What were you doing on Sunday morning? Sleeping? Reading the newspaper? Well if you were one of the more than 700 new sorority members at Cal Poly SLO, you were in the Chumash Auditorium eye striking and groin kicking your way to empowerment with Girls Fight Back!
The New Member Education event started off with a presentation by SAFER, Cal Poly’s primary resource for addressing sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking. They showed my favorite “Tea Consent” video and really set the crowd up for the Girls Fight Back material. I love it when allies join together with us during events, because as a united voice we are so much louder at combatting violence and rape culture in our society.
Taelor, the VP for the Panhellenic Association was a strong supporter of the GFB program and was supremely awesome before, during and after the event! She even arranged to have a member of the IFC executive staff, Kevin, act as my demo “creeper”. It was incredible to have a man that is so passionate about our cause be a part of the show and he did a great job! Women and men have to work together to truly end violence in our world.
We practiced our verbal strategies and learned how to recognize when someone is disrespecting our no. We clarified that consent should be an enthusiastic HELL YES! And of course, we practiced our badass ballet moves. Make no mistake, these ladies were supremely bad ass…their invisible creepers got their butts kicked! And when I asked everyone to stand up for the last badassballet practice, I heard several women in the front row announce “oh hell yes!” and were the first to jump up into ready position. You go girls, that enthusiasm is contagious!
Thank you so much for inviting me to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and letting me be a part of your college experience while empowering your new Greek Members. I hope you all know how incredible you are, how much power you have and how you all deserve to live an awesome life with NO APOLOGIES! Remember to look out for each other and please go forward peacefully.