Design by Calum Clark/AS Publicity Center

Design by Calum Clark/AS Publicity Center

Allison Milton/The AS Review

The AS Vagina Club invites students to dialogue about feminist issues in a series of discussions called Finding Feminism.

Discussions are held on the third Tuesday of the month, except for March, which is on the second Tuesday, and start at 6:15 p.m. in Bond Hall 115. The series of events, which started in February and runs until May, covers a variety of feminist topics, including sex, pornography and socialized gender roles.

“There is a lot of stigma associated with the word ‘feminist,’” said Vagina Club member and Western senior Kaylee Knowles. “The whole idea behind these events is to break down that stigma to help people see how feminism can be used in their daily life and to see all the various applications in feminism.”

Knowles said so far the discussions have taught her a lot about feminism and the different viewpoints people have about it. Although the title of the event might turn some people away, she said students do not have to label themselves as a feminist to attend and the discussion is not limited to feminist viewpoints.

March 9 will be the second event in the series and will cover the topic of men and feminism. The purpose of the discussion is to examine the role that men play in feminism, Knowles said.

“I personally believe that without men, feminism cannot succeed,” she said.

Daniel Brendible, a member of the Men’s Violence Prevention Project and Western senior, said that he hopes that the discussion at the event will look at the stereotypes placed on the role of “feminists,” male or female.

While some men do, Brendible does not classify himself as a feminist or a pro-feminist.

“If [what I do] makes me a feminist to some people, it will,” he said. “But that is not my title. I do what feels right in my heart.

“If a guy wants to say ‘I’m a feminist,’ more power to you. The bottom line is the principles we stand for,” he said. “For us it means to recognize that there is gender inequality.”
And for him, this can be achieved with or without the title.

The event, which Brendible hopes will discuss the ongoing debate and the question of whether or not men can be feminists, is free and open to the public.

“I challenge people that are not interested in feminism to come,” Knowles said. “And, if they still leave uninterested in feminism, then they at least got free food.”

However, Knowles said she doubts they will leave uninterested.