Alum Rachel Wahba's Long Strange Trip

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
HUFFINGTON POST -- I first heard the theory “The personal is the political,” articulated in my Women’s Studies course, as an undergraduate psychology major, at San Francisco State. It spoke to me mirroring my experience as a Jew. Girls and women were radicalized to outgrow and counter sexism, to stop apologizing for being female. Some of us who did not previously know we were bi-sexually inclined “gave up men” and took on a lesbian feminist identity to fully embody our politics. As a Middle Eastern girl born in India and raised in Japan, threatened with an arranged marriage if I was not serious about my studies in America, you can imagine the sense of liberation feminism gave me.