Take Back the Night at Harvard

Sex Week was such a huge success! THANKS to everyone who supported us! We wanted to let everyone know about Take Back The Night at Harvard, which is an entire MONTH. The program looks amazing. TBTN is sponsored by OSAPR and Response. Check it out here:

Take Back The Night 2012


TBTN Kickoff and Saturday Night Launch
Sunday April 1st

Ticknor Lounge

Kickoff Take Back the Night 2012 and launch the 6th edition of Saturday Night @ Harvard! Enjoy Spoken Word and A Cappella performances, Saturday Night magazines and readings, and some delicious food including pizza, burritos, and a dessert table.

The Price of Sex
A documentary film investigating sex trafficking by Mimi Chakarova
Tuesday April 3 @ 6pm
Fong Auditorium

The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing and revealing, it is a story told by the young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal investigative journey, exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe. Filming undercover and gaining extraordinary access, Chakarova illuminates how even though some women escape to tell their stories, sex trafficking thrives.

Queer Sex Etiquette Dinner
Wed April 11 6-8pm
Leverett Private Dining Hall

Is there such a thing as too much lube? What’s the best way to ask for consent? Where exactly is the G spot (and what do I do once I’ve found it)? How do we open up our relationship? Where can I learn more about the kink/BDSM?

We all have questions about sex, and often desire a non-judgmental, open, and honest space to get those questions answered. Sexperts and sex educators Shana Natelson and Lyndon Cudlitz are here to answer your questions about sex, queer sexuality, and sexual etiquette. Join us in a comfortable, queer-positive space to have a discussion about sex, relationships, desire and so much more!

Hard Bodies, Soft Lights: Sports, Media, and Gender Performance
Professor Kerey Luis, Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Th April 12 @ 7:30pm
Harvard Hall 201

Sports, particularly professional sports, are often considered masculine in the United States (as the advertisements for the Super Bowl constantly remind us).  However, female athletes both challenge and support traditional heteronormative discourses about sports as a male activity, and sports as constructed for a male gaze. Media portrayals of athletes, particularly female athletes, use gender, the body, and sexuality to reinforce common cultural discourses about male and female bodies as essentially different, heterosexuality as “normal” and desirable, and particular body forms as able, beautiful, and healthy.  The media normalizes these ideas and images, writing them on and through the bodies of female athletes, although the athletes themselves may paradoxically defy such stereotyping.

Epic Vagina
Jincey Lumpkin
Monday April 16 @ 8pm
Sever 113

Jincey Lumpkin, Esq is known as the “Lesbian Hugh Hefner”, but she was not always a woman in control of her own sexual destiny. Epic Vagina describes her journey from victim to victor and how she overcame a history of sex abuse in order to reclaim her sexual power and change the landscape of the adult entertainment industry. The talk features strong graphic imagery and frank discussion of sexual topics, so it is appropriate only for adults 18 and older.

‘Love the way you lie’: Reading Rihanna’s Political Response to Personal Assault
Kevin Allred
Thursday April 19 @ 8pm
Sever 102

Tracing Rihanna’s often overlooked responses in her music to her violent assault at the hands of Chris Brown, from Rated R all the way to the newest remix of the song “Birthday Cake” – featuring Brown himself – I argue for a politicized reading of the violence she has invoked since the assault occurred that takes into account the complicated, conflicted, and ongoing (even in its absence) relationship a woman has with her abuser.  Moreover, when race is centralized in the analysis, I argue that one can read complex statements about black women’s bodies as acceptable sites of abuse/violence in the U.S. and the media, as well as Rihanna’s own challenges to embodying that violence, both personally and more generically in the media, through her lyrics and visual images as attempts to reassert her own control personally, commercially, and politically.

Men Boys and Healing
Tuesday April 24 @ 7pm
Fong Auditorium

Boys and Men Healing is a documentary about the impact the sexual abuse of boys has on both the individual and society, and the importance of healing and speaking out for male survivors to end the devastating effects. The film portrays stories of three courageous non-offending men whose arduous healing helped them reclaim their lives—while giving them a powerful voice to speak out, and take bold action toward prevention for other boys.  The film includes a support group of men and is testimony to the importance of men finding safe places to support one another and share their stories together.

Haitian Panel
Date, time, location TBD

Candlelight Vigil
Wed April 25th @ 8pm
Memorial Church Steps

Join us as we close out the month of events with a Candlelight Vigil. This vigil is meant to literally and symbolically illuminate the darkness of abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Survivors and allies are invited to share their stories in this confidential and supportive space.


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  1. Pedro says:

    What is the problem with you guys???
    Why showing something as dirty as “Queer Sex Etiquette Dinner” to incentivate youg people to unstable (open as you prefer) relationships??? It’s completely against the notion of family…

    Did you really mean “where can I learn about Kink, the agency from San Francisco”??? Why should any person in the world learn about woman being tortured and materialized?
    Oh Lord, that’s disgusting!
    Please answer me why to incentivate people to do porngraphy!

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