Saturday, October 20, 2007

Seattle, Day 2: COLLEEN

Colleen: 23, graduate of U. of Chicago, sorority sister, art major, the first in her immediate family to move out of the Midwest. Considers herself a "personal feminist," but feels detached from feminist political activism.

"[Being in a sorority] is the most feminist, girl-power thing I've ever done...My sorority sisters knew more about my art than my professors did. I felt like they could understand better."

Discussion Questions:
Question 1
Question 2


Anonymous said...

Ouch. You managed to bash me as both a state school girl and a sorority girl in just one post.

GIRLdrive said...

Oh no, that was not our intention at all! One of the most important things about talking to Colleen was that she brought up the possibility of sororities being a supportive feminist space. Like it or not, sororities (like feminism, actually), are maligned in the media (MTV, teen movies, teen mags) as divisive and damaging. It was refreshing to hear Colleen's perspective. Re the state school distinction--Colleen mentioned to us that she didn't think that state school sororities discussed the topic of feminism the way that U. of Chicago students did. But that didn't mean that she didn't respect and have friends in state school sororities. We plan on talking to a few state-school sorority sisters about their experience in Phoenix and when we get back to Madison, WI.

Hope this clears a few things up!

Nona and Emma

M said...

nice painting

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work.