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Dissemination Project: A Website Designed to Spread Information About Women's Reproductive Rights

Abstract

In America of 2019, women are told explicitly and implicitly that they should dress modestly, practice celibacy and avoid being alone in public places; moreover, it is a woman’s responsibility to expect and defend against harassment and assault. Until now, I thought that this was normal, and that many women experienced some form of sexual abuse. Certainly, that was the case for me. As a child I was sexually abused by my step-father. As a teen I was coerced into sexual acts by my older boyfriend. As a young wife I was domestically abused by my husband. As a woman in a bar, at a concert, or a party I have been groped, whistled at, and objectified. The turning point came when I realized that every woman I knew had experienced some form of inappropriate sexual contact. The #MeToo movement also made me realize how pervasive sexual victimization is and the degree to which social norms as well as legislation deprive women of agency. My research project is a website to serve as a resource for and about women’s rights, specifically in relation to women’s legal rights and reproductive health care. There is a far-reaching need for better dissemination of information to ensure continued progress on women’s social and sexual welfare. Through the development of my website I work to spread knowledge, awareness, and resources for women, men and others who wish to continue the fight for women’s right to control their own body through preventative health care and education.

Modified Abstract

The "Dissemination Project" is a website created to serve as a resource for and about women’s rights, specifically in relation to women’s legal rights and reproductive health care. There is a far-reaching need for better dissemination of information to ensure continued progress on women’s social and sexual welfare. Through the development of my website I work to spread knowledge, awareness, and resources for women, men and others who wish to continue the fight for women’s right to control their own body through preventative health care and education.

Research Category

English/Languages/Communication

Author Information

Brooklyn BennettFollow

Primary Author's Major

English

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Noelle

Bowles

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

April 2019

Research Area

Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Women's History | Women's Studies

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Dissemination Project: A Website Designed to Spread Information About Women's Reproductive Rights

In America of 2019, women are told explicitly and implicitly that they should dress modestly, practice celibacy and avoid being alone in public places; moreover, it is a woman’s responsibility to expect and defend against harassment and assault. Until now, I thought that this was normal, and that many women experienced some form of sexual abuse. Certainly, that was the case for me. As a child I was sexually abused by my step-father. As a teen I was coerced into sexual acts by my older boyfriend. As a young wife I was domestically abused by my husband. As a woman in a bar, at a concert, or a party I have been groped, whistled at, and objectified. The turning point came when I realized that every woman I knew had experienced some form of inappropriate sexual contact. The #MeToo movement also made me realize how pervasive sexual victimization is and the degree to which social norms as well as legislation deprive women of agency. My research project is a website to serve as a resource for and about women’s rights, specifically in relation to women’s legal rights and reproductive health care. There is a far-reaching need for better dissemination of information to ensure continued progress on women’s social and sexual welfare. Through the development of my website I work to spread knowledge, awareness, and resources for women, men and others who wish to continue the fight for women’s right to control their own body through preventative health care and education.