Women’s History Film Festival concludes with showing of ‘Gender Revolution’
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Women’s History Film Festival concludes with showing of ‘Gender Revolution’

Published 3/28/17

Madeline Jurus

TNE Writer

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Center for Women’s Studies at NSU has put on a film festival throughout the month of March, showing films that highlight issues and concerns with different groups of minority women.

This week their final film of the month is “Gender Revolution,” which first aired on the National Geographic channel in February of this year. The film is narrated by Katie Couric as she travels across the world exploring the evolving concept of gender. The film was released in conjunction with the January 2017 issue of the National Geographic magazine that made history featuring a 9-year-old transgender girl on the cover.

“We chose ‘Gender Revolution’ because it is a film that deals with a very current topic, which is the construction of gender identity in our society,” said Suzanne Farmer, director of the Center for Women’s Studies. “The film festival began in 2015 when Dr. Jennifer Edwards was director of the Center for Women's Studies. We both felt that a film festival would be a fun way to engage students in conversations about issues that affect women.”

This year the Center for Women’s Studies has partnered with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for the Women’s History Month Film Festival.

“What I really hope is that people get an understanding that transgender people are people, they’re human beings,” said DeJon Jordan, coordinator of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. “We have to respect them and treat them as people. We may not agree on the same philosophical ideologies, but to me that is miniscule compared to the respect that we are supposed to give as people.”

The Center for Women’s Studies hopes to give attendees a better understanding about the social construct of gender and how gender roles have changed with societies and will continue to change in the world we live in.

“Gender roles are determined by each respective society,” said Farmer. “However, over time gender roles change with society. We hope through this film we can shed light on how our society has seen gender roles.”

The film will shed light on the transgender community in the U.S. and in various countries around the world.

“Obviously being exposed to something helps you get used to it,” said Joe Hurst, Tahlequah senior. “The more you’re used to something the less weird it is, and I think that is one of the main problems with people and the transgender community, it’s that they’re not used to it. I think it’s important that it talks about transgender people around the world because it’s not just a U.S. thing that our culture has created. By going around the world and seeing transgender people in every culture including those 200 years behind us, it shows that being transgender or LGBT isn’t just a cultural thing, it’s something that’s real and has been around for a long time.”

Gender Revolution will be shown at 6 p.m., March 30 in Seminary Hall Room 110.

For more information, email Farmer at farmer07@nsuok.edu.

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