An Update From The Desk

Currently, I’m sitting with the items that I have seen more often than my roommate or my friends who live in Williamsburg- a Dell computer that I do my data coding and work on, my laptop that is usually running episodes of Skins and Twin Peaks while I work, and this nice wheeled chair that is probably permanently imprinted with the shape of my body. These items have singlehandedly gotten me through my days, and I think they deserve a special mention for the parts they have played in my work.

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Embodied Power and Sexism

Sexism is an issue that still exists in various forms in our society. Studies show that sexism can lead to physical and emotional issues, because it is typically seen as a consequence of undesirable behavior. As a result, women often cope with sexist comments and sexual harassment through self blame. However, women who are committed to fighting sexism or identify as feminists often have an activist personality, and more likely to confront sexism. Women who do not confront often consider confrontation, and are more likely to use less aggressive forms of rebuttal. Confrontation can lead to a positive self-image and can benefit society by dispelling thoughts of sexism, but is prevented by fears of humiliation, professional and personal retaliation, or judgement. My project focuses on whether embodiment of power can increase confrontation, particularly to sexist comments. By increasing the likelihood of confrontation, we can help redefine gender roles and eliminate sexism.