SFO Bake Sales!!

Check out our Facebook event for the SFO Bake Sales this upcoming Monday and Tuesday at the UC!

SFO Bake Sales

Info about the bake sales:

Please support The Student Feminist Organization at the University of Houston, as well as two other foundations for two great causes!

Bake Sale Dates and Times:
Monday, October 18th from 10:30-2:30pm
Tuesday, October 19th from 10:30-2:30pm

We will have brownies, cupcakes, and cookies!! :) 
**There will also be a vegan selection!! 

Don’t like sweets? Stop by and make a donation! Or drop off a blank T-shirt if you would like us to screen print it with the SFO logo for a small donation! There will also be memorial bracelets in honor of the late Leiah Jackson available for purchase as well.

All proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, the Leiah Jackson Memorial Fund, and SFO!

Healthy women, healthy families, healthy world. :)


Lots of great events planned for October!

We had an AWESOME meeting this past Monday!  We talked about our BAKE SALE as well as our plans for Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) and the Vagina Monologues.

During our next meeting (Monday, October 11 at 7PM) we will be teaming up with the UH Women’s Resource Center to put up red flags on campus as part of our participation in the Red Flag Campaign.  Info about the Red Flag Campaign:  www.theredflagcampaign.org.  Also if you want us to make you an SFO t shirt, please bring us a shirt next meeting and we’ll screenprint it for you!  We are accepting donations for getting your t shirt screenprinted to reimburse Lizzy for the cost of the materials!

BAKE SALE!!  We are holding our bake sale Monday, October 18 and Tuesday, October 19 and WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!  The proceeds from Monday’s bake sale go towards SFO and the National Breast Cancer Foundation;  Proceeds from Tuesday go towards the Leiah Jackson Foundation.  Leiah was 8 months pregnant when she was killed last Sunday.

  • We are going to be holding the bake sale on campus both days from 10AM to 2:30PM and we need “bake sellers”!
  • We are going to have a "Bake Party" Sunday, October 17 from 12PM to 3PM in the Cougar Place kitchen (Cougar Place is by the Stadium off Cullen and we need bakers!
  • Email us if you can help with either of these things!

We’ll be talking more about Domestic Violence Awareness after the Bake Sale, but for now be thinking about ideas for demonstrations we could have regarding Domestic Violence.
April talked to us about the Vagina Monologues.  If you’re interested in being on the VM committee, please contact April at aprilleahrichard@gmail.com.  Committee meetings will be held some Tuesdays at 6PM at Bohemeo’s.  We’ll be performing next semester on campus.  Auditions to be a performer in our production of the VM will most likely be held the last week of October.

The UH Health Center will offer free breast exams from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 and Thursday, Oct. 21 to all UH students, staff and faculty with a photo ID. No appointment is needed. For more information, call 713-743-5151.

Students for a Democratic Society at UH are hosting a rally opposing the occupation in Afghanistan this Thursday at 10AM at the UC Satellite.  Thursday evening at 7PM in the Honors College Room 212S, Dr. Buzzanco from the history department will be holding a “Teach In” about the status of the war 9 years since its beginning.

We’re really excited about October at SFO and hope you are too!


League of Women Voters Event tomorrow (Saturday)!

Find the event on Facebook here:



Feminist Film Series

Which movies would y’all like to watch during our social events?

A Powerful Noise - (2008) Three women fight poverty, discrimination and deeply entrenched sexism in this documentary that shows how even the most powerless people can demand change. HIV-positive Hanh created a Vietnamese support group for other victims of the disease. Nada, a working mother and war refugee, formed a women’s association to promote peace and economic development in Bosnia, and Jacqueline rallies against labor abuses and exploitation in Mali. (Documentary)

America the Beautiful - (2007) Director Darryl Roberts’ provocative documentary examines America’s fixation with outward appearance and the unrealistic standards of beauty dictated to the public by the media, pop culture and the fashion industry. Featuring interviews with fashion experts, media personalities and celebrities such as Mena Suvari and Aisha Tyler, the film looks at everything from plastic surgery’s growing popularity to widespread concerns about eating disorders.

Born into Flames - (1983) Imagine an America in which 10 years after a socialist revolution, the ladies decide to take charge. That’s exactly what happens in this sci-fi allegory. When the leader of a lesbian separatist group dies in jail, her death spurs an uprising that turns the country upside down. Part fantasy, part comedy and part serious social commentary, this new age chick flick has it all: a female DJ who narrates the action, a feminist rock soundtrack and more. 

Damaged Care -In this true David-and-Goliath story from Showtime, Linda Peeno (Laura Dern) is a doctor who watches helplessly as her colleagues provide inadequate medical treatment in an effort to toe the line with managed care companies. But Peeno can’t, and won’t, compromise her patients, so she fights back against the behemoths. It won’t be easy, though: The louder she blows the whistle, the more complicated her life becomes.

DreamWorlds 3 - examines the stories contemporary music videos tell about girls and women, and encourages viewers to consider how these narratives shape individual and cultural attitudes about sexuality. Illustrated with hundreds of up-to-date images, Dreamworlds 3 offers a unique and powerful tool for understanding both the continuing influence of music videos and how pop culture more generally filters the identities of young men and women through a dangerously narrow set of myths about sexuality and gender. In doing so, it inspires viewers to reflect critically on images that they might otherwise take for granted.

If These Walls Could Talk -A house holds the stories of three women — and a glimpse at the evolution of American abortion rights. A 1950s widow (Demi Moore) seeks an illegal abortion after a one-night stand. A 1970s mother of four (Sissy Spacek) must choose between having a child and starting a career. And in the 1990s, a student (Anne Heche) clashes with anti-abortion activists en route to seek an abortion from her doctor (Cher). Cher co-directs with Nancy Savoca.

Iron Jawed Angels -(2004) From 1912 to 1920, a group of fiery young suffragettes led by Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O’Connor) band together to wheedle the United States into adapting a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Along the way, they incur the wrath of President Woodrow Wilson (Bob Gunton) and anger other suffragette leaders (Anjelica Huston and Lois Smith). Directed by Katja von Garnier.

Itty Bitty Titty Committee - (2007) Set in Los Angeles, this sardonic indie comedy helmed by Jamie Babbit follows the exploits of Anna (Melonie Diaz), a lesbian and plastic surgeon’s receptionist who embarks on a wild ride when she joins a cadre of ultraradical feminists. But things get complicated when she falls in love with the group’s leader (Nicole Vicius), who’s already involved with someone (Melanie Mayron). Carly Pope and Lauren Mollica also star.

Mona Lisa Smile -At Wellesley College in 1953, the all-female student population constitutes the best and the brightest, yet they’re still measured by how well they marry until the arrival of professor Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) threatens to tip the status quo. Watson’s teaching not only raises the ire of many administrators but also a few of the students (including Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal) she dares to inspire.

Norma Rae - (1979) In an Oscar-winning performance, Sally Field is unforgettable as Norma Rae, the Southern millworker who revolutionizes a small town and discovers a power in herself she never knew she had. Under the guidance of a New York unionizer (Ron Leibman) and with increasing courage and determination, Norma Rae organizes her fellow factory workers to fight for better conditions and wages. Based on a true story.

North Country - (2005)Based on an inspiring real-life event that took place in the 1970s, North Country stars Charlize Theron in another low-glamour but high-impact role as Josey Aimes, one of only a handful of women working in the Minnesota iron mines. Forced to labor under sexist conditions, she and her female colleagues decide to stand up against the unrelenting harassment from their male counterparts. Frances McDormand, Sissy Spacek and Woody Harrelson co-star.

Not Yet Rain - A short film by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Lisa Russell, produced in association with Ipas, explores abortion in Ethiopia through the voices of women who have faced the challenge of finding safe care. Through their stories, we see the important role that safe abortion care plays in the overall health of women and their families. 

Sophie Scholl - the Final Days - Arrested for participating in the White Rose resistance movement, anti-Nazi activist Sophie Scholl (Julia Jentsch) is subjected to a highly charged interrogation by the Gestapo, testing her loyalty to her cause, her family and her convictions. Based on true events, director Marc Rothemund’s absorbing Oscar-nominated drama explores maintaining human resolve in the face of intense pressure from a system determined to silence whistle-blowers.

The Burning Bed - In 1977, after suffering years of physical abuse at the hands of her brutal husband, Mickey (Paul Le Mat), Michigan housewife Francine Hughes (Farrah Fawcett) killed him one night by setting fire to him as he slept. Prosecuted with the utmost vigor of the law, Hughes’s case made legal history. Fawcett received an Emmy nomination (and proved herself a serious actress for the first time) for her role in this acclaimed TV adaptation of a true story.

The Scarlett Letter - In this adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, Puritan settler Hester Prynne (Demi Moore) is accused of adultery in a Massachusetts settlement in the 1660s. Although she’s attracted to the town’s pastor (Gary Oldman), the two resist temptation … but only a whiff of scandal is enough for the town’s morality police to sentence Prynne to live as an outcast and wear a shameful scarlet A for adultery.

Vera Drake -Vera Drake (Imelda Staunton, who earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal) spends her days doting on her working-class family. But Vera also has a secret side: Her family and friends don’t know that she visits women and helps them induce miscarriages for their unwanted pregnancies. When the authorities get wind of her activities — then illegal in 1950s England — Vera’s world quickly falls apart, deeply affecting both her and her family.

Very Young Girls - (2007) David Schisgall’s startling documentary captures the heartbreaking stories of underage girls — many as young as 13 — who’ve been forced into prostitution in New York, exposing how pimps use isolation, violence and drugs to keep girls dependent. Many of the girls interviewed take part in GEMS, a shelter and mentoring program founded by activist Rachel Lloyd — once a prostitute herself — that helps them transition out of “the life.”

War Zone - Filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West ventures onto city streets and waits for men to harass her. The second they do, similar to Holla Back, she turns her camera on them - video camera, that is. She interviews them on why they feel the need to do such a thing, and bombards them with questions until they get increasingly uncomfortable and sometimes hostile. It’s really fun to watch, because you know that these scumbags will think twice before they harass another woman again. It’s an extremely powerful movie that sheds light on how often street harassment happens, but how little is done about it.

Revolutionary Road
Kramer Vs. Kramer
The Stepford Wives

Movies that should be critically dissected:
Twilight Series
Knocked Up

If anyone knows of any movies that have feminist (or anti-feminist) themes/messages please feel free to add them to this list!


SFO Meeting Recap August 30, 2010

Thanks to everyone who came to our first meeting!  We had an awesome time with you guys, especially all the new members we just met!
Things for next meeting: 

  • Our next meeting is NOT this upcoming Monday (Labor Day); it will be held Monday, September 13 at 7pm in the UC Rodeo Room 264.  
  • We’ll be making posters for our upcoming “Debunking Myths about Feminism” event, so please bring any art supplies or extra posterboard you have!  
  • Be thinking about the long term goals you want SFO to accomplish this semester.  
  • If you’re interested in being in charge of planning social events for SFO members, please let us know!

I (Andrea) took minutes for this meeting; here they are, if you weren’t able to attend, or if you just want to be reminded of what we talked about!

Icebreakers:  Some common themes we listed were 

  • defying stereotypes
  • having concrete objectives
  • coalition building with other organizations
  • internal education within SFO about issues
  • dispelling abortion myths
  • recruitment
  • bake sales and fundraising
  • being proactive versus reactive
  • dedication
  • approaching things differently
  • and having lots of FUN!

Mission statement:  We reworded our mission statement to be, “Our mission is to inform and educate students about women’s rights, women’s issues, and feminism.  As feminists, we critique patriarchy and offer an alternative for the benefit of all.”

Officer Appointments:

  • President: Amanda Williams
  • Vice President: Andrea Platt
  • Secretary: Lizzy Brignac
  • Historian: Dulce Islas
  • Publicity Managers: (working together) Ariadna, Lisa, Tananda, Boby
  • Social Planner: Still sort of up for grabs; if you’re interested LET US KNOW!  Matt, Lisa, and Paula said they could help out with this one on an intermittent basis.  This person helps plan social events for SFO members to hang out together outside of school and meetings, like movie nights, etc.

Fundraising Ideas:

  • Bake sales: last semester we raised funds this way; attach condoms and SFO info to baked goods for increased sales!
  • T shirt sales
  • Music Shows (Paula May, maybe Anatomy of a Soul)
  • Get donations from restaurants/businesses/organizations

Campaigns and Issues:

  • September:
  • Debunking Myths about Feminism: this is a great recruitment event
  • Body Image Public Service Ads
  • National Sex Ed Week of Action: condom passout
  • Begin work on Vagina Monologues
  • This weekend: Mercury Phoenix Trust Fund event: get info from Katie
  • October:
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month event
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month event
  • Love your Body Day (October 21)
  • Continue work on Vagina Monologues
  • November:
  • Abortion workshops
  • Vagina Monologues publicity and performances
  • Other ideas:
  • Sex Trafficking Awareness Week event (we are finding out the date on this one)
  • Fundraiser party for NARAL Texas in Austin
  • Work with younger girls, high schools
  • Work with GLOBAL
  • Write letters to our congresspeople

Other thoughts:

  • Susan brought up a good question:  What if someone considers him or herself a feminist, but doesn’t agree with one of the main principles of our organization, and still wants to participate?  Our response to this (at least my own personal response) is that we as an organization are truly committed to several principles and issues, and we organize our events and energy around those issues.  We welcome all viewpoints in our meetings wholeheartedly, and we believe in the power of individual choice.  If there’s an issue that someone doesn’t agree with/want to work on with SFO, they are by no means required to do so in order to stay a member.  :)
  • Marianela brought up the point of “uniting principles,” those issues which we as a group are committed to supporting.  So for our next meeting, be thinking of some uniting principles you’d like to see SFO stand behind.  Examples are reproductive freedom, pay equality, etc.