CSWS Film Series: The Purity Myth

October 3, 2012 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Screening & moderated discussion

177 Lawrence Hall

1190 Franklin Blvd.

The Purity Myth: The Virginity Movement’s War Against Women In this video adaptation of her bestselling book, pioneering feminist blogger Jessica Valenti trains her sights on “the virginity movement” — an unholy alliance of evangelical Christians, right-wing politicians, and conservative policy intellectuals who have been exploiting irrational fears about women’s sexuality to roll back women’s rights. From dad-and-daughter “purity balls,” taxpayer-funded abstinence-only curricula, and political attacks on Planned Parenthood, to recent attempts by legislators to de-fund women’s reproductive health care and narrow the legal definition of rape, Valenti identifies a single, unifying assumption: the myth that the worth of a woman depends on what she does — or does not do — sexually. In the end, Valenti argues that the health and well-being of women are too important to be left to ideologues bent on vilifying feminism and undermining women’s autonomy. “The War on Women” A roundtable discussion follows the screening and will include activist Kamala Shugar (Planned Parenthood) and UO professors April Haynes (History); Priscilla Yamin (Political Science); and Peter Laufer (SOJC). Sponsored by the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society with the Fembot Special Project.

CSWS Film Series: Private Issues, Public Conversations

Telling Amy’s Story October 17, 2012 7:30 p.m. 177 Lawrence

Hall Bi the Way January 30, 2013 Location TBA

Madame Satã April 2013 Location TBA

CSWS Film Series events are free and open to the public.