"Battleship Potemkin": How to Enact Social Change

Reactions to the film and how it relates to the contemporary issue of sexual assault on college campuses

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  2. "Revolution is war" is a powerful quote. It also makes you think: is war a necessary evil? Do we need war in order to make social change? "Battleship Potemkin" answers this question in its own way.
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  5. This is the first example of the victims rising up against the enemy. By protesting against their rotten meat, they are attempting to enact social change. They are standing up against the enemy, at the "front ranks of the revolution". This is the first step.
  6. When combating issues like sexual assault on college campuses, we, as students, all must unite against sexual assault and fight, striking the issue right at its foundation. Who is perpetuating the problem? Perhaps we must look to the campus administrators. What are they doing to truly fight this issue?
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  9. The agents of change (a.k.a the ship mates) are attempting to fight the tsarists, which is a powerful important step. Standing up to the enemy is never easy; especially because you have to unite a group against a powerful dictator/tyrant that can often result in terrible consequences, if not successful. These dictators/tyrants benefit from the status quo, and therefore do not want this social change to occur.
  10. We, as students, must become the agents of change. Who are the "tsarists" when we look at sexual assault? You may say the perpetrators of the act. I would argue that the reason this act continues to occur on college campuses is due to the failure of college administrations to provide adequate responses to sexual assault. Why aren't they doing more?
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  15. This is an example of a true martyr: someone who died for a cause. While it may only be for a "plate of soup" as opposed to maggot-covered meal, Vakulinchuk stood up to the enemy and died fighting for a cause. He will be remembered forever. He is the true agent of change, and he is what sparks the rest of the city to unite against the tsarists.
  16. Do we need a martyr to combat the issue of sexual assault? I think we've seen enough publicized cases of rape over the past few years (such as the Steubenville rape case); we've completed this step and do not need anymore victims. The next step is uniting ourselves as student bodies and looking toward the agents who are preventing change. These may well be campus administrators.
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  21. Once hearing of Vakulinchuk's terrible death, the people of Odessa become passionate against fighting against the tsarists. This is a prime example of how melodrama, or simply drama in general, can be used to unite people against a shared evil. Vakulinchuk's death, in essence, was the melodramatic result of an uprising. Perhaps in order to fight an evil and combat a contemporary issue, as sad as this is, you need a martyr or several victims to suffer the consequences of the evil.
  22. We see these victims everywhere we go: survivors of sexual assault. While not always obvious to us, most, if not all of us know someone who has experienced sexual assault. Isn't this enough to unite us?
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