"Project Unspoken": How We Think of Our Selves, and Our Safety, in the World

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"Project Unspoken": How We Think of Our Selves, and Our Safety, in the World

Do you think about your safety when you're out in the world? How do we think about our selves, and our safety, differently depending upon our gender? These are some of the questions posed by Emory University senior Caleb Peng in his project "Project Unspoken: I am tired of the silence." According to Emory's student paper, The Wheel, "Peng’s inspiration to create this film stemmed from his learning that many of his friends had been affected by sexual assault: 'I felt frustrated and angry after hearing their stories.... [Often,] the people responsible for their suffering did not face any consequences. In fact, the vast majority of perpetrators go unpunished because sexual violence is usually silenced. I [want my film] to challenge society to break this silence.'"

First brought to my attention by Feministing (thanks ladies!), the ~8 minute video shows brief clips of both men and women thinking about how they carry themselves in the world and, specifically, how they anticipate and prepare for unwanted advances. Any guess on how men prepare? Yeah, that's right: they don't even think about it.

According to the Project's youtube site, this is the first of many videos to come.