Thursday, January 05, 2017
Op-Ed: Shutting Down Locker Room Talk
In her latest op-ed for WGBH News, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella highlights the dangers of dismissing "locker room talk" and the need for schools and universities to adequately address it for effective prevention of sexual violence.
Excerpt: "When these athletes associate with other 'sexually aggressive, hyper-masculine, and delinquent peers,' as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control puts it, they marinate in a toxic brew of misogyny that can lead to violent behavior. The only way to disrupt this pattern is with an unambiguous community response. That’s why it is so important that administrators at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Amherst, and Washington University in St. Louis have told male athletes these actions merit punishment by canceling seasons and suspending offenders."
Published: January 5, 2017.