad that you found a place to express and publish you thoughts. The athletic department, which, by the way, loses 15MM a year according to the NCAA database, is powerful. But you know what? They depend on people. And we are the people. Now we just have to make sure we are the majority. Good luck with everything!

  65. Carlo on April 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Great Carolyn!

    I’m a man but I’m against violence anyway and in any form. Dear Carolyn, you have all my solidarity.

    Who use violence is ignorant and ignorant should not be at the university…

    Why don’t they kick those basketball players out?

    President Herbst said everything and nothing at the same time…just rhetoric as a good politician! Take action! Be strong to avoid that situation like that will happen again!

    I do agree with Carolyn. Sports and military people should not be in the University. The University is done for study not for playing games or study the war. Violence doesn’t go anywhere and doesn’t fit in the university where the culture is enhanced. In my country, people do not go around with guns or knife… I use the knife to cut the pizza for example… that is it! In this country there is a big disrespect for girls and a big sense of violence!

    Symbol of Uconn? Is that a problem or an identity? How can you feel a member of this University if after the 4 years a student has a debt that has to pay for 20 years? But the main problem is to built the new gym… Stop all the sports and give money to pay the fellowship of poor people and smart people (as it currently happens in the european countries). Education is for everybody not just rich people or good basketball players.

    All my support for peace, love and respect!

    Carlo

  66. Carlo on April 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Great Carolyn!

    I’m a man but I’m against violence anyway and in any form. Dear Carolyn, you have all my solidarity.

    Who use violence is ignorant and ignorant should not be at the university…

    Why don’t they kick those basketball players out?

    President Herbst said everything and nothing at the same time…just rhetoric as a good politician! Take action! Be strong to avoid that situation like that will happen again!

    I do agree with Carolyn. Sports and military people should not be in the University. The University is done for study not for playing games or study the war. Violence doesn’t go anywhere and doesn’t fit in the university where the culture is enhanced. In my country, people do not go around with guns or knife… I use the knife to cut the pizza for example… that is it! In this country there is a big disrespect for girls and a big sense of violence!

    Symbol of Uconn? Is that a problem or an identity? How can you feel a member of this University if after the 4 years a student has a debt that has to pay for 20 years? But the main problem is to built the new gym… Stop all the sports and give money to pay the fellowship of poor people and smart people (as it currently happens in the european countries). Education is for everybody not just rich people or good basketball players.

    All my support for peace, love and respect!

    Carlo

  67. Carlo on April 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Great Carolyn!

    I’m a man but I’m against violence anyway and in any form. Dear Carolyn, you have all my solidarity.

    Who use violence is ignorant and ignorant should not be at the university…

    Why don’t they kick those basketball players out?

    President Herbst said everything and nothing at the same time…just rhetoric as a good politician! Take action! Be strong to avoid that situation like that will happen again!

    I do agree with Carolyn. Sports and military people should not be in the University. The University is done for study not for playing games or study the war. Violence doesn’t go anywhere and doesn’t fit in the university where the culture is enhanced. In my country, people do not go around with guns or knife… I use the knife to cut the pizza for example… that is it! In this country there is a big disrespect for girls and a big sense of violence!

    Symbol of Uconn? Is that a problem or an identity? How can you feel a member of this University if after the 4 years a student has a debt that has to pay for 20 years? But the main problem is to built the new gym… Stop all the sports and give money to pay the fellowship of poor people and smart people (as it currently happens in the european countries). Education is for everybody not just rich people or good basketball players.

    All my support for peace, love and respect!

    Carlo

  68. Carlo on April 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Great Carolyn!

    I’m a man but I’m against violence anyway and in any form. Dear Carolyn, you have all my solidarity.

    Who use violence is ignorant and ignorant should not be at the university…

    Why don’t they kick those basketball players out?

    President Herbst said everything and nothing at the same time…just rhetoric as a good politician! Take action! Be strong to avoid that situation like that will happen again!

    I do agree with Carolyn. Sports and military people should not be in the University. The University is done for study not for playing games or study the war. Violence doesn’t go anywhere and doesn’t fit in the university where the culture is enhanced. In my country, people do not go around with guns or knife… I use the knife to cut the pizza for example… that is it! In this country there is a big disrespect for girls and a big sense of violence!

    Symbol of Uconn? Is that a problem or an identity? How can you feel a member of this University if after the 4 years a student has a debt that has to pay for 20 years? But the main problem is to built the new gym… Stop all the sports and give money to pay the fellowship of poor people and smart people (as it currently happens in the european countries). Education is for everybody not just rich people or good basketball players.

    All my support for peace, love and respect!

    Carlo

  69. Gaby on April 27, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Dear Carolyn,

    I wanted to offer you my heartfelt support, and express my deepest dismay at the treatment you have received. Your thoughtful letter was a respectful and well-reasoned critique, and yet the backlash you face is of the vilest kind. You represent the best of humanity – it is a shame the responses represent the worst.

    Having attended as a student, or worked as faculty, at several universities, I can say that the systemic problems of rape culture and administrative cowardice and/or ineptitude are not isolated instances. UConn has an opportunity to be a leader in demonstrating support for a student who promotes ideals that should be more important than a mascot (who represents the entire institution, and NOT just the athletics department!). I hope actions are taken to ensure your safety, and I hope your bravery sparks deep conversation about the ubiquity of rape culture in higher Ed and beyond.

    Much love and respect,
    Gaby

  70. Gaby on April 27, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Dear Carolyn,

    I wanted to offer you my heartfelt support, and express my deepest dismay at the treatment you have received. Your thoughtful letter was a respectful and well-reasoned critique, and yet the backlash you face is of the vilest kind. You represent the best of humanity – it is a shame the responses represent the worst.

    Having attended as a student, or worked as faculty, at several universities, I can say that the systemic problems of rape culture and administrative cowardice and/or ineptitude are not isolated instances. UConn has an opportunity to be a leader in demonstrating support for a student who promotes ideals that should be more important than a mascot (who represents the entire institution, and NOT just the athletics department!). I hope actions are taken to ensure your safety, and I hope your bravery sparks deep conversation about the ubiquity of rape culture in higher Ed and beyond.

    Much love and respect,
    Gaby

  71. Gaby on April 27, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Dear Carolyn,

    I wanted to offer you my heartfelt support, and express my deepest dismay at the treatment you have received. Your thoughtful letter was a respectful and well-reasoned critique, and yet the backlash you face is of the vilest kind. You represent the best of humanity – it is a shame the responses represent the worst.

    Having attended as a student, or worked as faculty, at several universities, I can say that the systemic problems of rape culture and administrative cowardice and/or ineptitude are not isolated instances. UConn has an opportunity to be a leader in demonstrating support for a student who promotes ideals that should be more important than a mascot (who represents the entire institution, and NOT just the athletics department!). I hope actions are taken to ensure your safety, and I hope your bravery sparks deep conversation about the ubiquity of rape culture in higher Ed and beyond.

    Much love and respect,
    Gaby

  72. Gaby on April 27, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Dear Carolyn,

    I wanted to offer you my heartfelt support, and express my deepest dismay at the treatment you have received. Your thoughtful letter was a respectful and well-reasoned critique, and yet the backlash you face is of the vilest kind. You represent the best of humanity – it is a shame the responses represent the worst.

    Having attended as a student, or worked as faculty, at several universities, I can say that the systemic problems of rape culture and administrative cowardice and/or ineptitude are not isolated instances. UConn has an opportunity to be a leader in demonstrating support for a student who promotes ideals that should be more important than a mascot (who represents the entire institution, and NOT just the athletics department!). I hope actions are taken to ensure your safety, and I hope your bravery sparks deep conversation about the ubiquity of rape culture in higher Ed and beyond.

    Much love and respect,
    Gaby

  73. David McCloskey on April 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    As a UConn student who is caught between support and skepticism of individual feminist causes, I want you to know that your letter brought me right behind you. Both the feminist and the “men’s rights” movements have members and positions that I wholeheartedly support and others I oppose. Again, I want you to know I would never have seen this problem that you brought up, and I appreciate you bringing it to the attention of the university. Thank you.

    I’m not going to apologize for the behavior of other people, but I am sorry for the treatment you’ve received, that is, I don’t want my sentiment to portray guilt, I merely want to show support in the face of the awful nature of the response you have received. While I can understand (and in fact felt) skepticism at the notion that a change in logo might portray any kind of tacit acceptance of the behavior of athletes, what I cannot understand and truly abhor is the negativity and lack of reason in the response to what you wrote. It disgusts and upsets me, and I want you to know that I’m with you. If there’s something I can do please let me know.

    yours sincerely
    David St.John McCloskey

  74. David McCloskey on April 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    As a UConn student who is caught between support and skepticism of individual feminist causes, I want you to know that your letter brought me right behind you. Both the feminist and the “men’s rights” movements have members and positions that I wholeheartedly support and others I oppose. Again, I want you to know I would never have seen this problem that you brought up, and I appreciate you bringing it to the attention of the university. Thank you.

    I’m not going to apologize for the behavior of other people, but I am sorry for the treatment you’ve received, that is, I don’t want my sentiment to portray guilt, I merely want to show support in the face of the awful nature of the response you have received. While I can understand (and in fact felt) skepticism at the notion that a change in logo might portray any kind of tacit acceptance of the behavior of athletes, what I cannot understand and truly abhor is the negativity and lack of reason in the response to what you wrote. It disgusts and upsets me, and I want you to know that I’m with you. If there’s something I can do please let me know.

    yours sincerely
    David St.John McCloskey

  75. David McCloskey on April 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    As a UConn student who is caught between support and skepticism of individual feminist causes, I want you to know that your letter brought me right behind you. Both the feminist and the “men’s rights” movements have members and positions that I wholeheartedly support and others I oppose. Again, I want you to know I would never have seen this problem that you brought up, and I appreciate you bringing it to the attention of the university. Thank you.

    I’m not going to apologize for the behavior of other people, but I am sorry for the treatment you’ve received, that is, I don’t want my sentiment to portray guilt, I merely want to show support in the face of the awful nature of the response you have received. While I can understand (and in fact felt) skepticism at the notion that a change in logo might portray any kind of tacit acceptance of the behavior of athletes, what I cannot understand and truly abhor is the negativity and lack of reason in the response to what you wrote. It disgusts and upsets me, and I want you to know that I’m with you. If there’s something I can do please let me know.

    yours sincerely
    David St.John McCloskey

  76. David McCloskey on April 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Dear Carolyn,

    As a UConn student who is caught between support and skepticism of individual feminist causes, I want you to know that your letter brought me right behind you. Both the feminist and the “men’s rights” movements have members and positions that I wholeheartedly support and others I oppose. Again, I want you to know I would never have seen this problem that you brought up, and I appreciate you bringing it to the attention of the university. Thank you.

    I’m not going to apologize for the behavior of other people, but I am sorry for the treatment you’ve received, that is, I don’t want my sentiment to portray guilt, I merely want to show support in the face of the awful nature of the response you have received. While I can understand (and in fact felt) skepticism at the notion that a change in logo might portray any kind of tacit acceptance of the behavior of athletes, what I cannot understand and truly abhor is the negativity and lack of reason in the response to what you wrote. It disgusts and upsets me, and I want you to know that I’m with you. If there’s something I can do please let me know.

    yours sincerely
    David St.John McCloskey

  77. Amanda Sigler on April 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Carolyn,

    This will not stand and we, your friends, familiar or unknown, hear you.
    You are not alone in spirit or beliefs and I thank you for your bravery. From one feminist attending an athletically dominated school to another.

    Amanda

  78. Amanda Sigler on April 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Carolyn,

    This will not stand and we, your friends, familiar or unknown, hear you.
    You are not alone in spirit or beliefs and I thank you for your bravery. From one feminist attending an athletically dominated school to another.

    Amanda

  79. Amanda Sigler on April 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Carolyn,

    This will not stand and we, your friends, familiar or unknown, hear you.
    You are not alone in spirit or beliefs and I thank you for your bravery. From one feminist attending an athletically dominated school to another.

    Amanda

  80. Amanda Sigler on April 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Carolyn,

    This will not stand and we, your friends, familiar or unknown, hear you.
    You are not alone in spirit or beliefs and I thank you for your bravery. From one feminist attending an athletically dominated school to another.

    Amanda

  81. Robert P. Forbes on April 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Maybe I’m naive to have been shocked by the vile response Carolyn’s letter received. What an ideal opportunity for President Herbst to put into practice her discourse of civility. It’s not every day one gets to order one’s priorities so clearly.

    Rob Forbes

  82. Robert P. Forbes on April 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Maybe I’m naive to have been shocked by the vile response Carolyn’s letter received. What an ideal opportunity for President Herbst to put into practice her discourse of civility. It’s not every day one gets to order one’s priorities so clearly.

    Rob Forbes

  83. Robert P. Forbes on April 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Maybe I’m naive to have been shocked by the vile response Carolyn’s letter received. What an ideal opportunity for President Herbst to put into practice her discourse of civility. It’s not every day one gets to order one’s priorities so clearly.

    Rob Forbes

  84. Robert P. Forbes on April 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Maybe I’m naive to have been shocked by the vile response Carolyn’s letter received. What an ideal opportunity for President Herbst to put into practice her discourse of civility. It’s not every day one gets to order one’s priorities so clearly.

    Rob Forbes

  85. Robinottawa on April 29, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Bullying by any other name is still bullying. Don’t be a coward. stop bullying.

  86. Robinottawa on April 29, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Bullying by any other name is still bullying. Don’t be a coward. stop bullying.

  87. Robinottawa on April 29, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Bullying by any other name is still bullying. Don’t be a coward. stop bullying.

  88. Robinottawa on April 29, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Bullying by any other name is still bullying. Don’t be a coward. stop bullying.

  89. Janet Cummings Good on April 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Dear Carolyn, As a graduate of UConn, and designer of the University’s Oak Leaf identity—with Peter Good (my partner in life, art and business) I was heartened to hear of your letter to Present Herbst. Peter and I had the opportunity to express our various concerns on “Where We Live” with John Dankosky and Troy Monroe last Thursday: http://www.yourpublicmedia.org/content/wnpr/meaning-logos-brands-and-identities

  90. Janet Cummings Good on April 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Dear Carolyn, As a graduate of UConn, and designer of the University’s Oak Leaf identity—with Peter Good (my partner in life, art and business) I was heartened to hear of your letter to Present Herbst. Peter and I had the opportunity to express our various concerns on “Where We Live” with John Dankosky and Troy Monroe last Thursday: http://www.yourpublicmedia.org/content/wnpr/meaning-logos-brands-and-identities

  91. Janet Cummings Good on April 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Dear Carolyn, As a graduate of UConn, and designer of the University’s Oak Leaf identity—with Peter Good (my partner in life, art and business) I was heartened to hear of your letter to Present Herbst. Peter and I had the opportunity to express our various concerns on “Where We Live” with John Dankosky and Troy Monroe last Thursday: http://www.yourpublicmedia.org/content/wnpr/meaning-logos-brands-and-identities

  92. Janet Cummings Good on April 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Dear Carolyn, As a graduate of UConn, and designer of the University’s Oak Leaf identity—with Peter Good (my partner in life, art and business) I was heartened to hear of your letter to Present Herbst. Peter and I had the opportunity to express our various concerns on “Where We Live” with John Dankosky and Troy Monroe last Thursday: http://www.yourpublicmedia.org/content/wnpr/meaning-logos-brands-and-identities

  93. Jackie Martone on May 4, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I’m with you, Carolyn. Thank you for your bravery and honesty.

  94. Jackie Martone on May 4, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I’m with you, Carolyn. Thank you for your bravery and honesty.

  95. Jackie Martone on May 4, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I’m with you, Carolyn. Thank you for your bravery and honesty.

  96. Jackie Martone on May 4, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I’m with you, Carolyn. Thank you for your bravery and honesty.

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