by Jarrah Hodge
Back on Thursday, January 16 I joined UBC PhD candidate and activist Lucia Lorenzi, and sociology professor Rachel Sullivan for a discussion-oriented panel discussion on campus at UBC. This BARtalk event was hosted by the Terry Project and the UBC Sexual Assault Support Centre as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The topic was rape culture in the media in 2013. Gord Katic moderated the discussion and we talked about what “rape culture” is, how it affects women, how the media factors in, how it played out particularly at UBC last year with the frosh week chants, and things we can all do to help end rape culture.
One action I particularly emphasized and want to mention again is the opportunity we have to read and provide feedback on Femifesto’s toolkit for Canadian media, which the Toronto-based feminist collective prepared to help improve Canadian media reporting on sexual assault. Anyone can read the first version and submit feedback by the end of August.
The audio of the evening is below, along with introduction and help explaining the A/V elements that were shown.