July 18, 2024

‘For Colored Girls’ discusses sex issues among women of color

Sex Week UT promotional sign Jasmine Moss/TNJNLeading up to Sex Week, Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee (SEAT) screened “For Colored Girls” at the UC Auditorium on Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. to show modern sexual issues from a different perspective.

“For Colored Girls”, based off the award-winning novel by Ntozake Shange, was adapted into a film by Tyler Perry. The movie follows the lives of nine women and deals with issues such as abortion, sexual assault, homosexuality, abuse and casual sex. The film is unique in showing these issues through the eyes of women of color.

Brianna Rader, a senior at UT and co-founder of Sex Week, said this movie speaks to everyone.

“This movie can relate to everyone,” said Rader. “It also gives a a voice to a group we don’t hear from.”

Shelby Sievers, a sophomore at UT, had never seen the film before. She left with a different perspective than when she came in.

“It really gave me a sense of  what it’s like to be a woman in a society seemingly run by men,” said Sievers. “That’s where all their problems started.”

Sex Week has been a topic of controversy in recent news. State lawmakers have condemned the university for it’s annual Sex Week.  Andrea Richardson, sophomore at UT, think it is a misunderstanding.

“I think the people who don’t like it don’t know what it is. It’s about education and being safe even when using this free site,” said Richardson. “We need that on a college campus.”

Rader had little to say on the matter.

“It’s really disappointing but we’re moving on like we always do,” said Rader.

SEAT is the student organization that organizes Sex Week every year.

Sex Week will begin March 2 and run through March 7. Calenders have been posted online and around campus with information about the events happening.002

Edited by Gabrielle O’Neal