UCO Students Address Double Standards Between Genders with Original Production

Oct. 15, 2013

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, University Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu

UCO STUDENTS ADDRESS DOUBLE STANDARDS BETWEEN GENDERS WITH ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

The University of Central Oklahoma’s chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) will debut the original play “SLUT: UCO Students Talk Double Standards,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in Constitution Hall in the Nigh University Center (NUC) on UCO’s campus.

“SLUT: UCO Students Talk Double Standards,” addresses double standards between genders as well as stereotypes, issues of homophobia, racism, sexual abuse and promiscuity. The free, open-to-the-public production is recommended for mature audiences only.           

“We want people to think about issues of gender in ways that they haven’t before,” said Lindsey Churchill, Ph.D., faculty advisor of UCO-NOW and assistant professor of history.

Written by 10 students for the play’s 25 actors, the production is based on the students’ personal experiences and employs art forms including monologues, skits and rap.   

“It’s social activism meeting art,” said Chantelle Hickman, president of NOW. “The audience will be reminded that they’re part of a greater community.”

Founded in the spring of 2013 by Churchill, UCO’s chapter of NOW focuses on equality for all. NOW is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States.

Baked goods will be available for purchase from 7-7:30 p.m. as part of UCO-NOW’s “Inequality Bake Sale.” All proceeds from the evening will benefit UCO-NOW. 

Donations to UCO-NOW also will be accepted.

For more information, contact Churchill at lchurchill@uco.edu or email uconowplay@gmail.com.

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