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Leah Waldman

New York, NY, United States

Product Design

Member since September 08, 2008

  • Domestic Violence


    In response to Listen to This, posted by Emily Kim,
    in the thread Listen to This

    I just changed my thesis topic after realizing that I did not feel that passionately about my initital idea. I am also thinking about domestic violence... But more specifically, at South Asian women in the United States who are victims of domestic violence. This interests me because they bring with them a whole set of different cultural and religious values and beliefs, and trying to deal with them in a foreign country without any relatives can be extremely hard. These women are not only abused by their husbands, but often by their in-laws who sometimes live in the same household. In extreme situations, they are confined to their homes and not allowed to speak with anyone. They are sometimes made to clean and cook, basically taking the role of a servant. Also, there are cases in which they are sexually abused by their husband's family members. Although this is commonly found in India, it is a whole other story when they are in the United States as they are in unfamiliar surroundings, often not knowing the language. They are unaware of their rights as well. These women do not always contact organizations that can help them for a variety of reasons; fear, language barrier, cultural differences... Some organizations that cater specifically to South Asian women did spring up, and I am hoping to work with them. Similar to you, I would like to use therapy to help these women in their recovery process. Unlike you however, I would like to use a form of art therapy, in which the women are actually involved in the production process. What kind of therapy are you thinking about? I really like your idea to create a product to encourage interaction between family members who are suffering in order to make things better. Maybe we can share ideas and talk about the similar yet different paths we're taking about the same topic... I haven't actually posted my changed topic on the blog, but I am putting my stuff together so that I can do that... Let me know what you think.

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design