Texas Tech Women's Studies Hosts Sexism in Cinema Film Series

The series will begin Feb. 3 with a showing of “Winter’s Bone.”

The Texas Tech University Women’s Studies Program is sponsoring the Sexism in Cinema Film Series which will consider the ways in which sexism is embedded, endorsed and/or challenged in cinema.

Elizabeth Sharp

Elizabeth Sharp

Elizabeth Sharp, associate professor in the College of Human Sciences, said more than 500 people have enjoyed the film series since the series began in 2015.

“The purpose of the series is to promote critical engagement with popular films,” Sharp said. “The discussions of the film help create community and raise awareness about representations of men, women, race/ethnicity, sexuality, class, objectification and sexual violence.”

Each film features female protagonists to be viewed and discussed. The movies begin at 7 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse with a brief introduction. Following each showing, a discussion will be led by Texas Tech faculty members and special guest speakers.

The films are open to the public and admission is $3.

Spring 2016 film line-up:

Feb. 3: “Winter’s Bone”

A fearless teenage girl encounters dangerous terrain as she hunts down her criminal father while trying to keep her family intact.

March 2: “The Color Purple”

A black southern woman struggles to find herself after suffering from years of abuse.

April 6: “Day of the Dead”

A group of military officers and scientists hide away in a bunker to survive the overrun world of zombies.

May 4: “Bridesmaids”

Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid threatens to unravel the friendship of the bride and her maid of honor, an out-of-work pastry chef. 

The series is sponsored by Alamo Drafthouse, International Film Series, Texas Tech University Women’s Studies, and Risk Intervention & Safety Education.


Women's Studies Program

Started in 1981, the Women's Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. The program emphasizes critical thinking across disciplines vital to success during and following formal education.

Texas Tech offers a minor in Women's Studies. Goals of the minor include helping students interpret concepts of gender and gendered identities in different social, cultural and political contexts.

The program is administered by the Director of Women's Studies. A minor in Women's Studies consists of 18 hours of courses as approved by the director.

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College of Human Sciences

The College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University provides multidisciplinary education, research and service focused on individuals, families and their environments for the purpose of improving and enhancing the human condition.

The college offers a Bachelor of Science degree with disciplines in:

  • Apparel Design and Manufacturing
  • Community, Family, and Addiction Services
  • Early Childhood
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Interior Design
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management
  • Retailing

The college also offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

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