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Sara Ahmed: Resignation is a feminist issue

Sara Ahmed has resigned her post as Professor of Race and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University Of London, "in protest against the [institution’s] failure to address the problem of sexual harassment".

On May 30, Ahmed announced the resignation on her popular blog site, Feminist Killjoys, giving a brief account of her reasons. This has since been followed up with a more detailed discussion on June 2. Ahmed ends the post with the following statement, which she notes will now form part of the conclusion to the chapter 'Feminist Snap', from her forthcoming book, Living a Feminist Life;

Resignation can sound passive, even fatalistic: resigning oneself to one’s fate. But resignation can be an act of feminist protest. By snapping you are saying: I will not work for an organisation that is not addressing the problem of sexual harassment. Not addressing the problem of sexual harassment is reproducing the problem of sexual harassment. By snapping you are saying: I will not reproduce a world I cannot bear, a world I do not think should be borne.

Read the full post here.

 

 

Updated:  7 November, 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute