Panels on Popular Culture
These panels use popular culture as a mechanism to analyze how gender is understood. What does The Hunger Games popularity say about feminism, race, and the role of women? Is the Game of Thrones empowering for women? Join us for these panels on popular culture as we debate and discuss the role that popular culture has in our lives.
Spring 2014 Panel on Popular Culture
Game of Thrones
March 19th, 2014
Sage 1210, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Panelists: Dr. Jodi Eichler-Levine (Religious and Women's and Gender Studies), Melissa Loest (Community Development Coordinator), and Elizabeth Stinebaugh (JD)
Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Political and sexual intrigue is pervasive. Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros, asks his old friend Eddard, Lord Stark, to serve as Hand of the King, or highest official. Secretly warned that the previous Hand was assassinated, Eddard accepts in order to investigate further. Meanwhile the Queen's family, the Lannisters, may be hatching a plot to take power. Across the sea, the last members of the previous and deposed ruling family, the Targaryens, are also scheming to regain the throne. The friction between the houses Stark, Lannister and Baratheon, and with the remaining great houses Greyjoy, Tully, Arryn, and Tyrell, leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war and political confusion, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night's Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond.
Fall 2013 Panel on Popular Culture
The Hunger Games
November 21st, 2013
Cosponsor: LGBTQ Resource Center
Panelists: Justine Stokes (Radio, TV and Film), M. Geneva Murray (Women's Center and Women's and Gender Studies), Diane Crotty (English Department) and Liz Cannon (LGBTQ Resource Center).
On the eve of the film release of The Hunger Games sequel, the Women's Center invites you to a panel to discuss issues of gender, sexuality and race in both the first film and the book series. The response to the first film demonstrated that women can indeed be successful as leads in action films, but also raised questions about how the media treats women's bodies and the sexualization of other female action heroes. Additionally, social media, such as Twitter, allowed us to see the racist reaction some audience members had when they realized that, in fact, Rue is Black. Lastly, The Hunger Games is an opportunity for us to think about the association of gender queer with the upper classes in Panem and heteronormativity. Our panelists will discuss these issues and more!
The Hunger Games Trilogy, by author Suzanne Collins:
- Sold over 26 million print copies
- Spent 135 weeks on USA Today's Best Sellers list
- Spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list
- The first film earned $152,535,747 in the United States on its opening weekend
- The first film grossed $408,010,692 in the United States by September 6, 2012
Information from IMDb: "In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives."
Spring 2013 Panel on Popular Culture
50 Shades of Grey
February 26, 2013
Sage 1234, 6.30-7.30pm
50 Shades of Grey has sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. With talks of a movie based on the book, it has become an important piece of popular culture which must be examined. It has been celebrated by some as a new example of sex positivity for women. Others have denied that it has a positive message, or that it's at least a mixed message.
The Women's Center would like to invite you to critically explore why 50 Shades of Grey is so popular. Our guest panelists will explore how 50 Shades of Grey is and is not an example of sex-positivity and how the book has fostered discussion about BDSM. We will ask whether the novel is successful in reaching out to new feminists, and/or if the book models unhealthy, abusive relationships counter-intuitive to feminism.
Dr. Kathleen Corley, Professor of Religious Studies
Dr. Susan Rensing, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and History
Dr. Liz Cannon, Director of the LGBTQ Resource Center
Ashley Lamers, UW Oshkosh Alum
All-Female Roller Derby
March 6, 2013
Sage 1234, 6.30-7.30pm
Roller derby, a full-contact sport on quad roller skates, has its origins as a coed sport in the 1930s. In 2001, the sport was revitalized as primarily a women's sport - although men do participate, most leagues in the United States are all-female and it is the female players who have often captured the attention of the media.
The Women's Center is excited to have representatives from two local roller derby leagues, the Fox Cityz Foxz and Paper Valley Roller Girls, participate in a panel on issues of women's empowerment in the sport. More information is forthcoming, but don't miss this opportunity to mark your calendars so that you can attend!
Loredai Kilmore and Blazin' Britches will join us from Paper Valley Roller Girls. Wring Leader, Gixx Her, and Secretary of Skate will join us from Fox Cityz Foxz.