Documentary Discussion Series
September 5th / 7pm / Malott Room - Kansas Union
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
This film presents an enlightening and entertaining response to the male-dominated superhero genre. It offers a nuanced critique of gender and heroism in America by analyzing the ways popular culture represents powerful women. In addition to revealing the ways that representations of superheroines reflect society's anxieties about strong women, Wonder Women! explores the ways girls and women struggle to achieve confidence, strength, and agency in a sexist culture.
October 3rd / 7pm / Jayhawk Room - Kansas Union
Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger
Kate Borstein — a self-described transgender-dyke, reluctant-polyamorist, sadomasochist, and recovering-Scientologist — is a trailblazing artist-theorist-activist and historic figure in the queer and trans community. Author of the groundbreaking book, Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (1994), Borstein paved the way for younger generations of gender non-conforming people. This film follows Borstein as she explodes binaries and deconstructs gender with her characteristic wit, style, and candor.
November 7th / 7pm / Malott Room - Kansas Union
The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and the Courage to Change
This film examines how American culture bombards young men with sexist and misogynistic messages. The Empathy Gap looks at the ways these messages short-circuit men's ability to empathize with women, respect them as equals, and take feminism seriously. The film shows how men who break with sexist and misogynistic norms live happier and healthier lives.
Website & Trailer: https://shop.mediaed.org/the-empathy-gap-p180.aspx
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/305728143202421/
December 5th / 7pm / Malott Room - Kansas Union
Dark Girls explores the issue of colorism, which it defines as “prejudice or discrimination based on the relative lightness or darkness of the skin; generally a phenomenon within one’s own ethnic group.” By situating colorism within its larger context of white supremacy and colonialism, Dark Girls highlights personal stories to illuminate the traumatic effects of structural, interpersonal, and internalized racism and sexism on dark-skinned women in the United States and across the globe. At the same time, the film promotes individual and cultural healing by encouraging self-love and consciousness-raising around the pervasive psychological effects of prejudice, discrimination, racism, and sexism.