As some of you may know, I am Co-Chair of NeW at The Ohio State University. I run the chapter along with three lovely young ladies – Brittney Keller, Co-Chair; Arielle Montague, Secretary; and Meagan Cyrus, Treasurer – who have helped NeW become successful and grow membership to over eighty people on our mailing list.
Currently, we are reading Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both by Laura Sessions Stepp. This book has brought in quite a few new active members and sparked a lot of discussion, mainly because the themes of the book hit so close to home in campus culture.
In fact, a few young ladies from our Women’s Studies Department – a historically third-wave feminist institution – have been attending meetings and participating in our discussions. Their interest leads me to believe that this topic – the hook-up culture – is the bridge between radical feminists and conservative feminists. Although each representing side may have differing opinions about the hook-up culture’s implications, I think college-aged women are beginning to realize that women need to make their own decisions and not use hooking-up as an instrument to become empowered. A woman is empowered purely by her individuality and choice to embrace that individuality, not because she can hook-up with an entire fraternity.
Another testament of college-aged women coming together to celebrate individuality was an event I attended hosted by The Unplugging Society, a women’s think tank. The hat and glove attire tea party honored women at Ohio State who are role models. All women’s organizations were invited and the event centered on women coming together to make changes in the past, present, and future.
The current activities at OSU NeW and other NeW chapters across the United States show similar trends – young women identifying with each other on big issues and being able to close the gap that once divided women. Without NeW, a prospective gap-closure would not be possible. I hope you all know how important NeW is to young ladies and because of our unique organization, we can make all the difference in the world to other young women.
If you are not a part of NeW, but interested in starting a NeW chapter or joining NeW, email me with questions or information at [email protected]!