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UW-Eau Claire's WAGE to Host Panel
Discussion on Views of Women in the Media

RELEASED: Nov. 30, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Women's and Gender Equity Center is sponsoring a panel discussion to raise awareness on the effects of the media on gender.

"Exploitation in the Media" will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Alumni Room of UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center.

Peer Diversity Educators will begin the panel discussion with their presentation, "Women in the Media," and then each panelist will have ten minutes to offer comments. The panel will be followed with a question and answer period.

Four panelists will lead the discussion, including professor of English Stacy Thompson and representatives from the Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault, Students Coming Together to Promote Eating Disorder Awareness and Positive Body Image, and WAGE.

Panelists will offer their perspectives on how media portrays both men and women in a variety of media texts — including the recent version of a swimsuit calendar that was produced by a student organization as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society — and what effect the publications have on society.

According to WAGE staffers, donations to the American Cancer Society will be accepted at the panel discussion for anyone interested in donating as an alternative to purchasing a Swimsuit Calendar.

For more information, contact WAGE@uwec.edu.

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