On Becoming a Problem / by Corinne Mason

According to Sara Ahmed, one becomes a problem when pointing out a problem. To perceive a problem is to pose a problem.

Using Ahmed's writing on sexual harassment, I recently spoke at Mount Royal University about my own experience doing sexual assault advocacy on campus. The symposium, entitled "Others Within: a symposium on radicalized, gendered, and queered bodies in academic spaces," was a perfect space to begin thinking about how feminist resistance in the academy intersects with ones identity and experiences with systemic and institutional inequities. This event has pushed me to think carefully about faculty responses to sexualized violence on Canadian university campuses, and has pulled me into thinking more about the possibility of researching faculty experiences doing this work across Canada. There is solidarity to be found with feminist scholar-activists working to hold their institutions accountable for sexualized violence and failed responses. If we are problems, we should at be problematic together! 

It was a pleasure to speak at this event alongside incredible scholar-activists, including Melinda Smith, Alex Wilson, Sarah Hunt, and others.