Do not screen "Fifty Shades of Grey"
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Fifty Shades of Grey perpetuates sexual assault, domestic violence, normalization of abuse, romanticizes mental illness, and other problematic ideas.
A group of concerned students met with Programs Council to request this movie not be shown. They were very political and cold, stating they were "here to listen." ProCon allegedly had a "vote," deciding to move forward with the screening. ProCon moved the original screening date from 4/22 (the same night as Take Back to the Night) to 4/28. This is the day after the university is screening "The Hunting Ground," a documentary that explains sexual violence on American college campuses.
The screening of this movie is disrespectful to survivors of sexual assault, as well as those students who are actively working to combat sexual violence on college campuses. The screening of this movie is in direct contrast to the messages "The Hunting Ground" attempts to deliver.
The screening also goes against the Campus Code of Conduct: "...other conduct of sexual nature which has the effect of interfering with an individual's performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment."
ProCon mission: "to provide programs that enrich student life through social, cultural, EDUCATIONAL, and recreational activities." This screening offers no educational components to the university population.
Additionally, having our university programs fees used to buy the license to problematic movies is unfair and disrespectful. What is the point of spending thousands of dollars each year attempting to educate students about sexual assault to just have a movie like this shown, which is in direct opposition to all of the work we do.
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