Sex work is not inherently misogynistic; rather, it exists along a broad spectrum of experiences.
The rally concluded with a clear demand for a substantial reform of colleges and the oppressive culture they create — replacing them with student housing.
That they themselves believe that endemic sexual violence is a PR problem to be managed, rather than an abomination to be eliminated in its entirety, shows that these issues are institutionalised and deeply embedded in the Colleges.
The rally was held to counter transphobic speaker Kellie-Jay Keen.
“USyd is not safe. It is not safe for survivors, it is not safe for women and gender diverse people,” SRC Education Officer Ishbel Dunsmore said.
The forum, hosted by the Women’s Collective and Sydney University Nursing Society, follow two strikes from nurses and midwives this year over better staffing ratios and safer working conditions.
Acknowledging the structural nature of sexual violence needn’t result in narrow economism.
WoCo will conduct elections for her replacement in the coming weeks.
The action was organised by activists at USyd, UTS and Macquarie University.
Organised by the USyd Women’s collective, the protest took aim at ongoing sexual violence on campus and at colleges.