Author/Filmmaker Jennifer Baumgardner Speaks on Campus Mon. 11/18!
Come join the conversation with Jennifer Baumgardner, author, documentary filmmaker, and publisher/executive director of The Feminist Press. Baumgardner will speak at Purchase on Mon. Nov. 18th in the Red Room (Student Services Building).
2:30pm: Discussion of contemporary bisexuality with Baumgardner, author of Look Book Ways: Bisexual Politics
6:30pm: Screening of the acclaimed documentary film It Was Rape followed by Q&A and discussion with the filmmaker and one of the film’s subjects.
This event is co-sponsored by LGBTQU, FORTH, Complexuality, and the Purchase College Library.
About Look Both Ways: “In a society supposedly grown more open and accepting in the wake of Stonewall, women’s liberation, and AIDS activism, what can it mean that bisexuality continues to be marginalized by both gay and straight cultures and dismissed as either a phase or, worse, a cop-out? With intimacy and humor [Baumgardner] discusses her own experience as a bisexual and the struggle she has undergone to reconcile the privilege she has garnered as a women who is perceived as straight with the empowerment and satisfaction she’s derived from her relationships with women. Part memoir, part pop-culture study, part feminist theory, Look Both Ways is a compelling and current examination of bisexual lives lived secretly and openly and an exploration of the lessons learned by writers, artists, an activists who have refused the either/or paradigm defended by both the gay and straight communities.” http://www.jenniferbaumgardner.net/look-both-ways/
About It Was Rape: “In this film, eight women tell their diverse personal stories of sexual assault, from a Midwestern teenager trying alcohol for the first time to a Native American woman gradually coming to terms with her abusive childhood. Gripping and emotional, this film is an opportunity to empathize with people—not just absorb faceless statistics—and to puncture the silence and denial that allow sexual assault to thrive. Ultimately, these stories shed light on how this epidemic affects us all.” http://www.jenniferbaumgardner.net/it-was-rape/