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Women on Wednesday

Date: February 19, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: Atwood Memorial Center Theatre
Description: Speakers. “Badass” vs. “Hot Mess:” Deconstructing sexist portrayals of women

Miley Cyrus, Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, Amanda Bynes; What do all of these women have in common? They all flood the computer screen after a google images search of “Hot Mess Celebs.” Does this imply that male celebrities are symbols of innocence and perfection? Of course not. This shows us that standards for men and women are drastically different. Why are these female celebrities considered a “Hot Mess,” while male stars who exhibit similar behaviors, such as Charlie Sheen and Robin Thicke, are considered comedic and “Badass?” Join us to explore the double standards of pop culture and the implications it has for women in today’s society.

Presenter:  Dr. Roya Akhavan is currently Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Mass Communications at St. Cloud State University. She is an award-winning professor whose honors include recognitions as “Teacher of the Year,” “Outstanding Graduate Professor,” “Outstanding Achievement as V.P. for International Marketing,” and “Outstanding College Leadership.” Dr. Akhavan’s areas of teaching and research focus on theory and methodology, media management and policy, and international communication.

Professor Akhavan has lived and worked in four different cultures, Persian, Japanese, American, and Chinese. Dr. Akhavan’s book entitled Peace for Our Planet: A New Approach (Kinseido Publishers, Tokyo, 1992) was a bestseller in its own genre in Japan, and was widely used as a textbook in Japanese universities.  Professor Akhavan maintains an active role in community and professional service. She is a frequent speaker at academic and community forums and radio and television broadcasts on global issues, including eliminating the root causes of war, gender equality, and spirituality in the 21st century.
Cost: Free
Women's Center
Women's Center
720 Fourth Ave
St. Cloud MN 56301

'Women on Wednesday' Schedule

Date Time Location
February 19, 2014 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Atwood Memorial Center Theatre