Blackbird by Azyan Hameed

Shoot people, Not with lead. But with bursts Of imminent white light And capture moments Of blissful joy Hurt them Not with fists of iron But with words Of kindness and love And help them out Of their despair Fight them Not because you want to win But because you fear they’ll lose And keep … [Read more…]

Your Value by KC Poe

You’re a troika, your body and mind and soul all work together in order to make you whole.   You’re emotional, you’re rational, you’re wired by your habits and a chemical balance melded to make one status.   And you’re social and crucial to everyone you are exposed to because people need you and no … [Read more…]

Call for Submissions, “Mixed-Bag” by November 21st

November’s “mixed-bag” issue of FORUM will focus on OU students’ favorite creations. We will accept works of all types (art, poetry, essays, rants, etc.) and of all themes and topics. Send us the best essay you’ve ever written, your favorite short-story, or a poem that you’re proud of. This work can be old or new. … [Read more…]

Rape Culture by Olan Field

Rape Culture: noun, a society or environment whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or trivializing sexual assault and abuse.   We live in a rape culture, but many people refuse to accept or acknowledge this fact. As a peer educator for Step In, Speak Out here at OU, I often hear people … [Read more…]

The Myth of the Typical Rapist by Jake Mazeitis

As a Step In, Speak Out peer educator, I am often confronted with what I’ve come to call “the myth of the typical rapist.” After watching a video about active bystander intervention, students will tell me that the perpetrator in the video “doesn’t look like a rapist.” When I ask them to explain, they’ll say … [Read more…]

Access to Care by Sara Raines

Sometimes, it can be incredibly difficult for LGBTQ people to recognize certain forms of domestic violence, since we see so few examples of what healthy relationships that include us look like. We get our ideas of what our relationships should look like from TV, movies, books, magazines, and the media in general. All of these … [Read more…]

Upcoming Events – Power: Gender-Based Violence at OU

Mosaic: Social Justice Symposium, November 18, 2017 “Undergraduate and graduate presentations represent a range of social justice topics including, but not limited to, human rights, gender disparities, racial discrimination, classism, sexuality, education, economic inequality, ableism, ethnicity, religion, environmentalism, technology, and political and cultural oppression.” – OU Gender and Equality Center   Me Too Monologues “It’s … [Read more…]

Colonization and Sexual Assault by Rex LeClair and Emily Mee

It can be extremely difficult to reach out to indigenous communities on the issue of sexual assault, as this traumatic occurrence is deeply rooted in colonization, and has manifested in the abuse of Native women. However, several Native American organizations on and around campus have called attention to this issue, and have done the necessary … [Read more…]