Sara Ahmed resigned her post at Goldsmith’s in protest over sexual harassment. Yesterday this resignation was on the front page of the Guardian, as part of the story on sexual harassment and non-disclosure agreements we linked to. She has now posted a much longer discussion of her experiences and why she resigned.
By saying resignation is a feminist issue I am not saying to resign is an inherently feminist act even when you resign in protest because of the failure to deal with the problem sexual harassment. I am saying: to be a feminist at work means holding in suspense the question of where to do our work. The work you do must be what you question. Sometimes, leaving can be staying, with feminism. Sometimes. And not for all feminists: other feminists in the same situation might stay because they cannot afford to leave, or because they have not lost the will to keep chipping away at those walls.
So it is time to tell the story. This is my story: of how I came to resign; how I came to the decision not just to leave my post, but the university system.
This is my story.
It is personal.