Brandon Becomes a Feminist
I was asked to give a brief description on what debate has done for me, a seemingly simple task, yet it has been one of the most difficult for me. The problem I was having was that: what hasn't debate done for me?
While school provides me with the general learning that somebody somewhere has determined that I "need", debate provides me with the intellectual
vitality to explore and discover the things that I am passionate about. Very rarely do we get to explore controversial topics, but debate is the perfect forum to experiment and discover what I believe in.
The greatest idea that I have been able to discover is the feminist movement. The debate camp that I was given the opportunity to attend through DUDL showed me how some of our actions in debate rounds and in our daily lives can be very exclusive and force out our female counter parts. I was so intrigued at changing parts of me to be more inclusive and respectful, along with discovering a deep intellectual passion that has given me the base to write a 23 page research paper about social norms and how they affect women entering business, politics, and law.
The debate community also gives me the space to let my voice be heard on items like feminism that are not often heard, and pursue the passions that each individual has.
-Brandon Arnold, DUDL Class of 2014
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. 2255 East Evans Avenue Suite 406, Denver, CO 80210