Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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These are several images of the 1965 May Day celebration. In the top left image, a woman can be seen dancing around a maypole. Dancing around the maypole was based on the ancient belief that it would bring fertility to the crops as well as the women.…

This announcement says that the first meeting of the Women's Lifestyle Committee will be on September 20th. It states that the purpose of the committee is "understanding men and women as partners in humanity rather than as rivals in their sexes." The…

This article looks back on the rules for men and women at the University of Richmond during the first half of the 20th century. The men's rules apply to "ratting" or a freshman hazing event in which freshmen "rats are full-time pledges to…

A photo in the 1978 yearbook shows a banner for the Women Lifestyle Committee's annual "Lifestyles Conference," which was held from January 27-29 in the winter of 1978. The theme of 1978 was "Partners in Humanity." The Women's Lifestyle Committee was…

This article is subtitled "Blondes Take Honors in May Day Voting at Westhampton." It also says, "The one brunette is Alice Torbeck..." The article appears to highlight that the women's hair color is their most important attribute. May Day was a…

This article describes the May Day Court, specifically listing every member's physical appearance. It describes the queen as "a blonde English major," and other members as "the tall brunette," or the "lack-haired president of the class." May Day was…

This Collegian article describes the Women's Lifestyle Committee's annual "Lifestyles Conference," which was held from January 27-29 in the winter of 1978. The theme of 1978 was "Partners in Humanity." The article subtly hints at the state of gender…

In story called "Sometimes Living Next to a Creep Wouldn't Seem So Bad" in the 1979 yearbook, an unnamed author writes describes commuting student life. The story is embedded with heteronormative gender roles, sexism, and elements of rape culture.…

In Phi Kappa Sigma's paragraph in the 1979 yearbook, they joke that is has been a hard year for the fraternity, because amongst other things, such as "the recent shortage of recreational drugs in the Richmond area" and the "the crash of the…

A multi-page story called "A Day in the Life" by an unnamed author in the 1979 yearbook depicts a version of daily life for students at UR. Written from a man's point of view, the story's language is embedded with misogyny and elements of rape…
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