Feminist* Film Series
Join us several times throughout the term for our film series! Why a film series? In accordance with the Women's Center mission and vision, and in the context of the campus-wide focus on Liberal Education, our film series is designed to improve the intellectual and practical skills of our participants and to emphasize our responsibility as individuals to engage in active and integrated learning.
Why we titled the series Feminist*
Our working definition of feminism is the fight for equality for all genders, while recognizing that we are not all the same even if we share a gender identity.
The common theme of our film series is gender equality – which is inclusive of discussions on women’s rights, constructions of masculinity, and cultural differences and understandings. The staff of both Women’s Center and Diversity and Inclusion Programs in Reeve Union view feminism as encapsulating all of these issues. However, this is not without contention. Many who fight for gender equality do not identify with the term ‘feminist’ and might instead identify, amongst other options, as a womanist, humanist, mujerista, and human rights activist. For brevity and because of our own cultural locations, we chose ‘Feminist Film Series’, but would like to utilize the asterisk to signify that this term is open for debate. As part of our film series, we hope to explore what feminism means and its applicability (or lack thereof) to different cultural locations and contexts.
In conjunction with Diversity and Inclusion Programs, the Women's Center is pleased to offer three opportunities to participate in our film series
Fall 2014 Films
How to Lose Your Virginity
September 17th, 2014
6:00PM-6:30PM Safe Sex Education Fair
6:30PM-8:00PM Film and Talk Back
Reeve Theater (307)
It has launched both purity balls and porn franchises, defines a young woman’s morality–but has no medical definition. Enter the magical world of virginity, where a white wedding dress can restore a woman’s innocence and replacement hymens can be purchased online.
Filmmaker Therese Shechter uses her own path out of virginity to explore why our sex-crazed society cherishes this so-called precious gift. Along the way, we meet sex educators, virginity auctioneers, abstinence advocates, and young men and women who bare their tales of doing it—or not doing it.
“How To Lose Your Virginity” uncovers the myths and misogyny surrounding a rite of passage that many obsesses about but few truly understand.
October 21st, 2014
Reeve Theater (307)
On Dec. 6, 1989 an enraged gunman wandered the corridors of Montreal's École Polytechnique and killed 14 women. Marc Lepine, separated the men from the women and before opening fire on the classroom of female engineering students he screamed, "I hate feminists."
During a class a young man enters a classroom with a rifle. He orders the men to leave and the women to stay. They comply after he shoots into the ceiling to show that he is serious. He tells the women that he hates feminists. Although the women deny being feminists; he shoots at them killing some and wounding others. He then moves through corridors, the cafeteria, and another classroom, specifically targeting women. Once finished, he shoots himself with his own weapon.
Trailer and more information: http://www.polytechniquelefilm.com/en/
November 12th, 2014
Reeve Theater (307)
From America’s greatest beardsman, to Morgan Spurlock’s own mustache, Executive Producers Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Ben Silverman bring us a hilarious look at men’s identity in the 21st century. Models, actors, experts and comedians weigh in on what it is to be a man in a world where the definition of masculinity has become as diverse as a hipster’s facial hair in Williamsburg. The hilarious follicles of men’s idiosyncratic grooming habits are thoroughly combed over as men finally take a long hard look in the mirror.
A documentary that explores the question: In the age of manscaping, metrosexuals, and grooming products galore - what does it mean to be a man?