MONACA, Pa. — The public is invited to a screening of “So, You Think You is Woman, Hey?” a documentary by Penn State Beaver Professor Juliette Storr.
The screening will be at 6 p.m. March 27 in the auditorium at Penn State Beaver. Following the documentary there will be a question-and-answer session with Storr, associate professor of communications who worked as a journalist in the Bahamas and in Michigan before teaching at Penn State Beaver.
Storr, a native of the Bahamas, was in the country doing research for another project when the topic of the objectification of women in the media emerged. It was an issue not being widely addressed, so she began researching the representation of women in Bahamian media. The research coincided with the Bahamas government’s campaign to change the constitution of the Bahamas to create more equity among the sexes.
“My research uncovered some astounding statistics on these issues in the Bahamas and internationally. The Bahamas has high incidences of violence, rape/sexual assault and incest, gender discrimination in its laws and gender inequality in the workplace and in family life,” Storr said. “And so, I wanted to find a way to start a national conversation that would assist current national and international efforts to address these issues by raising awareness among every level of society and finding ways to resolve them.”
The title, "So, You Think You Is Woman, Hey?" comes from a cultural expression in the Bahamas that is symbolic of gender performance, especially for girls and women, and is used to “impose punishment and control or authority,” Storr said.