On Oct. 2, Womanspace, a club dedicated to women’s rights and gender equality, is teaming up with young feminist activist Laci Green to tackle rape culture.
Green will speak about issues including rape culture, victim blaming and ending sexual violence at the Graduate Life Center auditorium at 7 p.m.
Green is best known for creating a sex positive education project called Sex+. According to Green’s website, lacigreen.tv, Sex+ is comprised of a biweekly video series featured on YouTube, a weekly live show, daily blogging, university lectures and a peer education network.
The event, hosted by Womanspace, is free and open to the public.
Malavika Sahai, Womanspace’s vice president, said Green was chosen because she led the women’s studies education segment on Youtube and has a semi-internet celebrity status.
“She’s around our age, and she’s very charismatic,” Sahai said. “We really thought she would be a good voice to bring into the university setting to give a talk, because she is so young and so influential that we figured not only would other people who are interested in women’s issues have heard of her, but possibly other people who have just watched YouTube.”
In addition to her YouTube channel, Green hosts a web series for Discovery Channel’s “Discovery News” that focuses on the science and cultural aspects of the human body. Green also produced a sex education program for Planned Parenthood called “A Naked Notion.”
She is also a certified crisis counselor for the Family Violence Center where she gives advice to people who have been abused sexually or domestically. According to Green’s website, she graduated with highest honors from UC Berkeley in Legal Studies and Education in 2011.
Alyssa Seidorf, Womanspace’s president, said that because Green is a recent college graduate, she would be able to relate to and understand the social pressures college students face.
Though Green has not announced her speaking points, Sahai and Seidorf said that it’s sure to be related to the controversial topics that Green is famous for speaking about, like consent, “slut shaming,” the bystander effect and sexism as it relates directly to college students.
These discussions may seem taboo to tackle on campus, but according to Seidorf and Sahai, these issues need to be talked about among students.
“I don’t care about talking about it in public,” Sahai said. “Rape culture is public. It’s everywhere.”
Sahai emphasized that there are ways to stand up and make a difference without compromising one's safety, and it starts with understanding the subtopics that Green will discuss.
Seidorf noted that the event isn’t limited to women and that men are encouraged to come to the event and learn about rape culture and sexism, which is relevant to all college students.
“If you really understand it and find your place in it, there’s a place for everybody,” Seidorf said.