Thursday, January 28, 2010

Film series from the MIT women's and gender studies

If you have a chance, check these out:


MIT program in women's and gender studies

The Price of Pleasure:
Pornography, Sexuality, & Relationships

Registration Day
Monday, February 1st, 2010
Bldg
6-120
7pm
*Free*

Once relegated to the margins of society, pornography has emerged as one of the most visible and profitable sectors of the cultural industries, assuming an unprecedented role in the mainstream of our popular culture at the same time that its content has become more extreme and harsh, more overtly sexist and racist. This eye-opening and disturbing film tackles the complexity behind this seeming paradox, placing the voices of critics, producers, and performers alongside the observations of men and women as they candidly discuss the role pornography has played in shaping their sexual imaginations and relationships. Honest and non-judgmental, The Price of Pleasure moves beyond the liberal versus conservative debates so common in the culture to paint a myth-busting and nuanced portrait of how pleasure and pain, commerce and power, liberty and responsibility have become intertwined in the most intimate area of our lives.

Written by The Media Education Foundation

Discussion with MIT philosophy professor Rae Langton after film screening.

*Viewer Discretion Advised: Contains violence, nudity & sexual imagery*

**Film will be screened with English Subtitles**



Subjectified
Nine Young Women Talk About Sex

A documentary by Melissa Tapper Goldman

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
Bldg 6-120
7PM
*Free*

Why do girls have sex?
How do you know?
Did you ever ask them?

Subjectified is a film that rejects the political boundaries that divide women in America. Instead, it presents a real, human picture of the diversity of sexual experiences from women around the country. If you've ever found yourself wondering about the real people behind stereotypes, you'll have to look further than the sound bite-style reality television that surrounds us. Through in-depth interviews, filmmaker Melissa Tapper Goldman lets women do the talking, trading easy answers for brutal honesty. While the stories may sound familiar, the women approach them in altogether unexpected ways: sometimes hilarious, sometimes disturbing and often complex. Subjectified will change the way you think about female sexuality.

Q&A with Director will follow the film.

Co-sponsored by Women in Film and Video: New England

MIT Program in Women's & Gender Studies, Room 14E-316
77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139-4307 617.253.8844 wgs@mit.edu

By: Daphne Strassmann

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