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UNI professor to present 'Teaching Girls the Power Beyond Sexy'

January 29, 2014

Catherine MacGillivray, interim director, Women's and Gender Studies Program, 319-273-7195,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Annette Lynch, director of UNI's Center for Violence Prevention and professor in the School of Applied Human Sciences, will present "Teaching Girls the Power Beyond Sexy: Using Bystander Approaches to Address Self-Objectification" at noon, Monday, Feb. 3, in the Center for Multicultural Education, Room 109A, as part of the Current Research on Women and Gender (CROW) Forum.

Lynch will discuss her recently published book "Porn Chic: Exploring the Contours of Raunch Eroticism," which focuses on the mainstreaming of pornographic imagery into fashion and popular culture. Her presentation will focus on the impact of this trend on young girls, who are being socialized to focus on sexuality as a means of gaining power and attention. She will be joined by two textiles and apparel students, Ashton Milliken, junior, and Sierra Klimesh, junior, who created empowerment fashion brands for young girls as a part of her class last semester. The presentation will also feature a live poetry reading by Melina Blue Gotera, a student who will be attending UNI in the fall. The poem, titled "On Forgetting To Wear Your Stockings" is about the internal conflict and struggle of womanhood when dealing with promiscuity in society.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Catherine MacGillivray, interim director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNI, at 319-273-7195 or