Back the Night

Back the Nightwas an excellent show that is not only relevant to the Humanities curriculum but to Davidson’s campus as whole. Despite what many students think, Davidson has quite a vicious rape culture. Women are regularly robbed of their bodily autonomy by being sexually violated. As we have learned in Unit 3, the body often defines our humanity. It is what makes us human and gives us rights. Sexual violence objectifies victims by ignoring their desires and autonomy. Therefore, to be robbed of bodily autonomy, is to be considered unhuman. This was depicted in the play Back The Nightthrough the story of two girls in college. Cassie is extremely passionate about fighting for women’s rights so much so that she posts police records of violence against women to a blog regularly. Her best friend Em was raped by a group of frat brothers but chooses not to call it rape in order to avoid emotionally processing it. Within the show Cassie is physically assaulted and broadcasts the violence to start a revolution against frat culture. She shows people something that changed their perspective so that they begin to fight for change within their college. This revolution is occurring in colleges today at a slower pace. There have been whispers at Davidson about the party culture centered around Armfield coming to a close. Other universities such as Furman have been pushing to ban fraternity housing or Dartmouth which has adopted a zero-tolerance policy against rape. My mission at Davidson is to further push this revolution and find ways to reduce sexual violence without completely depriving students of parties. 

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