When she was a freshman at Stanford University, Katja Hendershot, now 21, read a book titled How To Be A Good Feminist: Why Women Shouldn’t be the Oppressed, She said.
“I thought that was really profound,” Hendershott said.
She had just gotten into the liberal arts program at Stanford and found out that women are not the oppressed, she said.
But as a freshman, she was horrified to see that the book had not just one word for women.
“What is this about?” she thought.
It turns out, Hendershit was right.
As a freshman student, Hieshott was also terrified to read about women.
It made her question her own identity.
“We are not oppressed,” she said in a video interview.
“But that doesn’t mean we are not being oppressed.”
In 2014, Hiershott made a name for herself at the University of Michigan as a writer and activist.
She spoke out against the university’s policies against the sexual assault of students and professors, and in particular, against the policies that were enforced against the men who commit sexual assault on campus.
In her first book, The Invisible Rape: The History of Sexism in American Society, she argued that the institution of women’s oppression, and its institutionalized misogyny, are more powerful than the institution’s institutions of male supremacy.
“It is not just that we are women,” Hieshat says in the book, “it is that we, women, are women, too.”
It’s a sentiment that has resonated with other students at her school.
In a survey of students at the university by The Atlantic, women made up the largest group of students.
According to the survey, 70 percent of students identified as liberal, while only 34 percent identified as conservative.
The vast majority of students, 73 percent, said that “feminism is about fighting for women’s rights.”
The survey also found that 77 percent of female students surveyed agreed that “male privilege” was the main reason for sexism on campus, while just 24 percent agreed that the main cause of male privilege was “white privilege.”
This sentiment has also been echoed by other feminist groups, including the Black Student Union.
“The fact that there are a significant number of students of color in the student body at this institution, the fact that they are part of a student body that is overwhelmingly male, makes me feel particularly vulnerable when they say that men are still being oppressed,” Black Student Coalition Executive Director Jami DiFranco said in an interview.
DiFrancos said that the experiences of black students have often been underrepresented at colleges and universities.
She said that one of the reasons she is now running for Congress is to fight for students of all genders to have equal access to academic institutions.
“Inclusivity is a priority for us,” DiFranos said.
That said, Hiesthots’ campaign has attracted the attention of some of her conservative peers.
When she first started speaking out against campus sexual assault, she faced a barrage of negative comments.
“One guy said, ‘Oh, Kat, I thought you were going to take the bait,’ and that was about it,” she told The Hill.
But in a letter that Hieshit sent to the Huffington Post, Hierhshit wrote that the people who were trying to silence her were “out to get me.”
Hieshad said that she had received hate mail and death threats because of her outspokenness.
In response to the hate mail, Hiehats campaign team made a statement, which read: We are very proud of our campaign.
We are excited to see what our supporters have to say.
We have already been inundated with messages from many people who are really interested in our campaign, and we will continue to engage them in our efforts.
Hieshoest was also the target of a hate campaign in 2017.
In September, she told a crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference that there were “real problems” with the way men are treated at universities.
The next day, she received a threatening letter.
“You think you can take our college campus and destroy it,” the letter read.
“This is the real problem.
We cannot tolerate these people.”
Hiesthat did not respond to The Hill’s request for comment.
But some of the people whom Hiesthit said had been trying to intimidate her did.
In an email to The Washington Post, Emily O’Neill, a conservative radio host who is known for her “Bachelor Nation” podcast, called Hiesthill’s campaign “disgraceful” and “disgusting.”
O’Neil wrote, “The real problem is that these are people who think that if you don’t speak out against rape and violence, you are a victim.
They think if you say you are angry, you’re a victim, and if you do not have a voice, then you are somehow somehow not a good feminist.
They want you to silence your voice