MVMENT is a home for our student community to discuss issues of gender and sexuality.
As high school and university students, we face these questions every day, and still many of us and many of our classmates are underprepared to have these conversations. We may find ourselves redefining our identities, wondering about where we fit in and wishing we didn’t have to figure it out alone. MVMENT is a collective attempt to shed some light, share some stories and, most of all, show to each one of us students that there are hundreds and thousands of others asking similar questions and grappling with similar challenges.
We live in a rape culture where there are many silent victims among us (according to RAINN, 1 in 6 women will be the victim of a completed or attempted rape during her lifetime). We live in a rape culture where those who are assaulted are frequently blamed for being victims and prohibited from speaking out. We have come to see unwanted advances, catcalling on the street and “innocent” groping as not only excused, but even as an everyday part of our lives. We have become ignorant to the inequities that our society has normalized.
Here at MVMENT, we believe that by engaging with these issues—reading survivors’ stories and opinion pieces from allies, learning more about proper conduct and what constitutes consent, understanding the laws and rules institutions are required to uphold and seeing powerful artwork, pictures and visual media—we can begin to understand our current reality. By understanding, and by engaging, we can begin to create real change. We can create change that does not leave out student voices.
We hope to publish a quarterly online magazine and update our website regularly with new content. If you wish to play a role or get more involved with the publication, visit our Getting Involved page. To read past issues and blog posts, visit Issues and Blog. Welcome to MVMENT: Read. Engage. Discuss.