Lancaster – A screening of the documentary "The Bro Code: How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men" is being shown tonight as part of Spring Fest 2013 at Ohio University Lancaster. It is being sponsored by the Gender Equality Solidarity Society and Women's and Gender Studies.
"The Bro Code is a video by Thomas Keith that explores how our popular culture reinforces a hostile climate toward women and men who do not conform to a very narrow vision of masculinity," said Gender Equality Solidarity Society Advisor Dr. Pam Kaylor. "This is a very graphic video that is quite enlightening because it gives us a heavy dose of examples that we see every day but don't connect that it's a powerful tool for socializing boys and girls in a very negative way – and, ultimately, desensitizing all of us to pervasive violence in our culture."
The film screening will be held at 7 p.m. in Brasee Hall room 211 on Wednesday, April 17. It is the final activity on the first day of Spring Fest 2013.
"I believe this video is empowering because it can create awareness on this very prevalent societal issue – casting light on a very important issue that doesn't just lurk in the dark corners of our culture but is all around us," said Kaylor. "The Gender Equality Solidarity Society is sponsoring the screening of the video and the discussion that will follow."
"The upcoming screening of 'The Bro Code: How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men' not only showcases a highly acclaimed film, but also offers a critical discussion about what it means to be men and women in our society as specifically viewed through the lens of media and our contemporary culture," said Ohio University Lancaster Adjunct Instructor Beth Sertel. Sertell is a co-facilitator of the event.
The screening is a free event. There will be popcorn on hand and the event is open to students, faculty, staff and the community.