Iowa State University 

Margaret Sloss Women's Center 

October 2016

Domestic and Relationship Violence Awareness Month
Margaret Sloss Women's Center is gearing up for Relationship Violence Awareness Month. October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and we are taking this opportunity to put out some educational materials about what relationship violence is, how to recognize healthy and unhealthy relationships, who is affected by relationship violence, and what to do if you or someone you care about is in a violent situation with a loved one. We will also be remembering the lives lost in Iowa to relationship violence by sharing their stories on October 13th in our event Lives on the Line: Stories of Iowans Lost to Domestic Violence.

Be sure to stop by the Sloss House during lunch on October 5th to pick up a purple treat from Sexual Misconduct Prevention Coordinator Jazzmine Hudson and learn some facts about relationship violence. We also invite you to join the sisters of Alpha Chi Omega in raising awareness for Domestic Violence at their annual event Walk A Mile In Their Shoes on Saturday the 8th at 10am. There will be a free awareness walk through Greekland, with a pancake breakfast to follow. All proceeds from the breakfast will benefit ACCESS, our local assault care center.

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Feminist Selfies

/' selfē/
noun informal
a photograph that one has taken of oneself

Vain. Narcissistic. Unnecessary. Inappropriate. Vapid. Meaningless. These are just some of the many words that people have been using to describe selfies and the people who take them. But why? Why is taking a picture of oneself so controversial? What is the big problem with selfies?

Answer: nothing. There is nothing wrong with selfies. Patriarchal society loves to tell people who hold marginalized gender identities that whatever we do with our own bodies is wrong, selfish, or a waste of time. But here's the thing: others do not get to dictate how we engage with our bodies. What we do safely and consensually with our bodies is no one's business but our own. And if that constitutes taking a picture of ourselves and posting it to social media, then so be it! Selfies are an amazing way to boost self-confidence and begin or continue the journey to self love. So if you're ever feeling your look and want others to witness your greatness, post a selfie! And know that it doesn't make you any more or less of a feminist if you do - or don't!

The Society for the Advancement of Gender Equity, or SAGE, is an intersectional feminist group at Iowa State that focuses on being a safe space for discussing current feminist issues, global and local, and advocates for an inclusive and safe campus for all at ISU. 

Our mission statement is as follows: "The Society for the Advancement of Gender Equity (SAGE) is a group that advocates for feminist goals and gender equity issues, including: awareness of gender based violence, sexual assault issues, equal pay in the workplace, perceptions of femininity and masculinity, gender expression and sexual preference, body image issues and other sociocultural issues analyzed through a feminist lens. Our mission is to try to create a safe and just learning environment for all at Iowa State University. 

Our vision is to see gender equity on campus and in the world but that is a long process, and we are (an active) part of it". We are involved with the Vagina Monologues and Take Back the Night every year, and are looking forward to more events to come this year. We will be meeting every week at the Sloss House, on Monday's at 8 PM. 
Student Worker Spotlight

Kelsi Wolever is an Iowa State University senior, working towards a degree in Environmental Science and Political Science, with a minor in Global Sustainability. Over the past couple years, Kelsi has been advocating for environmental issues, which led to her involvement with Presidential candidates and landed her a speaking engagement in D.C. When she graduates in the Spring, she plans to begin her career in  the energy or healthcare field, working closely with sustainability and policy. She is an eastern Iowa native, and grew up in the Quad Cities area. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, and traveling with family and friends. 
Volunteers Needed! 

Interested in volunteering with the Margaret Sloss Women's Center? Attend the mandatory volunteer training session on Thursday, October 6th from 5-6:30pm! This will be a comprehensive training that will provide volunteers with important information necessary to volunteer at any MSWC program or event. You must attend this training even if you have been a trained volunteer in the past. There will be food! RSVP here. 

Feminist Quote
"Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It's about making life more fair for women everywhere. It's not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It's about baking a new pie." Gloria Steinem
In This Issue
Campus Events

When:  October 3rd
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Where:  Workspace
What:  As an ode to feminist icon Gloria Steinem, we will make a necklace with your favorite Steinem quote. A beautiful talisman to wear around your neck, and a great conversation starter when others notice you hand-made accessory. Drop in but give yourself 45 minutes.
$10 per necklace

When:  October 8th
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where:  Memorial Union
The Black and Brown Male Empowerment Symposium is designed to demonstrate the importance of black and brown male success in the classroom, community, and world. 

When:  October 9th
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: Brunnier Art Museum, 295 Scheman Building
What: Join Art and Visual Culture Professor Ingrid Lilligren, Dr. Emily Morgan, Assistant Professor of Art History, and Jen Coppoc, Lecturer in English and American Indian Studies for a conversation on race, gender, and the multi-layered meanings in the art of Josiah Wedgewood, J.J. Kandler's Meissen porcelain, and Lilligren's response, which are all included in the Inspired By... exhibition currently on view in the Brunnier Art Museum.

Women's and Gender Studies Lunchtime Talks
"Confronting Privilege in the Classroom"
When: October 11
Where:  1011 Coover Hall
What: When confronted with ideas of privilege, people can become agitated, angry, or disconnected. Unfortunately, instead of seeing this type of discussion as a way to understand systemic privilege and how it functions, people too often think they are being attacked or told they did not earn their accomplishments. Having the right tools to turn contentious moments into teachable opportunities empowers educators to foster growth and create change. This roundtable discussion will engage students and lecturers to discuss approaches and best practices when issues of privilege arise in the classroom.  This discussion will give participants the tools and strategies to confront privilege in many different contexts.

When:  October 11th, 7:00 pm
Where:  Stephens Auditorium
What: Steinem co-founded Ms. magazine, serving as an editor for 15 years, and helped co-found New York Magazine. The National Women's Political Caucus is among the many groups she helped found, and her books include the collection of essays
Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions,
Revolution from Within,
Moving Beyond Words and her memoir,
My Life on the Road, detailing her more than thirty years as a feminist organizer.

When: October 12th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where:  127 Curtiss Hall
What:  Her Story is an Emmy-nominated web series that looks inside the dating lives of trans & queer women as they navigate the intersections of desire & identity. This screening will explore how domestic violence impacts trans women and raise awareness about the disparity of domestic violence services for trans survivors. A discussion will follow the screening. Sponsored by LGBT Student Services, The Margaret Sloss Women's Center, the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Prevention Coordinator, ACCESS, and Transformative Healing, this event is held in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Questions about this event may be sent to:

October 13th, 7:00 pm
Great Hall, Memorial Union 
What: First-time Latina filmmaker Denise Soler Cox draws on her personal struggles growing up between two cultures to chronicle the shared experiences of 16 million first-generation American-born Latinos, or Enyes.

October 20th, 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
2030 Morrill Hal
What do we mean by inclusion? What do we mean by diversity? As teachers, our answers to these questions are vital not only for our own teaching philosophy but also for the culture we are creating in our classrooms, which can perpetuate into workplaces after graduation.