Sat, Feb 2 at noon | 90 minutes
This Olio will examine what it means to live in a rape culture. While the goals of this weekend will remain rooted in learning from academic scholarship, participants might find that such scholarship can provide a source of transformation and even healing.
In the midst of the #metoo movement, many of us sat in front of our screens and watched in painful, chest-gripping silence, as Dr. Ford recounted her experience of sexual assault. Giving her testimony to a sea of largely white male faces, Ford’s powerful speech act, felt at first to have the might of David’s stone hailing against a very real institution of American Patriarchy. But all too quickly, we were reminded that this Goliath seldom stumbles, let alone falls. Sexual assault and the degradation of women are not only forgivable in our world, they are essential building blocks of our cultural values. “Virile aggressiveness,” Simone de Beauvoir rightly asserted, “is a lordly privilege only within a system where everything conspires to affirm masculine sovereignty.”
Rough Sketch of the Weekend:
Noon- Arrive at OlioHouse to a communal lunch
1:30pm - Olio with Jamie in the barn
2:30pm - Free time
5:00pm - Olio number two
7:00pm - Dinner at the Lantern Inn
8:30am - Breakfast
10:00am - Guided Journaling
Noon train back to Grand Central
Jamie Warren has a Ph.D. in American History from Indiana University, and she is an Assistant Professor at BMCC-CUNY where she teaches American history, the history of women and gender, and women’s studies. Her research focuses on slavery in antebellum South with a particular focus on death, the body, and the philosophy of history.