“My research soon became an extracurricular activity. Men would take it over and over again to not only harass me but any ideology that was not white and heterosexual. It made me realize how much space men take up, even in empty text boxes asking them, begging them, to return to their own worlds. … We tend to forget not only the emotional labor we cast on young women, but the lack of protection female-identifying researchers at the undergraduate level possess.”
Author: Sam Stroozas
Sam Stroozas is an MSJ student at Northwestern University focusing on gender and sexual health reporting. Her pieces have been published in Newsweek, the Minnesota Reformer, and Rebellious Magazine. You can read more of her work here and follow her on Twitter @samstroozas.