Sunday, March 27, 2011

Panel Profile: Airport Security, Our Bodies, and Rape Survivors: A Roundtable Discussion

As citizens and human beings, what should we value more: protection from terrorism or protection of civil liberties? How do the policies and procedures of the Transport Security Administration (TSA) affect rape survivors? Is this a feminist issue? These are just a few questions to be considered during this discussion on airport security and rape survivors. The discussion will discuss the arrest of a local Austin woman and rape survivor after she refused the TSA pat-down at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. How is this particular incident indicative of the larger issues of violation and safety, and should we have to choose? This seems like it will be a lively and enlightening discussion on a very relevant topic.