Michael Zhang, Student at UC Berkeley
It feels to me that a lot of important feminist discussions are isolated to the blogosphere and to liberal academics - not really the populations whose minds need to change. What do you feel is the best way for the feminist community to reach and influence the general public?
I love academia. When I worked for the LSE, I considered it as a long-term career path, but eventually realized that the change I could effect was much smaller scale.To your point Michael, it felt frustrating to have those conversations in silos. That's why I love taking what I learned during my masters and integrate it into my writing and my web series. I regularly incorporate feminist theory into my writing and see many other writers do it as well. I do think we make that knowledge more accessible when we stay away from jargon. I personally try to avoid in my pieces or define those words if I do. Most of the time, people are turned off from those conversations because they don't feel included, but by making the language more accessible, you make the content more accessible too. I also think news is generally more accessible thanks to social media. Young people especially are more informed than ever and we shouldn't underestimate their willingness and eagerness to learn. Continue reading...