Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

School of Theatre and Dance

Advisor(s)

Ingrid De Sanctis

Abstract

Using third-wave feminism and playwriting as the foundation, this project intends to examine the history of feminism as it influences the current third-wave in the United States of American with a specific focus on the impact it has on college students. This project examines the development of feminism throughout history and asks whether that historical development has contributed significantly to the way in which millennial men and women understand and relate to feminism presently. Through the compilation of research and the creation of a performance piece, performed on April 1, 2016 in the Wayland Performance Studio, this project examines what it means to identify as a feminist on college campuses today, particularly as it pertains to sexual assault and rape culture. While this project identifies that third-wave feminism as a movement is creating space for many young women and men to identify as feminists and voice their opinions it is also apparent that the voices of women are still being silenced, particularly when dealing with assault. It is suggested that this project be a starting point for a dialogue on college-based feminism but that more research and discussion is necessary before drawing any widespread conclusions.

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