Real Women Run Event

Women make up 50% of the Population, and hold less than 20% of elected offices.

On Thursday night at the Rococo Theatre, there will be a community conversation about women in elected position. Admission is free and open to the public. There will be refreshments and a cash bar.

Beginning at 6:30pm, there will be a brief reception with elected Nebraska officials, and a panel about women in political life beginning at 7:00pm.

This is an amazing opportunity here in Lincoln to get some excellent discourse about an important and multifaceted issue. For more information, see http://www.lincolnwomen.org

 

No Limits Conference Practice Presentation This Thursday!

No Limits Practice presentation

Thursday February 21

Old Main 123

1:00-1:50

 

Louisa Ehrlich– “Sex and Gender As They Relate to ‘Human’”

Sarah Ashley – “’Enlist and Unite’ Utilizing Women in the Crusade Against Alcohol: A Study of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in Nebraska”

Rebecca Boellstorff – “Writing her own story: Ofelia of Pan’s Labyrinth and the Construction of a Non-Gendered Narration”

Rebecca Brune – “Film Representation of Prostitution: Does Film Have a Social Responsibility to Define Prostitution?”

 

For those unable to attend the No Limits Women’s and Gender Studies conference March 1-2 at UNL, please consider supporting our students who will do an abbreviated practice presentation this coming Thursday. 

Caught in the Web: Women and Feminism on the Internet

Earlier this month, a friend of mine suggested that I watch a TEDx Talk given by pop culture analyst Anita Sarkeesian. The video, embedded above, tells the story of a woman, her YouTube Channel, and how she became a “villain” on the internet.

Sarkeesian’s excellent web series Feminist Frequency explores the representations of women in film and popular media, and encourages the audience to question the way that gender is portrayed in every piece of media they consume. (Sidenote, her videos are all freely available and are useful both for the classroom and personal use – you can find everything you need at http://www.feministfrequency.com

After doing a long series of “Tropes vs. Women” videos discussing film and television tropes (made in conjunction with Bitch magazine), Sarkeesian announced her intention to launch a new set of videos discussing the representation of women in video games, entitled “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games,” setting up a Kickstarter account to raise the money to do so. 

Quickly after the creation of her Kickstarter campaign, a massive hate campaign was launched against Sarkeesian, whose accounts on several websites were targeted for hacking attempts, hate mail and abusive comments, and doctored photos of her performing sex acts or being violated by video game characters. The most disturbing of all is that a video game was created entitled “Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian” where players could click on an image of her as she became progressively bloodied.

All of this hate was launched simply because Anita wanted to have a discussion about women in video games. Fortunately, Sarkeesian’s story has a happy ending – she received support beyond what she asked for on Kickstarter, and gained a wide fanbase all while creating something important that obviously struck a nerve with many misogynists. However, for many women on the web, there is not a safe haven or ending to be found. 

In a study done by haltabuse.com, 74% of the victims of harassment or abuse online were women. As a young woman on the internet, I have received gendered insults, slurs, and threats more often than I can count – in most of these cases, I have not expressed a controversial opinion at all … I use a name that indicates my gender. 

This talk ends on a positive note, and indicates that the culture is beginning to shift – an analysis that I personally agree with. However, it is worth nothing that it is still very dangerous to be a feminist on the internet. As educators and students in the gender studies field, is there anything that we can do to make the internet a safer place? Thoughts on Sarkeesian’s experience? 

Let us know in the comments!

Best,

Sammi