Women’s History Films, Talks

Windward Community College will mark Women’s History Month this week with two film screenings and two speakers.

Tuesday’s agenda (March 17) features a screening of The Codes of Gender: Identity and Performance in Popular Culture at 10 a.m., followed by a presentation on the transgender experience at 11:30 by Kaleo Tevaitea Tanoa Ramos, an activist in LGBTQIA causes (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual).

Thursday will be a discussion with Brooke Conway on sexual violence, resources, statistics and prevention at 10 a.m., and the film Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood and American Culture at 11:30 a.m.

The Codes of Gender examines Irving Goffman’s theory that depictions of the male and female body in advertising reinforces normative ideas about gender, while Tough Guise 2 looks at the violent and sexist messages sent to young men and boys from every aspect of pop culture.

Ramos has worked with such organizations as Life Foundation, Pride at Work Hawaii, GSA Hawaii and more, and Conway is manager for education and community outreach at Kapiolani Medical Center’s Sex Abuse Treatment Center.

All events take place in Hale Kuhina 115 and are free to attend. For more information, contact coordinator Kathleen French at 236-9223 or email her at kfrench@hawaii.edu.