With popcorn and sodas in front of them, Audrey Leland ’18 and Lucian Black ’19 batted around ideas about women, men, and friendship. They had only watched the classical rom-com When Harry Met Sally, and were analyzing the ways a film both reinforced gender stereotypes and also played with them.
The dual students are part of a new tyro bar called Films About Feminism. Each year, students come adult ideas for novel campus groups that they thereafter can licence by tyro government. This year, along with a new Russian club, a cappella group, comedy magazine, and dance group—among others—Leland and her crony Katherine Kirk ’18 have launched Films About Feminism.
The dual report a organisation like this: “We wish to discharge a disastrous tarnish surrounding a word feminism, worsen recognition around gender equality, and investigate how films competence or competence not continue gender roles.” The club is open to all genders.
Leland and Kirk came adult with a suspicion final year after they hold a amicable screening of comedian Amy Schumer’s film Trainwreck in Helmreich House. Although a eventuality was creatively hold for fun, a students delved into contention afterwards, evaluating either a film could be deliberate feminist. “The screening was so great, we thought, ‘let’s do this again’!” Leland said.
At a new afternoon screening of When Harry Met Sally, some students had to leave early for sports practice, withdrawal only Leland and Lucian Black ’19 chatting. Black pronounced he’s been meddlesome in films given holding classes with Professor of Cinema Studies Tricia Welsch. And his interest in feminism comes from vital with dual relatives who’ve had engaging careers—his mom is a sovereign prosecutor in downtown Chicago, and his father is a author who worked for Playboy once.
Leland says she choses films for a weekly screenings—mostly mainstream ones—based on questions they lift and also if a bar member suggests one. So far, Films About Feminism has shown No Strings Attached, How to be Single, Frida, and Obvious Child. Before screenings, she sends out “food for thought” film reviews, as she calls them, that competence kindle discussion.
While Leland is not majoring in gender and women’s studies (she is majoring in math and preparation and in Africana studies), she says her seductiveness in a margin has deepened given staring a club. “It has done me doubt how we see things, and done me some-more wakeful of sexism,” she said.
Her coursework outward her vital also reflects her seductiveness in feminism. This division she’s holding a gender, sexuality, and women’s investigate category called History of Women’s Voices in America, with Associate Professor of History Sarah McMahon. “I wouldn’t have taken a category if we hadn’t started a club,” Leland said.