Seventh Graders Discuss Spain’s #NoSeasAnimal Campaign to Address Sexual Harassment
Spanish Teacher Stephen Krawec introduced his seventh grade Spanish class to a clever new social media campaign from Spain entitled #NoSeasAnimal. The campaign, launched by the Andalusian Women’s Institute (Instituto Andaluz de la Mujer), is designed to draw attention to sexual harassment (acoso sexual) by comparing disrespectful human behavior to the predatory behaviors of certain animals.
His seventh graders are in the throes of a novel featuring a strong-willed detective named Lola, who, in a seemingly minute chapter of the book, has a run-in with an ill-mannered and sexist taxi driver. Since A-S boys are aware of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements here in America, Mr. Krawec thought the timeliness of the #NoSeasAnimal campaign would be an excellent way to address the topic while helping forge cross-cultural and text-to-world connections. Additionally, he saw this as an opportunity to help the boys develop a strong consciousness about inequality in the world around them while also working to enhance their Spanish skills. He said, "These boys can make a difference in their community by speaking up if they see these inappropriate behaviors (comportamientos)."
After watching the ad campaign, Mr. Krawec had the boys work in groups to talk about what they observed during the campaign’s video and why it compared men to particular animals—owl, vulture, pig, octopus, crow, and sparrow—and the behaviors that typify them. They discussed the places where they had seen this type of behavior in their own lives, and as young men, what they thought they could do about it.
Lastly, the boys were tasked with creating their own Public Service Announcement poster for the campaign, which had to incorporate an image (either drawn by hand or made on the computer), a tagline of their own, and the campaign’s hashtag #NoSeasAnimal somewhere on it. The finished posters can be found on display in the Town Center on the 4th Floor.