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He also immersed himself in student activism and taught self-defense courses for Ohio Women 30 Ain’t I a Feminist Against Rape. He eventually became a prosecutor for the district attorney’s office in New York and worked in both the homicide and sex crime bureaus. Later, he became a law professor at a northeastern university, where he taught critical race and gender studies. He is currently an entrepreneur. Victor is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. This trauma, in part, shaped his early ability to empathize with marginalized persons.

Most of my friends were African American and a lot of the people I knew outside of high school were African American. African Americans were the main people struggling against racism in New York, and as an activist, I gravitated toward them. However, it is frustrating because I have always had to struggle with the way people separate Latinos and Blacks when dealing with racial issues. I also grew up used to being broke. My mother and I were on welfare for a while and had to use food stamps. . I certainly don’t think that being poor makes you feminist, because plenty of men are broke and are the most sexist people out there!

In academia, one of the most important issues may be getting students to understand that gender is a socially constructed category; however, on the streets, getting young people to understand “No, it is not okay to smack this woman just because you feel like it or because she dissed you” is often the reality. Leaving the academic environment has forced me not to lose sight of the very basic challenges of gender issues “next door,” versus the challenges discussed and eloquently theorized about in academia.

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