Justin Garcia: Sexual Hook-up Culture and Emerging Adulthood

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The FSA general meeting on March 5 featured researcher Justin Garcia of the Kinsey Institute.

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Garcia spoke in detail about hook-up culture – the history and how it is today. He defined hook-ups as “uncommitted” sexual encounters.IMG_2989

Hook-up culture is not called hook-up behavior because it goes outside the bedroom. Movies, books and reference manuals are now made about hooking-up.

This is very different than previous generations.

50% of women in the 1950s and ’60s were married by 20. 10% of women were unmarried between the ages of 25 and 29. Even bachelorhood was looked down upon in the 1930s, a single man couldn’t get a bank loan.

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We discussed the diverse patterns in the animal kingdom.

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Garcia asked us to consider how college relationships start, is it by traditional courtship or by means of hooking-up?IMG_2993

He showed us many graphs of his research to illustrate both misunderstandings and trends in casual sexual behavior.

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He also discussed the affect that casual sex may have on sexual assault, especially on college campuses. He answered many questions about possible connections and theories.

Thank you, Justin Garcia, for such an interesting and thought-provoking presentation!

It’s On Us PSA Competition

Activism

It’s On Us is a national campaign created by The White House to raise awareness of and prevent sexual assault. IU joined the It’s On Us campaign to make our campus a safer place.

As part of IU joining the campaign, the Dean of Students is sponsoring a video competition to educate the campus about It’s On Us.

Contestants have to create PSAs that advocates the message of It’s On Us as well as encouraging IU students to prevent sexual assault.

Here is the IU Feminist Student Association’s submission.

Diana O’Brien: Women as Political Party Leaders

Meetings

For our February 19 general meeting FSA welcomed IU Political Science Associate Professor Diana O’Brien to speak to us about women holding positions of power in political parties.

The title of O’Brien’s presentation was, “Rising to the Top: Gender, Political Performance, and Party Leadership in Parliamentary Democracies.”

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With her research team, O’Brien collected leadership data from 11 countries and 68 political parties beginning with the year 1965.

O’Brien displayed graphics of the results of her research of women in leadership positions in various countries. Most graphs showed an upward trend for women.

Two of the main questions posed by O’Brien were, “How do we get policy and legislation for women?,” and, “How do we get women into positions of real power?”

In her research, O’Brien has found several trends among women in power.

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O’Brien reflects on the negatives and positives of her research findings.

She explained how “women do better where competition is least.” This means that women are more likely to hold less desirable positions, like local government.

She explained the theory of the “glass cliff,” that women are more likely to lead struggling companies and parties. Women are less likely to be involved when the party is doing well.

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O’Brien also discussed groups in the US that promote women in leadership like: EMILY’s List, The WISH List and the Susan B. Anthony List.

Women currently make up 15% of the US Congress. This number is the result of many factors.

O’Brien listed that women have a harder time raising money, often face a heavier domestic burden if they have a family, are less likely to be recommended for office and are much more likely to underestimate themselves.

O’Brien left our group with some advice for those pursuing political office.

“Don’t underestimate your qualifications.”

“Choose a supportive partner.”

“Be assertive.”

Thank you, Professor O’Brien, for speaking to us! Thank you to those who came and participated in the discussion despite the frozen outside!

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The Vagina Monologues 2015

Events

On February 13, 14 and 15 the IU Feminist Student Association presented Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues. Ensler wrote the play after gathering hundreds of interviews with women about female experiences including sexuality, body image, relationships and more.

Video by Sarah Beeson 

This production of The Vagina Monologues was a benefit performance as part of the V-Day Campaign, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. This year FSA gave 90% of the proceeds to Middle Way House, a domestic abuse shelter in Monroe County. 10% of the proceeds will go to the V-Day Campaign.

This year’s production was directed by Emily Sullivan, an IU sophomore. FSA Co-President Connie Lu and Director of Activism Morgan Mohr produced the play.

The complete cast:

  • Kayla Tillisch
  • Kara Veal
  • Emma Wesslund
  • Corinne Florentino
  • Emily Harpe
  • Sophia Heflin
  • Kim Holkamp
  • Madinah Luqmaan
  • Karis Neufeld
  • Marie Richardson

Vagina Monologues 2015 Program

FSA Co-President Connie Lu and Director of Activism Morgan Mohr sell tickets before the Feb. 13 show.

This performance consisted of 18 monologues, including the trans-woman narrative “They Beat the Girl Out of My Boy.” FSA and the cast of The Vagina Monologues felt that it was important to include this new monologue because of the recent violence against the trans community.

The cast of The Vagina Monologues during rehearsal.

Part of the cast of The Vagina Monologues during rehearsal.

FSA also sold Vagina Monologues t-shirts and chocolate vulva pops.

Shirts were $10 and proceeds also went to Middle Way House and the V-Day Campaign.

The monologues chronicle female experiences. They discuss pubic hair, abuse, pleasure, birth and much more. The points of view range from an elderly woman to a six-year-old girl. These monologues are an artistic and visceral portrayal of both the wonders and trials of womanhood.

Cast member Madinah Luqmaan performed the monologue, "My Vagina Was My Village."

Cast member Madinah Luqmaan performed the monologue, “My Vagina Was My Village.”

The Vagina Monologues are continuously adapted and improved. New monologues are added and old ones are updated to reflect current issues.

Corinne Florentino dances alongside her cast members during a performance.

$3,024 was raised over the weekend. FSA is amazed at this community that encourages artistic expression while raising money to encourage change. We hope to see you all again next year.

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The Winter Call-Out

Meetings

On the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade we gathered in the Dogwood Room at the IMU to begin another semester of feminism, friendship, activism and kicking ass.

Attendees wait to hear details about FSA.

Attendees gather in the Dogwood Room to learn about FSA. 

The evening began with an icebreaker that spelled out Roe v. Wade. We spoke about feminist role models, experiences with sexism and oppression, what we love about our genitalia and why we feel moved to be activists.

The icebreaker allowed attendees to experience the discussion aspect of FSA.

The leaders and directors of FSA talked about their roles and upcoming events and opportunities for the semester.

Co-President Hannah Milner gave the intro and mission statement of FSA.

Co-President Hannah Milner gave the intro and mission statement of FSA.

We ended the meeting with an activist stretch to get everyone jazzed for the semester.

The leaders of FSA stretching for activism.

The leaders of FSA pushing out oppression.

Thanks to everyone who attended the call-out! We are incredibly pumped to get to know you and smash the patriarchy with you. Our social event on Jan. 30 is a screening of the film Obvious Child, time and place to be announced. Our next meeting will be Feb. 6.

The FSA leaders celebrating a great call-out.

Here’s to a great semester!

See you all again soon.

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What FSA is

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We are a student-led organization working to eliminate sexism and oppression.
We are a political organization that takes stands on feminist, social and political issues.

FSA is an intersectional group that also fights oppression of gender, ability, race, sexuality and class.

We serve an educational function for all IU students on various feminist issues by holding presentations, panels, debates and other educational programs.

We are a support group and a social group where people can meet other like-minded individuals.

FSA is a voice for people who are all too often silenced by institutions. 

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