The kNOw (Women) Weigh In: Toxic Masculinity


Editor’s Note: In this issue of The kNOw, youth discuss the presence of toxic masculinity in their lives. Women all have stories where they have felt unsafe or objectified by men. For young women, it is toxic living in a world where men feel they are able to stare, judge and make advances uninvited. This behavior creates an environment where women feel unsafe to walk in their own neighborhood.  

The young women of kNOw where asked about times when they felt the presence of toxic masculinity directly and were asked to share an experience when they felt unwanted sexual attention from men.

Gabrielle Rivas (she/her/hers)

WHO IS SHE? Gabrielle Rivas, 21, is a senior at Fresno Pacific University. She is a double major in Communication Studies and Sociology. She enjoys talking about current events, reading news and drinking coffee until the sun goes down. After college, Gabrielle wants to pursue a career in journalism. 📝

INTERESTING FACT: Gabrielle enjoys old episodes of Law & Order S.V.U.


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