Sex education activist will appear at first of "Fem Flicks" series

Shelby Knox
Knox has traveled across the nation speaking to young people about the importance of comprehensive sex education and the power of youth activism.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What: The University of North Texas Women's Studies Program, in collaboration with the Media Library, present a film series titled "Fem Flicks," which will highlight different issues affecting women. Films will be shown on the last Wednesday of the month with discussions following the showings.

Films: "The Education of Shelby Knox" followed by Q-and-A session with Knox; "God Sleeps in Rwanda," "Pornography of Everyday Life," and "Absolutely Safe"

When: All films to be shown at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Feb. 27, Mar. 26 and April 30

Where: The first film will be shown in the University Union Lyceum, located one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets; remaining films will be shown at the Media Library, Room 111C in Chilton Hall, located at the southwest corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street.

Cost: Free

Contact: Sandi Spencer, director of Women's Studies, at (940) 565-2532 or spencer@unt.edu

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas Women's Studies Program, in collaboration with the Media Library, present a film series titled "Fem Flicks," which will highlight different issues affecting women.

The films, free and open to the public, will be shown on the last Wednesday of the month (Jan. 30, Feb. 27, Mar. 26 and April 30) at 5:30 p.m.  The first film will be shown in the University Union Lyceum, located one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets; remaining films will be shown at the Media Library, Room 111C in Chilton Hall, located at the southwest corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street.

For more information on the UNT "Fem Flicks" film series, please call Sandi Spencer, director of Women's Studies, at (940) 565-2532 or spencer@unt.edu.

The films to be shown in the series include:

Jan. 30 -- "The Education of Shelby Knox" – This PBS documentary released in 2005 follows a teenage girl's transformation from a conservative Southern Baptist to a liberal Christian and ardent feminist. In Lubbock, Texas, Knox challenged the school district's policy of abstinence-only sex education while continuing to widen her activism into other issues. The film explores her fight for comprehensive sex education and portrays her family's struggle with teen independence.

NOTE: Shelby Knox herself will be present for the showing and conduct a question-and-answer session after the film. She recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in political science. Using the film that carries her name, Knox has traveled across the nation speaking to young people about the importance of comprehensive sex education and the power of youth activism, as a vehicle for discussion.

Feb. 27 -- "God Sleeps in Rwanda" – This 2005 documentary tells the story of five women whose lives have been irrevocably altered by the Rwandan genocide in 1994. In the wake of the massacres, the country was left nearly 70 percent female, which placed an extraordinary burden and unprecedented opportunity to redefine women's roles in a nation torn apart by war.

Mar. 26 -- "Pornography of Everyday Life" – Pornography as such appears not only in overt, but also in everyday forms like ads and other forms of pop culture. The film explores how pornographic imagery appropriates previously sacred icons and images of women, sex and the feminine principle, and then profanes and defames them.

April 30 -- "Absolutely Safe" – Released in 2007, this documentary presents an open-minded approach to the controversy over breast implant safety. Among the debate by plastic surgeons, toxicologists, attorneys, implant manufacturers, whistle blowers, government officials and activists, this film aims to enlighten everyday women who find themselves in the tangled intersection of health, money, science and beauty.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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