Feminist Fridays, Masculinity Mondays shake college norms

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in the film "Fifty Shades Darker." (Universal Pictures)


The Haven Project will host “Porn and Pizza,” the latest in its Feminist Friday series, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 24 in the Hadley Union Building Monongahela Room.

The event will include free pizza and a discussion of the benefits and disadvantages of porn and how it affects relationships.

Susan Graham, a sexual violence prevention educator with the Haven Project, encourages students to attend these sessions to learn about ways to prevent unhealthy relationships.

“These workshops are meant to be more informal,” Graham said.

“We usually have a peer educator that will take the lead. They’ll do a short presentation and come up with discussion questions. It’s meant to have a discussion about, typically, very timely topics.”

Peer educators can choose a topic that interests them and thoroughly research it before presenting it to the group. Past Feminist Friday topics have discussed human trafficking and the new movie, “Fifty Shades Darker.”

Along with Feminist Fridays comes a series called Masculinity Mondays, which touches on different ways that masculinity influences relationships.

In the past, the sessions have covered “locker room talk” and the impact it has on relationships, as well as the difference between men’s and women’s locker room talk.

Upcoming Masculinity Monday topics include “Masculinity in Relationships” and “Toxic Masculinity.”

The latter will be a part of the Haven Project’s “NO MORE Week of Action,” which is slated for March 5 through 11.

NO MORE is a national campaign that brings attention to sexual assault and domestic violence.

Haven Project Graduate Assistant Katharine McKinney (criminology) helps to inform the IUP community on these subjects, many of which relate to a decent amount of the population.

“We provide education on topics, specifically on bystander intervention and consent,” McKinney said.

“We focus a lot on sexual and domestic violence. We spread education about these topics, and we give resources to people.”

Along with educating, the Haven Project also provides help to those who need it.

“If somebody has experienced domestic or sexual violence, they can go to the counseling center and get services there,” Graham said.