Thursday, July 11 marks the premiere of Summer Camp, a new reality show on the USA Network, which takes adults and sends them back to summer camp. While this seems like just another variation of a Real World or Road Rules reality show, I was reminded of it when I read an article about some feminists who are trying to recreate summer camp for feminism.
Feminist Camp, which was started by Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner, welcomed high school students for the first time this year. What does the $1,000 Feminist Camp include?
During their week of progressive education, Ms. Cook and her fellow campers, who numbered seven in all, received an illuminating talk from a young Hampshire College graduate and doula, Lauren Mitchell, whose work includes counseling and comforting those undergoing abortions. (She has also taught women to better understand their bodies in a class called, “At Your Cervix.”) Additionally, the group went to see “Ann,” Holland Taylor’s play about the former Texas governor Ann Richards (the girls had never heard of her); visited the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum; met with SPARK, a group of activists seeking to end the sexualized objectification of girls and women in popular culture; and talked with Sabrina Shulman, the vice president of policy and legislative affairs at Naral Pro-Choice New York.
There are a number of feminist groups out there coming up with creative ways to reach young women, which is why they do have some success with young women. I wonder what else women’s groups on the right could be doing to reach women more effectively.