ASU's Performance in the Borderlands' Beyond "Miss Representation" Aims to Open Dialogue on Women's Representation in Media
Stephens, who is also the owner of Phoenix Hostel and Cultural Center says she found herself singing along to an Eminem song one day, which included the line "If she ever tries to f***ing leave again, I'm 'a tie her to the bed and set this house on fire," and froze.
"It was pretty startling, considering one of the greatest threats to women of color or in general is being killed by a partner, and here you have these pop singers (one of whom was publicly beaten a few years ago) singing about abusing women as part of love. And here I am singing these words in my car. So the contradictions and dangers are very present and very real.".
Only about half of the film will be shown, as Stephens says their goal is to hear people's thoughts and opinions about the topic and film. There will also be other performances, a panel of cultural speakers, live music and a DJ.
"I want the event itself to challenge how people come together around challenging topics. I think we can have spaces that promote creativity, while growing our intellect," says Stephens. "Being a woman, man, or any other gendered designation is a difficult process for us all. I want to live in a world that invites more dialogue between us all about the status quo, about power-relationships, and about what it means to be human. "
'Beyond "Miss Representation"' takes place Tuesday, February 12 from 6:30. to 9 p.m, Civic Space Park in AE England Building. The event is free, and all ages are welcome.
Fore more information, please see the event's website.