Founded in 1974, the Women’s Center was established to:
Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Advocate for an equitable environment free from violence and harassment based on gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Create an anti-racist, non-sexist, queer-affirmative space where all people can feel valued and safe.
Facilitate and strengthen connections among people across lines of difference through programming and educational campaigns.
Integrate an appreciation of Women's Gender and Multicultural Studies across the disciplines.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Women's Center Coffee Talk

If you're free this Monday at 2pm, you should try to check out the Women's Center's weekly Coffee Talk. Every Monday we have a new topic related to our mission to discuss, with delicious food and drinks! This upcoming Coffee Talk is going to be based around Disney and its depictions of race and gender in its feature films. Check out these videos to get a feel for what is going to be discussed!

Looking at pop culture from a feminist point of view is always interesting, and these movies are well-ingrained in our country's culture. Many people our age have grown up with these movies, so taking a more critical look at them can be both fun and eye-opening. I know that I watched Disney all the time as a child, so when I started to realize as I grew up that certain things in the movies were sexist/racist/etc., it kind of made me feel differently about these hallmarks of family animation. I have reached a point where I feel I can appreciate the artistic/cultural importance of certain movies, but while still remaining critical of the more negative aspects present in them. Although Disney may never quite live up to feminist ideals, that does not mean we should not analyze their works and push for less discrimination and stereotypes in popular media. Since their movies impact children at such an early age, it is important for everyone to take a step back and look at these beloved films through a different lens.

This discussion is sure to be a great one! If you like feminism or Disney (Or even just coffee!), definitely try to make it to this event!

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