Iowa State University 

Margaret Sloss Women's Center 

November 2016

November is Men's Health Awareness Month - focusing on prostate and testicular cancers as well as mental health and suicide prevention, Men's Health Awareness Month helps gives a voice to issues that are often silent. 

You may have heard about Movember ("mo" = mustache + November) - the annual tradition of growing out those fuzzy upper lip decorations to raise awareness about men's health. The  Movember Foundation writes: 

The state of men's health is in crisis. Men experience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier. Prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. Three quarters of suicides are men. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That's one every minute.

ACCESS - Assault Care Center, Interfraternity Council, ISU Prevention, Margaret Sloss Women's Center, and Student Wellness will be hosting events and discussions throughout the month around various topics such as mental health, STI/HIV treatment and prevention, masculinity, and more! Check out the MSWC Facebook throughout the month for more information.

Feminist Fall Favs by Som Mongtin

Winter is hands down my favorite season with its crisp air, soft snowflakes, and outdoor fun! It's only fitting that fall serves as the opening act to get me hyped up for winter! There are so many things to love about fall, but I'm only going to list a few.

First, can we start off with pumpkins? Pumpkin spice flavored goodness. Carving intricate details in pumpkins. Roasting pumpkins seeds. I've never smashed pumpkins, but I imagine it can be just as satisfying as smashing the patriarchy. 

As the weather drops a few degrees cooler, I slip on my knee-high boots. Perfect for crunching dried leaves and walking away from catcalls. The ideal way to end my day is to sit on the couch wrapped in a heavy, soft blanket. It's as if I'm getting a big, affirming hug after spending the day explaining why we need feminism.

Finally, I sip on hot chocolate (with tons of marshmallows), because fall and feminism makes me all warm inside while catching up on all my favorite tv shows!

What are your feminist fall favs?
The Casual Misogyny of Hating the PSL
 (and the people who drink them) 
by Kate D. Gallagher
Now that it's fall women everywhere are wearing leggings, warming up their feet in in Uggs, and sipping on $5 coffee drinks that tastes like pie. Are these women "basic"? Absolutely. Is there anything inherently wrong with being basic? Absolutely not. 

Being comfortable and taking pleasure in the season is something no one should be shamed for - and yet too often women and girls are called vapid and hedonistic for indulging in  popular clothing, music, and even food. We all take part in the novelties of capitalism. Think about when we compose entire outfits of clothes made to look like the American  flag, eat buckets of Halloween candy, the  absurdity of bacon culture, always buying the newest smartphone, spending $300 dollars to see BeyoncĂ© live, or having a mug with your Hogwarts house. 

Misogyny comes in when we deem some of these indulgences more vapid than others; and women's interests are almost always put down. 

So go order that Venti Pumpkin Spice Soy Chai Latte with extra whip and when the guy behind you says to his friend "of course that's what she ordered" smile to yourself and think about how much you're enjoying this beautiful season. 

The Vagina Monologues 2016 - A Reflection
Dominique Gant

The Vagina Monologues (TVM) is a moving, empowering, and deeply emotional event that takes place every February. Beginning in the 1990s, it has been a tool to raise awareness about the issues that women and girls experience throughout their lives. Over the years it has grown into an international campaign that raises awareness and works against violence against women and girls.

As the Lead Director during TVM 2016, I had the privilege of working with the Directors and Cast who are some of the most inspiring students, staff, and faculty on this campus! I witnessed firsthand the growth that happens by being involved in the production. By tying the pieces back to the goal of awareness raising and taking action - and a little practice - I saw students go from being shy to incredibly confident in themselves and the message of The Monologues. Additionally, I witnessed the impact that it has on everyone who attends the event. The themes presented in TVM are still very present within today's society, so it is very easy to find parallels within your own life - which is what makes the event so personal and powerful.

If you are interested, auditions for TVM 2017 will be held  November 16 from  5:00 - 6:30 pm, and  November 18th and December 1 from  12:00 - 1:00 pm. Look out for posters and emails for more information. Keep up with this newsletter to find out about everything Vagina Monologues related!
Student Worker Spotlight

Crystal Brandenburgh is a freshman undergraduate honors student at Iowa State University from Council Bluffs, Iowa. She is currently in the process of changing her major to history with the purpose of becoming a high school history teacher. "Working at the Margaret Sloss Women's Center allows me to earn a paycheck while spreading the important message of feminism and women's rights across campus," she says. 

The Gender Monologues
The Gender Monologues are monologues, poems, or short essays regarding gender oppression, identity, and privilege. Other intersecting identities may also be a focus, but the basis of the monologues should revolve around gender. The monologues will be shared on the Margaret Sloss Women's Center website and social media. 

Work for LGBTSS!
LGBTSS is hiring for two undergraduate  student   positions in the spring semester, a Marketing and Communications intern  and an LGBTSS Center Student Worker. Both of these are paid positions. Information about these positions and the links to the applications are  on our website. The deadline to apply is November 18, 2016.
Feminist Quote
"I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better."  - Frida Kahlo
In This Issue
Campus Events

Which Future? Fiction and the Everything Change

When: November 1st
8:00 pm 
Where: Great Hall, Memorial Union 
What: Margaret Atwood is an author, poet and environmental activist whose work is widely known for its commentary on the human condition and female experience. Her more than forty books include The Handmaid's Tale, The Blind Assassin, and The Heart Goes Last. Her MaddAddam trilogy, which began
with the Oryx and Crake, is currently being adapted into an HBO series. Her forthcoming book, Hag-Seed, is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Atwood's many international literary awards include the prestigious Booker Prize for contemporary fiction, Arthur C. Clarke Award in science fiction and the Governor General's Award for fiction in her native Canada. Atwood's critical acclaim is equally matched by her popularity among readers and following on Twitter.

A Conversation Safety, Justice, and Students of Color

When: November 7th
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Sun Room, Memorial Union
What: Panelists include Department of Public Safety Interim Police Chief Aaron Delashmutt, Ames Police Chief Charles Cychosz, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Reginald Stewart, and Student Counseling Services psychologist Dr. Raghav Suri. Monic Behnken, assistant professor of sociology, will moderate.

Rap, Race, Reality & Technology

When: November 16th
7:00 pm
Where: Great Hall, Memorial Union 
What: Chuck D is leader and co-founder of legendary rap group Public Enemy and is known for creating politically charged and socially conscious hip hop music. As a rapper, producer, author, and social activist, Chuck D delivers a powerful message about race, rage and inequality. He is a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, and the National Alliance for African American Athletes. He is also co-author of Fight the Power: Rap, Race, and Reality. Chuck D redefined rap music and hip hop culture with the release of Public Enemy's debut album, Yo Bum Rush The Show, in 1987. Public Enemy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.