By Ashley Teamer
There will be delicious food, a raffle, entertainment and, best of all, Otto Pizzeria will donate 8.88% of their sales at the end of the night to the CGSA. Bring friends and come meet new friends!
Remember: THE MORE YOU EAT, THE MORE FUNDS WE RAISE!!
Get pizza anytime today!
Elections for Coordinator positions are coming up! If you are interested in being more involved with the Center, and you think your views align with our mission statement and core values, consider applying to be a Coordinator. For more informations on the application process, check out our elections process here. To learn more about each Coordinator position, click here. Download the actual application for Coordinator positions here.
The Center for Gender, Sexuality & Activism presents Sexual Assault Awareness Week! The goal of this week is to ignite awareness of sexual assault and rape culture on our campus and beyond. We hope to broaden conversations on these topics with fantastic events throughout the week, culminating in Take Back the Night hosted by The Feminist Collective. We hope you will join us and don’t forget to tweet about #SAAW to @BUCGSA!
Click more for event schedule!
In the shocking and hilarious documentary ORGASM INC., filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing erotic videos for a drug trial for a pharmaceutical company. Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first Viagra drug for women that wins FDA approval to treat a new disease: Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD). Liz gains permission to film the company for her own documentary. Initially, she plans to create a movie about science and pleasure but she soon begins to suspect that her employer, along with a cadre of other medical companies, might be trying to take advantage of women (and potentially endanger their health) in pursuit of billion dollar profits. ORGASM INC. is a powerful look inside the medical industry and the marketing campaigns that are literally and figuratively reshaping our everyday lives around health, illness, desire – and that ultimate moment: orgasm.
Join Megan Andelloux for this two hour-long interactive lecture on developing your sexual self-understanding: from becoming comfortable with what you want to learning how to communicate those desires to partners. You’ll learn more about understanding and entertaining your own wants and needs, what other people are secretly into, masturbation techniques (fundamental to exploring your sexuality!), and verbal and nonverbal communication tools. A special focus will be given on how to either give enthusiastic consent or turn people down considerately. Anonymous questions will be taken from audience members and answered during the presentation, so get your muscles pumping and come with queries in hand! Check out the Facebook event.
Sunday, February 10th from 10:00am-2:00pm in The Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism
During Volunteer Trainings at the CGSA, new volunteers learn how to function and work in the space. At the volunteer training, expect to get a history of the CGSA as well as a crash course on our core values and mission statement. The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) will be providing a first responder to disclosure training and members of the board will facilitate a conversation on safer spaces. There will be vegan and gluten free snacks! RSVP to the Facebook event here
Statement by Gender Neutral BU
The following is a statement on behalf of the Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism, the Boston University Student Government, and their student, faculty, administrative, parent, and alumni supporters. This statement is in response to the administration’s recent decision to indefinitely halt the Student Government proposal to implement Gender Neutral Housing at Boston University. This action represents a deliberate violation of the commitments made by administration officials to implement Gender Neutral Housing as an option for students by Fall 2013.
The Student Government went through the appropriate channels to plan and submit this proposal. After many revisions in coordination with Boston University Residence Life, and taking into consideration survey responses from over one thousand Boston University students, the plan was passed in Spring of 2012 by the Boston University Student Government Senate. The Senate is the main instrument of the student voice; it includes representatives from the Pan-Hellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, individual college governments and each residence hall.
After the proposal passed, Student Government held countless meetings with administrative officials from Housing, Residence Life, and the Dean of Students Office to facilitate the implementation of the plan. During the summer, the Dean of Students Office gave multiple verbal confirmations that Gender Neutral Housing was slated for Fall of 2013. Student Government was then given permission to publicize the plan’s approval at the beginning of the fall term. The plan was moderate in its requests and respectful of administrative concerns; it called for the gradual five-year implementation of Gender Neutral Housing. Despite these efforts, Student Government received notification from the Dean of Students Office during Fall Recess that the plans for Gender Neutral Housing had been indefinitely postponed.
We students have created a united front – “Gender Neutral BU” – and we are advocating for the Gender Neutral Housing plan that was promised. We are disappointed that the administration has determined that Gender Neutral Housing is not a priority on their current housing agenda. The collective voice of the student body has been silenced. We understand the importance of other initiatives being undertaken by the University but it is unacceptable to disregard student priorities. We are asking the administration to publicly affirm their commitment to the implementation of Gender Neutral Housing at Boston University in Fall of 2013. This is necessary for a campus that is safe and inclusive for all students.
Sign the petition here
BOSTON, DEC. 6 – A cyclist was killed today after being struck by a tractor-trailer at the corner of St. Paul Street and Commonwealth Avenue around 8:36 a.m. The identity of the victim has not been released.
Boston police have closed the intersection and Boston University has alerted students that Commonwealth Avenue is closed to eastbound vehicle traffic from Pleasant Street to St. Paul Street.
This is the third bike fatality in the area since early this summer and the second near Boston University’s campus. The first involved a CAS student who was killed in an accident with an MBTA bus.
As a way to show our community support and sorrow, we are organizing a candlelight gathering later today at 6pm on Marsh Plaza. The gathering will serve as a way to remember the victims and help the healing of our community after this tragic event. We will raise awareness of safety as well as show solidarity for the members of our community who have been affected.
The Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism strives to make our community safe for all students. We encourage biking as a feminist approach to sustainable forms of transportation that upholds values of independence and empowerment, as it is more accessible to those who cannot afford cars or public transportation. We acknowledge that discourse around bike safety is important, both for cyclists and others who use the road.
Please direct any questions to Swanson Ninan, Public Relations Coordinator at The Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism.