Stress, School, and a Vox Chapter on Campus

First of all, I apologize for the lack of posts on this site. There have been so many things going on, of the fun and work variety, that have drawn my attention away from this project. I’ve been working on a truly, horribly bad animation for my 2D design class (which I may post here if I can figure out how to format it as well as if I’m not feeling too embarrassed about the whole thing), posing for friend’s photo assignments (For some reason her teacher thinks that “inebriation” is an emotion. I don’t quite understand that, but it’s fun to act out), illustrating for the Reporter, all of that good stuff. On top of it all, I’ve been all pumped up with energy! I’m excited about the future, and excited to play a role in the political and social turmoil that’s rapidly spreading throughout our country.

This is kind of a fist? It relates to social justice? No, really, I just wanted an image to accompany this post and I had this drawing of a hand I did the other day "on hand". Sorry for the pun. That was shameful.

You all know what I’m talking about.

Anti-choice groups are becoming increasingly aggressive. Pushing unreasonable and misogynistic legislation such as forcing women seeking abortions to visit crisis pregnancy centers, notorious for coercing women into pregnancies through misinformation and outright lies (I had a discussion with one woman who claims that abortion leads to breast cancer, a myth that is rebuked by every credible cancer association out there. I really shouldn’t respond to those types of posts. It always ends with people trying to reach out to my obviously lost soul!), forcing women to pay for and view sonograms before abortion, creating 72 hour waiting periods in some states, tightening restrictions on when and where abortions can be obtained, trying to push “personhood” laws, heartbeat bills, the list goes on and on…

The situation has long been ridiculous, but recent events are so mind-splittingly ridiculous they’re difficult to even comprehend. I think that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. If you don’t agree with abortion, don’t have one, you are allowed to believe it is “immoral”. I may disagree with you, but I think that you should be allowed to believe what you want to believe. But when those opinions are then forced upon me? Family and friends? Strangers in the streets? Placing one group’s ideological beliefs above the personal health of women across the nation is not ok.

I wanted to know what I could do to help, beyond just attending rallies and protests and generally making my opinions clear, and a number of people on the DC bus were eager to help. Via their suggestions, I’m excited to say that I’m starting a Vox group on campus!

Vox is Latin for Voice, a great choice of name, since Vox groups provide a way for young college women and men to have their voices heard on campus. Vox groups promote sexual education and health, as well as championing reproductive rights. I have my women/gender/health professor from last quarter and the director of RIT’s Women Center signed on to act as the club’s advisors, there are a number of people who have indicated interest in participating in the group, and I met with the Rochester Planned Parenthood’s director. Everything is on its way, and I couldn’t be more happy about it.

As a group we’ll be raising awareness of reproductive issues, writing legislators, attending an annual Vox conference, and possibly even having fun scavenger hunts where the prizes are sex toys (stealing the idea from SUNY Geneseo!). It’s a great way to meet people with similar interests, who are passionate about reproductive rights, and who really want to make a difference.

Right now we’re working to find members who would like to play a large role in the group, and we’re planning on hitting the ground running next year in time for the club fair!

If there’s anyone on the RIT campus who would be interested in joining, you’re more than welcome! We’d love to have you as part of the Vox group.

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