Man-Lovin’ Shoes

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From the October 21, 2008 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sixty-three fraternity members from Centre College donned identical red pumps and hobbled en masse through downtown Danville, Ky., last week as part of “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” a nationwide effort to raise awareness about violence against women, to raise money for the cause, and to encourage discussion by injecting a little levity into a deadly serious topic.   About 100 other fraternity members in sensible footwear joined the walk, which was organized by the college’s interfraternity council.

The full article is here (pay site – sorry).   The full name of the official campaign is “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes:  The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence.”   More information is available here.   I think that this is an example of very creative, 21st century  activism with a large dose of media saavy.   Fraternities at Ohio State and Wyoming have held similar events. Great idea!

-Bridget Crawford


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